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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papers, books, teacher’s dirty looks…

Wow.  Summer flew by us far too quick. We are now back in session.  This will be the busiest year for this mama yet.  Isa is in 3rd grade now, learning cursive and all.  Andre is starting 2nd, Olivia is joining in with Kindergarten, and Miss Josephine is just beside herself with excitement as she begins preschool.  We are hustling and bustling around these parts.  Daily routines are making way to a happy steady family rythmn…at least that’s the “plan” :)

Shall I won’t mention here– in this place where I try to remember the “good” in each day– that it takes awhile for us to adjust?  Not everyone is pleased to do their work, not everyone is obedient, there are issues of respect for authority, and following directions isn’t everyone’s cup-of-tea.  We’ll get there, I know.  But sadly, amongst the papers and books, teacher has given plenty of dirty looks.

Don’t judge me.  I’m working on it.

Day by day I know we’ll all get to a place where expectations of new and wonderful lessons are on the forefront of every child’s mind. I don’t know how to achieve it, but I am making it my aim to instill a love for learning in them.  If you love to learn, you are self-motivated and curious.  I do believe this is the longest and most important lesson.  Wish me luck, or rather, pray.  Miracles happen, I’m sure of it.

What keeps your children motivated to learn?  I am praying that our switch in curriculum is the key.  Fun, memorable, unit studies are at our disposal.  Here’s to prayer and steadfastness.  It’s not easy to home school, it’s not always fun to home school, but it is this family’s calling and we’re sticking it out to the end.  Family in tote, books on shelf, Bible in hand, prayers on heart, with my loins girded…I’m heading into this sucker head-on.  Here’s to another year of learning.  *Raised coffee mug*  Yes, I’ve back-slid.  I fell off the wagon.  I’m drinking coffee.  And that’s all I got to say ’bout that.

First day of school 2011.