7 freezer meals for new parents

works for me wednesday at we are that familyI didn’t make dinner for about a month after Poppy was born. Every afternoon someone would show up bearing a hug and a good meal, and it was fabulous.

Having food on hand was such a big help when we were trying to adjust to having a new baby, and I wanted to pass that same sort of assistance on to Mr & Mrs Perry Mason. I live too far away from them to stop by with a daily lasagna and a hug, though, so instead I whipped up some meals, froze them and stashed them away in their freezer for them to use at their leisure.

I didn’t make all of these for the Masons, but I can attest that all of them are great freezer-friendly foods.

  • Tacos. I like to use Alton Brown’s Taco Potion No. 9 on ground beef. If you want to do something a little fancier than ground beef, though, Shredded Salsa Beef is a great option.
  • Rachael Ray’s Super Sloppy Joes
  • Meatballs. The traditional Italian meatball is great for subs or pasta, but I’m also fond of Hawaiian meatballs.
  • White chicken chili
  • Chicken tortilla soup. I use rotisserie chicken if I’m pressed for time.
  • Chicken pot pie.
  • Martha Stewart’s Lasagna Primavera.
  • We are overscheduled.

    OK, so recovering from the kidney stone blasting has taken way longer than I’d expected. And this is the week that all of the children’s extracurricular activities get underway, so I’m a little bit stressed.

    Monday: The grocery store

    Co-op, Odyssey of the Mind and rehearsals for “The Nutcracker” start this week. We’ll be stopping by the grocery store’s hot foods bar tonight. I’m hoping to have my act together a little bit more next week.

    Tuesday: Chicken sausages

    Tomorrow is tae kwon do followed by soccer practice. Followed by one of the easiest dinners in my repertoire.

    Wednesday: Frozen pizza

    One of the other easiest? Frozen pizza. Wednesday’s schedule includes piano and two dance classes.

    And that’s as far out as I’ve planned for this week. Pray for me.

    It’s an honor to be nominated and also I might pass out





    I’m a finalist for the Type-A Conference We Still Blog award. The other nominees are all wonderful, and I count a few of them as friends (not that the others aren’t nice people; I just don’t know them). I was so shocked and happy when I got the email, and I’m also super nervous about the conference now, because I have to stand in front of a bunch of wonderful bloggers and read the post in question to them. (I can’t tell you which post it was just yet, but I will after the conference.)

    The other nominees are:

    They are all excellent writers, and I’m guessing their nominated posts will be Somewhat Serious and Potentially Cry-worthy. Mine was an attempt at humor, and I’m afraid no one will laugh. So probably I will need to take some Wacky Props for Distraction.

    Friends, if you will be there I am counting on you to laugh even if you think my post is the dumbest ever.