If you know me in real life, you know that I don’t consider myself a foodie! You also know, if you know me in real life, I do like healthy food. I am also a fan of quick and easy!! I know those three things are not really compatible!! Although once in a while I stumble across a new way to do something that does actually fit all three,
Like my creation of 3F Salad!! Fast Frozen Fruit Salad is a big hit at our house and we almost always have some handy in the freezer.
Water, 3 cans of fruit cocktail, 1 can of crushed pineapple, 1 can of frozen orange juice concentrate, 2-4 bananas.
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I have discovered several items that have been space savers for us here in a small space and that helps this claustrophobic mom stay sweet.
I am just going to list the items as well as links ( affiliate links) to them if possible! The links are the underlined words!!
I will say that I didn’t get all these items as new , I like me a good 2nd hand shopping day!!
Clip Hangers, I have found these to not be very handy in tight closets BUT they are wonderful for hanging items to dry both inside and out. I currently have my queen sheets flapping in the breeze thanks to these mighty little workers.
Norwex microfiber clothes, These brilliantly designed cloths self-sanitize in the sunshine and are very durable and absorb so much moisture. Because they don’t stink I am able to go longer between washes.. Love the money savings on the laundry!! My friend Sara Sells this. (they are an awesome company with a great focus and great host rewards)
Tupperware Modular mates, If you know me you know I use and love tupperware. The Modular Mate system has come in very handy here in our camper. My Friend Carol Sells This. (hint… having a party will get you the best deals)
Hot plate, It is very hot and dry here and we pay separately for our electric… So cooking outside helps keep the camper cooler and the ac running less. and that is were this friendly little gadget comes in.
Folding tables. These tables are space saving life savers and are much easier to move in any situation.
Woven Rugs, I love the nice woven rag rugs for catching dirt and making the space homey. I know you can get these at most any small Mennonite stores.
Outdoor rug. I have an inexpensive outdoor rug outside the camper and it stops so much dirt and sets the scene for a bit of out door living 🙂
Mini Freezer. This has been a true sanity and budget saver. The fridge freezer in the camper is so small I cant fit two loves of bread and 4 ice trays. Having this extra space has helped me be able to buy larger amounts of food at one time.
Rolling Storage shelving. This handy little rolling rack has been my right hand in my kitchen. I use the top to dry dishes, and the racks hold modular mates and cookbooks.
Extendable shower rod. This last item saves my bacon on rainy days. I put it in the center of the shower and hang my drying rack from it. Also works good for a random towel or wet item.
Thank you for taking time to read this , Check back, I may add more links as I remember or find new items I like.
Dorcas at the Delightful Cottage
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Can I get a raise of hands, who has yet to figure out the mysterious world of freezer meals and menu planning??? I am over here with both hands in the air! I can’t do it, I am just to spontaneous!
Menu planning is not enjoyable to me, because it involves thinking about food when I am not hungry! I also do not shop at a traditional grocery store, as a general rule, so I don’t always have the same ingredients in my cupboards. When I am hungry for something specific, then is when I like to cook it! Menu planning also involves recipes and cookbooks! Cookbooks do not interest me much, never quite understood why some of my friends read them like they are a good novel! I am a dump and pour kind-of cook!
Apron wearing time!
But cook we must, because the little’s in our house depend on us to eat, so I will be the mom and wear the apron! I am discovering as my boys grow , that I know even less about cooking than I thought. These boys of mine eat like lumberjacks, this leaves me with very little leftovers. If you are a mom, you know that leftovers are GOLD!
I have discovered a few shortcuts that help me have leftovers for later meals and quick fix options on hand for the busy days!
What do I mean by precooking, you wonder?? Well as I type, there is a handy little maid at work in my kitchen called a crock-pot! This crock pot is cooking dry beans. A whole crock pot’s worth!! I’ll only need about 1/2 of that amount for the spanish rice for supper but, I’ll freeze the rest in my handy Tupperware freezer containers that hold about 2 c.. In a few days we will be in the mood for tacos or haystacks or seasoned beans and these little gems are just hanging out waiting to be used! Precooking can be done with rice, meat, root veggies, lentils, etc and then frozen or refrigerated ready for easy quick use!
I have found that dry beans and rice are very budget friendly items! These items are not time friendly tho, if you don’t plan far enough ahead. I have discovered by cooking extra every time I cook beans or rice and/or by precooking I am building a stash of quick-er fix meal options! Who doesn’t love that?
The other item that is a sanity saver is leftovers!! Any kind of leftovers are my idea of menu planning! To cause this to happen, I have to cook more than what we actually need for the current meal!
Sometimes this looks like two pans of lasagna rather than just one, or baking 3 winter squash to mash and freeze, or cooking the whole big bag of frozen veggies at one time! I also like to make more potatoes (white or sweet) than needed because they fry up nice for an addition to eggs on Saturday morning! Leftovers turn into really great soup! A bit of leftover meat, a few different veggies, that last bit of onion,and those beans out of the freezer, and you have yourself a meal!!
The Hidden Bonus
I have discovered a hidden bonus in this type of cooking!! Less dirty dishes, this makes me happy!! When you precook or cook extra you do not make as many dirty dishes as when you cook each meal individually! I know this is not rocket science but, having the kitchen clean for longer than an hour is a win in my mind!
I am not knocking menu planning or freezer cooking at all, I wish it was in my skill set! If you are good at this than I am so happy for you! Keep up the great work. If you are like me and find this is not easy for you, take heart, try these tips, and do what works best for your family!
Now I gotta go, those beans might need more water and the wash in the washer was done an hr ago!