100+ Meals for Large Family (11 people) in 28 hours

Ok, I finally did it!  I got back into once a month freezer cooking.  I don’t think I will ever want to go back:)

I did all my shopping this past week and got everything that I needed to make over 100 meals for our large family. I spent 800 dollars and I have plenty of food, even a few extras that I didn’t need.

You can watch my youtube video on how I did everything here.

Or for those who want to see photos, continue…………

These were all the dinners that I made:

I started out with my large bag of onions from Sams Club, I pureed almost the entire bag.  I saved two for future meals.

Then I got my crockpot going and cooked 2 packages of chicken breasts.  This was going to be used for shredded chicken in multiple recipes.I then got my red sauce dishes going.  I bought two big 10 pounds can of tomato sauce from Sams Club.  I made a spaghetti based sauce out of that and spices.                                 

I cooked some lasagna and some pasta.

I then made two pans of Million Dollar casserole

two pans of lasagna

and two pans of chicken parmesan   This I will serve over spaghetti noodles.  I added sauce to the top of these.

I then added more sauce and few extra spices to make two pans of sausage red beans and rice

I then added the remainder red sauce for a pan of Jared’s casserole.

We made four pans of shish kabobs.  This included chicken and beef.

I made two big pans of gwumpkies

I made philly cheesesteak sloppy joes.

two meals worth of sloppy joe

I made two chicken marinades–-one salsa pineapple and the other terriyaki and orange.  I will either grill or crockpot these.

chicken cordon bleu for a pan.

I did a pan of meatloaf out of ground turkey.

A pan of tater tot casserole

I then cooked 24 packages of bacon that I found at an awesome sale–they cost me $8.  I froze some and used the rest for these recipes.

Here is the chicken all shredded.

Here is the bacon after it was cooked in the roaster—it cooked it all together so there was no need to have to food processor them–I wanted them into bit pieces.

Four pans of fried rice with bacon and some roast beef.

This was a meal for me...enchilada casserole–I used quinoa.

I then made a new dish called oriental chicken salad–I am going to put it on lettuce leaves. I froze these as well.

Two pans of southwestern chicken penne pasta

Two pans of chicken pot pie

two meals worth of poor boy subs

I then cooked a bunch of egg mixtures in muffin pans. I placed on the bottom bacon, scrambled egg mixture, shredded cheese.  Baked 350 until done.

This was an easy way to make them for sandwiches.

I then placed them on English muffins to make breakfast sandwiches for the month.

I then topped bagels with bacon, cheese, and eggs. 

French toast for the month.  We can eat this once a week.

I also tried something new.  ginger carrots I like fermented foods so I thought I would try this.

I also made a pan of cube steak with gravy

Then I made a pot of corn chowder soup to eat as an easy meal for Sunday lunch.

I made two cakes that I had wanted to make last month.  Gramma’s pineapple cake.

Preacher cake--this was a good one as well.

Overrall, I started after I got home from shopping on Friday at 5:00 and finished Saturday night around 8:00.  I slept for about 4 hours and made over 100 meals. Of course I had to stop and tend children and feed them, but for the most part, I had meals that I was making so I just put out extra or leftovers.  It worked.  Now my freezers are full for the month and I won’t have to cook.

I also did some bagels with cream cheese and salami and froze them.

I made a double batch of yogurt as well to make smoothies.

This is what I have for the month:

Breakfast we can each week have the following:

  • bagel egg sandwich
  • english muffin sandwich
  • breakfast burrito
  • french toast
  • yogurt smoothies and muffins

I have to make waffles still as I am waiting until my bananas go ripe and then I can use them.  Also a batch of muffins I will make on baking day. I will serve yogurt smoothes that I froze in little cups and we will eat those two times per week. 

If I get them out the night before and place them in the refrigerator they will be slushie and the children like them this way.

If I need anything else we can do oatmeal or toad in a hole for breakfast.  But with this above list, we should have a nice homemade breakfast each day. I didn’t even buy one box of cereal!!!

For lunches which I don’t have pictures, there is some in the video we did enough to have the following once per week:

  • peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
  • grilled cheese sandwiches
  • grilled ham and cheese sandwiches

We will have to make this once per week:

  • lentil rice casserole
  • mexican grill cheese
  • chicken salad on tortilla or crackers

Snacks will be:

  • bananas
  • apples
  • chips and salsa

We are going to bake this in the month.  Choosing two per week to do on baking day:

  • pumpkin pie bars
  • easy cheesecake
  • double chocolate crumble
  • chocolate eclair dessert
  • dirt cups
  • lara bar balls for mom

Dinners we will eat:

  • 2- million dollar casserole
  • 2- lasagna
  • 2 chicken parmesan
  • smoky bacon sloppy joe
  • 2-southwestern chicken penne pasta
  • 2- whole baked chickens
  • philly cheese sloppy joes
  • jared casserole
  • 4-shish kabobs
  • chicken cordon bleu
  • tater tot casserole
  • 2 gwumpkies
  • 2 sausage red beans and rice
  • 4 fried rice
  • meatloaf
  • 2 chicken pot pie
  • salsa pineapple chicken
  • terriyaki chicken
  • 2 sloppyjoes
  • cube steak
  • poor boy subs

Meals I didn’t freeze but have on hand to make:

  • beef stroganoff
  • mac cheese-hotdog-peas
  • chili
  • hamburgers

Meals for myself:

  • oriental chicken salad
  • enchilada chicken

This in total gives me over 30 dinner meals, over 30 lunch meals, and over 30 breakfast meals.

