FREEZER MEAL EXTRAVAGANZA!!

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The Coach and I are both teachers in a traditional schedule school system. That means that this time of year is CRAZY! The coach is finishing up lacrosse season while we are both getting the school year wrapped up. Some days it is so busy I barely know my own name. That is reason #1 why I haven’t posted in a looooooooonnnnggg time. Reason #2 is because when we came back from our honeymoon to Jamaica over Spring Break (OMG…I want to go back there and stay forever…), we figured it was way past time to get our finances in order.

We knew without even looking at a break down of the monthly expenses that we ate way too many meals out a month. We both love to cook and are pretty good at it, but we just have so little time. Since The Coach is a fall and a spring sport coach, there are maybe 20 days out of the whole school year that he is actually home before 5:00. Most nights he gets home between 5:00 and 8:00. Unless it’s a Friday night in the fall. Let’s not even talk about what time he gets home then. Since we don’t have any children of our own (yet), I am usually at school until around 4:00 or 5:00 myself. Once we are both home, we are usually too exhausted and/or lazy (let’s call a spade a spade…we are all friends here) to fix a full meal from scratch. Consequence? Too much money spent on unnecessary meals out. We were spending hundreds of dollars on food a month for just the two of us. Ridiculous.

Pinterest to the rescue! In scrolling through the Food & Drink section on Pinterest, I stumbled across a Pin that claimed “40 freezer meals for about $5 each.” It was two friends who got together every so often and spent about 4 hours putting freezer meals together. The site is here. I quickly scanned through the site and thought, “This is genius! Why haven’t I been doing this before now?”

I searched Pinterest and found many other websites that have great ideas for freezer meals. What followed was a pretty labor-intensive Saturday and Sunday as The Coach and I prepped and cooked 14 meals for the freezer. This has changed our lives. We spend so much less on groceries and food a month and are able to eat home-cooked meals much more often than we did before. If you have a hectic schedule or are looking for a way to reduce your monthly finances, you really need to start making meals and freezing them!

We are now finishing up our 2nd full month of freezer meals. In the coming days, I will be posting the recipes that we used in the first two months. Next month, I will be posting the recipes and the total cost of all our meals. Stay tuned!

If you are interested in checking out some of the websites I used to get some ideas while you are waiting for me to compile all the recipes, Check out my Freezer Meals board or May Freezer Meals board (for individual recipes) on Pinterest.

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Peanut Butter Cup Brownie Trifle

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20130413-231820.jpgThe Coach’s birthday is on Monday. So this weekend I had him browse Pinterest until he found a dessert recipe that he would like to serve as his birthday cake. This is what he selected. It’s another very easy recipe. The hardest part is unwrapping all of the Reese’s cups!

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Crescent Roll Cheesecake Squares – OMG

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Holy Crap!

So, my mother was here this weekend. She will be house sitting for The Coach and me when we go to Jamaica for our honeymoon in a few days. She has offered to do some things around the house for us while we’re gone. (Such a wonderful mom, right?) While she was here, she started pulling some things out that she wanted to reorganize while we were gone. When she left today, she left me a list of things that I needed to do around the house before she comes to stay as well as a pile of things to put away. Also, I haven’t even begun to think about packing for our trip to Jamaica. So, what am I doing today, you ask? Cooking something for the blog…what else would I be doing?

These are delicious. You absolutely must make these immediately. They are ridiculously easy and unbelievably scrumptious.

If you’re looking for something easy to throw together for a weeknight dinner or for a potluck or a party, this is the recipe to use. It takes just five minutes to mix together the filling and thirty minutes in the oven. So simple.

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Rosemary Bread – Macaroni Grill Copycat Recipe

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photo (9)So, Macaroni Grill is one of my favorite places to eat. It could be because of the good food or the fact that they have half price wine bottles once a week. But in reality, it’s really because their rosemary bread is just so dang good. If you’ve never had the Rosemary bread from Macaroni Grill, you are missing out for sure. But don’t be sad, now you can make it at home!

If you’re scared of making bread because you are afraid you will mess it up, have no fear! I had never made any kind of bread that requires kneading and rising before this recipe. I was convinced it would not work at all because I didn’t know what I was doing. But this is SO EASY! (And delicious…have I mentioned that yet?)

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Chicken Rollatini

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Yum!

The Chicken Parmesan Casserole recipe has been extremely popular, and we were afraid that we would never be able to find another recipe that would top it. This recipe doesn’t necessarily top the Chicken Parmesan recipe, but it is definitely a great alternative if you ever get tired of making the Chicken Parmesan Casserole. (I know, I know, that will never happen. But good thing you have a back up just in case…)

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Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Brownies…Oh My!

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Pure taste bud heaven.

That’s right, folks. You read it correctly. Peanut Butter. Cookie Dough. Brownies. All in one dish. Oh yeah, and did I mention that it has pretzel M&Ms in it, too? No joke!

I love brownies. They are pretty much my favorite baked good. I love making cupcakes. But I love eating brownies. I also love peanut butter. When you put peanut butter AND chocolate together in one dish, I will like it before I even try it or see it. This is one of those dishes.

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