More Freezer Cooking Plans!

I’ve done this for several months now, and I find it quite funny that just as hubby ran out of breakfast pockets, Money Saving Mom is doing another Freezer Cooking Days.

So . . . um . . . obviously I’m doing more breakfast pockets. I made them with ham, eggs and cheese last time, but this time I bought some HOT breakfast sausage to use as the meat. Since hubby is the main one enjoying them, I think he’ll like having the kind of sausage he loves, but has graciously given up as the father of young children. I am also planning to do some with bacon again, like the first time.

And this month, since I have a good amount of already-cooked beef and chicken in the freezer, I’m planning to make some actual assembled meals. I’ve resisted this in the past, mostly pre-cooking individual ingredients, but since baseball season gets into full swing next week, I need some ready-to-go meals in the freezer.

I plan to make two spinach lasagnas:

12 lasagna noodles

1 c. fat-free cottage cheese

3/4 c. grated Parmesan Cheese

1 c. grated part skim Mozzarella

3-4 c. spaghetti sauce

1/2 lb spinach, thawed and drained

2 egg whites

In a medium bowl, combine spinach, cottage cheese, egg, and 1/2 c Parmesan cheese. In another bowl, combine remaining Parmesan and mozzarella cheese. Preheat oven to 350.To assemble, spoon 3 tbsp sauce into the bottom of a 9X13 baking pan. Cover sauce with 4 noodles, breaking them as needed to fit, 1/2 of the cottage cheese mixture, 1/3 of the mixed cheeses, and 1/3 of the remaining sauce. Repeat to make second layer. Cover with the rest of the noodles, top with remaining sauce and cheeses.

I generally don’t pre-cook the noodles, but I may this time since I’ll be freezing it.

And again with the pockets . . . I’m going to make a dinner version of them – cheeseburger pockets. I’m planning to make them the same way as the breakfast ones, but fill them with ground beef and shredded cheese. We can then dip them in ketchup or mustard. I’m hoping they’ll be good, and they’ll make an ultra quick microwaved dinner that we can take to the ballgames with us if needed!

I can’t say enough how much freezer cooking helps me. Even just doing my minimalist version is an essential survival technique for me as I go through this de-slobification process. When I feel hopelessly unorganized, knowing that I have something in the freezer that’s at least half-done is a huge relief.

Go check out more freezer cooking plans at Money Saving Mom.

My Vacuum Cleaner’s New Frontier

It’s Friday . . . so I dusted and vacuumed.  In the past two months or so of this new Task-a-Day thing, I’ve developed a bit of a method for vacuuming my house.   Since all the main areas of the house have hardwood floors, I go through first with the broom and get the corners and edges swept out into the middle of the floor.  Then I can vacuum quickly and not have to try to shove the vacuum cleaner into tight spaces. 

I vacuumed the:

Dining Room.

Living Room.

Office.

Small hallways.

Done.

I automatically thought I was done.  But then I realized that I could actually vacuum my master bedroom.  The floor is clear(ish)! 

In the past, I’ve given it a good vacuuming when I finished a maniacal cleaning session, but the clutter generally reappeared quickly enough that it wasn’t a possibility the next time I had a random Vacuum Day. 

Sooo, Dust and Vacuum Day is going to take longer now . . . ummmm . . . great.  But that’s okay, I’m happy to have my presentable-unless-you-actually-enter-the-room-and-look-at-the-corner-by-my-side-of-the-bed master bedroom. 

Also today I:

Made bed.

Emptied dishwasher and cleaned kitchen.

Swept kitchen.

Did a whole-house pickup.

Ran a load of laundry.  With my new Laundry Day, I haven’t been doing any loads except on Mondays, and it’s working great.  However, an exception had to be made since we seem to have a child who has developed a strange habit of getting up to use the restroom in the middle of the night – completely asleep – and putting his underwear in the toilet.  Yes, underwear IN the toilet.  I can understand peeing in the hamper (don’t like it, but I do understand the possible sleep-reasoning) but I really have absolutely no idea what the sleep-logic here is.  And this is at least the THIRD time this has happened.  Oh the joys of parenthood. 

--Nony

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