Freezer Cooking Day-My Plan

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I’ll be participating in Freezer Cooking Day with Crystal and Jessica again this month.  My freezer is still pretty stocked, so I have only a few items I’ll be making.  I don’t cook all my meals in one day like some of the others ladies, but I do prepare several meals that help ward against the “what’s for dinner” questions at 5pm.  Most meals can come straight from the freezer and into the oven.  Further, my son has been sick which just throws everything off.  I plan to add on a few more items tomorrow if I’m feeling up to it. 

Chicken Stock

Brown Bag Burritos

Banana bread

Macaroni and Cheese X2

Chicken Tortilla Soup X2

Southwestern Wagon Wheel Pasta (except I’m using shells-they were free)

I’ll post the Southwestern Wagon Wheels recipe tomorrow.  I know you already link to Money Saving Mom, but I’d be interested to know if you have any recipes I should try next month.

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Freezer Cooking Day-March Results

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My Results: 03/01/10
You’re looking at:
1 Chicken Noodle Soup (plus 1 container lunches)
5 “Cans” Cream of Chicken Soup (I tripled recipe: made 7 “cans”, used 2 in casserole)
5 Bags of Kidney Beans
1 More Breakfast of Pancakes
1/2 Loaf of Banana Bread
School Cupcakes for “LuLu’s” 3rd birthday!! (no icing yet)
Here’s a breakdown of how my cooking days went…
Saturday:
I made Crock Pot Chicken (no it’s not in the picture).  We ate it on Sat. night with potatoes and corn, then made Chicken Pot Pie, Soup, and Casserole plus 2 lunches for me with the rest. 
Sunday:
Hubby made pancakes then I made Chicken Noodle Soup and banana bread for dinner.  I also got the lasagna ready (meat cooked and everything in the crock pot-put in fridge).
Monday:
Cooked kidney beans, got lasagna cooking, made cream of chicken soup, made chicken, broccoli and rice casserole.  Cleaned kitchen.  Made cupcakes (add on-I almost forgot!), made chicken pot pies and assembled lasagna
This is what my helper did
She “organized” the crackers
I also assembled snacks for lunches on Sunday night. I add a few snacks into small containers to pack in the kids’ lunch. This time I included gold fish, cheez-its, and pretzels (recent sales of course).  If you read my post HERE on public school, you’ll know “Monkeyboy” attends kindergarten at our local public school 5 days a week and “LuLu” is in a local church preschool 2 days a week (hence the 7 containers). Hubby also got a bag to snack on.
You’ll notice this isn’t a months worth of meals.  That doesn’t work for me, but I do like to have items cooked ahead of time for busy days and the cream of chicken soup and kidney beans will last for a few months.
One thing I learned:
I’ve always cooked one larger chicken for my crock pot chicken.  This time I used 2 smaller birds from a Harris Teeter sale recently.  It took much longer than I expected to skin two small birds, longer to pull the meat when cooked and it didn’t yield as much meat.  I’d rather spend a little more on one larger chicken and spend less time.
I hope your Freezer Cooking Day was a success!

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Freezer Cooking Day-March Plan

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I’m not sure how we arrived at the end of February already but it’s time for Freezer Cooking Day again! I’ll be cooking along with our hosts; MoneySavingMom and FishMama. I plan to cook some this weekend and finish up on Monday. Today, Saturday will be a prep day. I’ll be getting all my ingredients together and making Crock Pot Chicken tonight. If you read my menu plan, you’ll know that was my plan for Wednesday. Well, my chickens didn’t thaw completely so I flipped the entire menu. Luckily, I already had meal plans so it was just a matter of rearranging days. I’m happy to report that we didn’t resort to eating out at all this week (with the exception of yummy tilapia at a friend’s house last night).

Here’s a look at my overall plan:
Crock Pot Chicken
Cream of Chicken Soup
Chicken, Broccoli and Rice Casserole X2
Chicken Pot Pie X2
Chicken Noodle Soup
Lasagna X2
Banana Bread
Cook and Freeze Kidney Beans
Pancakes
Waffles

Saturday/Sunday:
Make Crock Pot Chicken-it’s the basis for several of my meals
Make Cream of Chicken Soup-I need this for casserole
Make Chicken Pot Pies-time consuming so this will be Sunday
Hubby to make Pancakes on Sunday
Kidney Beans-most likely will happen this weekend

Monday:
Casserole
Chicken Soup
Lasagna
Waffles
Banana Bread

If you’ve been reading since the commencement of this blog a month ago; you’ll know that things with me tend to change. I’ve been learning to “go with the flow” more and things usually work out just fine.   Remember to do what works for you and your family and you will have a successful Freezer Cooking Day.

Are you participating in Freeze Cooking Day?

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Freezer Cooking Day-February Results

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This was my First time participating in Freezer Cooking Day! I spread it out over a few days in an attempt to “get my feet wet”. I didn’t end up with as much as I’d planned due to a snowstorm (more time playing outside with the kids) and my birthday present from hubby was an over-the-range microwave! When my house was built that type of microwave didn’t exist, so it took about an entire day of removing the old and adding a new cabinet, running electrical, and reworking the vent but it was worth it. I am blessed to have such a wonderful husband!

Okay back to cooking, I ended up with:
6 bags of cooked pinto beans
2 bags of Shredded Beef
1 Baked Ziti
Bag of chocolate chip pancakes (multiple breakfasts)
2 pans Freezer Mashed Potatoes
2 bags of Red Potatoes (same concept as above but with butter and parsley)

We had more but we ate 1 of the ziti, shredded beef, and both types of potatoes and some pancakes. Why all the potatoes? They were on sale for $0.99 a bag last week at Farm Fresh! I also plan to make spaghetti with meatballs tonight and freeze ½, and when I make Drop Biscuits later in the week I’ll mix up a few extra dry ingredients to have on hand.

Check out MoneySavingMom and LifeAsMom for their results. I just can’t compare with these two amazing ladies!

I plan to post my easy ziti receipt and spaghetti recipe later today or tomorrow. We still have snow to play in :) DONE!

Did you participate in Freezer Cooking Day? I’d love to hear about it.

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Freezer Cooking Day-February Preview

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Starting this Friday, MoneySavingMom and LifeasMom will be hosting another Freezer Cooking Day.  These two Supermoms cook and freeze food to feed their families throughout the next month.  They share receipts, tips, successes and failures.  My “normal” cooking week involves cooking at least 1 meal that allows me to freeze 1/2 and to eat another meal from the freezer thus (in my mind) rotating what we eat.  My hubby refuses to eat the same meal within a month (okay, he’ll eat it but won’t be happy about it).  I try to allow several weeks to pass before I serve the meal again.
I plan to join in on Freezer Cooking Day for the First time, but I will most likely cook on Thursday and Saturday since this week is a little crazy.  I also plan to start SMALL and see how things go. 
Here’s My Plan:
Thursday:
Cook and shred Shredded Beef (purchased at Farm Fresh this week)
Cook Pinto Beans and freeze in can-sized portions
Make waffles or pancakes
Make muffins
Saturday:
Make 2 Chicken Pot Pies (eat 1 for dinner, freeze the other)
Make Freezer Mashed Potatoes (I don’t like sour cream so my potatoes only have s/p, milk, and butter)
That’s the plan so far.  We’ll see if I feel more adventurous on Saturday and add in a few more things. 

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