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For several months in a row, I’ve watched Twitter overflow with tales of Baking/Freezer Cooking/Once a Month Cooking day (#oamc). Jealously I seethed as I sat at my computer desk, unable to participate because of this inconvenient thing I call working outside the home full time.
It dawned on me, however, that I don’t have to do it that day to participate. No, I don’t get to live Twitter and blog with the other participants, but it doesn’t mean I can’t stock my freezer a little!
This afternoon, I made out a list of meals that should last us until Christmas, given that Mr. V is not coming home next weekend so mostly it will be me and the baby. I mainly surveyed the pantry, freezer, and fridge and went from there.
Here is my menu plan until Christmas:
Hamburgers, French Fries, Baby Carrots
Mettwurst [similar to kielbasa, found on clearance and froze] on Buns with Peppers and Onions, Sweet Potatoes, Beans
Spaghetti with Butter, Bacon, and Parmesan
Baked Pineapple, Sausage, Eggs, Hashbrowns
Islander Pork Roast (already in freezer), Rice, Bok Choy
Grilled Cheese, Soup
Chicken, Broccoli, and Cheese Casserole (henceforth known as CBCC)
Pancakes, Eggs, Grits, Sausage
I also needed to make some treats to take into the office. So here’s how it went.
Wednesday night, I made Toddler French Toast Sticks for Libbie (which she loves. But that doesn’t mean anything, since two weeks ago she loved these muffins and now she won’t touch one). That took about an hour. (Note: grease your pan really well, mine stuck badly.)
Then today (Saturday), I spent an hour and a half in the kitchen and did the following:
–Made a double batch of Rice Krispie Treats
–While the butter melted for those, cut up green peppers and onions and put them in a freezer bag for the Mettwurst Sandwiches
–While the marshmallows melted, partially cooked the broccoli for CBCC in the microwave
–Cooked the chicken in a skillet with olive oil and set aside to cool (for CBCC)
–Cut up and cooked bacon in the same skillet for Spaghetti
–chopped bok choy and froze
–Made bread crumbs and cream sauce for CBCC and put the dish together
–Mixed group beef with Worcestershire sauce, shaped into patties, and froze
–Dipped/spread Rice Krispie Treats with melted chocolate
While this won’t be everything needed for the month, I think it’s a good deal of work for an hour and a half! And I’m having to have a delicious treat to share with my work team in lieu of presents.
I’d also like to make pancakes, sugar cookies, and peanut butter cookies either tonight or tomorrow.