Friday, February 22, 2013
All that to say, I haven't been able to a lot of stocking up in the freezer department. I have been taking out and taking out and things are pretty bare. It makes the freezer easier to clean and wipe down though! I was able to do a little food prep this week although it was not too exciting.
Above you will see my three handmaidens hard at work. I have another, but she needed a day off. I thought about naming them as I have named my other hardworking appliances, but I can't keep up with it all. If I get my own children's names right the first time I am doing well. My boys have learned to respond to all of their sibling's names. :)
I was able to put up four bags of pinto beans and two bags of kidney beans. This was after I pulled out enough beans to make a HUGE batch of chili for our lunch yesterday. I already had some leftover black beans in the fridge so I added them also. There was enough to save for the boys to have for lunch tomorrow. Abbie and I will be at a FOUR HOUR choir practice-for CHILDREN'S Choir! This is her last children's choir musical though and if I can make it through without the ugly cry it will be a major feat.
I also cooked ground beef and put four bags in the freezer. Last night we had pork chops and I was able to save some for pork fried rice next week. Today is crockpot roast day and the leftovers will be used in a soup for Sunday lunch. I am trying to really think about how I can use my leftovers and not waste. I had a big fail this morning though. We had lots of mashed potatoes left last night and I didn't think until this morning I could have used them for potato pancakes for our breakfast. Maybe next time though.
I wanted to write down my freezer stocking days bc I want to be able to look back and see the difference it has made. I tend to get fired up about something and quicky fizzle. But this has really made a difference in they way I cook and made a dent in my grocery budget. It can for you too. One baby step at a time. Believe me, if I had tried to do all these things in a month's time I would have burned out very quickly. Here are some good sites to help you get started-even just one thing a week will start to make a difference.
Money Saving Mom
The Prudent Homemaker
We are off to the Blue Bell Ice Cream Factory today with some friends. We've never been and I think it will be interesting. And delicious!