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August 2012

Freezer meals for a beginner

* I’m the beginner so if anyone reading this has any good freezer meal ideas they would be much appreciated!! ūüôā

I have been very unmotivated lately to make food for dinner when I come home. ¬†This is not a problem for my husband who loves my cooking (Nick’s addition to this post) ¬†but ¬†is completely content to eat cereal or order pizza out but is definitely a problem for me because I don’t really enjoyed either of those things. ¬†When I come home I want a nice meal but am usually lacking energy, motivation and time to plan, shop and cook in the few precious hours I have after work when I otherwise could be spending them with my husband, or tackling the bottomless laundry pile that has been sitting in our bedroom floor since we got married :/

This weekend was a pretty low key weekend for us  (most of our weekends are) and I was praying Saturday morning about how I could use my time well that day when the idea to plan  and execute  some freezer meals popped in my head.

I did some research on freezing food and decided to make 2 batches of  3 different recipes coming to a total of 22+ meals (11 dinners for the 2 of us)  to be used this week and next month.  I realize that when most people plan and prepare freezer meals they do a whole lot more than this but I figured that this, being my first time, I would start small (lest I get intimidated and trash the effort all together).

I tried one new recipe (barbecue¬†pulled chicken) and two tried and true recipes (Southwestern stuffed bell peppers and Teriyaki chicken). ¬†The homemade barbecue sauce for the chicken wasn’t the best in my opinion, a little to tomato-ey so next time I will just dump Nick’s favorite barbecue sauce into the slow cooker with 3 lbs. of chicken to cook on low for 6 hours instead.

With the barbecue chicken you can make a freezer kit consisting of 3 lbs. of chicken and barbecue sauce in a freezer bag that you can just thaw and dump in the crock pot later or you could make up a batch and freeze some of the shredded chicken to thaw and use for sandwiches later.

For the Teriyaki chicken I just assembled a freezer kit filled with thinly sliced boneless skinless chicken about .75- 1 lb in each bag along with our favorite Teriyaki marinade.  I will just thaw the chicken pack overnight in the fridge and then dump it into the skillet to cook.

Teriyaki Chicken:

Serves 2

.75- 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken sliced thin

1/4 c. soy sauce

2 Tbs. water

2 cloves garlic minced

2 Tbs. rice vinegar

1/2 Tbs. sesame oil

2 Tbs. brown sugar

1 Tbs. flour

Dash of ginger powder

Whisk together everything but the chicken. Place sliced raw chicken breast and sauce into one freezer bag.   Thaw overnight in the fridge before cooking.

To cook,  dump contents of the bag into a skillet and cook on medium-low heat until chicken is done.   To thicken up the sauce, remove the chicken from the skillet once cooked , add 1 Tbs. flour and whisk on med-high heat until it forms a thick glaze.  Then add chicken back in and stir to coat.  Serve over rice and vegetables or fried rice.

For the stuffed bell peppers I combined everything that will go in the bell peppers to freeze, except for the rice.

Southwestern Stuffed Bell Peppers:

Makes 5 stuffed peppers

1 can (15 oz.) black beans, rinsed and drained.

1 c. (4 oz.) shredded pepper-jack cheese

¬ĺ c. medium salsa

¬Ĺ c. frozen corn, thawed

¬Ĺ c. chopped green onions with tops

1 tsp. chili powder

¬Ĺ tsp. ground cumin

1/3 c. uncooked long-grain white rice

5 green bell peppers

Thaw overnight in the fridge before cooking. ¬†Cut tops of peppers and remove seeds and ‘insides’. ¬†Combine rice with mixture. ¬†Stuff peppers. ¬†Place peppers in crock-pot and cook on Low for 4-6 hours.

I am so excited to have meals for this week planned and a few for next month in the freezer!

One year of nannying full-time

I am coming up on one year of nannying full-time and the little girl I nanny for is coming up on one year of life!! I am so thankful for this ‘job’– and everything I have learned from it! ¬†The family I nanny for has really become part of our family and I have learned so much from them! I am so thankful for all 5 of them and the means of God’s mercy and grace they have been to me!

Some pics from a day in the life of an almost one year old:

The makings of a good morning…

 

Review: Starbucks’ Homemade Iced coffee

Can homemade iced coffee really be as good as Starbucks’?

YES!–This was so delicious! It took me 2 tries to figure it out but in my opinion, it tastes just like my standby summer drink at Starbucks. ¬†The bag suggests using 4 Tbs. of ground coffee for every 6 oz of water. I followed the directions (brewing double strength and then filling the pitcher with ice to make up the difference in water) and ¬†I used 8 Tbs. of coffee for 2 cups (16 oz.) and found that it was perfect served over ice. ¬†Super excited that I don’t have to pay over 2 dollars for an iced cup of perfection any more! ūüôā

” Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. ¬†In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight. ¬†Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and turn away from evil. ¬†It will be healing to your body and refreshment to your bones… ¬†My son, do not reject the discipline of the Lord or loathe His reproof, for whom the Lord loves He reproves, even as a Father corrects the son in whom he delights.” ¬†-Proverbs 3: 5-8, 11-12

“For the Lord is a sun and shield; the Lord gives grace and glory;¬†no good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.” – Psalm 84:11

¬†“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those He called according to His purpose. ¬†For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified (!). What shall we say to these things? ¬†If God is for us, who is against us? ¬†He who¬†did not spare His own Son,¬†but delivered Him up for all of us,¬†how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?” -Romans 8: 28- 32

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