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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).