Sunday, October 01, 2006

Dinner's In the Freezer!

Yesterday, Miriam Lofgren and I, with Jubilee and Rachael Morton as our helpers, embarked on a mission to fill our freezers with homemade meals. Mom and Dad were at a conference over the weekend, so it was a good time to make a mess - I mean cook - when we had the house to ourselves.

Two years ago, I took over most of the cooking for our household. I was ready to have more homemade meals, and decided to learn how to cook well in the meantime. Two years later, I've learned quite a bit, and experimented a lot - to the suffering of my family sometimes! =) I really enjoy cooking however, and am thankful that my parents allow me this responsibility.

This year, I've gotten a lot busier, and it's harder to find time to cook. My sister Miriam was also missing homemade meals, as she didn't have time to cook most days after work. So, copying a thing Miriam did when she was 16 or 17, we decided to once again do Dinner's In the Freezer!

We started around 8:45 a.m. Our goal? To make 9 different types of meals, in bulk. By 3 p.m., we had finished all of the cooking, and headed off to see Facing the Giants.

(Side note: If you get a chance to see the movie, I highly recommend it! It's so refreshing to see a movie that has nothing bad in it, and is so glorifying to God.)

We arrived back home around 7 p.m., ate supper, and cleaned up the kitchen. Everything was done at 9 p.m. sharp. It was a tiring day, but I'm really glad we made all we did. Now I have 23+ meals in the freezer, an assortment of chili, taco meat, curry meat, meatloaf, chicken pot pie, tuna under biscuits, tuna noodle casserole, and enchilada casserole, ready to be thawed and eaten. It's all in a day's work!

Jubilee and Rachael - our spify-diffy choppers. They worked hard and chopped up a lot of meat and vegetables!

Sometimes muscle was required

Miriam portions out meals of tuna noodle casserole

Biscuit making was enjoyed by all

It wasn't all pleasant. I especially did not enjoy the mixing of raw meat for meat loaf...

... or the peeling and chopping of the onions!

Well, a lot of cooking does make a big mess!

But, we left the kitchen sparkling. We should go into business together. We can cook people a month's worth of meals, and clean their house all in a day or two!


Miriam Rebekah said...

Sounds like y'all had tons of fun! I really want to see Facing the Giants. I hope we can soon.

thepatriot15 said...

I had to laugh at your expressions in mixing up the meat, Anna! :) Wow; I bet it feels really good to have so much food ready and on hand! Good for you!

Elizabeth Ellen Moore said...

What joy! Our church did an activity like this for an elderly couple in our church. We prepared 44 meals!

Ella said...

Wow! That is an idea for me to do sometime. I also want to see Facing the Giants. I heard it got a 5 out of 5 for family friendliness.

Susan said...

How fun! I've experimented some with freezing meals. We often triple a recipe (like for taco or chili, or something else easy to freeze) and freeze the extra. It saves a lot of time! I loved the pictures. I'm not partial to handling raw meat either. :-P

ashley said...

You remind me of the time I made 5 cakes, 2 pies and more cookies than my family could eat! Hummm, can you tell I have a sweet tooth?! I will say this my siblings were really happy! haha! Hope all is well for you Anna! :)

nella said...

What a lot of cooking to do in one day!

une_fille_d'Ève said...

Sounds like great fun! Never heard of Facing the Giants before... I'll have to check that out.
Would you like to share any of your favorite freezable meals that you made?? :-)

Anna Naomi said...

Glad you all enjoyed the pictures! My sisters and I enjoy taking a lot of different posed pictures. We're really into scrapbooking, so we try to make the pictures interesting.

Facing the Giants is really good! Go see it and support it if you have the chance. It was very family friendly!

Hannah, I've thought of putting up our "Lofgren Favorites" recipes up on my personal website, . I might just do that when I get the time. If I do it, I'll be sure to let you all know. They're already typed out on the computer. I'd just have to figure out how to get them from mom's computer to ours... (Elijah???)

Erin said...

Lots of yummy food!

Miriam's mother said...
Check it out!

Elijah Lofgren said...

Hmm.... We connected up Mom's to our network didn't we? You should be able to print the recipes to PDF on her computer and then copy those PDF files onto the main computer. Then you can just upload those to your website.

Glad you had a good time cooking.



Anna Naomi said...

Okay, thanks Elijah. I'll probably work on doing it sometime when I have time.