May Once A Month Cooking ~ The Final Results!

I’ll be honest.   This time around our Once A Month Cooking didn’t go so well.   When you’re starting the day off with these handy

…you know you’re in for a long, hard day of work.   :-P   I came down with a nasty head cold last Wednesday.    By Friday night I was miserable to say the least.  Thankfully, we have a doctor in the family who was gracious enough to call me in some cough medicine.  I joked with my hubby that I sounded like a young boy going through a voice change.  ;)  But, the medicine helped and after sleeping like the dead Friday night, I woke up Saturday morning ready to get things rolling in the kitchen.

So I slipped these babies on and started off the day with a kick.   I knew that I wanted to tackle the toughest recipes first so I threw the potatoes into the oven for Twice Baked Potatoes, started a batch of Cinnamon Roll dough in the bread machine and began browning the ground beef for Lasagna.   I knew it was going to take forever when I was tired at this point, but I kept on and I’m so glad that I did!   We have a TON of meals in the freezer that should hold us well over a month.

I expected us to be wrapping things up by 7 p.m. and completely done by 8 p.m.   Uhhh, no. That didn’t happen.   By 8 o’clock I realized that I had not 30 meals worth of recipes down, but 40 meals worth!  I was torn between being annoyed at myself and relieved that we hadn’t gone slower — I had just forgotten to prune my list before we began working.

We did experience a lot of frustration that was mainly my fault.   You see, I wasn’t expecting to cooking this weekend.   We had other plans that were canceled to due a terrible rain storm.   So we ended up running around at the last minute trying to prepare everything and I know this is what made things seem more chaotic and thus caused us to be more exhausted.  Not to mention that we weren’t at the top of our game because of our colds.  Yep, I was nice enough to share mine with Andrew.  Aren’t I sweet?!  ;)

But, in the end, all that really mattered to us was that we have enough meals in the freezer to assure we will not have to cook this way again for a long, long time!   Now, with all that said, here’s the final results of our May Once A Month Cooking

Main Dishes

Tacos x 3

Spaghetti x 4

Southwestern Turkey Casserole x 2

Turkey Pot Pie x 2

Hamburgers x 4

Hot Dogs x 2

Chili x 2

Lasagna x 3

Grilled Chicken x 4 {about 1 lb per bag = 1/4 lb per meal}

Nacho Chicken Casserole x 2

Chicken Quesadillas x 4

Lemon Pepper Chicken x 3

Lowry Seasoned Chicken x 3

Shredded BBQ x 1

Pizza Dough x 2 {makes enough for 8 pizzas}

Side Dishes

Twice Baked Potatoes – I baked 15 potatoes because if we didn’t use them they would go to waste

Butterhorns x 1 {Ooooh, man.  these are so YUMMY!}

Dinner Rolls x 2

Homemade Bread x 1

Freezer Mashed Potatoes – I hadn’t planned on making these, but like I said above – I wanted to use them all! :)

Breakfasts

Cinnamon Rolls x 2

Chocolate Chip Muffins x 2

Desserts

Slab Apple Pie x 1

When we cooked last March, I went ahead and baked the Cinnamon Rolls and Dinner Rolls so that we could just pop them into the microwave for a quick breakfast/snack.   After about 2 weeks we noticed that the Cinnamon Rolls were tough and we didn’t like them that way {who does?!}.   So, this time around I flash froze the Cinnamon Roll and the Dinner Rolls so that we can sat them out to thaw, let them rise, and pop into the oven for a fresh made treat.    In fact, we tried the cinnamon rolls straight from the freezer this morning and they popped right up and were delicious!

I am still going to make another batch of Homemade Bread and then Chocolate Butterhorns.   These were the only two items that I wasn’t able to cross off my list at the end of the day.  I opted not to go ahead with the chocolate chip cookie dough since I have a ton of Betty Crocker Cookie Pouches in my pantry.   ;)

I am going to give myself a week to relax and recover, then I am going to have to get busy restocking my kitchen!   We are out of quite a few baking necessities that I didn’t realize we were running low on because I haven’t cooked since last March.   But, for now, I am going to just sit back and enjoy knowing that I won’t have to cook again for about seven weeks.  And that is priceless!   ;)


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