I have been very blessed the past three months. First, by the arrival of our son Landon! He arrived on a beautiful day in October weighing 9lbs and 5 oz! Mommy and Daddy were so overjoyed and proud, but more on that later! :) As I was saying, I have been very blessed to be home with him the past three months. We have loved spending our days cuddling, reading, playing, and napping! Sadly, my maternity leave is coming to an end in a week. I am very nervous about going back to school and balancing being a teacher, a wife, a homemaker, and a mommy. Especially since Colby is back in his evening masters classes this semester. Before Landon arrived, Colby and school were my life basically. I stayed until late most nights, came in at least one day on the weekend, and took things home as well. As you can imagine, my priorities have changed. While I still want to be the best teacher I can be, I have the most special little boy in the world waiting for me at home and I
I posted a picture on Facebook of the process and had a few people ask about how I did this, so here we go! First, I researched a lot of pins and websites that had anything to do with freezer meals. I quickly discovered that I wanted to make crockpot freezer meals. I can thaw it the night before. Colby is often home at lunch so he will be able to pop it into the slow cooker and it will be ready by the time we get home! Add a veggie and maybe some rolls/pasta and ta-da! Dinner! I was hooked. Then, it became finding the meals that a.) I could eat since I am currently dairy-free and b.) that we would like! I found some great websites with a lot of yummy recipes. The website where I got most of the recipes is here. She is awesome and gave GREAT tips for freezer cooking! Here are the meals I made with the link to each recipe:
Pasta and Fagioli Soup (made into two servings) - imitation of Olive Garden's soup
Black Bean Taco Soup
Honey Garlic Chicken
Savory Chicken (made into two servings)
Island Chicken (made into two servings)
Slow Cooker Beef Tips
A lot of these websites have more recipes on them as well- they just didn't fit my taste/dietary restrictions. :)
The first thing I did to prepare for my day was to copy the recipes and make a huge shopping list. The bill may have made me swoon a bit, but my thought was Hey! This will feed our family for almost a month! Plus, I went to Kroger to get the chicken on sale, which helped tremendously! Plus, I found a use for the elusive can of tomato sauce I bought on accident over a year ago! See Colby- I do use those cans eventually! :)
All in all, today was a great success and it will feel even better when I start back to school and know dinner is not something I have to worry about when I get home! Here is our freezer with lots of yummy dinners just waiting!
I will (hopefully) have more posts coming soon. I hope this was helpful and you get inspired to make your nights much easier!