When I thought we didn't have another option, one of our friends, who we call Danger, offered to stay at our house for the week to watch the dogs. Miracle! It was perfect. We promised him that in addition to payment with liquor we'd have food for him for the entire week. I started working on a freezer meal menu and of course I headed to Pinterest. I found this awesome dish that I wanted to try for me and Stephen and it sounded perfect to freeze.
|Baked Shrimp Scampi from the blog What's Cookin Chicago?|
It is such a great meal! Because we butterfly the shrimp it was so tender. I'll definitely keep that trick in mind for other shrimp dishes. For our side we wanted to be a little healthy so we went with Quinoa instead of rice or pasta. It was delicious. It's a little salty for me, but I had a lovely glass of milk with dinner and I couldn't have been happier. I also plan on making some manicotti tonight and doing the same thing - half for us and half into the freezer. The last meal that I'll make ahead for Danger is a chicken dish with individual serving sizes that go right into a freezer bag. I used to make it a lot when I was single. That should be enough food to feed one person for five nights. If not, we also have a frozen pizza hanging out just in case.
I've never really considered making meals ahead of time and freezing them. I know there are a TON of people out there who make a month's worth of meals in one day, but I've never seen the need. Some of my favorite evenings are in the kitchen with Stephen. However, now that I've seen how easy it is just to split off a dish into two more reasonable servings it might be something I tackle moving forward.
And just because I love this picture so much, here is a picture of the dogs at the dog park this weekend. There were a ton of other dogs and humans at the park this trip so we decided to keep ours in the small dog section. We didn't want anyone to piss off Mabel. They loved it. In a short 10 minutes our dogs were in the grass in the shade, spent.
Goose is finally figuring out how to stay still long enough for me to take a picture of him! Mama is so happy. He's also been spoiled and allowed to fall asleep in the bed with me a few nights before Stephen comes to bed and then he's put in the crate. He loves it. But it's 100% obvious that two humans and two dogs will not be able to sleep in the bed. It's a good thing he loves his crate.