This is What Sad Looks Like

I have found the physical manifestation of “sad”.

freezer meals

Freezer meals.

For one.

Meals just for me.

Not to share with anyone.

That my friends is what “sad” looks like.

Mr. T is growing up, and he’s out of the house more than he is there – but, let me tell you before I forget, he’s so awesome!! He had signed up for some things and declined to sign up for others because he was “stretching too thin”  He said that he had certain priorities and wanted to be able to commit to them, and still needed to be able to balance everything else in his life.

I don’t know if he is the smartest teenager in the world – or if he was throwing my buzz words back at me so I wouldn’t question him, but either way, it was a win! 🙂

Back to being sad, now!  I’ve been keeping an eye open for small individual containers because I knew this day was coming, no matter how often I visited the river Nile!

mark_twain_truth_3323I found these on sale at the grocery store.  5 for $1.

individual freezer meal That is twenty cents each!  I had to grab a set – I figured for $1, if it failed, it was worth the experiment!  I took the left over quinoa, spinach and artichoke pasta from the day before, portioned it out and sealed those suckers up! Now they are stacked neatly in my freezer ready for a day when I’m all alone… all alone…

On the plus side, I learned how to make a frappuccino at home!

home made frappuccino

That my friends is the physical manifestation of Happy!

You can go here to watch Collin at Hip2Save teach you how, too! It’s not an endorsement, I’m just giving credit!

OHHH… here is a sneak peak of our Pin Pen Pals Project!! Thanks to every one who participated and mailed their pieces back!  I can’t wait to share the competed project with y’all!

Pin Pen Pals

And lastly, here is my final thought:

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Thank Goodness I Don’t Have To Be Exact

I am addicted to my freezer cooking.  This weekend I bought a bulk package of boneless pork chops that were on sale and then I read Ortsofsorts blog: Carolina Pulled Pork recipe.  As I was thinking about dinner yesterday, I thought  “I can do that!”.

So at lunch time I pulled out my crock pot and a big ziplock bag.  I proceeded to make up one for dinner and one to freeze for later.  I was salting and peppering and dug out my paprika.  Added extra brown sugar and cheated on the vinegar.  And then I pulled the ketchup out of the fridge.

It was like a nightmare.  I was all but out of ketchup!! I don’t run out of ketchup.  I pulled out my little stool and peered at the top of the pantry and found my back up mayo, my back up mustard, relish, BBQ sauce, honey, creamer, any condiment you can come up with I have it – except my ketchup!!!!

Now I was in a conundrum.  I’d already added the brown sugar and vinegar.  What to do. What to do.

Lightbulb

I grabbed both meals and took them to the sink and dumped out most of the vinegar, grabbed a bottle of BBQ sauce and dumped half in one meal and half in the other!

Thank goodness I don’t have to be exact when I cook! Instead of making the sauce while the pork chops cooked I’ll just use pre-made sauce and let that reduce down!

Makes me really happy I watch the Food Network!  🙂

I had a couple hours after work before I had to pick up Mr. T, so I went to run a couple of errands, only to get a text from him that rehearsal was cancelled and he was riding the bus home.  Ugh.  My son doesn’t carry his house key.  I’m home 90% of the time and when I’m not, usually we know in advance and he takes his key.  I told him that I had just left and to use our secret entrance.

secret entrance

You don’t have to tunnel to get to the secret entrance, but close – I mean, otherwise, what’s the point of a secret entrance?

I ran only one errand and then swung by the house and picked him up so he could get some drive time in and we ran the other errands, one of which included finding a place that sold coleslaw.  I didn’t want to go into Wal-Mart, or any other store, but Chicken Express came to our rescue!  One quick stop in the drive-thru (and as long as we were there we had to get a couple of sweet teas) and we were on our way back home.

The pork chops had the house smelling great, and I took a fork and tongs and just shredded it in the crock pot and T pulled out some plates.  We both decided that open faced sandwiches would be the way to go, so I open a bun, piled on the pulled pork and topped it with a heaping of coleslaw.

Yummy!!

