Posted by: Dawn | on July 18, 2016
This is the final recipe in the FREEZER MEAL Marathon. I am sure there will be several batches of these going into the freezer before we start back to school in September. On those homeschooling days when it is taking longer then I want it to my freezer is my best friend, it has saved my sanity many times!
A little side story about our summer has to do with chocolate chip cookies. My oldest, Camden is 8 years old and has lots of energy. Sometimes mothering him requires more then I want to give. He is very aware of his surroundings, the calender and what we are doing ‘next’. Most times his ‘next thing’ and my ‘next thing’ are oceans apart. The reality of laundry, blackberries that need picked, and hungry mouths take priority over all the fun things on his agenda. I was praying over this one morning a couple of weeks ago and it was like the Lord showed me that today was the day to teach him how to bake cookies. So that afternoon we did it. The next morning was Saturday and I had errands to run. I was in and out all day and he asked me if he could bake cookies, I kinda muttered, “Sure, you are aware I won’t be here much to help?”. By his own initiative he took that same recipe and baked perfect cookies. The rest is history. He has been baking a lot of cookies this summer. God is such a creative God. I am so grateful for that prompting. It has helped keep him busy and it has helped me in the kitchen.
CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
3 cups butter, softened
3 cups brown sugar (sometimes I only add 2 cups of brown sugar and then just bump the flour to 1/2 cup more because I think this is too much sugar)
3 cups white sugar, I use sucanat sugar here instead of white
1 tbsp vanilla
9 cups all purpose flour
(do not pack the flour in the measuring cup, if you spoon it in vs scoop your cup full I think you will find you like your end product so much better )
1 tbsp salt
1 tbsp baking soda
2 tbsp hot water
6 cups chocolate chips
In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugars together until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla.
Dissolve soda in water.
Add flour, salt and soda mixture. Mix well. Add chocolate chips.
Make cookie balls.
I freeze 12 cookie balls in quart sized freezer bags. It’s a perfect amount for us to enjoy a fresh chocolate chip cookie. Bake at 350 for 8-12 minutes.
Posted by: Dawn | on July 5, 2016
I hope you had a fabulous 4th of July. Our plans got foiled due to the rain but we still partied and had a wonderful time. My children were disappointed because we were going to create our own parade on our front lawn (that was the one catch to all the guests we invited, they had to participate) but I gently reminded them that there are probably 20 more July 4th’s that we can create our own fun like that. I was planning to be Mrs Johnny Appleseed, don’t know if there ever was a Mrs but since all my boys decided they wanted to be something other then Mr J Appleseed I decided that I could wear a pan on my head, put on my plaid apron and pass out apples (think seeds inside the apples). Kinda the same thing, not really but almost. Enough about parties and parades and the likes. Here is the recipe for this week!
3 lbs ground beef, fried
14 cups pasta sauce
1 – 48 oz container cottage cheese, about 6 cups
3 cups Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup parsley, dried
1 tbsp basil, dried
18 lasagna noodles (no need to cook)
8 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
Combine beef and pasta sauce in a large bowl; set aside. Mix cottage cheese, eggs, Parmesan cheese, parsley and basil together.
Take 3 foil pans or glass baking dishes and place 3/4 cup red sauce on bottom. Spread out thin. Add 3 lasagna noodles; put 1 1/2 cup of cottage cheese mixture, 2 cups meat sauce, 1 cup mozzarella cheese. Repeat. Top with remaining mozzarella cheese. Cover with foil. Freeze. Thaw in frig over night or all day. Bake at 375 for 45-55 minutes. Sprinkle dried parsley on top right before serving.
Posted by: Dawn | on June 27, 2016
We have been gone…..A LOT lately but oh we have had so much fun. I had blog posts ready for the 15 days we were on the farm with my parents in Ohio but I guess we were having so much fun the posts didn’t happen. So hopefully I am back to the normal schedule and can finish this marathon of freezer meal recipes! Hope your enjoying these summer days, they are GRAND!
