So this happened.
Yes, yes, my baby girl arrived six weeks ago on January, 28th. Her name is Cecilia, she is perfect and I am so in love with her. While many days, I’m still walking around in a sleep deprived state, I’m now getting a better hang of this motherhood thing and can devote some time back to things that don’t include changing diapers and feeding and burping a baby human. Therefore, I’m re-joining the land of blogging after my baby hiatus! Woohoo!
First order of business is give y’all an update on those make-ahead freezer meals I made the month before my daughter arrived. Needless to say they were a LIFE SAVER! My husband and I were so happy that we made them, and they were such a success, that we want to do something similar on a regular basis.
Here’s my take on each of the dishes we prepped –
Michael Chiarello’s Tomato Soup – This froze really well and was the first meal we finished after the baby was born. To finish our soup off, my husband went to the store, got some great bread and havarti and gruyere cheese to make grilled cheese sandwiches and voila – delicious dinner!
30-Minute Turkey Chili – This froze well, too, but the final product wasn’t as great as it typically is fresh. I felt it was a bit watery once it was thawed and heated up versus being a great thick chili. Either way, it tasted great. All we had to buy was some sour cream and grated cheese to top our bowls off and we were in chili heaven!
Chicken and Vegetable Pot Pie – YUM! I made a ton of these and we still have one left. The thing I would suggest is to take it straight from the freezer to the oven. We thawed them and the top wasn’t as flaky as I think it could have been.
Crockpot Beef Stew – This was the one dish I’d never tried before I prepped it. I made it when I had family in town and it was so stinking easy. It was a hit with everyone who ate it, so it’s a definite do over. And, seriously, if you prep and freeze ahead of time, it’s silly how easy it is.
Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup – I was so glad I had everything on hand for this dish and could throw it together on a whim. I did just that when I had more family in town and, again, it was a huge hit.
Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookies – These may have been too much of a hit with my husband. We made a double batch of these cookies which resulted in about 3 dozen frozen balls of cookie dough. Before the baby was even born, my husband broke into the freezer quite a few times and ate some of the frozen dough balls. After we got home from the hospital, he did the same. Seriously, we only ended up baking about a dozen cookies total because he ate the rest of them frozen!!!! Next time I know to make more!
Overall, the freezer meals were a HUGE success and something I suggest every mom-to-be take some time to do. We have amazing friends who brought us food those first few weeks and having these meals to mix in with those made it possible that we didn’t have to order in each night, and could have great homemade meals while we were enjoying our first days with our little love bug!
Stay tuned for more freezer meal prep in the future!
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