Monday, November 02, 2009

what's cookin', good lookin'?

First off, THANK YOU everyone who participated in Sew & Tell on Friday!  I'm so glad you are enjoying it and feeling inspired, that's what I was hoping for!

I have been cooking a bit around here lately.  I spent Thursday last week at my friend Deisha's (former personal chef) house learning how to cook some meals for freezing.  After a morning of chopping, dicing, sauteing and sealing, I have enough food in my freezer to last at least 6 meals, maybe more.  It will really come in handy on those nights when it's busy and I just need to heat something up!

I know the last thing you want to see is a picture of the inside of my freezer - but all that stuff on the bottom are flat packed meals - enough for 6 nights!!

We made enough for two meals (at least) each of  manicotti, stuffed peppers and creamy vegetable pasta.  I have the fixings to do a pistachio crusted salmon, chicken soup and Crock Pot Pork Chops!  I'm so excited!  Except now I think I need to upgrade my Food Saver to the fancy version with the pulse, wet and dry options....

And I think I've spoken of my love of Wegman's, the mecca of grocery stores.  Seriously, I'm not kidding.  They have an awesome bakery, patisserie, fish monger, butcher and catering counter.  Plus they put out a quarterly magazine with all sorts of good recipes.  I made this cauliflower and spinach gratin the other night.  Here it is cooking in the oven.

Mmmmm, okay so maybe it tastes better than it looks....

And I'm pleased to report that this pan was eaten all up!  Even the kids liked it! (Well, the secret ingredient is alfredo sauce.  How could it be bad?)  I'm planning on making a butternut squash and pear soup for a lunch potluck this week.  (The recipes aren't up on there web site yet - maybe when their next issue comes out, and then I'll share with you!)

Now, I tried for the first time to make apple butter!  Look at those glorious apples!  I used these two recipes: crockpot365 and recipezaar.  Unfortunately, I cooked it for 8 hours on high, not on low, and then I cooked it some more..... oops!  It made one pint instead of 4.  So now I'm trying to decide whether I make another batch and mix this stuff in, or if I should add some apple juice and thin it out.  I might do both.  I'll let you know.



And the other thing I've been cooking. . .

~insert ultrasound photo here~

Some of you probably figured it out already - we'll be moving Labor day to early May next year!


Plus, I've really been wanting to have a reason to buy something with this logo on it.

I hope this explains why I've been so slackery, tired, out of touch and unmotivated lately!  Now that I'm through the first trimester and my husband will be home all month I hope I can start feeling a little more normal again.   Plus, I'm going to have all sorts of fun baby things to sew!!  (This also explains my choice in patterns for that dress I'm making!)

30 crafty mcCrafters commented:

Kelly O. said...

congratulations!!!

Momma Webb said...

oooooo you sneaky pete! that's what i call aidan when he thinks he is, but you were. at least to me since i'm not around. so now i'll have to 'fix' the cross stitch i made for jan. good thing i left enough space. and yes, it explains a lot!

Lesly (aka Shadrach Meshach and Abednego) said...

Congratulations! That's wonderful news!

wishes, true and kind said...

Congratulations! Can't wait to see all the fun baby things you whip up :).

joan

MichelleB said...

Hooray! Congratulations!

Alexis said...

Congratulations! I'm so excited for you!

Rene' said...

Congratulations!!! Exciting news!!!

Sarah said...

I love that sticker/picture! I want one too!

Lauren said...

Wow Congrats Amy!!!! I can't wait to see all the baby things you will sew! How exciting!

Amy - Park City Girl said...

Congratulations again friend! This is a packed post :) I need some of those freezer meals myself! I'm hoping to get some great ideas tomorrow with a big swap. How IS that dress coming?

Leslie said...

congratulations, that is wonderful news!!

Sew It Up! said...

What wonderful news! i would wear that logo just for the heck of it because I think it's that cool. Happy Pregnancy!

Laura said...

YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY! Can't wait to have another snoog to gush over.

Julie said...

Yes, yeah & congratulations again!!! Your freezer looks beautiful :) I can't wait to see some of the baby things you're sure to turn out. Glad you are beginning to feel better :)

Barb said...

Congrats....

Lara said...

Congratulations! How exciting! Hope the first trimester treated you well and you didn't experience too much morning sickness! We're expecting a niece or nephew and my cousin is pregnant too :) So I'll be looking for inspiration for baby gifts :)

wiff said...

oh congratulations! how wonderful!

She sews and scraps said...

Congratulations!!!

I love the meal planning too, I really need to do that more often so I can sew all day one day and dinner will already be ready.

I have missed the last 2 weeks of the sew n tell Fridays :( we have been gone so much lately! hopefully this week I will have something to share though!

Andi said...

Mazal tov!!!
Andi :-)

Amy said...

Such exciting news! Boy - you guys got busy as soon as he came home! Congratulations.

Artfulife said...

Oh congratulations Amy! So excited for you and your family. Hope you are feeling good and full of energy for all the mommy things you need to do.

Nora Mair said...

I swear it's like Christmas finding out someones have a baby--You! Way to go. So sorry you're (were) so sick. I swear I'm going to participate one of these Fridays in sew and tell. I swear.

The Letteer Family said...

WOW!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!
Plus, I love that your freezer is full of good ready-to-eat meals. I would LOVE that!

Page said...

Awww, congratulations. Hope you get all your energy back soon.

Dotty Jane said...

Congratulations!

Dee said...

Congratulations! What a sweet post to start my day with!

Whimsical Creations said...

Congrats!! I am soooo excited for you!!

I LOVE wegmans!!

sewtakeahike said...

yay, yay, and yay!!!!!!! Congratulations Amy! Love that logo! And way to go with the freezer meal thing! Now THAT's cool! I think I need to start taking baby steps in that direction. Step one would probably be going to the grocery more than once every three weeks. It's really sad when all we have all the ingredients to make a condiment sandwich!

Angie Rachels said...

Congrats!!! I hope all goes well with your pregnancy!

sean said...

ok i may have to make that for thanksgiving

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