Baby Shower Fruit Tray

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I bet you’ve seen a ton of images like this one floating around Pinterest.  It’s so cool how a trend can just take off.  I made this little fruit buggy three years ago for a pregnant friend. I had just seen the idea trend on Facebook and thought I’d give it a try.

This has got to be the cutest fruit tray I’ve ever made and the little star platter from the Dollar Tree really made it look even better!

Just for fun, I searched this type of a tray on Pinterest while writing this post and there are now hundreds of these floating around.  I’m still so astonished by how something can travel to so many people.

They talk about the six degrees of separation.  Does that mean that each person is within six degrees of someone who has seen this type of a platter online or made one?

Maybe next time I’ll go for a bouquet of fruits.

 

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Home Made Freezer Waffles

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By now, you all know how much I like to have ready made food around the house.   This is one of my favorites.

I love making waffles in large quantities and freezing them in individual packages so they are easy to grab.

You can make these either with a box recipe or your own.  I used the Krusteauz Belgium Waffle box mix for mine.

Be sure to get a big enough bowl!  I almost spilled because my bowl was too small.  I made the entire batch of batter, put on some music, and started cooking.

All together, it took about an hour but now I’m able to grab waffles any time I want them.  Just pop them in the toaster, flip, and toast again.

I chose to put three waffles together when I wrapped them.  Next time, I may only put two because three is a bit too much for me with the homemade waffles.

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Ready to Eat Freezer Meals

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I have been seeing so many posts about freezer meals recently.  One thing that has surprised me the most about freezer meals is that they take a lot of work!  All of the posts make it seem easy and time saving but I’m not buying it.  You take hours one day to prep all of your meals and put them in the freezer.  Then, when the time comes to prepare your meal, you still have to find the right cookware and thaw and cook it which could take just about as long as just starting from scratch.

I’ve been doing my own version of freezer meals for years.  The difference is that I completely cook the food before I put it in the freezer.  I remember being young and my mom would do this with things like chili, spaghetti and meatballs sauce, and sloppy joes.  She would freeze portions for one family meal already cooked and just needing to be reheated.

Now, I don’t have ‘family meals’ in my household because Nick and I are hardly every home to eat at the same time.  So, I prepare all of the meals for the week or longer on one day and then All we have to do is microwave and put the container in the dishwasher.

One thing to note is that I only do this with foods that work well freezing and reheating.  I use two types of tupperware for my meals.  The larger tupperware are the ones that come with lunchmeat in the deli section.  The smaller ones are in the image below.

The Tupperware I use (I have these in Red and Teal)

The food

I thought I’d share an unedited photo to show that this is not a perfect process. Portion size is different for Nick and I but this made enough food for each of us to have 16 meals.

The Meals:

Turkey Noodle Casserole
Spaghetti
Oven Chicken with Tomatoes
Honey Soy Pulled Pork
Teriyaki Chicken
Turkey and cheese Wraps
BBQ Uglies
Cinnamon Rolls

In the back left, there is a stack of small and large tupperware.  These have turkey noodle casserole made with left over turkey and spaghetti.

The middle tupperware have  Oven Chicken with Tomatoes.

The two stacks of tupperware on the far left have Honey Soy Pork and some Teriyaki chicken just made with a store-bought sauce.

I used Ellie’s recipe to make a dough for all of the items in the front.  One thing to note is that I did not let the dough rise for a second time for any of these meals.

On the far left front, There’s wrapped leftover turkey and cheese.

The two wrapped meals in the middle are both BBQ Uglies just made in a different shape.  For the left ones, I used a large muffin pan and for the right ones I used a small pastry press.

Of course, I had some extra dough and decided to make cinnamon rolls.  These were not part of the freezer meals but definitely part of my reward for doing all this cooking in one evening!

Do you make freezer meals?  If you do, do you cook them before or after you freeze them?

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