Saturday, Oct 20, 2018

Category: Pasta

CSI Freezer Meal Homemaking / Enrichment Night

If you are working hard to plan next years activities for your Relief Society or group of friends, this is a fun activity all centered around making freezer meals to help those in need in your neighborhood.  For a quick and easy Freezer meal basics handout click here.  This handout can be found in the Download section on  You do not need a freezer meal expert to come demo at your activity, you can do it with these great recipes and fun ideas.   Thank you Angie and Kelly for sharing these ideas and photos with us.  You are party planning geniuses!

CSI:  Compassionate Service Initiative


The scene of the crime…


Taking the guess work out of dinner.

I was at a party a few months ago and was asked this question in a get-to-know you game:  “How does dinner come together daily in your home?”  I laughed because as much as I love to cook, my routine was not exciting or impressive.  Every night around 5pm  my routine was to look in the freezer, pull something out, defrost it,add fresh ingredients and serve it with a few side dishes in about 15 minutes.  It was the same every night and has worked great for us.  But when our home was hit by lightening and our oven was fried 8 weeks ago, I was unable to bake, and we had to switch things up a little.   I decided we would plan a weekly menu and repeat it weekly using recipes I could make on the stove top. 

Casserole Ideas. Easy meals to make and share.

Question:  Hey, we are making freezer meals (as a relief society activity) for the compassionate service leader to keep & distribute as needed. Do you have a couple of recipes you could recommend? Thanks Jen!

Answer:  Yes I do have some great casserole type dishes. 

Family Reunion Meals Made Easy

We just had a wonderful family reunion with my in-laws in Ashton, Idaho.  It involved staying in a massive cabin with 17 adults and 17 kids, a hike to a nearby waterfall (Mesa Falls), and trip to the gorgeous sand dunes in Saint Anthony.   We also ate a lot of good food and played a lot of deep belly laughing games.  To make sure no one person was stuck in the kitchen the entire time, we organized it so each family teamed up with one other to make dinner on one of the nights.  Breakfast and lunch was set out by the reunion hosts.

Our first night in Ashton we had a hot dog bar with 3-4 different signs instructing you how to make your hot dog special.  Very cute idea! 

Freezer Meal Basic Training


Happy New Year!  I hope you had a wonderful holiday.  I apologize it has been awhile since my last post.  We played until we dropped every day of the vacation.  My girls received a lot of art supplies for Christmas and my husband bought me an electric back massager.  Between making crafts, playing in the snow, eating chocolate and enjoying back rubs, life has been pretty busy around here.

I don’t know about you, but my freezer is EMPTY! It is time to re-stock. I’ve been busy today slicing up marinated steak strips for future meals, and  I hope to continue stocking my freezer with cooked rice, meat balls, pot stickers and Chicken Cordon Bleu.  I had some time to experiment over the break with some new recipes and I can’t wait to share them with you over the next couple of weeks!

A few months ago I presented to a group of women in Logan, UT how to get started with making freezer meals.  Around 60 women attended and with the help of a few other women, the evening was put together with ease and was a huge success.   I’ve had the opportunity to teach freezer meal basic training many times and I’ve  put together a list of  basic tips and recipes I use when I teach. 

 If you are planning on getting started this year with making freezer meals or would like to spread the word about how great it is to have your freezer stocked, feel free to use this Freezer Meal  Basic Training.