Here is what I have accomplished so far. It may not seem like very much, but it feels like a lot. Especially when I consider my biggest challenge in this enterprise…Elaine! At almost-four months she is a handful, and enjoys demanding undivided attention. We have utilized the bumbo, the swing, and the Moby Wrap (which I had to wash last night because she had a blow-out in it during church)today. Then we utilized naptime!
Whole chicken in the crockpot. I used this post and this post to figure out how to do it. I’ve never done a whole chicken before because I didn’t want to deal with the guts. I couldn’t even get Ben to help me with it…he wanted the pleasure of making me do it! I’m going to use the chicken for Chicken Tetrazzini (apparently I have been spelling it wrong…I can never remember if it is two z’s or two n’s), and then shred and freeze the rest for pizza and chicken salad sandwiches, etc. We’ll see how it turns out!
Stuffed shells – I got three meals out of one recipe, because I divided it into proper portions for just two of us. I usually do just two meals from a batch. Ben said he wanted to lose some weight…I haven’t told him I cut back on his favorite meal! We’re eating one of these tonight, so I don’t have to cook anything extra.
Pizza Dough – in my post the other day I said I was doing a double batch, but it is actually four batches. I always make a double batch, and that gives us 3 pizzas. Today I made two double batches, for six pizzas total.
Chocolate Chip cookies – recipe from Better Homes & Gardens. I had to scrap the Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins because I couldn’t find canned pumpkin anywhere. I didn’t know that canned pumpkin was seasonal, but maybe I’m wrong??? I usually freeze the cookies in individual baggies for Ben’s lunches. I’ll do two weeks worth, and then leave the rest on the counter. It helps them stay fresh, and keeps me from eating too many!