It’s been a VERY long time since I posted a Sunday Fun Day post.  But, after the questions I received on IG from a picture I posted last Sunday I thought this was worthy of an actual post too.

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Last weekend Mr. MPB and I managed to make 13 or 14 crock-pot freezer meals.  One very expensive trip to Costco to purchase the meat and most of the veggies and another stop at a local grocery store to pick up a few smaller extras and we returned home to start cooking. Mr. MPB and I have long enjoyed cooking together.  But this was different because unlike before Little MPB this time only one of us cut and prepped the ingredients while the other read out the ingredients while chasing Little MPB around the kitchen while he played.

“Cooking” was different then what we are used to, because we didn’t cook anything!  Instead we took a bunch of fresh ingredients, chopped and diced our way through everything and then combined everything into individual ziplock bags and tossed them in the freezer.  Not surprisingly this was rather “easy” cooking, just time consuming because we decided to make so many meals.

But, the time will be worth it because now whenever we want/need, we just grab 1 bag from the freezer, thaw it over night and throw it into the crockpot and turn it on to cook.  Approximately 8 hours later we’ll have a warm, home-made, healthy dinner ready and wanting for us.

We decided to try this because lately we’ve struggled to make dinners every night of the week.  We much prefer to eat at home than to go our for dinner for a few reasons.  First is cost.  It’s almost always cheaper to make meals at home then to go out and it’s such a great way to save a little bit of money.  Second, we know exactly what we are eating when we cook at home because we fully control what goes into each meal.  No sugars, no unnecessary salt, etc.  Which means eating at home is generally healthier then eating out. Third, Mr. MPB enjoys cooking and is rather good at it.  So, why pay someone else to do it for us?

So, what did we make?  Here’s the list, with links to the recipes we used.  But, I do have to caution anyone who attempts these recipes – we have absolutely NO idea if they taste good!  They are all first time recipes for us and they are in the freezer waiting to be cooked.  Hopefully they taste good, because we made a few doubles of recipes we thought sounded really good and we will be eating them over the next few months.

  1. Cranberry-Mustard Pork Roast (recipe here)
  2. Lentil-Butternut Squash Curry (recipe here – same website as above)
  3. Teriyaki Chicken (recipe here – same website as above)
  4. Butter Chicken (recipe here – same website as above)
  5. Slow Cooker Party Pork (recipe here)
  6. Crockpot Red Pepper Chicken (recipe here)
  7. Chicken Curry (recipe here)

Also, there are a tonne of recipes for chili and roast, but those are standard meals in our house through the winter.  So, we decided not to make any of them and try new recipes.  We also decided not to make any soups as we have a few homemade soups in the freezer already.

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I had no idea I could be so tired that I feel legitimately drunk.  Maybe I felt this way when Little MPB was just Baby MPB and we were living in a hotel and I just don’t remember that feeling anymore?  I’m not sure, but I know, that’s exactly how I feel right now.  And, it feels like a new experience to me.  And not one I’m enjoying as I try to meet a critical deadline for a work project while keeping our house functioning.

Photo Source (Adapted from original): Office.com Clip Art

When it comes to teething sleep problems, I feel like a broken record at this point.

For me, this week just seems to be a worse version of my normal sleep problems.  Little MPB wakes up screaming in pain which is definitely associated with pain.  So, after we get some Baby Tylenol and/or Baby Advil into Little MPB, Mr. MPB goes straight back to sleep.  And Little MPB goes back to sleep in 20-30 minutes, once the pain medication kicks in.  But me, I’m just wide awake.  Normally I can fall back asleep after a few hours of being wide awake.  But this week, not so much.  My days are just starting at 3 am.  Which does not make for a happy Mrs. MPB.  Which means I’m now petrified of getting sick again, because I seem to live within this vicious circle.

But I will admit, I’m not the only struggling this week.  Mr. MPB is also having a rough time, which is a bit atypical as he can sleep through almost anything.  Last night at 3am while walking through the house in the dark, he forgot about the recently proactively installed baby gate at the top of the stairs.  He walked straight into it, collapsing the gate and destroying his body in the process.  Needless to say, the crash was followed with a few expletives.  Thankfully we installed it a few feet from the start of the stairs so he didn’t fall backwards down the stairs, because that would have been catastrophically worse.  And then, even though it wasn’t reinstalled and was just leaning against a wall, I managed to do the exact same thing a few hours later.  Needless to say two of my toes are now screaming in pain.  

Please 16th tooth, come through already!  I’m afraid Mr. MPB and I wont survive another week like this!

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