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About sledge258

I'm a wife, mom, with a full time job. I love to cook, write and photography. These are my pasions in life. With a full time job my passions tend to get put on the back burner, but I am trying to change that. I wanted to start a blog so I can bring out all of my passions in one place.

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Some Freezer Meal Ideas

I thought I would share some of the freezer meals that I do for my family to try to stay on track with dinners.

Meat loaf

Pepper steak ( this I prep all the ingredients and then put in a zip lock bag to freezer)

Spaghetti meat sauce

Meat balls

Beef stew

Sloppy Joe’s

Soups

Chili

Hamburgers

Baked Ravioli

Let me know what your freezer meals are.

Bulk freezer cooking

Freezer cooking can be a big task, but if you plan out your menu and what you need to do for each meal it is really not that bad. The key to bulk freezer cooking is being organized. Now you don’t have to cook for a month if you feel that is too much to take on at first. You can start with a week and then work your way up to where you feel is what works for you and your family.   I did do a month of freezer cooking and prepping and it was a task for me. My mistake was that I did the bulk cooking the same day I did the grocery shopping. This is a big do not do. You should do your groceries one day, and also get your kitchen ready for the big cooking day. This alleviates a lot of anxiety for bulk cooking.   The next day would be the day for cooking. This way does make is so much easier. I did both and the second way makes bulk cooking a breeze. Now, what I did was the night before the big cooking day, I made sure I had all my pots, pans, and anything else I would need for freezer cooking ready to go. I got my recipes all put together and organized them to which recipe would be first. Like I said this is all about being organized.

The day of you take out all the ingredients you are going to need for the meals you have planned and then again organize these items for each recipe.   If you have a lot to chop, dice, then try using your food processor for those if you have one. If not that is fine, just get to chopping. I had done this both ways with a processor and without. Either way was fine. I like the chopping of vegetables for some reason it is relaxing to me. I just cut up everything that needed to be chopped and set those ingredients aside. I believe this is the hardest part of bulk cooking is the chopping of the produce. Once this part is done you should now be able to assemble the meals and put them in a gallon size zip lock baggie. This is it to freezer cooking. If you are well organized this should only take a few hours. There is clean up afterwards, but what I did was try to clean as I went.

This is so helpful when all you have to do is just take out a meal and either put it in the slow cooker, or whatever way you are cooking it. I work full time and long hours, so this is my way of doing meals. I only do 2 weeks at a time which is what works for me, but I would recommend this to anyone who wants to put a quick meal on the table after you worked a long day.  I hope this was helpful for you and hope you try bulk freezer cooking.

Planner Stickers

I was thinking about making my own planner stickers for some time now. I did some research on how to make planner stickers, and what material would be need to make them.   It don’t take much, just a printer, sticker paper, and the designs you want to print. The reason for this research is I love me some Etsy planner stickers, and I notice that in the past 6 months I spent enough money to probably purchase one of those Silhouette machines. For anyone who does planners, and love Etsy planner stickers, you too might want to consider just making your own stickers. I bought more ink for my printer, and some Avery Project Sticker paper, so I am ready to start printing my own stickers. Even if I have to cut them out myself, I am still saving money, and this is fun to do. Who knows, maybe if I become good enough at this, I will open my own Etsy shop and sell your own stickers. That would be great to make some money for a hobby you like to do. I probably will still buy planner stickers from Etsy (maybe), but now I will save some money and won’t feel so guilty. (lol)

Bears VS Lions

We got some Bears tickets for today’s game, and my husband took our oldest daughter to the game.   She is a big Bears fan, and she was super-duper excited about being able to go to the Bears game today.   They have great seats near the Bears players.    I hope the Bears win this game for her and make Chicago proud of them Hehe.

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