I love when mistakes taste good!  Now I just have to go get some ketchup!!

And – guess what day it is?  It’s Supernatural Tuesday!!  The start of Season 9 is tonight and I’m beyond excited!!

Martha Stewart Took Over My Body

I’m not sure what has happened, but let me tell you about it and maybe you’ll have an answer for me – an answer that doesn’t include my body being possessed by Martha Stewart.

On Monday mom and I ran to Hobby Lobby so I could get the spool of ribbon that I was short and then I finished making the wreath for my sister.  Check it out! Do you think she’ll like it?

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After that I made a gift for my Divas.  I can’t show you because 1) they aren’t finished and 2) some of my Divas read this blog! I’d hate to ruin the surprise!

Then, since I still had time, I made my sister’s other present.  It was a combination of several different DIY ideas I had seen.  I made a Menu sheet, a Calendar sheet and a To-Do sheet, and put them all in a nice frame.  Along with a package of dry erase markers, she can now decide what template to use, and will have a custom dry erase station!

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On the left is a look at the pages I made, and on the right is the calendar inside the frame – the glass makes a great dry erase platform.

Today I had a busy day at work, but it was busy in spurts.  I’d have a huge emergency and then it was dead.  By lunch I was bored, so I was browsing Pinterest and ran across this great recipe:  Tin foil salmon.  Get some foil, put some lemon slices down, put fish on top of it, season it and add two pats of butter, wrap up the foil to form a packet and bake.  Well, I had some fish in the freezer, so I popped up and made four of these packets, put them in a zip-lock with baking instructions and threw them back in the freezer.  I can pull them out later in the week and they will be ready to go!

I finished at work and saw the package of corn tortillas that mom gave me yesterday sitting on my counter.  She had extra, and I’m a single mom on a budget, so yes, I’ll take any food they want to hand over (unless it’s full of tomatoes.  I draw the line at tomatoes!)

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This is not welcome in my food!

Well, what do you make with corn tortillas?  Enchilada casserole! Now, I’ve never made enchilada casserole, and I assume it’s just a deconstructed enchilada, but I did a little Google action and discovered that you layer the corn tortillas with a meat mixture and cheese.  I can do that.  One recipe I looked at added corn.  I can do that.  I opened my pantry to get the enchilada sauce and corn and I saw some black beans.  I can do that!.

So, I browned my ground turkey (which as you know I buy in bulk, come home and add in shredded carrots, diced onion and bell peppers and garlic and then freeze.)  To my ground turkey mixture I added my homemade taco seasoning and then a can of corn, drained and a can of black beans, rinsed and drained, and a can of enchilada sauce.

Here’s where it gets weird.  I pulled out two loaf pans.  My thinking is – why make a full casserole when there are only two of us eating? I thought two smaller casseroles made more sense.  I lined my loaf pans with foil and proceeded to layer tortillas, meat, cheese – repeat.  Then, I closed the foil over the top loosely, and put the pan in the freezer for a few hours.  After they had time to set, I pulled them out and took the casseroles out of the loaf pans, wrapped them in more foil and put them in zip-lock bags.  Now, when I want them, I can get them out of the freezer and drop them in a loaf pan and bake away!  I’m not wasting my money on the disposable pans, but by partially freezing them, they are now the shape that’s perfect to drop into my loaf pan!  I’m brilliant! (Okay, I’m not, I saw that trick somewhere!)

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Won’t this taste yummy? Image from Hunts.com, cause mine is frozen!

Whew!  I’ve done a lot in just two days – and today alone, I’ve made three freezer meals!

Apparently I wasn’t done.  I sat down and answered a few emails that came in after I left… and got right back up.  I needed food, I needed something sweet.  Mr. T had mentioned cookies the other day, and that sounded great!

I only had half a bag of chocolate chips…

Which is enough to make a batch of those no-bake chocolate oatmeal cookies!  Of which, I’ve already eaten two… But, I’ve also hand washed all of the dishes I have used today and got them dried AND put back up!!!

So, you tell me – have I been taken over?

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