Cooking Day

Freezer Series: Cooking Day (Baking)

by Beth Montgomery on July 6, 2009 · 0 comments

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Because homemade bread and pita pockets take hours to rise, I started with them.

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First, I made the pita pocket dough and set it aside to rise for an hour. Next, I made the honey-wheat sandwich bread dough, which we tripled to make 3 loafs, and set it aside for 45 minutes to rise.

While our dough was rising, Ady and I did the fun part – muffin and fruit bread making! The cinnamon muffins are the quickest, so we whipped them right up and stuck them in the oven while we conquered the strawberry bread and muffins. I doubled the recipe I have to low-fat strawberry bread to make 1 loaf of bread and 12 muffins.

Our timing was perfect, because by the time the cinnamon muffins were out of the oven and ready to cool, we were ready to stick in the strawberry bread and muffins.

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Next, we grabbed the dough and shaped the pita-pockets and loaves, then set them aside again to rise some more!

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While everything else was cooling, rising, or cooking, we started on the banana-walnut bread and muffins. I used the exact same strawberry bread recipe, but I left out the strawberries and added 3 bananas in their place, plus a handful of chopped walnuts. We did double the recipe to make extra muffins.

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While the waiting line for the oven grew, I threw together the enchiladas quickly and stuck them in the freezer to freeze. Because so many of my hamburger meals call for chopped onions and/or green peppers, I chopped up enough to use for all of the planned meals, plus threw some in the enchiladas.
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When each set of muffins finished and the pita-pockets, I did tray freeze them to get them ready for long-term storage. After everything was done baking, cooling, or tray freezing, I packed it all up and stuck it in the freezer.

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Tomorrow I tackle the hamburger meals!

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BAKING PLAN (Day 1)
Honey-Wheat Sandwich Bread (Thanks Tammy!)
Strawberry Muffins & Bread (**recipe coming soon!**)
Banana-Nut Muffins
Cinnamon & Sugar Muffins
Homemade Pita Pockets (Thanks Tammy!)

ADDITIONAL QUICK MEALS
Easy Bean & Onion Enchiladas

Come back tomorrow to see how the hamburger plan goes!

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Freezer Series: Cooking Day

by Beth Montgomery on July 5, 2009 · 1 comment

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It’s the final stretch. Our son should be joining us sometime in July (unless he decides to come extremely late like his sisters). I’ve nested like mad – my house is clean, the baby’s room is ready to go, and even my daughter’s’ rooms got a make-over. Now I’m moving on to the kitchen to start cooking!

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With the help of my 4-year-old and 2-year-old daughters, we have a plan of attack to use up some of our stock-piled frozen ground beef and venison to make a few meals for “after baby”. On top of that, I love to bake (and so does my 4 1/2 year old!), so we’re baking away. Below is the cooking plan for the next two days:

Tip: If you’re planning on spending a day or a few hours making freezer meals, it’s helpful to select meals with similar ingredients, so you can multitask. Attempt chicken one day and beef another for example. If you’re a beginner, don’t attempt to do too many meals in one day! Spread it out, so you don’t end up overwhelmed.

BAKING PLAN (Day 1)
Honey-Wheat Sandwich Bread (Thanks Tammy!)
Strawberry Muffins & Bread (**recipe coming soon!**)
Banana-Nut Muffins
Cinnamon & Sugar Muffins
Homemade Pita Pockets (Thanks Tammy!)

ADDITIONAL QUICK MEALS
Easy Bean & Onion Enchiladas

GROUND BEEF/VENISON PLAN (Day 2)
Mini-Meatloaf Pizza Cups (Thanks Sara!)
Baked Meatballs (**recipe coming soon!**)
Meatball Sub Kit
Easy Sloppy Joes
Seasoned Taco Meat
Cooked Italian-Seasoned Ground Beef

Check back tomorrow to see how day one went!

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