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Freezer Cooking Day: You mean I was actually supposed to cook something?!

I have a big confession to make: I sort of flaked on you on the whole Freezer Cooking thing.

I have a whole lot of excuse cards I could whip out: my 8-month-old is cutting 4 teeth (bless his heart!); I’ve been battling a infection in my mouth which got really bad this weekend and was almost debilitating (I’m on the mend now–thanks to a great doctor!–but ouch!); and this whole switching servers and changing from Typepad to WordPress has been a bear (Gratefully, I have some amazing tech people working me on it–like FiveJs!–or my site would be permanently broken and maimed!).

I had visions of all these delicious meals I was going to make, wonderful pictures I was going to take, and well-crafted blog posts I was going to write, but it just didn’t happen.

Instead, you’ll just have to suffice for no picture and a small list of what I was able to get done over the past three days:

3 meal’s worth of Barbecued Beef

5 Chicken and Dressing casseroles (This is a new recipe and I reworked the recipe so majorly because the original wasn’t turning out as I’d hoped so I’m not even sure how to replicate. I wasn’t too impressed with the final result, but my husband LOVED it. I was happy about that considering he has to eat it four more times!)

2 bags of cooked chopped chicken (Having the meat already cooked and chopped makes preparing Homemade Pizza a complete snap. I can have it in the oven in 15 minutes or less!)

4 meal’s worth of Marinated Chicken

So all totaled, we have enough for 14 dinners–which is actually not too bad considering I only cooked for about 2 1/2 hours total! And I have the ingredients on hand to make about 8 other main dishes for this month (I was supposed to make some Cheeseburger Meatloaves and homemade Macaroni and Cheese but I never got around to it!), so I think that’ll probably last us the whole month through!

And next month around, I hope to do a much better job of cooking and blogging about it.

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Did you have a chance to do any baking or cooking this week? If so, post about it on your blog and leave your link below to your direct blog post. I’d love it especially if you could share pictures and recipes so we can get ideas for our next Freezer Cooking Day! And I’m guessing many others would be inspired as well.

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  • I wouldn’t worry about it Crystal. The point of freezer cooking is to get ahead, not fall farther behind. If you didn’t get everything done, no biggie. There will be other opportunities I am sure!

  • Sally C says:

    Congratulations! In our house we call this “redeeming the day”. We’ve had many, many homeschool day plans go awry because of “life” and had been tempted to give up by 1:00 p.m. In effort not to write the whole day or project off as a bad job, we would do some small part; perhaps read a chapter of a read aloud or spending extra time in God’s word.

    You’ve shown how to redeem the day with your successes in completing 14 meals. I’m so glad you didn’t give up and that you shared. I’m inspired!

  • Tabby says:

    I’m sorry your plans didn’t work out–but you still got a TON done! I’m very impressed. Hope you’re back to 100% soon. 🙂

  • Jen says:

    Don’t feel bad Crystal. Last month for freezer cooking, I had twins teething, each cutting four teeth and we all had colds. I didn’t get much accomplished either!!

    I did much better this month, but having healthy kiddos that are feeling well makes a big difference!

    Thanks for all the inspiration that you and FishMama put out here. You’ve made a huge difference in our life!

  • Bonita says:

    You are my hero! While I wish you felt better and know you wanted to get more done, I appreciate the fact that you are a real person and sometimes things get in the way of the best intentions. Thank you for sharing and making the rest of us feel better!

  • anoo says:

    Oh! thats perfectly can always have another ‘freezer cooking day’ …many-a-times i too have flop shows but thats life…:)

  • anoo says:

    Crystal, you at least made some food…at times i have not done a single chore when i was supposed to do a lot.. 🙂 Cheers!

  • Nicki Sechler says:

    I’ve been looking on your site and can’t find the recipes. Where are they?

  • Mama Laundry says:

    Boy, that’s a LOT done in my book! 14 meals? That ain’t nothing to sneeze at (as they say in the South).

    Sorry you had a you had a tough weekend though.

    This week is going to be fun! See you at Blissdom/SavvyBlogging!


  • Lana says:

    Life happens and you just can’t beat yourself up for it! A friend and I learned never to multiple cook a recipe we had never tried. We made a dish x4 for each of our families that even the dog would not eat! Our kids are all grown now but they still pick on us about that fiasco.

  • Lydia says:

    I’ve just started doing a daily review of recipes on my site. I’m just getting going, but come check it out. Give me some feedback on recipes you would like to see. I’m open to any suggestions you could give me!!

    P.S. – Love your blog! Thanks for all the tips!

  • Julie says:

    Wow! I am seriously impressed. I think you accomplished a ton even in the best of circumstances. Great job! Get well soon!

  • Angela says:

    I know the feeling of having great intentions of being productive and writing a great post… and then getting side-tracked by life. I’m just glad it happens to others too, so I’m not alone.

    I am anxious to see your cheeseburger meatloaf recipe when you make that next. Looking forward to following!

  • Michelle Gantt says:

    I think it is great you got as much done as you did! If and when you get a chance can you post the recipes of the things you were planning to do and did get done, I would be interested in these. Thanks!

  • MomtoTwo says:

    Sorry you didn’t get all you hoped accomplished. That’s just the way it goes when you are a mom. I’m interested in your cheeseburger meatloaf recipe, hopefully you post it in the future. I did make your pumpkin muffins and they were delicious.

  • I think sometimes we are happy to know that we are not the only ones with those types of days! Yesterday, I made a bunch of meatballs, italian meatballs and oriental flavored meatballs for the freezer. It is freezer cooking at the easiest!

  • blaire ruch says:

    crystal, you were faithful to do what you could with what you had going on.
    way to push yourself, and celebrate the positives of what did get accomplished!
    your value is not equal to your daily productivity anyways. (this is something i am trying to remind myself often)
    you are an absolute gem because of Christ in you!
    and He is SO obvious in your life!
    you are loved by the King, and by many many others!
    feel better sista!

    • Crystal says:

      Thank you so much for your kind encouragement, Blaire. It’s been a hard week, but it pales in comparison to so many who are going through much greater trials!

  • I did this when I was preggo and it was wonderful. I must get back into the habit.

  • Gretchen says:

    Thank you so much for being real with us. I appreciate knowing that we don’t have to be super woman all of the time. I hope all is well and that you don’t have too many sleepless nights with your baby who is teething.

  • angela says:

    I too would love to get your cheeseburger meatloaf recipe when you get a chance. My family loves meatloaf and I would like to try that one out. Thanks!

  • Jenni says:

    Newbie here. Love your site. I’m extremely late to post obviously, but since I actually DID something, I wanted to join in!

  • Zhan says:

    Thanks so much to you and all your team for what you do. Your sharing your personal life changes and challenges is proof positive of the Lord never giving up on us. Be very proud of who you are.

    I have a very simple question, on February 2, 2010 in the freezer cook prep subject you mentioned “2 bags of cooked chopped chicken”. What is your basic recipe for this item?

    Thanks again,

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