Stocking up for the winter.

Behold, the fruits of my labor.

Also, a colossal use of expensive Ziploc baggies.

Also, the occupation of just about every piece of Pyrex storage containers that we own.

I spent yesterday evening making this, the easiest, most basic hamburger casserole you’ve ever made, and my now-old favorite, macaroni and cheese that I added ham to. I went to Whole Foods yesterday and spent $100, that’s right, ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS, and it was all food for the babies. I am trying not to fret about the expenditure too much, since, after my cooking frenzy last night, I’ve realized that we now have food in the freezer for them for at least six to eight weeks (I’ve still got spaghetti up there, even); also, these last two casseroles were made entirely with organic meat and cheese, so I feel really good about that. I’ve been feeling increasingly uneasy about feeding them anything with added hormones and/or antibiotics.

I can’t tell you how much satisfaction looking at that picture gives me! AND it means I will not have to cook for them for weeks.

The freezer section at Whole Foods is so dangerous for me. Though I’ve kind of gotten to where I like cooking for them, I’m still unnaturally drawn to convenience foods even though, despite the exorbitant prices and the “all natural” labels, we all know that processed food is not ideal. I found this new brand: Peas of Mind. They had the Veggie Wedgies; I didn’t see any of the other products. People, the prices on these items were RIDICULOUS. I think I paid almost $5 per bag and there aren’t that many servings in a bag. The only kind they had were the carrot and broccoli, so I picked up one of each. I made some last night while I was cooking and fed it to the twins straight out of the oven — they couldn’t get enough of both flavors. Of course, they were starving. Today, they both ate the carrot with enthusiasm, but neither was very enamored of the broccoli. But I will keep trying, because $5 AIN’T CHEAP. I’ll feed it to the cats if I need to.

Katie - February 27, 2012 - 6:25 pm

How far are you from a Trader Joe’s?

I need to make and freeze some meals for April/May – not that we want to have the oven on to cook any casseroles or anything in the spring, but even ready to grill burgers would simplify Erik’s life those first couple weeks. Thanks for the motivation 🙂

Try Aldi for ziplock-like bags – half the cost, at least.

Marsha - February 28, 2012 - 6:51 pm

I agree about Trader Joe’s. They have a lot of organics and much less expensive than Whole Foods. How do you find time to do all of this??? The new photos in your masthead are fabulous!

Lara Jo - March 2, 2012 - 6:55 pm

You guys are right about Trader Joe’s — I need to be better about shopping there.

Janie Hightower - February 28, 2012 - 10:19 pm

I love that you left the “old” pictures in with the new ones. They all make me smile and smile. Man, that food looks delicious. Those babies don’t know how lucky they are!

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