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Freezer Cooking Day Update

Here’s what my kitchen looks like at the moment. I’ve been working pretty steadily since about 7 am, with a myriad of stops to answer the phone, put FishBaby down for nap, make sure the kids are on task with math lessons, start a history video, drink my coffee, and feed hobbits.

The kitchen is obviously a wreck, so it’s time to reset: eat some lunch, clean up, make sure kids are contented and on task with their independent work.

(For those curious, yesterday was intensive school lesson day. I explained a lot of my boys’ activities then, so they know what to read, write, or compute today. They will also each be tackling a baking recipe. And we’re reviewing our past 11 weeks of history by watching Liberty Kids videos which are a pretty accurate synopsis of the American War for Independence, give or take a few details which my kids are quick to announce. How cool is it that my 7 year old’s comment about the fire on Lexington was, “Isn’t that the Shot that Was Heard ‘Round the World?” {FishMama smiles proudly.} And sighs in relief that Freezer Cooking Day and homeschool are mixing well.)

Here’s my kitchen update. Remember this?

My Cooking Plan
Chop: onions, chuck roast
Slice: chicken, apples
Grate: cheese
Cook: pinto beans

Order of Meal Assembly:

1. Soak beans overnight.
2. In morning, rinse beans and get cooking in crockpot.
3. Start foccaccia dough.
4. Slice chicken for different recipes
5. Make chicken marinades.
6. Combine chicken and marinades in bags.
7. Set foccaccia dough to rise in pans.
8. Start pizza dough.
9. Assemble cheesewiches, wrap and freeze.
10. Prepare pie dough.
11. Peel apples.
12. Prepare applesauce in crockpot.
13. Assemble slab apple pies.
14. Form pizza dough balls and freeze.
15. Cube chuck roast.
16. When beans are done, cool and package. Use that crockpot for shredded beef.
17. Start Touchdown Chili.
18. Prepare marshmallows – allow to set overnight.
19. Prepare mixes assembly line fashion.
20. Prepare Indian Shuck Bread.
21. Prepare Chocolate Chip Cookies

Not too bad for a morning’s work. The kids love helping peel apples, so I know I’ll have help after lunch. Not sure how far we’ll get through our list. I’ll be sure to report later.

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  1. You go, girl!!

  2. Stephanie @ Keeper of the Home says:

    Awesome, that's how mine looked until I did a MASSIVE dish washing session and got my counters wiped. Now it's only a partial sty. :)

    You must be cooking up some good food to make that kind of a mess! It'll be worth it!

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  4. Anonymous says:

    This is just lovely; any mom worth her salt could navigate this blindfolded. It is a collage of work, love, warmth, anxiety and fun. Children will be told stories about this kitchen 200 years from now. The bad news is that mine looks very much like this-except (sigh) I don't cook.

  5. Katie @ goodLife {eats} says:

    Go FishMama! My kitchen kind of looks like that too, except I don't have dirt to show for it. Just a dishwasher full of clean dishes, a sink full of dirty breakfast and lunch dishes, and a kitchen littered with the latest art projects.

    Speaking of art projects, I'd love to hear how you keep all your kids' artwork organized. How you decided what is kept and what is tossed. Logan is coloring multiple things daily, plus bringing stuff home from school and it is everywhere…and he's just one kid! So far, I've told him that if I find it on the floor, that means it's trash. On the floor = you don't care about it.

  6. I want to do one of these some day. Just not today :) I have bread rising in the oven and a roast in the crockpot, but my kitchen is FINALLY CLEAN with a WASHED FLOOR!! LOL. It has been a royal wreck for the past while. You mention "prepare marshmallows" and I wonder what you're doing with them?

    I love your assembly list – I just did 2 meals (1/week) for 40 people and having an assembly list is the ONLY way to go, I think. Everything looks good! I love the 2 drawers hanging wide open :P

  7. JCWillow99@gmail.com says:

    WOW I am impressed.

  8. Awesome job!!

  9. Good work! I am wondering if you could post the recipe for cheesewiches… Someday, not today. I'm curious! Thanks for all your helpful posts; I just started reading several homemaking/motherhood blogs and yours is one of my favorites!

  10. Thanks, Tami. I'll pop over when I extract myself from this kitchen

    Marie, cheesewiches recipe is coming. We're working on modifying it. It's an old recipe my mom used to make of cheese & tomato sauce stuffed rolls that you bake. Kind of like a pizza pocket, but in roll form. Super easy and yummy.

  11. Susy Kysely Thompson says:

    This quote fits: Cooking, like Love should be entered into with great abandon, or not at all.

  12. Hi FishMama, I have just stumbled upon your blog & I am a huge fan (all the way from Australia). I am really enjoying about all your once a month freezer cooking information. I would love to know what you put in your cheesewiches? Have you perfected your recipe yet? I tried out your pre – mixed oatmeal this morning – fantastic!

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