Friday, August 5, 2011

5 (random) things

1.  The winner of the Joel Dewberry giveaway is Kathy@mishmashmom.  I emailed you Kathy!

2.  I pulled out this stack of abandoned Shortcake blocks today.  Not sure if I want to finish it or not…I’ve had it so long I don’t even remember the name of that fabric!

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3.  I gave up soda. 2 1/2 weeks without and I hate to admit it…..but I feel much better.

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(like that picture of my dirty glass?)

4.  I went on a freezer meal rampage last week.  I was sick of eating out…and freezer meals are perfect for our lazy/busy nights.  I need more good recipes though…any suggestions?

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5.  Ryan pulled the button off my sprocket pillow for the 586th time.  I’m sewing it on with fishing line this time…I think it’ll work.

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53 comments:

Mandi @ CRUSH said...

Have you read the blog OnceAMonthMom.com She has 10-12 new meals a month, most are freezable (or super easy) and gives directions to prepare them all in 1 day, freeze them, and directions on what to do the day you eat them. I haven't tried the bulk cooking yet, but the recipes look great!

Cecilia said...

I do better freezing things in the winter because I tend to do more soups and pastas. I usually make double batches of things and freeze the other half. We freeze the typical spaghetti and chili, but we also like taco soup, meatballs, pulled pork and Mexican chicken. I'm all about easy, but also kinda boring when it comes to cooking. I hope you find some good recipes!

Collette said...

I own those same dirty glasses! ;-)

Live a Colorful Life said...

Finish the quilt--the fabric is too cute. I THINK about stopping diet coke. Seems like a good idea. Although I'm not giving up my nightly glass of wine.

Ann Marie said...

I love your shortcake blocks, I think they are adorable. How cares what the name of the fabric line was, it is going to make an awesome quilt!!!

Me? A Mom? said...

That fabric has to be from before 2007! :)

Peggy said...

Your quilt blocks are spectacular! Good job on giving up soda!! I've tried a couple of times and did great but am back to drinking diet coke again. come winter I'll be off it again!

So what do you have for freezer meals? We usually have a number of dishes/meal components in the freezer but haven't for a bit (pure laziness!). You can e-mail me and I'll be happy to share ideas... or maybe I ought to do a post/series since I've not blogged in forever and a day!

Have a great weekend!

RaeLyn said...

There's a great book called "Once a Month Cooking." Mormon women at their greatest :) The recipes are super hum and the process is awesome too! Good luck!

LT said...

I love The Best Make-Ahead Recipe by Cook's Illustrated Magazine. They have a lot of great recipes and great ideas, including desserts and breakfasts (the chocolate souffles really do work out of the freezer!).

Sharon said...

My husband and I gave up sodas a year ago and we feel so much better! He use to say, "You can't eat popcorn without a cola!" Now he drinks iced tea or Gatorade. I mostly drink water. You will occasionally have a craving for the sodas, but when you give in, you'll remember why you quit. :)

SoSarahSews said...

So you can catch a button but no fish on your fishing trip? Sounds like my house.
Goodluck with the freezer cooking! It's a great thing...

notes of sincerity said...

Hi Allison. :o)

Do you like cilantro? Let me know and I will share a recipe with you, that uses it. :o) I love stashing stuff in our freezer, it makes for easy meal planning on those busy days. :o)

Have a great day.
Sincerely, Trish

ps. I finished my Shortcake blocks!! :o) Yay!! Can't wait to square them up and put them all together. I love this pattern! ;o)

Michele said...

I think the fabric line is called Frolic. I have a jelly roll of it at home! Love that line.

Michele said...

My bad - it's called Oh My!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I gave up sodas November of 2009. 10 pounds melted off of me within 3 months. I've lost almost 30 pounds by just cutting out a lot of sugar and refined flour. I still eat a lot of things I like, but I've not craved sodas since I gave them up. Keep it up, you will feel great!

rilojane said...

