I’ve been doing freezer cooking for almost 2 years now, and it is amazing how much I’ve learned in that time. I definitely don’t have all the answers, but I officially have some experience so I’d love to share that with you and make it easier for you if you’re looking into giving it a try.
There is so much information out there on the subject and it’s easy to get a little lost. So I thought I’d narrow it down and provide a brief “Freezer Cooking: Frequently Asked Questions“ of the most common questions I get regarding freezer cooking.
You can find this on the Freezer Cooking tab above. I’ll update it as I get more questions and discover more answers.
Below you will find brief answers to some of the most common questions I get. If you have more questions, please leave a comment. I’d love to help out if I can!
Does freezer cooking save money?
For my family it definitely does save us money. Here is a breakdown of what we saved in 2013 and why I believe it does save money.
Do I have to go buy another freezer in order to do freezer cooking? (more…)
Happy Day Light Savings! This day used to be my favorite day of the year. Then I had kids. Losing an hour of sleep while having a newborn is just not right. I hope the transition went well for you and that you made it to wherever you needed to be when you need to be there.
This past week my husband’s parents were able to come and stay with us. They got to meet their granddaughter for the first time, and our boys were beside themselves with excitement every morning they ran downstairs to find that Grandma and Grandpa were still there. We all had a great time and were sad to see them leave.
With our “vacation” week behind us, we’re prepping for another week with my husband here, and then his travels pick up again. Lord, give me strength!
When I originally did all that freezer cooking in January, my plan was that those meals would take us through the end of March. All of a sudden that’s two weeks away and we’re nowhere near the end of those meals. I’m thankful for all the meals we were blessed with and glad to have a freezer stock still available because this newborn stage isn’t quite over yet! (more…)
Oh the newborn fog. I’m convinced that there is a medical condition called this. There has to be. It’s due to almost zero sleep, completely wacky hormones, and a recovering body. I can’t tell you the number of times my husband keeps referring to “that conversation we had the other day”, expecting me to actually remember what we were talking about. I have no idea. None at all.
Luckily now that I’ve done this three times, I’m pretty confident that my brain will bounce back. And if you’re also deep in a fog of newborn sleep deprivation, rest assured (ha!) that life will get back to a new version of normal soon.
In the mean time, here are 20 things I wish I knew when I first had a newborn. This is just from one sleepy mom to another–no medical expertise here.
1. Babies have flaky skin for the first few weeks
My sister recently commented on my newborn daughter’s flaky skin and I realized that I’m used to it now, but when my first baby seemed to be “shedding” constantly those first few weeks, I had no idea.
2. Breast-feeding can be really painful at first but it does get better (more…)
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Last week I told you that I’d be featuring some of my favorite go-to quick and easy meals in the month of March. This recipe for Lemon Garlic Pasta tops the list! There’s just something so great about a meal that takes only a few minutes to prepare and calls for only four ingredients.
My husband actually introduced me to this recipe. Back when we were still dating and actually had time to enjoy a romantic meal together (aka three kids ago!), he would often make this for me and I loved it. We still make it pretty often and now our boys love it, too.
The recipe comes from a book full of 4-ingredients-or-less recipes (you can find this book here). Gotta love simple! We almost always have the ingredients on hand so no rushed trip to the store is needed (which is great for us because just leaving the house takes about 30 minutes these days).
First, boil the pasta just until al dente. While it’s boiling, slice your garlic into slivers. Try to make them as thin as possible. (more…)
If there is such a thing as “post-partum nesting”, I for sure have it.
In the five weeks that our third child has joined our family, I”ve gone a little crazy organizing everything I possibly can. My projects have included 1) a complete closet/wardrobe overhaul (parting with things that I”ve had since college–that’s 10 years!) 2) cleaning out and organizing the garage 3) organizing the boys clothes and 4) organizing our storage/pantry closet.
I feel like I have to do it. It’s weird. Post-partum nesting–it has to be it.
So it makes sense that I’ve turned my attention to this little blog of mine–making all kinds of changes to really small things that you’d probably never notice (and that’s totally ok). But I do want to point out one thing I hope you’ll notice. I’ve changed up the categories at the top navigation bar and have hopefully made it easier to navigate throughout the different topics. I’ve also added a few new ones.
One of those additions is under the “Freezer Cooking” category. It’s a new page called “Getting Started.” This page is a great starting point if you want to give freezer cooking a try but don’t know where to begin. It includes a step-by-step guide, a list of helpful freezer cooking posts, recipes, and sample cooking plans.
Here’s that new page! Let me know if there’s something else you’d like included! (more…)