We Came, We Cooked, We Conquered

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First of all, the big news in our household right now is that Mr. V’s mother went to high school with Billy Mays. He just found out and is very excited.

But, you know, there was also this little thing called once-a-month cooking that took place in our household today.

Some of y’all may know that Tricia from Once A Month Mom is my first cousin. She and her friend Cortney started this site in February to help organize once-a-month cooking days. They make out the menus, set you up with shopping lists and instructions, and give all kinds of great tips! I’ve used several of the recipes lately (Mexican stuffed shells, ham and hashbrown bake, orange marmalade fish) just as our regular dinners, and they’ve all been very good.

On April 24, I sent one innocent e-mail to Meredith from Like Merchant Ships, telling her if she was ever interested in trying the once-a-month cooking, I would be game. I knew she had linked to Once a Month Mom before and, being the Frugal Queen, thought she might be interested. Forty e-mails later, we found ourselves at my house today, food spilling out of the refrigerator and off the table, with a list of 15 recipes to make.

We worked for a little under six hours and managed to finish them all without pulling our hair entirely out! Meredith confessed to be so nervous she couldn’t sleep, while I told her about my Twitter to Tricia telling her I thought I was going to throw up I was so scared (Trish told me not to throw up in the food).

It’s one of those things where it’s hard to know where to start. But we just dug into the instructions and got cooking. I’m glad we did it. It’s not something I would want to do every month, but it feels great to have so many meals in the freezer. I know I’ll be able to just pop something in the oven when I get home from work and then have time to play with Libbie, instead of my normal habit of making dinner during those precious 2 hours we have before she goes to sleep.

It was a long day; I’m tired but happy. Now I’m going to go watch Bedtime Stories with Mr. V and relax (and listen to him go on and on about Billy Mays some more).

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7 thoughts on “We Came, We Cooked, We Conquered

  1. Mr. V’s mama is a Pittsburgher? Neato! I recently learned that Billy Mays was from Pburgh. Lolz.

    Sounds like your cooking day went really well.

  2. I didn’t know you are related to OAM Tricia. Your cooking day sounds great – I’m glad it went well!

  3. Everytime I’ve done something like this, I’ve managed to stretch the 30 meals for a few months between fresh salad dinners, ordered in pizza, and meals out.

  4. Wow, you did good. I’m not sure I would have the courage to try such a big undertaking, but now I’ll start to think about it!

    Kudos.

  5. That is quite an accomplishment! I, too, bet those meals will stretch farther than you can imagine. And what fun to do with Meredith. I’m sure it was a lot of work and a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing!

  6. I too would love to try once a month cooking…I follow Once a Month mom which is how I found your site! It was encouraging to hear you are not going to do it every month. Haven't tried it yet because I thought I had to do every month, but you just saying makes it easier to just try once and see how it goes. Thanks.

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