1. Not cool, random number generator. Not cool. (but congrats to Kathy all the same)
2. Who cares what it's called, it's cute!!! You should definitely finish it.
3. At least you're still using glasses. We've resorted to plastic cups and sometimes disposable plastic cups (green living gasp!), when we just can't keep up with the dishes. And good for you on the no soda!! Water is yum.
4. Boil-in bags (like vacuum-sealed bags) with different sauces, on fresh noodles. Just a bunch of boiling water. Beef stroganoff is my fav.
5. My kids (<3 years old) have pulled off the covered buttons on my ottoman, oh geeze, more times than I care to admit. And those were put on with wire. Kids just.... do that. Many good luck wishes with the fishing line.

rilojane said...

oops.
I didn't know that the random generator has a name. read, THEN comment. whoops.
sorry. ;)

LuLu said...

Check out Food Nanny Rescues Dinner. It's amazing! And tons of recipes can be made ahead.

Toni said...

I have been lazy about cooking this summer, too, so it has been nice to have a supply of some quick things to make from our freezer. Pasta dishes and enchiladas are always popular, but I have also found that keeping things like meatballs, browned ground beef, and even cooked rice in the freezer really help cut down on my time in the kitchen. There are so many different sauces you can use with the meatballs, and the options are endless on what to do with the pre-cooked ground beef. My husband and kids really like Creamy Taco Mac from Annies Eats and Skillet Lasagna from Mel's Kitchen Cafe, both of which are crazy easy to make. Both of those blogs have so many great recipes. Melanie also has several easy meatball/sauce recipes, and her barbecue sauce is seriously the best. I keep it in the freezer all the time. Sorry this was such a long comment! I have three little boys age 4 and under so streamlining mealtime has become a big part of my life!

Amy said...

Alas, I had dreams of fondling my new Heirloom. Congrats to the winner.
I second the Make Ahead book by Cooks Illustrated - also try their 30 min meals. They are easy, usually very simple, and can cater to the whims of the Ankle Biters under 4 yrs old who live here...

Laura @ ON{thelaundry}LINE said...

I just bought the book "Don't Panic, Dinner's in the Freezer" and it is really, really, really good. It has some great tips that make it worth it by itself, but the recipes look amazing. Like, restaurant-quality food, not one million cheese-encrusted casseroles that are variations of a theme. And another cool thing, they give you a freezing method where you use tin foil and plastic wrap and freeze casserole stuff in the dish... and then pull it out of the dish when it's frozen so you don't need ten casserole dishes to have ten servings frozen. Whaaaaat! BRILLIANT!

BeekeeperJean said...

I sewed little tiny craft buttons under my fabric covered buttons to help hold them on and keep the tufting in place. Thread connecting the two little buttons and then needle through the little holes w/ thread or line for the big buttons. Seems to hold 'em on a little longer. At least the little buttons stay and you don't have to find the middle again.

Theophanie said...

Freezer l -pelmeni or vareniki. Super yum!

Blue Is Bleu said...

Whenever I go away, I cook a bunch of meals to freeze for the hubs -- chicken meatballs (easy enough to cook the pasta when you need it), different kinds of lasagnas, stuffed shells etc. Funny how Italian food freezes so nicely hehe

And how about super gluing the button on there... then again that might hurt the fabric. I'm not helping...

Ashley G. said...

I have those same glasses too, and the ridges in them make them look dirty alot. On pinterest there are some good pins for freezers full of frozen meals-
http://joelens.blogspot.com/2007/01/freezer-friendlymake-ahead.html

Sally B said...

The Best Make-Ahead Recipe by Cook's Illustrated is great! We've tried lots of the recipes and they all turn out great. Being a smaller family, we usually split the 13x9 dishes into 2 8x8 dishes and make one that week and freeze the other for the future. Perfect!

Jennifer said...

I agree with Sally B. Cook's Illustrated is the best!! It took my cooking from normal to better then a restaurant most of the time. My husband won't let me do non Cook's Illustrated recipes. If you don't want to buy a big fat cook book of there's yet, they do a PBS show called American's Test Kitchen and Cook's Country and they offer the current season's recipes for free. You can't go wrong.

