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I was going to do a ceremony and a whole blog post addressing my fears, and then the other day...they were just gone. Some kind of awesome mommy-mantle descended upon me and I knew that everything would be not only "just fine" but wonderful. A million what-ifs all were just gone. I have this awesome feeling of peace. Doesn't matter if the birth is too fast and no one makes it, doesn't matter if baby could be sick, doesn't matter if I tear (never have all that much before, but still), doesn't matter if, if, if. I'll have my baby soon, and it's all good.

It's a rather beautiful feeling. I don't even know why I've been stressing so much, although I do suspect that the work situation and having no real support system close by is probably a big part of it. But no more. It's all good.

Very nice.

So, we're now preparing - for real - for baby. I've been buying something, even just a small something, each week. When the check is tiny, as it often is since I have few hours, I pick up a $2.50 onesie. Got a larger one and splurged on this beautiful thing, and I'm trying not to bug out since I expected it here by now. It's all good. I have a tote that I'm collecting baby things in. Been getting the laundry under control (even unpacking stuff that is STILL bagged up) and found some little socks and a shirt or two for hand-me-downs. A neighbor lady, who we've only just met, apparently loves yard saling and brought us a whole bag of stuff. Lots of clothes (many 'girl' outfits, some of which Josh is veto-ing if it's a boy, even though I rage against the whole blue/pink gender divisive thing. Oh well. At least I think I'm winning on the cloth diaper & circumcision debates). She even gave us a car seat! That will save us a large chunk of money. I'm nervous about having a used one from a family I don't know. There's no way of knowing if it was ever in a car accident or anything. But it's pretty much the same kind we had for the girls, and Josh says it looks perfect, except that the cover is all stained and ugly. Gonna see if I can find a new cover, but if not, STILL - it's a car seat! So nice.

Now we're on a mission. Josh has not-so-tactfully pointed out that "nobody" likes my freezer experiments. Overlooking the fact that Noodle Stuff is a family favorite and I think it would work great freezing, as well as the fact that the girls actually love my tuna casserole (Josh doesn't eat fish) and will even eat up my soup if I catch them in an agreeable mood...that basically means Josh doesn't like any of them. But now he is on a mission to start fixing "edible" freezer foods to stock up on so he's not overwhelmed with everything when the baby comes. Because, even though I think I could still cook, apparently he doesn't. Ha! Well, he is a better cook than me. I won't lie. He just wants to try some new stuff.

So...what are your favorite freezer meals? Josh will not eat any seafood, but the girls & I will, so I'm not ruling those out. I had a little 'freezer meal' recipe book (from Taste of Home or something) that I was working our way through, but we found very few recipes that *everyone* liked. We plan to start experimenting between now & August, and hopefully stock up on several winners before Guillermo comes. Hit me with as many as you can!

Also, I'm hoping to use up some of these millions of eggs on egg salad, which I have never made. We have family coming into town for the girls' recital though, so I'd like to have side dishes fixed ahead of time. Any favorite egg or potato salad recipes? I have made potato salad before, but never egg salad. Thought I might do both this round.

Thanks for any help!

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athenesolon
Jun. 11th, 2011 09:42 pm (UTC)
We tend to do up a (veggie) lasagna if you're talking about prepared to just be thrown in the oven. We make up the cheese using cottage cheese (or ricotta depending on how fancy of a mood we're in and whether we can afford it) italian seasonings, extra thyme and mozzarella cheese (or italian cheese if we have it.) We stir them together (usually by hand) and then layer the sauce, veggies, cheese and lasagna noodles (usually in that order) multiple times ending with cheese on top.) It does take a while to cook (about an hour and half on average) but it's really good (usually we pull the aluminum foil off of the top for the last fifteen minutes to let the cheese get a little crisp.)
ahavah
Jun. 12th, 2011 11:49 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'll have to give this a try. I've actually never made lasagna and always wanted to. Josh says he knows how, but since we never had it, I'm not sure. :P
roina_arwen
Jun. 11th, 2011 09:59 pm (UTC)
I like a very simple egg salad - mash up some hardboiled eggs with a fork, add in enough mayo or Miracle Whip to make it moist, a dash of salt/pepper to taste, and refrigerate. Some folks add in pickle relish or somesuch, but I like mine plain and simple!
ahavah
Jun. 12th, 2011 11:50 am (UTC)
Cool, thanks! I was looking at recipes, and a lot of them seem to call for vinegar or other odd stuff. I'm not a relish fan myself, but maybe I'll start simple and then start experimenting. Josh doesn't do any mayo-type salads, so I can experiment all I want. :P
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ahavah
Jun. 12th, 2011 11:53 am (UTC)
Awesome, thanks! I thought baked spaghetti-ish dishes would do well. Could I have your Italian Bean Soup recipe? I do remember you cooking up a storm, but I don't remember what. Well, I remember your sauce, but I'm a big pasta head and that filled up the house with yummy smells. lol

I didn't even think of premaking chili or sloppy joes, so we may have to do that. Josh loves both of those. I don't even know what seitan is. I'll have to go look it up. Thanks for the tips!
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ahavah
Jun. 12th, 2011 03:59 pm (UTC)
Cool, thank you! I'll have to try that recipe. Eden seems to hate all beans but green beans, and I'm really trying to find some good bean recipes that she'll enjoy. Kid doesn't even like chili! I look forward to trying the garbanzo bean soup recipe too. We get lots of garbanzos with WIC. I like making hummus (which she'll eat), but having another recipe would be good.
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ahavah
Jun. 12th, 2011 12:14 pm (UTC)
Posting some a flybaby left on FB, for better reference later:

Tater Tot casserole

Crock pot recipe index

Found on LJ:

General Tso's Chicken Josh's fav - must try.

Edited at 2011-06-12 01:05 pm (UTC)
aimingforpeace
Jun. 13th, 2011 01:46 am (UTC)
Lasagna is awesome for the freezer. Rice casseroles tend to do pretty well too. I've heard pizza does well. Basically look at the frozen meal section at the super market - especially the super cheap stuff. I do extra tofu sticks when I do tofu pictta and freeze them - you could do the same thing with breaded chicken I would think. Man

My theory is that if they can make it, freeze it, and have it come out edible, than I can usually do a pretty good version of it myself. So far I haven't been off.
ahavah
Jun. 13th, 2011 06:35 pm (UTC)
I just can't seem to find good meals or recipes that Josh likes. He's so damn picky! I'll eat up rice or noodle casseroles, but he seems to dislike most casseroles and doesn't want to eat rice at all. I could try doing mini-pizzas maybe, but we don't have a whole lot of room in our freezer for big stuff. I'm hoping for meals that we can divvy up into portion sizes & tupperwares to make them fit better. What we really need is a deep freezer, but we haven't managed to find an affordable one yet. :/
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