Meal Planning: Turkey Week

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Thanksgiving Day is one of our favorite days of the year. We shift into relaxation mode around here. FishPapa has four days off work, so it’s like a mini-vacation for our family with multiple ways to spend those days. Relaxing Since we’re staying home this year, we’ll have a lazy morning of cinnamon rolls, fruit, […]

To Be More Joyful: Get Out of the Kitchen

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Years ago I experienced an incredibly busy day at the end of which I had a major epiphany. I found a way that helped me be more joyful than I had previously been. My to-do list had been bigger than huge, trying to get four kids packed and off to friends’ houses so that I […]

Meal Planning: Easy Summer Meals

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Summertime says, “Slowdown and relax,” to me. It doesn’t mean that we really have a slower schedule. But fewer obligations, longer days, and warmer weather suggest a vacation mentality. Easier said than done. While the Chief Cook and Bottle Washer can’t usually take the whole summer off, there are things that we can do to […]

Freezer Cooking: The Final Analysis

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Well, Monday morning, my list looked like this: Nutty Granola (check) mixes: biscuit, pancake, muffin, scone, and cornbread (check) crockpot applesauce Trail Mix Cookies (check) shredded chicken (check) marinated chicken (check) marinated pork strips (check) grated cheese (check) I was amazed that I got so much done, even though it didn’t feel like I attempted […]

Freezer Cooking: The Weekend Update

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Normally, I try to leave the weekends open for “fun stuff” rather than housework. But, since we’re homebound nursing colds, it seemed natural — and wise — to putter around and get some things accomplished. So, freezer cooking and homekeeping chores actually happened. Saturday morning I whipped up a batch of Nutty Granola which turned […]

Freezer Cooking Day, Part One: Meats and Baking Mixes

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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: Where Do You Start?

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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 […]

My Freezer Cooking Plan for February

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The Pantry Challenge, though wearisome at times, seems to have renewed my overall interest in cooking and in being more creative in the kitchen. It was certainly a fun ride in January. But, rather than cook everything from scratch every night, I know that preparing a lot of food at one time and storing it […]