Thoughts & Happenings 7/13/17

I’m feeling like blogging about life’s random things today so here we go! ^_^

We tried a new slow cooker recipe last night. It was made with chicken, cream of chicken soup, chicken broth, diced onion, fresh mushrooms and salt, pepper, and poultry seasoning. Added in sour cream at the end and served over angel hair pasta. Definitely a keeper! I found it on a YouTube channel called The Magical Slow Cooker. I really like the way she does her videos because you get this overview of the how the recipe comes together and then the link to the recipe is in her description. :) There’s a parmesan chicken recipe of hers that I’m going to try next.

Staying on the topic of dinner, I have been changing things with my five (and a half) year old, Samuel. He has always been a very, very picky eater and adamantly against trying new foods or eating foods he doesn’t absolutely love. The thing is, I have allowed this behavior and it’s not right. At least not at his age. So, I’ve begun requiring him to have what we’re having, within reason (he doesn’t eat meat and he doesn’t eat spicy). And he only has to eat three bites of each food offered. He CAN eat more but he only has to have three. I’ve also cut out any before-bed snacks so that he is even more motivated to eat dinner. I have to say, aside from his complaints leading up to dinner (which I’m working on correcting), he is doing really well. He’s already found that he likes some foods he didn’t know he would and he has tolerated certain things that he was completely opposed to before. :)

So, I am looking at the option of freezer cooking because it would be a definite time-saver for me! I don’t have a large freezer but I could do two or three meals a week probably. I understand the basics, I think, but I’m still fuzzy on the preparing the meals AT dinner time part. ?? Like, how do I know if it should be defrosted first? How do I know the oven temp and the time? So many videos I’ve watched just show the woman prepping the food in bags and pans but not the info on preparing it to eat. lol I need to research this further.

Today I am meal planning and grocery shopping for the week. I think the boys are going to come with me while the girls stay home. Now that Elizabeth is no longer nursing during the day, I have more freedom to run errands and let her big sister babysit. :)

I have implemented a new routine just for me and the little ones that I’m excited about but I’ve got to get going this morning – I will write about it soon!

Hope you’re having a nice week. ^_^

18 thoughts on “Thoughts & Happenings 7/13/17

  1. Hey, HUGE KUDOS on Samuel’s eating!!! Tough love is … tough. But it’s for his own good. Kids NEED to learn to try foods – both because they’ll find out they like it and also because it’ll make going to social functions as a young adult and older adult easier. I wish such tough love with work with my 35yo husband – seriously. He’s a pain in the @$$ when it comes to eating, especially in public. But anyway. I hope he’s turning the corner!!
    Congrats about expanded babysitting!
    I find that dishes tend to turn out better if they thaw before cooking. They cook more evenly. Take out a dish a few hours early or even the night before to thaw.

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  2. I’ve done some freezer meals, and I always defrosted them before cooking. I always bake everything at approx 350 (my oven is wacky). Most freezer meal recipes tell you what temperature to set the oven to. HOWEVER, I actually stopped making full meals to put in the freezer, and now I just make ingredients like shredded chicken, meatballs, and tomato sauce. I found the meals to be mushy and they never

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  3. I love freezer meals! Check out pioneer woman for some ideas. Also, Pinterest is full of them. You can also prep meal PARTS, like if you are browning ground beef, do a ton of it and then freeze portions. You can add it to spaghetti sauce, make instant tacos, etc. or grill up several extra pieces of chicken. Use them in salads or soups.

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  4. I always write the directions on the freezer bag. If it MUST be thawed first or if it can go right into the slow cooker or pot frozen. I’ve found that precooking meatballs, etc. can make them dry when served but I still do some that way so if I don’t feel up to even frying pre-made meatballs they’re ready. I don’t know if you looked at any of the freezer meal recipes I’ve done but they’ll give you an idea of how the freezer meal thing works.

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