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In a new season [message #819121] Sat, 17 December 2016 17:12 Go to next message
Char in MO  is currently offline Char in MO
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Hi dear friends Wink
I haven't posted in quite a while as life has a way of taking twists and turns. We've all been there. Razz
On April 17 of this year my dear Dennis passed away due to heal th problems. Crying or Very Sad The kids and I miss him greatly but we are sure he is with Jesus in Heaven. Smile Currently, our oldest and youngest are living with me , as our middle daughters have gotten jobs and moved about 2 hrs. from me.
I'm also working part time! Dennis was wise in telling me I needed to do this. I've got a bit of a commute ( 40 mins. each way) so it's sort of hard to prepare meals when I get home. The schedule is good since I get home shortly after our daughter does. ( if i don't have errands after work Confused ) In a perfect situation, I'd prepare the meals ahead of time on my days off, and then freeze them for later. This doesn't happen for me. I get hamburger helper, pizza, blah blah blah, kwim? Can I get some quick ideas from you? I appreciate it very much. We aren't big on veggies. Razz It's great to be back, btw.


Love and prayers,
Char , ( recently widowed) mom to ds (26),dd (22), dd(19),dd (13)
Re: In a new season [message #819122 is a reply to message #819121 ] Sat, 17 December 2016 17:16 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Sherry in NH  is currently offline Sherry in NH
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Do you have a crockpot? One really easy thing is: pork roast and one bottle of barbecue sauce, or weirdly, chicken any kind and one jar or just leftover salsa.


In Jesus

Sherry from NH
Re: In a new season [message #819123 is a reply to message #819122 ] Sat, 17 December 2016 17:17 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Sherry in NH  is currently offline Sherry in NH
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SO sorry to hear about Dennis' death...how are you doing?


In Jesus

Sherry from NH
Re: In a new season [message #819124 is a reply to message #819121 ] Sat, 17 December 2016 17:55 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Lisa R.  is currently offline Lisa R.
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Wow, life does bring about changes, doesn't it? I'm so sorry for your loss; I know this must be a difficult new season of life. It sounds as if you are adjusting, but I will pray for you.

I second the idea of crockpot meals...things you can just toss in and turn on. Roasts, chicken, soups, etc.

When you do have a chance to cook, consider doubling your recipe and freezing half for another time. Two meals for the same prep time as one (I used to do this with casseroles and such when the kids were younger and all home a week of cooking, and a week of meals all ready to pop in the oven!)

My grown kids freeze leftovers in single-size portions for when they are not here at regular meal time (bwahaha....there IS no regular meal time here, but you get the idea!), or use them to take to work for lunches on their break.

Another thing I've done is prepare partial meals ahead of time. I might be several pounds of ground beef, and go ahead and cook it all at once, dividing it into ziplock bags when it cools. Then if I want spaghetti, chili or some casserole or whatever, I just pull out the meat, thaw it in the microwave, and toss in the rest of the ingredients.

I'm sure others will pop in, but those are some tips I've found helpful.

Good to see you back. We are pretty active on Facebook, too. PM Kate Megill to be added, or let me know if you're interested. I think I might be able to add you to the group as well.


Blessings,
Lisa R.
Re: In a new season [message #819128 is a reply to message #819121 ] Sat, 17 December 2016 21:59 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Tracy in Peru  is currently offline Tracy in Peru
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I'm so sorry for your loss. I can't even imagine.

But, the crockpot and the cooking the meat portion ahead in batches are what I would say also.


In Him--Tracy
Re: In a new season [message #819130 is a reply to message #819121 ] Sun, 18 December 2016 07:39 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Lisa T.  is currently offline Lisa T.
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(((Char))) I am so sorry.

As you might recall, I worked full time for quite a few years. Here's what I did about dinners:

On Sundays, I cooked a large roast. Maybe a whole chicken (or a bunch of pieces), maybe a pot roast of beef, maybe pulled pork. Something that would give leftover meat for another meal or two.

On Monday evenings, I would have leftover meat in a different form. For example, I might have roast beef hash, or Cubano sandwiches with leftover pork, or a stir fry with chicken and broccoli. If the roast had bones, I put the bones (with a fair amount of meat attached) in the crock pot and simmered them to make broth.

On Tuesday, another leftover meat day. Maybe chicken rice casserole, or enchiladas. And I would saute a mirapois (ie onion, celery, carrots), add the broth, and toss in some rice or barley, canned tomato, and other veggies to make soup. (Remove the bones, of course, but put any meat back in the soup pot).

Wednesday: soup and sandwiches...maybe tuna melts or grilled cheese.

The other nights would be simple. Maybe one night I would have an early meeting, so we would have frozen pizza or take out. Another night might be pasta with sauce in a jar. If we needed meat in the sauce, I could cook some ground beef or add a can of tuna (surprisingly good, add capers and good olives, too). One night I would make just enough meat or fish for each of us (pork chops or hamburgers, for example). If your kids help in the kitchen, they could prep a taco bar...put out bowls of meat, shredded lettuce, shredded cheese, chopped tomato, avocado, salsa, sour cream...and just make your own.

