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Heidi 1/ Time 1.....I'm comin for ya time!!!! 
Oct. 28, 2009 9:00 pm 
Updated: Nov. 24, 2009 9:36 pm
So, this week I prepared many meals on my 2 days off to freeze for the family. On Saturday I made Amatriciana (I found it on Evins blog) and stuck it in the freezer. It was easy as pie to make and tasted ohhh sooo good on Monday evening. My DH only had to boil the noodles and thaw the breadsticks for it. For this same meal I made the garlic parm. bread sticks (also ripped off from Evins blog, lol) and they were also very good, so good I made a double batch for the freezer. On Saturday I also made my favorite creamy tomato soup from this site with a bit of added orzo for a heartier soup. On Sunday I cooked the famous sticky chicken with the thoughts of making chicken salad then making stock with it however that thought got thrown out when DH threw out the chicken (which I expressly told him not to do) and then informed me when I  complained it was in the trash in a ziploc but the bag was open, WTF!!!! On an off topic note  if someone could just figure out how to keep DH from cooking the snizh out of my food I would be good. Soup was planned for Tuesday evening and when I got home it was a gloppy sketchy pot of ..........well starch. We will adress this problem at a later date. To go with the soup I made a ham and cheese stromboli/loaf/bread (whatever you wanna call it) had some left over pizza dough, deli ham on the edge, and some provolone lurkin in my freezer, so what better use. I also used everyones favorite pizza crust ya know "Jays signature" to make a frozen pizza for the kids, I pre baked the dough added the toppings, cooled and threw in the freezer. We will totally nevermind the fact when DH cooked it for them they found it "disgusting" and opted for frozen Banquet meals (sometimes I don't know why I even bother) but what they hey. With all the hitches along the way I managed to feed the (ingrates) family a good meal (wether they liked it or not) while still working. I'm proud and appreciate all the encouragement you all have given me along the way I know things will get easier from this point. My view is Heidi 1 / Time 1. I'm comin for ya time you will only be my nemesis for soooo long, muhahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!
Oct. 28, 2009 9:25 pm
Wow... You deserve a pat on the back ladybug. Good job :)
Oct. 28, 2009 9:44 pm
Thanks a bunch Traci!! I couldn't have done it without my fav peeps and I have seriously heeded your advice. today was my day to volunteer in the kindergarten class and my sons teacher told me she noticed a change in his behavior. I do hope this is a temp change but if not things here in the home will have to change.
Oct. 28, 2009 9:52 pm
It's just no easy task --any way you look at it--to be a working mom! I think the hardest part is accepting that no one, especially DHs or SOs (sorry Marty, Patrick, etc) will do things the way you really wanted it done. But hats off to you LB!
Oct. 28, 2009 9:57 pm
Thank you much Marianne!! I need a Marty in the kitchen to teach DH about now, lol. He takes everything I cook that just needs to be thrown in the microwave and cooks it to death on the stove, lol. I have good hopes for the dinner I prepped tomorrow night, lol. I will hold ya'll in suspense until my next day off which at this point is "unknown". I love my AR peeps and will update as soon as I can!!!
Oct. 28, 2009 10:01 pm
Would it help to write instructions for the hubby? I know, that just takes up more time, but eventually you will make a cook out of him.
Oct. 28, 2009 10:10 pm
Oh my Sassy if that only worked, lol. I leave them then remind him on my break and it neva works. I'm not sure what to do about this problem ,lol. I made an overnight tuna casserole that is MEANT to be cooked in the nuker for 15 mins for tomorrow. Personally I'm skeered of what he is going to do to it. Will it be the oven, nuker, toaster oven, oven, stove top, who knows.....Stay tuned for the next update, lmao!!!
Oct. 29, 2009 2:26 am
Maybe try using the crock pot so DH doesn't have to do a dang thing! Men! lol Sounds like you are working your tail off! Hope your family appreciates it!
Oct. 29, 2009 4:34 am
You're doing GREAT Heidi! As for you're husband, (and believe me, he's not the only one I have one of those too, lol), all I can say is.....MEN... :D Keep up the good work Girl!
Oct. 29, 2009 5:49 am
Don't feel bad about the pizza crust one. I also tried Jay's Signature Crust one time. Years later, the kids still refer to "the time Mommy made that really yucky homemade pizza." Since then, I consider pizza night a night off from cooking and just dial the local pizza shop. Much easier, tastes better and cheaper.
Oct. 29, 2009 5:55 am
You are doing a great job Heidi :) As far as the hubster goes he should figure it out soon. I mean reheating isn't complicated ;) Or it shouldn't be.
Oct. 29, 2009 10:46 am
If this were me, and my hubby who was messing with my frozen dinners :)I would put very specific instructions for cooking on each and every dish that way there is no excuse ;). You are doing great! Good luck!
Oct. 29, 2009 10:54 am
Oh LOLZ Deb, true that!! Thanks guys for all of your encouragement and I'm sure he will get the hang of it somewhere along the way, lol!!!
