Whoo Hoo! Cooking day! This is going to be exhausting! Here’s the skinny: I have to go away on a military mission starting next Tuesday for 6 days. The boys will be left to their own devices and they’ll have no Mama here to make breakfast, dinner and snacks. Also, Mama will be stuck with finding her own lunch while on her mission, so she’ll need some food too. Sonny will be spending the day with his grandmother while Hubby is working, so I also need breakfast and lunch made for him to eat over there. And Hubby will have to pack his own lunches, so lots of food is needed to cover his lunches and their dinners. AND I always take some goodies to my military buddies to start our work week. Hence, my ridiculous cooking list. Let the craziness begin:
2 loaves bread- 1 Portuguese and 1 Italian
chocolate frosting brownies(creating something new here..hope it works!)
mini cheesecakes with raspberry sauce or chocolate sauce
chocolate chip cookies
beefy enchilada bake
spaghetti and meat sauce
bagels- cinnamon raisin and plain
large batch of home fries
make a dozen hard boiled eggs
braised carrots and dill
turkey and penne over vodka sauce
bake and freeze mac and cheese pizza
Here’s the game plan for all of this mess:
Anything that I can make ahead of time and doesn’t have to be baked right away, I will prep on Saturday. This includes all of the bread dough, beefy enchilada bake, pudding, chocolate chip cookie dough, home fries and boiling the bagels and pasta for the pasta dishes. The last 3 are made so easily, since I get the water boiling and then turn it off for perfect pasta/eggs. I can even get up early Saturday morning and take care of that, if I want. Knowing me, I won’t and I’ll leave it to be done late Saturday night, since I’m a night owl. I’ll wait until off-peak times to take care of those 3.
On Sunday, whatever needs to be baked will be put out in the afternoon to warm up/proof/etc. Since our off peak hours don’t start until 9pm, I want to get as close to that time as I can before I actually turn on the oven. Since the bread dough will be pretty cold from the fridge, it will take a few hours for it to proof and get ready for baking. I can have the baked oatmeal, cookies and cheesecake bake before the breads.
Eat from the fridge. I have a london broil marinating in the fridge for Saturday night’s dinner, but I’m going to make it tonight right after I bake our pizza. That way, I’ll already have dinner ready and we won’t have to eat from my cooking day list. The point of doing this is to make sure my boys are set for the 6 days I’ll be gone, not to create the “ultimate buffet” just for this weekend.
Whatever pizza we don’t finish tonight, will be frozen for pizza night next Friday. Even though Sonny boy’s world is going to be turned upside down next week, I still want him and hubby to sit at the table and have dinner. I also want both of them to still have pizza night. This will ensure that will happen.
If all else fails, I still have Monday. I don’t leave until Tuesday morning, so if there is something that I don’t get to this weekend, I can finish it up on Monday. By then, I’ll want to pull my hair out, but at least I’ll know that once I finish, I won’t have to worry while I’m down there.
Now, here’s the question: Why am I doing this to myself? Why not just let them eat pizza and fast food all week? Because, that is in no way frugal. I hate letting Hubby do it when I’m gone for 2 days, but I would “have kittens” if I found out that my Husband and son ate out for 6 days straight. I have the resources to make these items, while saving us a great amount of money at the same time.
I did have the opportunity to budget money for them to use for food while I was gone, but I opted out of that idea. Being frugal ain’t easy, but it’s worthwhile in the end.
So, what do you think? Can I finish it all by Sunday?