A crockpot of chili is something that is good if everyone is coming in at different times. Soup and sandwiches, tacos, and pizza (if they don't mind eating it cold) are also good for that situation.

I never got around to freezing stuff, and on the rare occasion that I had a frozen meal, I hated the thawing/cooking process and didn't find it quicker than making a dinner from scratch. Usually it takes me about a half hour to whip up a good dinner.

One thing I would suggest is to make a plan for the week. I look at the calendar and consider everyone's late afternoon and evening plans, then make a menu. I am willing to be flexible during the week (switching Tuesday's plan for Wednesday's when it might work better, for example), and I always have pasta and an extra frozen pizza just in case. I base my grocery list on my menu plan. It's a system that has worked pretty well for me over the years.


Lisa T.
Re: In a new season [message #819131 is a reply to message #819121 ] Sun, 18 December 2016 09:18 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Char - I usually check CHF in the mornings on a rush (like today) with another's clock kind of controlling the start of my day...I'll brainstorm a bit and see what I can come up with. The two kids who live with you - how old are they?

But I did want to say that I'm so completely sorry for the loss of your husband.

And, yes, to Lisa's suggestion that you plug into the FB group.


Peace
Re: In a new season [message #819133 is a reply to message #819121 ] Sun, 18 December 2016 17:10 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Hello Char!!

Im not here as often these days either, but pop in now and again, as I am this evening for a little sweet fellowship.

Im am so very sorry to hear of your loss of your dear Dennis! My, what you must have been through!!

I am so proud of you for being back to work! It is a big step. I too, started back to work just over 2 years ago, part time. Also, I am an empty nester. We hsed together back in the day, didnt we? My kids are between 21 and 26, with one married.

Just today, in my tiredness, I pondered why I am working. Why am I not just at home again, where I can delight in the work of my hands around my home? Your story is why I do it. Your Dennis was wise. I feel like I need to be able, whether it is for me or for the two of us. At the very least, I feel I need to assist in retirement planning, and truly, work is very good for me. It stretches me and very much is ministry. But still, you know, people like me question and ponder at times.

I love leftovers. Do you? In the summer, on a good weekend Id grill up a mess of chicken and eat it all week if I could. Or a roast , lasagna,pot of soup or stew etc. Otherwise we eat really simply for the most part....some meat and veggie.

Ive taken to like fish more these years. Cod is so easy to bake up if you have it thawed. Just toss it together when you get home and it's ready in 30 minutes.


What kinds of things do you like to eat? We are not beyone a popcorn, cheese and olives dinner on some nights. ( ; The adult version of cereal!


Dina ....... HE has made me glad!
Re: In a new season [message #819134 is a reply to message #819122 ] Sun, 18 December 2016 17:14 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Char in MO  is currently offline Char in MO
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Hi Sherry,
Yes, I have numerous kitchen appliances. I have put chicken pieces in the crockpot with bbq sauce. YUmm.


Love and prayers,
Char , ( recently widowed) mom to ds (26),dd (22), dd(19),dd (13)
Re: In a new season [message #819135 is a reply to message #819124 ] Sun, 18 December 2016 17:19 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Char in MO  is currently offline Char in MO
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Thank you for the ideas, Lisa. I especially like the one about cooking meat and putting in ziplocks for use later. I think I was part of the fb group at one time. I'll have to check it out again. Did I read where you are working part time?


Love and prayers,
Char , ( recently widowed) mom to ds (26),dd (22), dd(19),dd (13)
Re: In a new season [message #819136 is a reply to message #819128 ] Sun, 18 December 2016 17:20 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Char in MO  is currently offline Char in MO
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Thank you, Tracy. It is hard without him.


Love and prayers,
Char , ( recently widowed) mom to ds (26),dd (22), dd(19),dd (13)
Re: In a new season [message #819137 is a reply to message #819131 ] Sun, 18 December 2016 17:27 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Char in MO  is currently offline Char in MO
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Hi Jamie,

The "kids" are 26 and 13. The 26 year old is our son and the youngest is our daughter. Our son cooks his own breakfast, snacks and such, but I like to provide him a good evening meal after we get home from work. Our daughter can fix a few things in the microwave.


Love and prayers,
Char , ( recently widowed) mom to ds (26),dd (22), dd(19),dd (13)
Re: In a new season [message #819138 is a reply to message #819133 ] Sun, 18 December 2016 17:30 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Char in MO  is currently offline Char in MO
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Hi Dina,

Yes, we did hs together back several years ago! Smile We like soups, chili, lasagna, burritos... not real veggie eaters. Thanks for the ideas.


Love and prayers,
Char , ( recently widowed) mom to ds (26),dd (22), dd(19),dd (13)
Re: In a new season [message #819145 is a reply to message #819135 ] Sun, 18 December 2016 22:06 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Yes, Char. We just weren't quite making it on Brad's salary, and about a year and half ago I went to work at the copy center of an OfficeMax. Just a couple of weeks ago, I left that job and am now currently working from home.


