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Saturday, July 14, 2012

July - October Freezer Cooking Planning - Part 1

This will be my 2nd time doing freezer cooking while pregnant, you may remember the first when I didn't know I was pregnant at the time and how fatigued I was!  I took time off and cooked daily meals for a while and did NOT like that - talk about chaos.  I really prefer having meals in the freezer and not having to even think but for a minute of what to eat (thaw).  I'm giving myself 2 weeks to do this 3-month cycle of meals since I'm 5 months pregnant and my feet hurt pretty much everyday.  My daughter is going to be helping me on this cycle more than she ever has, so it will also be a home economics class.

July 23 - October 21 = 91 days (meals)
13 weekends - casseroles
13 Tuesdays - spaghetti
13 Fridays - pizza
39 meals to plan (Mon., Wed. and Thur.)

We still love some old favorites - Israeli Couscous, Chili and my husband and daughter still like the Southwest Mac n' Cheese, although I'm totally done with it!  I haven't finished planning the 39 meals out, so that will be in Part 2.  We are finally missing our old casserole dishes (lasagna and chicken divan), so I plan on making those for the next month.

Oatmeal, fruit
Eggs, toast

Tuna melts
Beans n' rice
Bean n' cheese burrito

Hummus & carrots
Popcorn & cheese
Almonds & yogurt
Apple & pb
Broccoli & cheese
Granola bar
Hard-boiled egg, crackers
Chips & salsa or bean dip
Noodle soup

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tealady said...

I so wish I had the energy to do more freezer cooking now.Here in Wisconsin it is so hot and humid. I do more of my freezer cooking in Feb.and March for the summer months.I am going to use more of your meal plans for September for the winter months.I enjoy cooking but some times I don't have time or my hubby wants to do something that takes us out and I just am too tired to cook.The best purchase we ever made I believe is my freezer.
I give you a lot of credit doing all this with a child at home and going to have another on the way.

Christian Homekeeper said...

If I didn't have air conditioning, I probably wouldn't be doing it in the heat, but I keep it cold in here so it is bearable. Thanks for the comment tealady! :)

Heather said...

I'm so interested in learning more! My hubby works nights in the military, but takes the previous day's meal in for chow. How would I get started in this? I also have a family of 7 (the two youngest are 3 months old), how easy is this to modify?

gotjoy3 said...

I am so proud of you. You are a wonderful wife, mom, and homemaker, and Woman of God.

I felt you need to hear this. I think of you often and shoot prayers for you at those times. Bless you!!

Congrats on Baby Zachary. I will pray for the heart abnormality.

Our God is MORE than Enough, He can supply all my needs...I am sure you know this song.

Bless you!!!

Lily said...

Hi - I also love to batch cook to prevent that day to day issue of thinking up meals. We eat a predominently vegetarian diet and it is so time consuming soaking lentils etc on a daily basis. I have never attempted, however to do a three monthly cycle. It sounds like a splendid idea. Lily. xxx

Christian Homekeeper said...

Heather - I picked out recipes our family likes in the very beginning and then made 5-8 of them each and that is how it started. I've been doing this for about 3 years now since it has been a learning process and you do learn by experience with freezer cooking. Since you have a larger family, you would need more of course, so it may take you longer. However, there is a lady who has a family of 8 I think it is, online, she does freezer cooking - though not the way I do it. Her blog is called Life as Mom :

gotjoy3 - thank you so much! :)

Lily - doing a 3-month cycle does take more work but I find it is so worth it!

Heather said...

Thank you so much! And girl, I feel you on the feet thing. I just had my twins in April! Get as much rest as possible. :D

Thanks again!

Christian Homekeeper said...

Wow twins! I did want twins but I had prayed only if God thought my body and mind could handle it - well, I only got one lol. This one is proving quite the challenge already, but I would love to have twins if I ever could! :)

Anonymous said...

I have twins. 4 1/2 years old. They are quite a handful.

I wonder if you would mind sharing your southwest mac n cheese recipe. It sounds great. My twins tend to be picky, so I'm always looking for recipes they might like.

Thanks, Latrice.

Christian Homekeeper said...

Hi Latrice, it isn't my personal recipe though, I found it online


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