how-to prepare freezer meals

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It’s no secret that activities increase when school starts.  We get up earlier, have homework, jobs, meals, cleaning to accomplish, events to attend…things get real busy real fast.  I attempt to bring a slight amount of order to the chaos,  by preparing.

I’m sure many of you have seen make-ahead meal ideas floating around on the internet.

I had a wild hair yesterday and decided to stock-pile some meals. It’s always nice to have an easy out when something unexpected comes up.  It’s also nice to be able to have someone else throw something in the crock pot when I’m not around to explain how.

So I spent about an hour an a half slapping together some casserole and crock pot meals yesterday.  I came up with 11.

You can find some inspiration on my Pinterest board here and here.

I basically threw together as many meals as I could think of.  I didn’t stick to meals that were specifically for “make ahead”.  I made whatever looked good and I had the ingredients.  You can make just about any casserole or crock pot meal into a freezer meal.

Some of the exact meals I made from the board were:

Meatball Sub Casserole

Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Cilantro and Lime Chicken Tacos I skipped the pesto this time and we’re serving over rice.

Chicken Mushroom Stroganoff

I did some impromptu bags for the crock as well.  What ever we had left with BBQ sauce, veggies, soy sauce ect.

I write the instructions for cooking and what to serve the meal with (rice, pasta, salad ect.) on the bag.

If you want to make more meals in the same time, cut the casseroles.  Layering eats up time.

How do you prepare for the back-to-school frenzy?

Being primed for the tumultuous days ahead give me rest.

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up, up, and away

If you ever find yourself in Tucson, AZ, I highly recommend the Pima Air and Space Museum.  We visited while we were on vacation.  It has so much more than I imagined.

Building after building filled with awesome aircraft, historical memorabilia and amazing people there to tell you all about it.  It’s self guided in the building; however, there are eager teachers waiting for you to ask them questions.

It was in the middle of a heat wave when we went, so we opted out of the outside portion. That includes acres and acres of more military and special aircraft.  If you’ve ever survived summer in the desert you know why we stayed inside :)

I admit I was in history nerd heaven here.  The kids thought everything looked cool and interesting.  Nick and I really enjoyed the learning.  They had an aircraft there that was the same type that dive bombed in WWII. We heard all the details about a particular attack from a retired Air-force officer.

This place was a hit for all ages.  I can’t say enough about it.  If you ever get the chance, you simply must go see it.

We have dreams of traveling with our kids every school break they get. I have a dream of seeing all 50 states and 7 continents before I die.  Where do you like to escape to?  I would love to hear some of your favorite sites to visit in the comments.

Have a beautiful Monday friends!

delving back in

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There may have been a yarn and needle sale, two interested tiny girls, and an eager mama at the store recently.  What sort of knitter would I be to deny my little loves the desires of my heart?

This mama has a year’s worth of crafting stored up inside.  One cannot justify knitting with a seventeen credit load at college.  Now that school’s out, I’m all in.

I’m free to knit now, and that’s what I am doing.  Every chance I get.  I’m taking any willing soul with me.

I love that they want to be doing what I do.  They picked their colors and off we went to the register.  I likely picked up some extra for me ;)

The lessons began the instant we got home.  They are pretty good already. I can’t handle the adorable way Josie concentrates tongue and all. Ha!

I am taking my knitting everywhere I go, just like I used to.  I have ambitious projects ahead.  Pattern writing, sweaters, socks, everything I see goes in my Ravelry queue.

What are you crafting lately?

I’m excited to have needles in hand delving back in.