My update involves food, not for our household, but for a friend's household. She was in an accident, and it destroyed her back pretty badly; she has good days, but even on good days, kitchen work is problematic, so she and I planned meals, her husband did a Big Shopping, and I spent Thursday and part of Friday at her place, mixing and making and freezing. We actually brought part of the finished stuff back to my place, as she ran entirely out of freezer room! In ten hours of work (with help from my older kids and her oldest son), we finished and froze:
* 56 breakfast burritos
* 20 breakfast English muffin sandwiches
* 36 beef soft tacos
* 3 turkey-veg pot pies
* 3 turkey-veg casseroles topped with homemade stuffing
* 3 pans "funeral potatoes" (soooo yum!)
* 4 pans funeral potatoes with ham and peas added
* 20 ham, broccoli, and cheese sandwich pockets
* 36 cheeseburger sandwich pockets
* 32 cheeseburger sliders (on homemade rolls!)
* 2 fruit pies
* 3 pounds sliced turkey for lunch sandwiches
Her husband was a little shocked about the Big Shopping, as they don't tend to buy six pounds of cheese at a go, or five dozen eggs, etc. Even though we used ham and turkey and vegetables from their freezer, and pie filling from their canning, he's not used to seeing it all out at once.
When he saw the results, though, and his oldest son proudly told him that SON was going to be handling breakfast and dinner from now on, until Mom's back was healed (because Son can use the oven and microwave, and knows how to tear up a fresh salad to go with anything), and then tasted the ham/broc/cheese sandwich pockets for dinner last night, he's sold on making this sort of thing a regular habit.
It felt FANTASTIC to help out a dear friend.
In my own household, my son has requested ham-broc-cheese pockets as an addition to our regular rotations.
Last night I found chicken thighs and legs at 88c a pound, bought a $5 pack of each, and broke that into two meal bags. We baked one last night (with a great herb blend sprinkled on before baking... yum, garlic and dill and pepper!), and the other is frozen for future use.
I need to make sure to reserve my produce basket first thing Monday this week; we didn't get one, because I missed out by waiting until 10am.
We're still finishing up last Saturday's basket, so I suppose that's fine. Need to do up some potatoes for the freezer.