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Meal Planning: February Meal Plan

Now that my freezer holds the makings of several weeks of meals, it’s time to figure out how they fit into real life. I’ve found that it is helpful to make up a meal plan for the whole month. It’s always subject to change, but it seems that I get a better idea of what […]

Freezer Cooking Day, Part One: Meats and Baking Mixes

I’m taking the slow train to freezer cooking. In months past, I’ve done my SuperWoman impersonation. This weekend, I’m nursing a sore throat and trying to get well for my trip. So, slow and steady wins the race sounded like a better way to approach freezer cooking this time ’round. (I realized that I’m the […]

Freezer Cooking Giveaways: Three Cool Prizes to Win

This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to Vicki R., Heather Mullins, and Kelleen Potter! When Crystal and I were soaking up the sunshine last month and talking up a storm about all things family, fun, and frugality, we thought it would be a great bonus to Freezer Cooking Days if we were able to offer […]

Freezer Cooking: Where Do You Start?

You may have heard of freezer cooking before. It’s also known by other names: once-a-month-cooking, bulk cooking, batch cooking. Whatever you want to call it, it can be a huge help to the busy family and home manager who wants to serve home cooked meals in a shorter amount of time. If this is a […]

A Freezer Alarm Could Save Your Bacon

Perhaps you’re heard stories from friends or acquaintances who came home to find that a power failure — or careless child leaving the freezer door open — had caused the contents of their freezer to thaw completely, leaving a soggy, sad mess. You commiserated with their plight, but inwardly you were sighing, I’m so glad that’s not […]

Pantry Challenge: How We Did

This week marks the end of our “Eat from the Pantry” Challenge. On Friday, I’ll get back to filling the freezer. Here are some of the things I learned this month: Money Matters – I spent $365 out of my budgeted $400 for January. In months past I’ve been spending $600 or more, so this […]

Meal Planning: What’s Left in the Freezer

This week my friend Crystal and I are wrapping up our Eat from the Pantry adventures and getting ready for a new one: February Freezer Cooking Days. No, life is never boring around here. But, keeping my family well fed in a timely manner is one way that I can simplify our life, save money, […]

Tortilla Soup (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Pantry Inspiration)

Ultimate Recipe Swap

I’ve actually been quite surprised at some of the fun meals and snacks that have come from the pantry, fridge, and freezer. There has been some fails, like the absolutely gross tamale pie that I invented or the buttermilk scones that I made without buttermilk. But, there have been some truly yummy lunches and dinners […]