Oct. 30, 2009 5:30 am
Good luck! After a few weeks you'll find a routine that works and incorporates your DH's can do's and cannots! I too work during the day and my husband is home with our son. Being really organized and having a few easy go to meals will help a lot. Slow cookers rock!! Wait til the first time you have bread or rolls rising and the husband or child just can't let it be. We've had unintentional "flat bread" with dinner more than once. I wouldn't trade either of them though, they keep life interesting. Robin Miller has some good ideas where you cook a meal and then repurpose part of it for a second meal. I don't always like her recipes, but they give me good ideas for my own meals. I try not to make freezer meals because somewhere between the thawing and reheating things go awry and dinner has a strange texture or is over or under cooked. (My husbands cannot area I suppose). I do make a lot of quick meals or things I can prep while getting my son off to school and then cook when I get home. My DH is great at the after dinner clean-up, so it all evens out. Again, kudos to all your effort and remember every home runs differently. There isn't a right and wrong, just what WORKS for your family!
Oct. 30, 2009 7:54 am
Hang tough, Kiddo! No one's going to starve--and who knows--you may learn to like gummy, or slightly burned, and/or undercooked stuff. This too shall pass--take it from me: I just turned 71 and celebrated (really) my 48th wedding anniversary. I've been through what you're experiencing, and as Deborah B said, these will become the stories you'll all remember (and tell differently) later. Aloha, elaine
Oct. 30, 2009 4:38 pm
Wow....when you take on "TIME" and come up tied...well, THAT is time to celebra... WAIT A MINUTE....did I say "time to" ???? ANYway, congrats. Sounds like an amazingly positive stride in the right direction.
Oct. 30, 2009 7:09 pm
Yes, I am feeling very confident about it at this point, well sorta......LOL, this week they have scheduled me for 42 hours, lmao. Things outta get interesting around here!
Oct. 31, 2009 7:12 am
Hi Heidi! I can so relate to time being your nemisis!! I work full time and haven't been able to master the freezer meals yet. Great job to you!
Oct. 31, 2009 2:53 pm
Thanks Froghopper, this week is going to really be a challenge but I'm feeling good about it.
Oct. 31, 2009 6:26 pm
Delete it!!!
Oct. 31, 2009 7:43 pm
ok cindy, lol will do!!!
Oct. 31, 2009 7:43 pm
I did one better by banning which deleted the post ;)~
Nov. 1, 2009 4:19 am
Like someone previously mentioned, it looks like a crockpot might help you win against time. Meals like Chili, Stews, Soups and Roasts then can all be done quick in the morning and be ready for dinner time. But after reading your post, makes me a whole lot happier that my fiance for his second career choice, has decided to go to school to be a chef.
Nov. 1, 2009 9:37 am
Nov. 1, 2009 1:29 pm
hang in there, lady b.
Nov. 6, 2009 8:59 pm
thx guys sorry it took me so long to respond I have been working my arse off, lol!!!
Nov. 7, 2009 3:22 pm
Heidi, I just saw your post to Marty's retail blog. I would sooo buy those cans of No labels!! Take them home and see what is in them! Might be good:)
Nov. 19, 2009 3:21 pm
great job Heidi!!,wow! keep it up!
Nov. 24, 2009 9:36 pm
Good job, Heidi. It is not easy being a working mom with a cooking challenged hubby! Believe me, I know because I had one of those!! Thinks will all work out and like someone said, all the boo boos will make funny stories some day!!
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I am a recently divorced mother of 2 boys ages 7 and 10. Cooking has taken on a new meaning as I have gone from a stay at home mom, to a working mom, to a single mom, and now I'm again an attached stay at home mom. I always love to cook new things I think thats the spice of life and exposing kidlets to things they wouldnt otherwise try. I must admit after being held away from the kitchen because of work I am again embracing being able to make whatever I want rather than what time allows. I AM A LUCKY GAL!!!!!!
My favorite things to cook
I enjoy cooking mexican food especially green chili wich is a very popular local dish in our area. I also enjoy cooking my favorite foods from the south kinda eases homesickness.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Hmmmm. For most of my marriage we have always prepared a Thanksgiving dinner with all the stops. Turkey, corn bread stuffing, gravy, mashed potatos and gravy, sweet potatos, green bean casserole, and candied sweet potatos ;) Cliche I know but reminds me of long ago family Thanksgiving. BTW, Thanksgiving dinner has come along way over the last 10 years ;)
My cooking triumphs
Well one time I made a meatball sandwich from a recipe in a Quick Cooking magazine. It was let's just say far from being something you want to put in your mouth. I decided I wanted to come up with my own recipe which I submitted to Quick Cooking, ended up getting published in the magazine as well as the yearly cookbook. I was so jazzed I created something that turned out such a sucess. I was like 20, lol! I keep the letter that told me my recipe was being published with my kids baby book, lmao!
My cooking tragedies
With only 1000 words we will stick with this tragedy. The first time I cooked Thanksgiving dinner for my family (I was 19) I diligently cooked my turkey most of the day. When it came time to carve it (most of my dad's side of the family joined us for dinner) I realized I had cooked it the entire day with the neck, liver, giblets and a GRAVY packet still in the cavity of the turkey =0, lol!! I had no idea that crammed all of that stuff INSIDE the turkey!!
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