Blessings,
Lisa R.
Re: In a new season [message #819150 is a reply to message #819121 ] Mon, 19 December 2016 00:06 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Oh, Char, I'm so sorry!!!! Sad Sad Sad


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Re: In a new season [message #819157 is a reply to message #819137 ] Mon, 19 December 2016 19:36 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Might be a good idea to cook with your dd on days you are not working...to give her the experience and you more options, if you have not done so already.


In Jesus

Sherry from NH
Re: In a new season [message #819176 is a reply to message #819121 ] Wed, 21 December 2016 19:39 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Oh Char, I'm so sorry! What a shock that must have been, but so thankful that you can grieve *with hope*.

I third... or fourth? .. the crockpot idea. Find a few good recipes, and fill it in the a.m. and set it on low to cook all day -- you'll come home to a delicious smelling dinner. I've been loving Mississippi Pot Roast lately, and it's a cinch to make; here's a video:

http://www.thecountrycook.net/2015/04/crock-pot-mississippi- pot-roast.html
Re: In a new season [message #819185 is a reply to message #819157 ] Thu, 22 December 2016 20:20 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Char in MO  is currently offline Char in MO
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I have done that a little bit, Sherry. She likes it. I like to have the meal almost done and ready to go in the oven by the time she gets home from school, so when she has breaks, I do this and weekends sometimes.


Love and prayers,
Char , ( recently widowed) mom to ds (26),dd (22), dd(19),dd (13)
Re: In a new season [message #819187 is a reply to message #819176 ] Thu, 22 December 2016 20:39 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Char in MO  is currently offline Char in MO
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That looks good. I don't think I'd use the peppers though. I'm gone from 7:05 til 4:00 usually. Is that too long. I worry about things in the crockpot when I'm gone for a long time.


Love and prayers,
Char , ( recently widowed) mom to ds (26),dd (22), dd(19),dd (13)
Re: In a new season [message #819188 is a reply to message #819187 ] Thu, 22 December 2016 21:03 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Char in MO wrote on Thu, 22 December 2016 20:39

That looks good. I don't think I'd use the peppers though. I'm gone from 7:05 til 4:00 usually. Is that too long. I worry about things in the crockpot when I'm gone for a long time.



I don't think it's too long, Char, especially if your crock lid makes it airtight. The roast will be falling apart by the time you get home -- delish.
Re: In a new season [message #819189 is a reply to message #819187 ] Thu, 22 December 2016 21:08 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Char in MO wrote on Thu, 22 December 2016 20:39

That looks good. I don't think I'd use the peppers though. I'm gone from 7:05 til 4:00 usually. Is that too long. I worry about things in the crockpot when I'm gone for a long time.


Char, I am so sorry for your loss.

I cook some things in the crock pot for over 24 hours (veggie soup). The only problem would be if there weren't enough liquid it would dry out. Just make sure you have enough liquid and put it on low.

[Updated on: Thu, 22 December 2016 21:09]


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Re: In a new season [message #819195 is a reply to message #819137 ] Sat, 24 December 2016 08:39 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Char in MO wrote on Sun, 18 December 2016 17:27

Hi Jamie,

The "kids" are 26 and 13. The 26 year old is our son and the youngest is our daughter. Our son cooks his own breakfast, snacks and such, but I like to provide him a good evening meal after we get home from work. Our daughter can fix a few things in the microwave.



I'm not sure how your and your family's "grocery day" is constructed, but do you think pre-chopping/slicing veggies would be helpful? It's not as labor intensive as creating entire meals ready to pop in the oven, but it cuts down some of the basic works. I would even suggest, for the next maybe month or two, deciding to have the same dinner on set nights. A simple and delicious roast chicken is actually pretty easy to make. Throw in some veggies to roast at the same time makes a quick night of it. Leftovers can find their way to lunches or even dinners (think Cesar salads, chicken quesadillas) which are also easy to make. When I lost my son, it was very difficult to make meals as well. I'd actually get some stuff in, but couldn't pull it together (the fog) to make things. It felt like too much brain work. After we spent *alot* of money going the route of take-out, I figured I'd make some simple meals...we'd always have pizza on Monday and Tacos on Tuesday..not terribly inventive or even healthy, but I could easily go on auto-pilot. The roast chicken/leftover lunch/soup was another revelation for me. I still revert back to Day=Specific Meal when I find myself in a fog or even if we end up (like we will the next few weeks) in a financial pinch. I also keep a watch out for pot-pies on sale from the freezer section. They are my comfort food.

Do you have a bread machine? Or can the daughter make some quick breads on her own?


Peace
Re: In a new season [message #819199 is a reply to message #819195 ] Sat, 24 December 2016 10:44 Go to previous message
Char in MO  is currently offline Char in MO
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Thank you, Jamie. I don't have a bread machine, but she can make quick breads/pancakes. I like the idea of certain meals on certain days. I work in fast food, so sometimes I'll bring that home, but it gets expensive even with my discount. Usually, it's for a snack before dinner. Confused Razz


Love and prayers,
Char , ( recently widowed) mom to ds (26),dd (22), dd(19),dd (13)
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