17 December 2014

20 Meals in the Freezer!!

When my Mom visited us in Colorado a few weeks ago, I had a lil’ project lined up… 20 freezer meals at once!!!

I had seen this Costco meal plan online somehow and decided it was worth purchasing for a few dollars:

20 Slow Cooker Freezer Packs for $150 from fivedollardinners.com

BOY was it worth it!!

After I shopped my own pantry and substituted a few things and looked for sales elsewhere, I actually spent less than $150. And the handful of meals we have eaten so far have actually fed us twice. So it’s more like 40 meals! Oh my word. So so worth it.

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In days leading up, my fridge had so much meat in it. This meal plan had lots of meat. I don’t  think I’ve ever in my life had so much meat in my possession.

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Shopping done! These are all of our supplies out and ready to go.

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When you purchase the plan she gives you detailed shopping lists, preparation lists and assembly lists.

I love lists.

Did you know that about me?

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We started at 2:29.

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We worked alongside this lady who walked us through things step by step. Next time I think I’d just stick to the lists though. It wasn’t that helpful to watch her while we were doing our own.

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We peeled and chopped and sliced and diced and opened cans and cut meat and rinsed beans and measured spices and and and…

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It made quite the mess and quite the pile of dishes.

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But then we had two of each meal bagged, labeled, and ready for the freezer!

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It’s so beautiful.

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This little lady woke up from her nap and promptly got deposited in her playplen close by…

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And she likes to take her socks off and put them on her hands. That’s a bonus tidbit for you.

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We did it!!!

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It took us about 2 1/2 hours. The lady said it should take one person less than two hours. It took two of us more than that! I was SO thankful for my Mama’s help. It’d be a really big job for one person.

I froze them flat and filed them in the freezer drawer.

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What a gift! Thank you Mom for helping me. I think we will definitely be doing this again. It’s such a perfect thing for a busy Mom of of littles to have meals that can be dumped from the freezer straight into the slow cooker.

And they’re delicious too.

Silly Girl

Here’s a great way to get lots of attention while walking around Costco…

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She felt like getting comfy I guess!

03 December 2014

Giving

One of my favorite things…

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Cute, but Messy

Soon after I took this series of photos over a few days, Lil’ A lost her spoon privilege.  Too messy for me! She’s still messy, even without a spoon. This girl!

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She’ll earn back her privilege when she shows me that she’s old enough to be responsible. Ha!

30 November 2014

A New Name

This little lady gave me a new name. She randomly started calling me “Ma” after years of “Mommy” and “Mama” and “Mom”. I have no idea what sparked the change.

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But I love it.

27 November 2014

Help Baking

It’s a good thing this girlie was around to help me bake today. I just don’t know if I could have done it without her!

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She sees EVERYTHING we do these days. I only had to put the teaspoon in the box of baking soda one time and next thing I know she’s grabbing them both from me and doing the same.

She’s learning so very fast. Wonderful! And scary that she can mimic after just one time?!

23 November 2014

Three Flights Home with Lil’ A

After a very quick week in Africa, where Lil’ A did great with jet lag and so many new faces… it was time to head home already!

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Thankfully, this time I wasn’t traveling with her alone!

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She was once again a popular little lady. Above she is distracting the security lady who took a liking to her…

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She did sleep some!

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And in Frankfurt there was some playing,

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and lots of walking here and there and here and there with her Daddy.

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Moving sidewalks are such good entertainment.

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We were given AMAZING upgraded seats for free on the longest flight. I couldn’t have been more thankful!

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Girlie had her own seat,

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But she did better sleeping on the floor for the few hours she took a break from wreaking havoc up and down the aisles. Mostly what I remember from these flights is Lil’ A going up and down the aisles using any kind of funny mode of transportation she could come up with herself… walking, running, crawling, walking on her knees, etc. She could really move quickly up and down those skinny aisles on her feet. Lots of passengers were sleeping and my biggest fear was that she was going to smack the bald head of a sleeping man that was hanging half-way out into the aisle! She never did, whew!

She did try to take people food and drinks off their trays, and try to sneak into first class and hide in the back of the galley where all the rolling carts are stored.

Aaaaanyway, it was challenging again, obviously. But I’m so glad this girlie is my little companion, around the world and back.