Friday, April 2, 2010

Baking Cooking Baking - A FULL Day of Baking (and cooking)

I spent almost the ENTIRE day today baking and cooking. You see, I will be leaving for camp in T minus 2 1/2 days and Aren has started school again (his last term!). This means that he will actually be at home the whole time I am gone instead of out at work. So, I decided that rather than hear about how he had been too lazy to cook for three weeks and lived on Kimchi Ramyun (noodles) I would cook a bunch of food and freeze it. It was a full day and I am not quite done...
My blueberry muffin mix was rather Purple!!
Purple Blueberry Muffins - Yummy! (also Purple is my favourite colour.. right now anyways haha)

4.5 lbs of Lean Ground Beef + Celery + Onions + 4 eggs + Mustard + BBQ Sauce + Chilli Powder = AMAZING Burger mix. I mixed this all up and flattened it between sheets of wax paper. Then I cut out burger size circles and transferred them onto sheets of cut wax paper. All in all 24 burger patties to be frozen and BBQ'd whenever he likes.

Lots of Noodles +

Homemade Bolognese sauce (Ground Beef, Onion, Celery, Red peppers, Salt and Pepper, Tomato Sauce, Mushrooms) + Parmesan and Cheddar cheese =

One very Yummy Lasagna!! Once cut this equals 12 portions. I cut it up first, then froze it in the pan, then took out the portions and wrapped them individually. Easy Peasy!

Tasty Peanut Butter Cookies - one of my favourites! Half were frozen and half in the cookie jar.

Last but not least, I made 4 Veggie Pot Pies. The recipe is actually from one of my vegetarian cookbooks but I modified it to include beef since Aren is a meat-atarian. They are really yummy though with broccoli, celery, red pepper, onion, green beans and I guess basically any veggie you want inside. The first time I made them we didn't really have any groceries (or money..) so I put chick peas, beans, and mushrooms in them since thats what we had lying around. They were great!
I already made 4 loaves of bread a couple days ago so he should be good for sandwiches. I still have a bit more cooking to do tomorrow since I am going to make him 2 pizzas as well. I was going to premake some french fries too but I haven't found a great way to freeze them. Should I cook them first then freeze them or leave them raw and cut up?
If you have any suggestions for how to prepare the potatos OR any other great meals to prepare ahead (that can be frozen) let me know! Thanks!


Tracy Krauss said...

This reminds me of the Wynyard days when I would take the 'kids' to Crystal lake for the summer and left a freezer full of prepared food for Dad.

Priscilla said...

Great work sister! This reminds me of if I leave for even one or two days... my poor spoiled husband can't survive on his own! But alas... we love to look after our boys!

Lydia said...

They are pretty spolied aren't they? :)