Hollie said...

I always make a big batch of spaghetti sauce with either ground turkey in the sauce or turkey meatballs and then I freeze the sauce in individual portions. (Don't freeze the noodles though - those don't hold up as well in the microwave). The other freezer favorite is chicken soup. Again frozen in individual containers. Then you can add fresh noodles or rice when you defrost.

Gayle said...

I am all about easy in the kitchen. I am always on the lookout for something quick and easy. I have never liked cooking. Just as well my partner is not too fussy.

Trisha said...

I just love your blog! I love that pillow! I need to make mine soon! Maybe if the fishing line breaks try that stretchy clear line they use for bracelets. I buy it at Walmart for my daughter to make jewelry! And YOU GO GIRL on giving up soda. I did it for a month once and felt great. I need to do it again but this time for good!

Cheryl Arkison said...

Freezer meals? I can help out!

http://backseatgourmet.blogspot.com/2009/03/ultimate-comfort-food.html Pyrohy! You have to give up an afternoon of quilting to make them, but then you get about 4 meals in the freezer. So worth it!

http://backseatgourmet.blogspot.com/2010/01/soup-kind-of-days.html Tomato, Bacon, and Blue Cheese soup (skip the Blue if you aren't a fan).

http://backseatgourmet.blogspot.com/2010/01/death-by-food-not-quite.html Borscht

http://backseatgourmet.blogspot.com/2009/04/easy-meatballs.html Meatballs!

You might also check out simplebites.net for more ideas.

Wendy said...

Finish the quilt! I just finished one using that same line, although I didn't use much of the polka dots. It's called "Oh My" by Sanae.

Elsa said...

good for you ~ about the soda I mean! I haven't had any since the late 70's. Always made me feel yucky and when you think about all the silly ingredients that are in it, it's a good thing not to drink it.

gmakathy said...

Check out A Turtles Life For Me.blogspot.com. She has a lot of freezer meal ideas.

Kathy@mishmashmom said...

I can't believe I won! Thanks so much for this fun giveaway! And congratulations on giving up soda!

Kathy

Gale Yawn said...

The fabric is definitely Oh My! by Sanae and Moda fabrics. Finish them. They are cute!

Michelle in NH said...

Easy fix for buttons that come off repeatedly (shank buttons on winter coats): Sew on with dental floss--years of endurance! Thank you for your sharing your fabulous quilting!

bhafer said...

Some great ideas for food on here. I just made a slow cooker bbq chicken off of all recipes . Com that was delicious and would freeze nicely. I never seem to get a meal frozen but will freeze cooked gr beef ir shredded chicken and saves me some time. Good luck!

Jessica Christensen said...

I do pulled pork in the crockpot -- pork roast abt 3 pounds with a tablespoon of liquid smoke rubbed on both sides and about 1 tsp of kosher or sea salt also rubbed in. Put it on low for 16 to 20 hours -- so the night before. Shred it with two forks when its done. Serve it on hamburger buns or hoagie rolls, or you can serve it with rice. It's good the way it is, or you can add BBQ sauce. And I quit soda in January, still going strong. Sometimes it's hard in the 108 degree heat, but I just get a Rt 44 ice water from Sonic and I feel like I've got a little treat there. Have a great weekend!

ragamuffin yogini said...

This month's Rachael Ray mag has a feature on making basics for the freezer and then how to combine them later.

I put crab cakes, pizza crusts with sauce, lasagna, and veggie chili in meal size servings in the freezer.

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Brigitte Heitland said...

The blocks look good, you should definitly finish the project

Stitched With Prayer said...

