For the month of January I got this idea that I would do once-a-month cooking.
What is it about you ask?
Well the idea is that you spend one horrid day cooking EVERYTHING for that month, freeze it, and then you will have meals every night to just thaw out and eat. So we did our grocery shopping...
I was going to do this after church on a Sunday, but we had a sick little one, so I was able to start early in the morning. I had the meat out.
After this part I basically stopped taking pictures because I was in too much of a rush to get things done. Now I would consider myself pretty familiar with the kitchen. I do a lot of cooking and baking. So when it told me it would take all day I was a little over confident and thought that surely it wouldn't take me that long. But seriously! Let me tell ya, I cooked from the 7a to the 7p. Sunup to sun down, yo. I was exhausted. Exhausted!!!
I could not imagine doing a whole month as I only did 2 weeks, but it was so worth it.
As we approach the end of the month, we had one more meal and then we are done. The two weeks of dinners has worked perfectly for us. Here's why...I do like to use cooking as a way to express creativity. Sometimes I like to play with cooking and try new things. So I've probably cooked like that once a week. The rest of the time has been us eating sandwiches on the run between classes we are carpooling too. We also eat at Nick's mom and dad's once a week when they take one of the kiddos a week. And a couple of times we have eaten out.
So that's it. Once a month cooking for us was only two weeks worth of meals, but it was so worth it. I can't wait to do it again because I am hoping (hoping being the key word here!) that I will get better and faster with the processes and will be able to accomplish more in less time.
For this next month I've been researching new recipes to use. This FabuLESS website looks amazing!!! I am a HUGE Money Saving Mom fan and she has some great recipes and advice as well. And I haven't checked it out too much yet but I can't wait to dive into the Thriving Home's website about freezer cooking.
So there ya go! I know I talked about this before with some friends and I am so, so sorry that it has taken me about a month to get this written. And please let me know if you have any questions. I would love to help! And I am getting ready to do my freezer cooking for next month, so maybe we can all do it together :)