I can tell you right now that this is working amazingly.  I worked really hard for those two days, got to rest on Sunday, went through 5 huge black trash bags of garbage but now I am finished.  Each night I head down and take out the meals I need for the next day and they are done.  No thinking, no work, it frees up my days hugely!!!  I spent way less than I usually do for the month. We were spending over $1000 by making meals each night, now we have things for every meal, all I have to buy is milk, cottage cheese, and produce and fruit that will go bad. I am assuming another $100 I will spend.  Well worth the two days of crazy.

Here is a PDF of my food list that I will put on my refrigerator.  As I make a meal, I will cross it off so that I know what is in the freezer.

Download (PDF, 172KB)

Hope this gives you some inspiration to start freezing some of your meals.  Have a very blessed weekend!

 

Life Skills for young men—printables all finished!

Today I am posting all the remaining  lessons for Life Skills for Young Men.  This course is great for your young men who need to learn a few basic “life skills” to excel.

You can click here to go see all of the courses. This includes 18 weeks of lessons.

Hope you enjoy!  Be blessed

Last week’s real meals

This was the very end of my month for groceries.  I had a frozen lasagna and pulled that out to bake it for dinner.

I served it with some green beans.  I forgot how nice it is to just take out a frozen dinner and bake it–no fuss..  This was good for two meals.

Then we wanted to make these pumpkin pudding dessert cups that we had eaten years ago.  So we made them in phyllo cups.  Very easy to make and they all enjoyed eating them.

Then we had plenty of pudding mixture leftover so we decided to make a pumpkin trifle out of the leftover pumpkin cookies we made last week–they were getting a little stale and the pudding mixture and some candy Butterfinger pieces.  It was good.

Then I picked up some nacho chips and we had nachos for a meal. We then made a pot of cheeseburger soup

We served it with chicken ranch sandwiches.  My girlfriend said they were called “crack chicken”  I didn’t understand why, until we tried them:) They were good. I then had a meal already prepared for my day of shopping. It was chicken chunks and I put some boxed stuffing over top with a cream soup base.  I served it with some cous cous, broccoli, and cottage cheese.

Then I did shopping the next day, but we opted to order take out and bring it home. My family enjoys Hot Dog World–so we got that. Nothing beats a Carolina Hot Dog:)  I also tried their taco salad and that was very good.

Now that I have all of my food for the month, I am going to do something different that I haven’t done in a few years—I am going to make all of my meals for the month and then freeze them—no worries about what to make, it will already be done:)  Keep watching to see how I do…..have a blessed day!

October Homeschool Party

Last week, we had our monthly homeschool gathering at our local library.  We plan one gathering at the library each month and then do a couple of field trips throughout the month. This month we are going to head to the Greenville Zoo and the Cradle of Forestry in Pisgah Forest.

What we did for our October gathering was to make a step book based on Me on the Map.

It was to show how you can incorporate step books for any class.  You can do one for science, history, or even based on an autobiography of a person.

We started out the step book by each child’s room, then their home, their street, their city, their state, their country, their continent, and then their world.   We used regular printing paper and cut them so that we could get two books from each page.

The older girls then made some yarn pumpkins.  We showed them how you could make them and then make more to tie onto some twine to make a fall garland.  You basically wind orange yarn around your two fingers about 150 times.  Then tie a separate piece around the middle.  Puff to make a pumpkin shape.  Use a green pipe cleaner for the stem. One of the girls cut the loops and made more of a puff ball pom pom pumpkin–it was cute.

The younger ones did some sticker pages from Johnny Appleseed that I bought from Oriental Trading.   

We had some apple slices and heated up some caramel in the microwave for a  snack.

The younger ones also made a slice of pumpkin pie.  Take  a paper plate and cut it into 5 pie slices.  Each child colored the plate brown to make it look like pumpkin pie. Let them glue on a cotton ball and sprinkle on some cinnamon.

We also gave away some Harvest snack mix.  It was a yummy mix of salty and sweet snacks. 

We ended our fun afternoon at the park for a couple more hours of playtime for the children and some walking time for Mom’s:)

If you feel alone in this homeschooling journey, start with something small, I started this group a couple of years ago after moving here from out of state.  It was just one other mom and myself for almost the first year.  The second year, we had a few more moms come, and now this year, we are growing even more.  It takes time to grow with relationships and meeting new people.  Stay encouraged, pray and ask God  something that you can do, to help expand your group of friends:)  Be blessed today!

