Wow! What a day! My friend Melinda and I finished our big Freezer Cooking Day around 6:30 last evening. It took me another 2 hours to completely clean up, but it was totally worth it! Here are the results:
Breakfast: pumpkin pancakes, biscuits
I’ll add recipe links as we find them.
I started late (around 12:30) and didn’t make it to my fourth dinner, the muffins or the pancakes. I grossly underestimated the time I would spend nursing throughout the afternoon (but it was sure nice to sit down!). I plan to finish up this week by baking one item each day and give Melinda her half on Thursday.
After chatting, here’s what we decided for next time:
:: Do it with a partner! Super fun and keeps you going.
:: Get the kids out of the house. Dads were in charge, but everyone was still in the house with us. And we all know that a child can be sitting on Daddy’s lap and will walk across the house to find Mama to open a box. Next time, we’re kicking everyone out.
:: Prepare as much beforehand as possible — cook meat, chop veggies, shred cheese, etc. Some baking may also need to be done apart from the group event. My oven was going the entire time even without baking the muffins.
:: Start planning for next time! We have about a month to be looking for clearanced meat and dairy and stockpiling the ingredients we need, which will decrease the cost for each of us (we both spent about $110 for the ingredients and supplies).
:: Most important — plan the day’s meals. We hadn’t thought about what we or our families were going to eat while we were cooking and we had an hungry mob on our hands at one point. And I ended up eating cookies for dinner. Delicious, but certainly not ideal.
This type of a project is totally doable! It just takes some diligent planning, a buddy and an empty house! Angela
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