Thursday, September 24, 2009

Small Successes


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My small successes this week...

1. Bought 10 pounds of fresh ground beef and made meatloaves, meatballs, and mini-meatloaves to put in the freezer and pull out when I am too busy to cook. This truely only took about 30 minutes to make since I had no need to wash the mixer bowl between recipes, and the recipes are pretty much the same anyway.

2. Learned that it is very important to put spray the pans before putting the frozen meat on them if you want to take the meat off. I planned to freeze them on pans and then put them in ziploc freezer bags. We cannot get the meat off without thawing it so I guess we'll just leave them all covered in the freezer until we use them. I guess I'll make my meal plans based on which pan I want back in my arsenol.

3. Made a list of 28 things that NEED to be done soon and marked them all either High, Low, or Medium priority (things like send the homeschool paperwork in, pay bills, etc.) . I am such a list person but when I get busy I tend not to write things down, until I start to feel overwhelmed. Then when I make the the huge list at least I can see what MUST be done right away and push the other things aside without fearing I will forget about them. So far I completed 17 items, added 15, and completed 7 of those. I think I am making headway.


Crunchy Momma said...

Giggle on #2 and congrats on #3.

RealMom4Life said...

Yeah. Mom said to get them out of the pan and put them in the bag, but I couldn't get 'em out! She said to use a knife, and I told her not to break the knife. She laughed. Then she almost bent it backwards. They are REALLY stuck!!!!

RealMom4Life said...

btw: that comment above was not Mom, but me. Anna

Barbara said...

I just read your successes from today (congrats!) and kept going.

I freeze ahead quite a bit. Line your pan with heavy duty plastic wrap or parchment paper before putting meat on. After freezing, it is much easier to get off and rewrap tightly; I like to wrap in plastic and then freezer paper (easy to write on).

Another idea for the meatloaves is to freeze flat in freezer bags and lay on cookie sheets until frozen. They'll thaw more quickly and take up less freezer space. Shaping after thawing takes no time!

Have fun with your freezer adventures.