As I come to the close of our 3 Moms, 3 Kitchens, 31 Days experiment of documenting and sharing our cooking adventure along the month of March, I have learned many things.
First, if I actually have any intent of feeding, cleaning, schooling and doing anything else during the day for my family, except for writing blog posts, I can not commit to document all things food. There’s just too much of it. You wouldn’t believe how many pictures, recipes and unedited posts that I started, but could not finish. As much as a muli-tasker like me hates to admit it, there are just so many hours in the day.
Most importantly, I confirmed that being acutely aware of every single penny being spent on food makes such a HUGE difference. When I wrote my post about lowering the grocery budget by tracking expenses, I was convinced. Now even more so. This is so important to get a handle on where the money is being spent. For some, there may comes a time when this will no longer be crucial. Typically, I do not itemize every product because I know my budget, I stick to it and it’s become second nature. But this comes after fifteen years of grocery shopping on a budget.
As my month comes to a close, and with the hosting of our annual Easter Eggstravaganza, it’s time for a necessary Bulk Baking/ Freezer Cooking Day or two. I’m so glad my friends plan it every month.
(Side note about my Easter…Can I just share that a special guest is joining us this Sunday. Do you remember our precious homeless friend? Amazing things are happening in her life and she will be part of our family this Easter. I am so excited.)
While I don’t have a perfect plan of attack yet (which is always a little scary), my Freezer Day agenda definitely includes getting 15 pounds of make ahead mashed potatoes done. These are always a hit and go SO fast!
As you can see on the picture above, I’ve already started with some Easy Lasagnas. People tend to think of lasagna as a “special, takes lots of time” meal. You can easily throw together 3-4 of these for the freezer in minutes especially when you have your meat made up ahead of time.
Using much of the marked down meat that I purchased this week for pennies on the dollar, I already cooked two roasts in the crock pot, and then baggied some of the meat. While doing that, I also made soup for last night (with my free couponed frozen veggies, of course). I need to figure out what seasoning to do with the rest of my meat for my freezer cooking day.
I bought everything for Easy Homemade Granola. This is where I admit I bought it two weeks ago and still haven’t made it. Again, I just need to follow Nike’s advice and DO IT! I have about six pounds of over ripe bananas and will be baking banana muffins and bread with those. The rest of my plan is still evolving…by the end of today.
So who wants to join in on some Bulk Baking or Freezer Cooking?