February 25, 2010

Money in the Bank

Company's coming next month, so it's time to put some money in the bank, otherwise known as the freezer! Whole wheat banana bread with flax seed and walnuts was a good start. This link leads to the original recipe, and I added 1/2 C ground flax seeds, 1/4 C brown sugar, and a little nutmeg and allspice. I also used whole wheat pastry flour instead of regular whole wheat flour. I find that this original recipe successfully makes two smaller loaves. I doubled the recipe this time and ended up with three good sized loaves, which are now double wrapped in parchment and foil, and popped in the freezer!

Using the Once-a-Month Cooking cookbook, I'll be making one breakfast casserole, and one dinner recipe. One of my pet peeves is having company and spending all my time either cooking or cleaning up messes - what a waste! Getting some food in the freezer is one of the greatest ways to avoid this. Planning of course is very essential, but you also have to be careful not to let "the plan" run the show either. If you've got some meals and snacks all prepped and in the freezer or pantry, you can go with the flow. If there's a hot board game in the works, dinner can be delayed for a little while since it's already made!

My next project was a double batch of granola - one with dried fruit and one plain. This bowlful has dried cranberries and currants. I was given this recipe last year and I've been making it ever since. It's just perfect, not too sweet and very little oil. I won't put it in the freezer, but it will keep very well in zip-lock bags and tucked inside Tupperware for double protection.

I can't wait for the party to start and I feel so blessed to have the time and resources to lay the foundation now!

P.S. - Happy, happy birthday little sister!! See you soon!

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