Sunday, October 21, 2007

I Burned My Thumb

Yes, that's right, I burned my thumb with steam. And it hurts. A lot. A really really lot. :-) I'm done whining now. Really I am... except it hurts.... ;-)

LaRae and I spent 5 hours cooking this afternoon. We made enough food to last her family 2 weeks and me for about a month of lunches and dinners. Basically we decided (separately but at the same time bc we think alike all freaky like that) that we're eating out too much thus wasting money and eating things that are really bad for us, so we need to cook at home more. But we're both really busy, and who has time to cook during the weekdays? So we decided (again separately but at the same time) that we need to cook for a week or so at a time and put it all in the fridge or freezer to use as needed. So last night we grocery shopped and for all 9 recipes we ended up making it only cost us about $60 each. Can you believe it!? Cooking is sooooo cheap! Wanna know what we made? Not really? Oh well, I'm telling you anyways! All are low fat and healthy -- especially after we substituted some ingredients for more whole grain ones:
1. Cheesy Chicken and Rice Bake -- this is what i burned my thumb on
2. Chicken and Bow Tie Pasta Pesto -- really Mickey and Pals Pasta
3. Chicken Spaghetti -- oh yeah this is homemade spaghetti sauce
4. Hectic Day Casserole -- think noodles, tomatoes, beef, and spices
5. Salsa Meatloaf -- salsa on top and throughout instead of ketchup
6. Chili
7. Bean and Sausage Chowder
8. Chicken Cordon Bleu -- totally an experience to make
9. Mexican Chicken Casserole -- I fear it will burn out the inside of my mouth...
Wow when I list it all that's a lot of chicken, but they're all really yummy. Makes eating so much easier and better for me. I got some steamer bags of green beans, some carrots, and some salad to have with it all. Healthy eating here I come.

LaRae and I are both dead tired from all the cooking though. I think next time we might only tackle 5 or 6 dishes tops. These will last a while, but we kept running out of pots, so we could only cook a bit and then clean and cook a bit and then clean! :-)

It's just past 9, so I think I'll go ahead and get in bed. I have some grading to do at school in the morning as well as a conference at 9 am, so I need to be able to get up early.

Oh yeah, if you haven't seen it yet, I had my perm taken out by getting a relaxer on my hair. It is sooooo straight, and I really like it. I never thought it could be this straight with so little effort. I can actually let it air dry without it looking all frizzy. It's a new Joanna. :-)


  1. I am very impressed! I hate cooking, so getting it all done in one day is something I should really try.

  2. I'm not sure I'm fond of all of this "not eating out" talk since that comprises like 80% of our social interaction. Regardless, the meals sound good.