When you find a Butterfly in your freezer....you know it's time to clean it out! That was me yesterday. Y'all are laughing, but I'm serious, as items fell out of my pushed and squished freezer, I pulled out a small zip bag with a perfectly frozen butterfly! I only pray that the poor thing expired to butterfly heaven quickly!
Life has been crazy lately and many mundane chores have been relegated to the Twelfth of Never. But yesterday was March 12 and it was time to get ahead and march into the mundane and get things done. I decided to do what I like best first,which was to start with some cooking projects. Cooking always forces me to clean!
Breakfast can occasionally cause me to get off track if I'm cooking something special. Since these days it's crucial for me to stay on track, I cooked all our breakfasts for the week! I'll give you the recipes for: Egg McMuffins, Breakfast Burritos, Sausage Pancake Muffins and Chocolate Chip Muffins.
With our chickens giving us almost a dozen eggs a day, I needed to use those eggs up. So I cracked a dozen eggs and scrambled them well before pouring them into a 9x13 sprayed dish. I sprinkled half a pound of sausage on top and baked it for 25 minutes at 350. While they were baking, I toasted 12 english muffins and lightly buttered them. When the eggs were baked and firm, I sliced them into 12 pieces. For each sandwich you use a piece of egg, a slice of your favorite cheese and a muffin. Wrap up and freeze. They warm up beautifully and are a great quick breakfast. I freeze all the individually wrapped sandwiches in a gallon zip bag. That way you don't have loose sandwiches slipping and hiding all over your freezer! I got a version of the recipe from www.thefamilyhomestead.com. She has many wonderful recipes!
I'm sure that you make your own breakfast burritos. I used two different sized tortillas. Some small and some medium. Since I cooked all the sausage at one time, all I had to do was add half a pound of it to the dozen scrambled eggs and cook them. When they were done, I put a bit in each tortilla, added some cheese and rolled them up. I used wax paper to wrap them. Again I put all of them in a gallon zip bag.
I hate to waste milk. We enjoy fresh farm milk and pay dearly for it. In an endeavor to use some slightly sour milk, I made muffins. I first read about Sausage Pancake Muffins at www.HeavenlyHomemakers.com . She has some of the best healthy recipes. You can find the recipe for these muffins at her sight. She takes unhealthy recipes and makes them not only healthy, but tasty!
When I still had milk left, I made chocolate chip muffins. I have been using a recipe for so long, that I have no idea exactly what the original recipe was. I use it as sort of an everything muffin recipe.
Any Muffin Recipe:
2 cups flour of your choice (sometimes I add up to a cup of oats or the bottom of the box of cereal)
1/2 cup sugar of your choice
1 T baking powder
1 t salt
1 cup of milk (if you need more add more)
1/4-1/2 cup fat (oil, coconut oil, butter, etc.)
Then you add in your extras like: chocolate chips, raisins, blueberries, etc. Think about the combinations you like. If you like blueberry, then add some lemon zest and perhaps a little more sugar. For really simple muffins, make them just plain and sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top before baking. Sometimes these muffins are a little heavy,( especially if I forget to add baking powder!) but most of the time they are just fine! Use your imagination and get creative, the kids will love you! I usually make two dozen at a time. They are great for hungry boy tummies in the afternoon!
After all the baking and packaging, the freezer still needed to be organized. Organizing makes me feel so productive. It makes me feel like the woman I really want to be when I grow up! That woman who knows where the extra batteries are. Not like me who will dig around in a drawer to find one lonely battery and lick it to see if it's still good! You laugh, but without my husband, that's what would happen!
Organizing is a beautiful idea and invention, if only we could keep it going year round! I think it's like our time with the Lord. When we are in His presence daily, we feel His presence. We know that with Him we can do all things, we are confident and and content! When we slip from our times with Him, everything gets messed up. Nothing seems right on the inside and everything really does fall apart on the outside, because we are attempting to live without Him.
I pray that this week, you would enjoy your time in the presence of the only one and true God, that is Jesus! I pray that the Holy Spirit would lead you and guide you in His ways and His truths. Blessings, as you endeavor to serve and love your family this week.