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I hate to say this out loud....

today marked 26 weeks... and I am feeling pretty good.

I know the days of 30+ weeks are fast approaching. So I am focusing on getting stuff done now. We have decided on nursery decor and we are heading to Ikea next weekend to pick it up.

This weekend I put 4 more dinners in the deep freezer for future dinners.

What are you ladies up to?

Joined: 04/10/11
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Oh good! I'm glad you're feeling well, Erica. You might be 10 weeks away from real life actual babies (!!!) and definitely fewer than that number of weeks before all that shopping and getting ready will get difficult ... so great work on the nursery plans! Smile

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Glad to hear you are feeling well, and I hope it stays that way for some time! Smile You are awesome to be getting meals in the freezer, I wish I would have done that!

Joined: 04/24/11
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YAY for the nursery. Its nice when you can get things checked off your endless to-do list. I wished I had made some meals, but after they were born MIL made us a bunch so that was awesome. Hang in there you are so close.

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Wow, congrats. I'm nearly 30 weeks and we haven't gotten the nursery done yet...we're having a baby shower the 18th, and after that it'll be a rush to get it done. That's stressing me out too, because I'm getting so huge!

What types of meals are you putting away? I need ideas for things that freeze and defrost well...any ideas?

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"Lady Of Shalott" wrote:

What types of meals are you putting away? I need ideas for things that freeze and defrost well...any ideas?

I have been cooking extra any time I make something that is freezable. So I have been putting away quart bags of, Chili's, Stew's, Chicken mixed with gravy, also things like eggplant parm, chicken parm, stuffed cabbage and stuffed peppers. I have also been doing meal starters like just buying 3lbs of ground beef or extra turkey, if i need one for dinner, then brown and freeze the other 2lbs in 1lb packages, so it can easily become spaghetti sauce, tacos, hamburger gravey... etc!

But my favorite is anytime I have something I can make into a buritto.
shreaded chicken and cheese, beans and cheese, veggies and cheese. I make up as many burritos as I can wether it is 1 or 12. i put each in a fold over sandwich bag and label what it is... they will be a cinch to individually microwave. put baggie and all in the micro 2 minutes done!

if you need more specific directions just ask!

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Joined: 06/02/11
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Oh wow, I LOVE that idea...cooking extra while you're already cooking...I never thought of that. I need a good stew recipe, care to share yours? I love the burrito idea, too!

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I would love to share...

Beef Stew (I also do chicken, use boneless skinless thighs, and chicken broth instead of beef!)

2 Lbs. Good Stew meat, Chuck steak or boneless short ribs, cubed in 1" pieces
1/4 c flour
2 Tbs Vegetable Oil
S & P as needed
2 Large Onions, cut in medium-large sized pieces
4 Carrots, cut in chunks (not too big or small)
4 ribs of celery, cut in chunks (not too big or small)
3 Tbs. Flour
2 Tbs Butter
4 oz tomato Paste
1 - 20 oz can diced tomatoes
32 oz. Low sodium Beef Broth
4 medium Yukon Gold Potatoes cut in small chunks.
1 - 8 oz of Mushrooms, cleaned and quartered
2 Bay Leaves

Dredge Beef in Flour and Season with Salt and Pepper, Sear in Oil in large dutch oven.
Remove seared beef from pan, set aside. Leave all the bits in the pan, add onion, celery, and carrots, saute 5 minutes.

Add Butter and 3 Tbs. flour to vegetable mix. Then add tomato paste and cook in to vegetables. Add Diced tomatoes with juice, and broth, stir to get all the good bits that are stuck to the bottom of the pan. Return beef to pan, then add Potatoes, mushrooms, and Bay leaves.

At this point you can either cover and bake at 325 for 2.5 hours or put in a crock pot on high for 4 hours.

*** sorry if the directions are wordy ***


I should probably also share that I am a trained chef, and worked for many years in kitchens that also do catering. So large quantity cooking comes like second nature !!