OH MAN!!! I wish I could give up soda...I drink 3 or 4 cans a day and it is honestly my only vice...but it is a bad one I know. I gave it up 7 years ago except the occasional fountain drink when we were traveling but stuck to water and sometimes Gatorade. Then 2 years ago had an episode of total, frightening confusion, thought I'd had a stroke and after some tests,the doctor told me I was drinking too much water and washing all the sodium and potassium out of my system. As soon as I backed off on the water a bit and added the one a day sports drink in to replace the good stuff we need, I also added in soda. I drink more soda now than water. *sigh* I won't ask how you did it because I know how. I'm just having a little trouble talking myself into it. It is my only sugar fix cause I'm not that fond of candy and sweets. Anyway, after that rant I really was just going to say "Way to go"...LOL. Maybe when these last four 12-packs are gone I'll give it a try...maybe *wink*. Hugs...

Stitched With Prayer said...

OOPS, meant to tell you I adore your Shortcake blocks...definitely finish them, they are so cheerful! Hugs...

Breanna S. said...

I just did a small cooking day today so that I have some things in the freezer before school starts. We don't eat many casserols because of picky eaters so I tend to freeze precooked meats and other meal components. Today I made meatballs (for spaghetti or BBQ,) Roasted then shredded chicken breasts (for chicken and noodles and chicken tacos), made 8 batches of egg noodles, baked banana bread muffins for breakfasts, baked oatmeal rolls for dinners and lunches, and precooked sloppy joes for my son's lunches.

Jilly said...

Pasta dishes and enchiladas are always popular, but I have also found that keeping things like meatballs, browned ground beef, and even cooked rice in the freezer really help cut down on my time in the kitchen. There are so many different sauces you can use with the meatballs, and the options are endless on what to do with the pre-cooked ground beef.
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Kellie said...

There is a great book titled, Don't Panic, Dinner is in the freezer....awesome!!!

Kelly O. said...

love those shortcake blocks! love the colours!
If you don't wanna finish I will! :)

When I do cook I make a double batch of whatever it is and throw it in the freezer for another day--chili is good to put in the crockpot in the moring and forget about it until supper time...
I'll try to send some recipes your way...

Mary Lynne said...

#1- LOVE LOVE your blog!! I'm making my first quilt & am teaching myself how to through your blog. you make it seem cute, simple, modern & very do-able even having small children at home!!
#2-glad you asked about freezer meals. I'm excited to look at all the comments from others & get some new recipes! 2 friends & I meet every 3 weeks & prepare 36 freezer meals (12 for each family). it's WONDERFUL!! we each come up with 4 recipes. one or two of us do all the shopping, then we meet for 6 hours & knock it out. it's been a lifesaver, or an evening saver I should say. & is so good for our budget. this last round we ended up at $6.66 per meal. (each serves 6 or more)

gracecovered said...

Can I share our take-away meal, we enjoyed going to a local shop to have a subs with meatballs...just 3 or 4 meatballs in a roll with some cheese and salad or anyway you like it. So now I cook one onion and two sticks of finely chopped celery and then cook until the onion is clear in olive oil. Adding 1 small tub of tomato paste and 2 pints (1 litre)of chicken stock. You can season with any herbs you like , we like parsley and a little garlic, salt and pepper. Take a pound of finely ground beef, add an egg and rice or breadcrumbs and finely chopped tomato mix well and form into small balls and roll in flour. Add these gentle into a deep pot that already holds the now gently cooking cooking tomato sauce and stay on a moderate heat until well cooked (be careful to keep an eye on them lest they begin to open out) After cooling them in the sauce, spoon these balls into small plastic containers with a few spoonfuls of sauce and freeze. They can then be brought out when the mood takes you for a sub...just empty into a microwavable dish or reheat on the stove heat and serve on a long bun with whatever add-ons you like. This is to our taste and fills our yen for takeaway quite well.

Alicia said...

I don't have ideas for you but I'd love to have YOUR freezer meal recipes!

Sandra Henderson said...

Get button tufting twine from an upholstery shop to sew your buttons on with. It's a lightweight, but heavy wound cording that is waxed. (I had an uph. shop for 15 yrs, , but no more,or I'd send ya some. )

Annilu + Pele said...

The fabric is "Oh my!" by Moda and I just ordered it a few months ago. It should'nt be that old :O)

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