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4 Weeks to Fill Your Freezer: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough (Day 16)

Cookie dough is SO easy to make ahead of time and freezer for later! And you'll always have cookies ready to pop in the oven when company comes over!!

If you’re not a fan of most freezer meals, can I encourage you to try making cookie dough and freezing it? I can almost guarantee you won’t be able to tell a difference between frozen cookie dough and fresh cookie dough.

It makes it so easy to make a batch of fresh-baked cookies when you have drop-in guests or need to bring a dessert or snack to some event at the last minute. It’s also very handy for those times when you get a late-night craving for chocolate. Oh wait, I may be the only person who has that happen to them. Ahem. 😉

My sister concocted this recipe many years ago and it’s long been our favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. It definitely wouldn’t win the prize for being a low-calorie cookie, but it’s a delicious and hearty cookie recipe.

Did you do any freezer cooking today? If so, I’d love to see the results of your efforts! Link up your blog posts below or tell us about your success in the comments.

 

4 Weeks to Fill Your Freezer: Italian Chicken (Day 15)

This is one of our go-to meals. It is so, so easy and delicious.

You could skip the freezing part altogether and just make it the day of, but some times it’s nice to pull a bag out of the freezer, dump it into a pan or crock pot and dinner is done.

It’s a great summer recipe because you can grill it or cook it in the crock pot and not heat up your kitchen at all. We love it served over rice or sliced and served on a big salad.

While I was making the Italian Chicken on one end of the table, the above picture is what was happening at the other end of the kitchen table. Seeing my husband so intently working with Silas on his preschool and Silas just soaking it up melts my heart.

{My husband has been doing one or two of each of the children’s homeschooling subjects with them each evening after he comes home from work. It was his idea — and the children love it!}

{I think one of the reasons they enjoy it is because Daddy’s homeschooling often involves snacks, too. ;)}

Did you do any freezer cooking today? If so, I’d love to see the results of your efforts! Link up your blog posts below or tell us about your success in the comments.

4 Weeks to Fill Your Freezer: Week #4 Freezer-Friendly Snacks & Desserts + Shopping List

Can you believe we’ve made it to the last week of freezer cooking? My freezer is getting so stocked and it has been wonderful.

With Memorial Day weekend coming up, I’m spacing out the recipes a bit more this week to give everyone a little bit more time to play along (should you so choose) and to also give myself the flexibility to not blog much on Monday. 🙂

My apologies in advance that all but one of these recipes has chocolate in it. What can I say? “Dessert” and “snack” is pretty much synonymous with “chocolate” at our house. 🙂 And no day is complete without at at least a little bit of chocolate!

Here’s this week’s list of Snack and Dessert Recipes I’ll be making to stick in the freezer along with a grocery list (let me know if you see any mistakes on amounts needed):

Click on the “Print This” tab at the top of the list to generate a printer-friendly list. (If you’re reading via email or a feed reader, you may need to click through to the post to print the list.)

Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole

Freezer Friendly Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole -- frugal, easy to whip up, delicious, filling, and it even freezes well!

Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole is delicious, filling, frugal, and so freezer-friendly! If you freeze the bags flat, you can store them on their side like filing folders to fit a lot in a small freezer.

Did you do any freezer cooking over the past two days? If so, I’d love to see the results of your efforts! Link up your blog posts below or tell us about your success in the comments.

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4 Weeks to a More Organized Home Printable Checklist and Daily Email Reminders

4 Weeks to a More Organized Home

So many of you followed along with the 4 Weeks to a More Organized Home series begged me if I could put together a printable checklist. Well, thanks to the wonderful Joy from FiveJs.com we not only have a free printable checklist available, but we did one better than that: you can also sign up to receive the challenges via email!

Download the Free 4 Weeks to a More Organized Printable ChecklistThis checklist includes all of the daily challenges as half pages so you can print, cut in half, and use one per weekday. There is also a short list at the end if you just want to print a list of the main assignments for each day.

Sign up for the Free 20 Days to a More Organized Home Email ListSign up here and confirm your subscription via the link in your email inbox. You’ll receive one email each day with the daily challenges. The emails will begin the day after you subscribe and you’ll receive one challenge per day for 20 days.

Want to go straight to the blog posts or want to see my results from each day’s challenge? Here are links to each post in the series (and yes, Day 15 is missing — I was out of town with no internet access. But Day 15 is on the printable checklist and daily email challenges!):

Freezer-Friendly Homemade Pizza Dough

This Freezer-Friendly Pizza Dough recipe is such an EASY, go-to recipe! It's nearly impossible to mess up, and it freezes really well!

This pizza crust recipe has been my go-to recipe for years. It’s so easy to make — and it’s really hard to ruin. In fact, I’ve made it dozens upon dozens of times and I don’t think I’ve ever messed it up.

That’s saying a lot coming from someone like me, who can even ruin simple recipes like Reese’s Peanut Butter Bars.

Last year, I experimented with freezing the pizza dough — to make it even quicker to pull off Homemade Pizza for dinner. While I still think fresh is best, the frozen dough is almost as good — and it’s a whole lot less expensive than ordering pizza for dinner. 🙂

Want more make-it-from-scratch ideas? I highly recommend Easy Homemade by Mandi Ehman. This ebook contains more than 60 recipes for homemade kitchen staples and it’s beautifully laid out, well-illustrated, and packed with great ideas and recipes.