The "Witching" Hour

There is an hour, or a couple of them actually, in my house that can be the hardest of the entire day. It usually falls right when it is time for me to be thinking about dinner: 4:30pm till about 6pm, and called the "witching hour" amongst many moms. My boys get a little (or a lot depending on the day) whiney, the fighting starts and I can be a little grumpy myself! (I am amazed at how food can affect my own mood. A few hours between meals can leave me feeling very "blah".)

So my goal is usually *simple* meals OR a meal that I can start at around 2 or 3 when my youngest is napping and the others are at school. The crock-pot is a god-send for that! But I recently discovered another tip. If I accidentally, or on purpose, make a meal for an army when there is only me and the younger boys I freeze the extras for another meal another day.

This worked out perfectly for me. I had made chili a few weeks ago & you would have thought I was inviting Hubby's entire brigade over for dinner. So I froze the extra in three or four tupperware-type containers. Last night I pulled one out, plopped it into a pot on the oven and let it simmer for 30 to 40 minutes and WA LA. Dinner was done! (I could have used the microwave too but I do love to use the oven range.)

Some other great meals I have made that are great for the freezer are:
  • Lasagna - Put together but not cooked yet
  • Homemade potato soup (I made it in the crock-pot & then froze the extra)
  • Meatloaf (not cooked yet but mixed and shaped, ready to throw in the oven at a moments notice)
  • Stuffed Shells with sauce (My brother's speciality)
  • Any casserole, really, as the sauce of the casserole will keep the other items moist.
So next time you go to make dinner think about how you could make extras to shove in the back of the freezer for another day. Dinner made *easy* is my motto :) Do you already freeze food for another day? I would LOVE other ideas if you have any to add to my list of freezable meals.

- Leanne from MilitaryAvenue.com


  1. Pulling something from the freezer can be the perfect solution when the boys bring in friends for dinner. All of a sudden that meal for 4 needs to be expanded to 6 or 7!

  2. Oh Oh! I am a freezer cooker full time :) I'm not that great as I tend to get into a rut and cook the same things over and over but surf the net looking for OAMC (once a month cooking) or freezer cooking and you will find loads of stuff. I am in a yahoo group - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/frozen-assets/ that I love. Also, it is so easy to customize for your family/situation. From cooking double when you do cook and freezing half to teaming up with one or more moms and doing a cook for the whole month Saturday. Enjoy!

  3. Oh thanks for they great link to the yahoo group! OAMC is right up my alley... [and my husband will appreciate me going-out-to-eat less too :)]


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