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First time, Freezer Cooking…

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I spend many sleepless nights on Pintrest, pinning all of these wonderful ideas.  I have tried many of the recipes, but one idea I have been wanting to try for some time is freezer cooking.  How perfect would it be to have a freezer full of homemade breakfast, lunch and dinner for those days I’m either to busy or to tired to cook.  I felt rather domesticated this past weekend and decided it was time to cook up some freezer meals.  It seems that many of the blogs I read about freezer cooking cater to rather large families or the mom just likes to make weeks of meals at one a time.  Well, there are only three of us, and my freezer is only so big, so I stuck with four simple recipes.  Plus, being at the height of hurricane season, in Florida, it is not a good idea for me to stock my freezer with more food than we can eat in a couple of days if need be.

This is what I ended up with after about three hours in the kitchen…

10 Apple Cinnamon Waffles

12 Corndog Muffins

Tatertot Casserole – 6 servings

Goulash – 6 servings

Pizza Pasta -6 servings

I split the three meals into six different pans. I used the aluminum round 9″ pans with the cardboard lids from Dollar Tree.  After I put the food in the pans, I then wrapped them with heavy-duty aluminum foil. All of the recipes I used were from Pintrest, tweaked  to my liking! I have more pictures to post along with the recipes that I will put up later!!  All-in-all I think it was a success, but I really won’t know until we try the meals.  This will be a first for us trying out freezer meals…I will let you know how we liked them!

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Mom, I’m bored!

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That must mean summertime is officially here.  I am worried about hearing these dreaded words way to many times this summer.  With us being in a new state, and not having any kids near us, I figured I better have some ideas lined up for those “down” days.  So far I have come up with forty-two activities for my son to choose from throughout the summer.  I’m sure we won’t get around to doing all of these, but It will be nice to have list on hand to help us out when we can’t think of anything to do.

  1. Sign up at library for their Summer
    Reading Program
  2. Plant a container garden
  3. Make a scrapbook of everything you do this summer
  4. Have a picnic
  5. Write a letter to solider(my nephew)
  6. Become a photographer for the day
  7. Go to the drive-in
  8. Plan, shop for and make dinner for family
  9. Bake some cookies
  10. Play mini-golf
  11. Do science project
  12. Go backpacking
  13. Go outside and find 10 different kinds of flowers
  14. Go camping
  15. Come up with new trail-mix and make it
  16. Attend VBS
  17. Go to city pool
  18. Visit the zoo
  19. Have a winter theme party
  20. Visit local theme park
  21. Have a family game night
  22. Paint pottery
  23. Go bowling
  24. Make a movie
  25. Go canoeing
  26. Go to a museum
  27. Tie-dye some t-shirts
  28. Outside water fun day
  29. Have a paper airplane contest
  30. Go without TV for a day
  31. Make something from recyclables
  32. Make homemade ice cream
  33. See a movie
  34. Make a piñata out of paper-mache
  35. Visit a National Park
  36. Roast marshmallows/hot dogs
  37. Go fishing
  38. Go Bird Watching
  39. Re-decorate bedroom
  40. Learn to play chess
  41. Go horseback riding
  42. Sports Camp

Tuesday Night’s Dinner

Ingredients:

2.5lbs Chix

2 Cans Basil,Garlic,Oregano Diced Tomatoes

1 Can Black Olives Sliced

Olive Oil

1lb Pasta of your choice (I usually use thin spaghetti or angel hair)

Boil noodles according to box directions. Cut chicken into chunks and saute in about 2tbs of olive oil until just about done .  Add 2 can of tomatoes to chicken and cook down for about 20-25 minutes on medium heat.  When chicken mixture is done serve over noodles.  I like to add a little extra olive oil and black olives before serving. This is one of my nieces favorite dishes, and is good hot or cold.

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Now through December 31, 2010, when U.S. residents purchase a full-price adult admission, children ages 3-12 receive a ticket to SeaWorld for only $5.00. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to a wildlife conservation project of your choice.