3 lbs of ground sausage, cooked
4 cups of onions, chopped
(you can cook the sausage & onions in your slow cooker the day before for less hassle in the kitchen the day of assembly)
24 cups of shredded hashbrowns
10 cups cheddar cheese
6 cups swiss cheese
8 cups small curd cottage cheese
6 tbsp dried chives
2 tsp black pepper
4 cups of milk (you can omit this if you are not going to freeze this recipe. This is a great recipe to use when hosting large events).
Brown sausage and onions. Set aside. Mix eggs lightly, add hash browns, cheeses, cottage cheese, chives, pepper, milk and sausage mixture. Place into pans. I used 5 foil pans. Freeze, label and thaw over night for a morning bake off. Bake at 350 for 45-55 minutes or until golden.
Posted by: Dawn | on June 6, 2016
The night I came in to do this recipe, it was chaotic in my house. I had been working outside all day and the time was 4:30 p.m. I had no dinner ready and 6 lbs of beef thawed, it had been at room temperature for a long time. Needless to say it needed attended to. It was 4:45 p.m. until I got my whits about me. We usually eat dinner at 6 p.m. I did not know if it was possible but I put it into high gear and made this dish. We did eat dinner that night at 6:15 and all the meatballs were cooling while we ate. There were a few pre dinner fights I had to solve and my kitchen was a WRECK until it was all said and done. So the whole point of what I am telling you is that if time is a valuable commodity in your household you will like this recipe even if your house is a wreck for a short period of time to make it happen. This night I also started rice in the cooker while I prepped this dinner, which made things come together a bit more easily. We had Salisbury meatballs, rice and steamed broccoli with butter.
6 lbs of ground beef
3 cups of oatmeal, ground in a blender coarsely
2/3 cup cream
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup onion, dried & minced
10 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp salt
2 tsp black pepper
1 cup butter (2 sticks)
1 lb white mushrooms, cleaned & sliced
(I ran mine thru my food processor with the chopping blade on them, they were more diced then sliced)
4 cups beef broth
4 cups water
1 cup flour or 4 tbsp glucomannan (if your wanting to be wheat free & low carb. You need to dissolve the gluccoman in 1/2 cup of the water. Using the glucomannan did not make a super thick sauce but it was still good and you must stir like crazy when you are dissolving it in liquid)
4 cups half & half or light cream
2 TBSP Worcestershire sauce
2 TBSP beef bouillon
1 1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp salt
Using your hands 🙂 thoroughly combine beef, oatmeal, cream, eggs, onion , garlic, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Once all combined take a cookie sheet and line it with parchment paper for easy clean up. With a 1″ ice-cream scoop place the meatballs on the cookie sheet. I place them very close together, almost touching. Bake at 400 for 15-18 minutes.
While the meatballs are baking. Melt the butter in a large stockpot. Add mushrooms and saute until soft, approx 7 minutes. Remove mushrooms and butter from stock pot into another bowl. Add beef broth and water, bring to a light boil, add flour or gluccoman/water mixture stir for a minute or 2. Add half and half cooking until sauce thickens, this can take 8-15 minutes. Remove from heat and add Worcestershire sauce, bouillon, salt & pepper. Cool sauce.
Divide meatballs into freezer bags and divide sauce evenly between all bags.
When you reheat for your meal, remove from freezer and allow to thaw all day. Place in a glass pan and bake for 15 – 20 minutes at 400 degrees.
Here is a simple freezer recipe for mashed potaotes. The recipe I use is when I make freezer mashed potatoes is from the book Don’t Panic More Dinner’s in the Freezer but because of copyright issues I am not posting it. You can purchase the book here. The book is so helpful on many fronts but the thing I love most about this freezer cooking book is that they offer you 3 options when you do meals. You can do the basic recipe 3x, 6x or 9x. The 9x times requires 36 lbs of potatoes. It’s a lot but you could easily use this recipe if your hosting a big group or even a smaller group and then freeze the left overs.