What’s For Dinner Mom?

Here on the East Coast, we are on the tail end of a two day heat wave, with temps hovering around 100 degrees. I don’t know about you, but the last thing I want to do when the thermometer reads 90+ is turn on the oven and/or cook on the stove. I live in an old house that does not have central air and we rely on window units to cool the house on these hot days. We have one large unit for the main living area; however, there’s a large corner wall separating the living area from the kitchen. Translation: no cooling in the kitchen. Sigh.

Tonight I was lucky to have some leftovers, vegetables, and a microwave. But what if I had had something else? What if I had something already prepared and just waiting in my freezer? And what if this something was already cooked so that all I had to do was defrost it and re-heat it in the microwave? Then the children and I could have had a regular meal without heating up the kitchen. Now don’t get misunderstand, there’s nothing wrong with leftovers; we all have to eat them once in a while. It just would have been nice to have the option.

This week I got to read a book called “What’s For Dinner, Mom? Practical and Easy Ideas to Encourage Moms to Minister From Their Kitchens” by Mrs. Lorrie Flem of Eternal Encouragement. I’ll be honest, when I first found out that this book was about bulk cooking, I didn’t think I was going to like it. I never thought I’d ever consider cooking more than one meal at once. It seemed like too much work.

But, like many things, I discounted the idea before getting all the facts. Yes. I. am. guilty. I wish I could say that this is the first time…

So, I read the book.

I was pleasantly surprised – I’m even considering giving it a try. Lorrie includes so much helpful information in her book – different methods of bulk cooking, suggested helpful items, and tons of recipes. After reading through Lorrie’s wisdom and experience, I can now see how I can make her system work for my family. It’s not your typical bulk cooking. In fact, take what you think bulk cooking is and throw it out the window. Then get a copy of “What’s For Dinner, Mom?” and learn a new way to do it.

In light of yesterday’s post, I really think this will provide me a way to both teach Diva about cooking as well as allowing our family to have more time each day to spend together outside of the kitchen. I’m looking forward to giving Lorrie’s method a try.

Now, guess what? There are a few of us Gabby Moms posting reviews of “What’s For Dinner, Mom?” and The Head Mama of us all is going to select one blogger to receive a hard copy of her own! But that’s not all… one commenter on the winning blog will also receive their own copy. So, please leave a comment, because if I win, so could you! Let me know if you have ever tried bulk cooking, what method you tried, and how it worked for you.

* I received a pdf copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion as part of the Gabby Moms program.

Pinning It Down {5} – Breakfast Casserole

I missed last week’s Pinning It Down *sigh* – chaotic week! But this week I get to combine Pinning it Down with a quick breakfast solution. This recipe arrived in my inbox one morning and it looked simple and delicious, so I pinned it. It was for a one-minute egg casserole. While I am learning to be a better homemaker, I am still NOT a morning person. So this sounded like a great solution – it was quick and contained three food groups! So we tried it one morning; and it made a return appearance the next morning! Diva really liked it a lot; LegoFan was a little on the fence, but even he opted for it over his usual favorite the next morning. So I think we have a winner.

I apologize that this is not a really pretty photo – it’s not a really pretty meal. I mean it IS a casserole. But it’s not important how pretty it is, as long as the kids will eat it!

It is SO simple to make. All you do is break up some bread, add some milk and shredded cheese, then one egg. Mix it all up and microwave it for one minute. Done! Please click through to the original website for the exact recipe. Try it, you’ll like it…

I also tried another item I pinned to my Helpful Tidbits board. Amy Bayliss had done a post on Cajun cooking and this tip was found there. She said that if you put your onions in the freezer for about 20 minutes before you need to cut them, you don’t cry!!! This was something I had to try. So last night, I was making burritos and was adding sliced onions and peppers. I remembered that tip and decided to try it. Ya know what?! IT WORKS!!! Not one. single. tear. Ya’ll (said in my best southern accent as a tribute to Amy) are just going to simply have to give it a try.

Looking forward to seeing what other pinned down this week (and last week ’cause I’m just a wee bit late…). Feel free to follow me on Pinterest.

This post is linked to Pinning It Down, Titus 2sday, and Raising Homemakers.