My “real meals” for the week and a half:)

Hello everyone, Wow, time can surely fly by.  I was trying to post this last week, but then I was working on finishing up the 8th grade Basic Skills book, we had a guest come stay, and a birthday, and life.   So I have it for this week:)

Hope it gives some inspiration into a meal for your family.

This goes back two weeks, we had a birthday dinner for Evan, who is 17 this year.  Talk about time flying by:) He always requests ice cream sandwich for his birthday dessert.  

He had chicken tenders–prepackaged for his birthday dinner and fettuccine alfredo.  He has always like this so we did this for his real birthday day:)  Then the next day we had everyone home so we did a bigger meal.

The only thing he wanted to have was “pizza rolls” so I bought a bunch of those and baked them in the oven.  Then as the Mom, I knew I had to balance out the meal a little, so we went with hot dogs and macaroni and cheese.  Did it balance?!?!? We had some fruit with this as well.  I had forgotten to take a picture:( so this was the next day’s lunch photo.

For our Sunday meal this week, I made a big batch of this Fried Rice.  I make it a lot but this time I added bacon to it for the meat.  It was a real winner in our home.

For our Sunday night time meal—I don’t like to cook much on this day so we typically have a big lunch and have it for dinner.  So we had the rice and then I cooked these pancake and sausage balls that I found at the discount store.  They were good and everyone liked them.

After a nice weekend, it was back to Monday.

We still had some rice leftover so we had that along with some chicken chimichangas except we made them like tacos:)  I cooked the filling and then fried corn tortillas.  We served them with lettuce, cheese, and sour cream.

I was craving these spinach feta puff pastry squares so I decided to make them.  I knew not everyone would like them so I made a small batch. They were good.

I had some leftover, so I put them on pita and baked them.  This was lunch for me for a few days. For dinner, we did hamburger stroganoff..It is everyone’s favorite, so it works.

Then we made a new recipe.  It was a winner. Breaded chicken parmesan.  It was a crockpot meal, but we did it in the oven.  Very good and everyone liked it.

Then Madelyn was very gracious and shared her package of chocolate chip cookies that she had gotten as a treat today.  We had leftover ice cream cups from our parks’ grand opening so we topped it with a chocolate chip cookie and some chocolate sauce.  Everyone enjoyed it.

The next day we did another “new meal”……………

smoky bacon sloppy joe cups

We served it with some mashed potatoes and mixed veges.  An easy and yummy meal.

It was Friday, a busy day.  So we grilled hamburgers, had tater tots, and baked beans.  Easy meal for a busy day.

I then made a big pan of sausage, pierogie casserole.    This time the only thing I did differently, was that I did it in a large pan, and poured more of the alfredo sauce in the center.  This left some pierogies exposed.  This seemed to be better for my younger children, who didn’t like the “mushed” potatoes:)

It was the weekend so we did some baking, because we had a friend come this week.  We did a big batch of banana chocolate pancakes.  We used the waffle recipe.

I hadn’t made these since my older children were little.  It brought back delicious tasting memories.  Pumpkin cookies.

We then made more caramel corn.  You can’t go wrong with caramel corn.

As well as some chocolate popcorn.

For the weekend, we did lots of leftovers.

This week was busy.  So I made all my meals on Monday and we just grabbed the containers out of the refrigerator for each night. I made a pan of  lo mein noodles.

I cooked some roast that I had to use up from my freezer.  My husband enjoyed eating that more with steak sauce and I gave some to the children along with lo mein noodles.

 

Then it was time for another birthday. Autumn turned 9.

She wanted a frozen cake.  We made this with a vanilla cake base, topped it with blue raspberry frosting and put nerds in the center.  I didn’t think it would be good but it just made it fruity tasting and the vanilla balanced it.  It was a keeper.

We had caramel apples, strawberries, cream puffs with chocolate syrup, and some vanilla chai cupcakes –that I made in case the blue raspberry was yuck for adults:)

Her meal was……can you guess………….hot dogs, mac and cheese, and snack mix:)  I also made some cold chicken salad for this week.

She was happy and we had a great birthday!

For her snack to take to church, we made these chocolate dogs.  Pinterest seemed easy, but it was one of those things you shouldn’t make down south when it is warm and humid:)  But it worked and we made them.

She also chose sloppy joes, so for this week, we just pulled out the meals and ate.

We had the roast that we cooked for sandwiches along with the chicken noodle salad.

I made a batch of enchilada casserole.  I had mine on lettuce leaves and everyone else had it on corn tortillas.

That was our week.  It was great just cooking once and having the meals to pull out……….hmmm I am thinking a big freezer meal cooking for next month:)

Have a blessed week!