Alright - I am ready for my foot massage now! I just know I can count on the Historian for a nice one when he gets home!!! Right, hon?
Here is a run down on how my cooking day went today. Do you want the good news or the bad news first? Let's get the bad news out of the way, o.k.?
I underestimated in quite a few areas - I'll know better for next time!
- I underestimate the time. It took 6 hours, instead of 5, but the main problem was clean up time, cool down times and interruptions. I thought that since the children are still at Poppa and Grammy's I wouldn't have any interruptions, but I was wrong! I also had forgotten my own needs - as the lunch and a potty break or two!
- I underestimated the effort. Why is that I still think that under this apron there is a Super Woman costume ... I am really tired! Next time I'll be less ambitious - honestly - I will! Well, I'll try! Still coming to terms with liver disease, I guess.
- I underestimated the power of ice tea - my blackberry tea is herbal - I could have used some powerful caffeine!!!
- I underestimated my lack of ability to focus. I thought I would multi-task and listen to those ministry tapes I've been longing to listen to, but the recipes were new and required some brain power to follow, so I couldn't listen and concentrate at the same time. I'm thankful for Christian radio keeping me company!
- I underestimated the freezer space required - I should have organized my freezer first!
- I forgot to count out my freezer bags and ran out of the size I needed.
of these and I think they will be a hit with our family!
All of these little problems are just learning opportunities, and are quite fixable - so lets get to the good news!
- I made everything I had intended to, with one substitution. I was reading the ingredients on the oil packed sun dried tomatoes for the Italian Stuffed Chicken and realized that it had three really bad preservatives in there - so I made Pecan Stuffed Chicken Breasts instead.
- Everything smelled and tasted wonderful - that is, the things that I cooked tasted great - some of the recipes I put in the freezer uncooked - but the ingredients smelled wonderful. I loved using my fresh herbs from the garden!
- My yield was higher and my cost per meal was actually less then I thought since I didn't use the expensive sun dried tomatoes and got more meals then I estimated.
- The Chicken Tortilla Soup is more full bodied than I thought, so I will use it for a main dish.
French Onion Soup - 4 servings for my Historian
Chicken Tortilla Soup - 3 dinners
Manicotti - 2 dinners
Buttermilk Herb Chicken Breasts - 2 dinners
Chicken in Phyllo - 3 dinners
Pecan Stuffed Chicken Breasts - 1 dinner
Sloppy Joes - 3 dinners
Mama's Joy's Meatballs - 4 dinners
That's 18 meals in the freezer!!!!
Mama's Joy's Meatballs - I let them cool and removed all the fat before freezing.
So, when I take off the sun dried tomatoes, add in the cost of the Chicken Tortilla Soup ingredients and a few other things that I used from my pantry that I missed in my initial estimate, the total was more like $68 which makes each meal $3.78! That works for me!
I would not feel right about sharing the recipes I used from the book since they are copy written, but I will share my Mum's amazing 'Mama's Joy's Meatballs' next post - they are wonderful! The book 'Don't Panic Dinner is in the Freezer' is in our library lending system - so hopefully it is in yours as well, and if not, try your local Christian Bookstore first (please please keep your neighbors employed folks - local stores are rapidly diminishing and it is a real shame, in my humble opinion), or CBD.
Now, where did I put that mop?