It’s Great To Be Cooking Again

Oh, yes it is!  After three weeks of feeling crummy, it’s great to be thinking about cooking and to be cooking again!  In fact, as I was working on this week’s menu, I ran across so many yummy sounding recipes from my recipe box, or thought of things that just sounded good, that I have all of next week’s dinners already planned, too!  That will certainly go a long ways toward simplifying the job of menu planning next Saturday!

I have one new dish to try this week – a cranberry glazed meatloaf.  I found the idea in an old, old cookbook, and I’m going to revamp it just a bit for my family this week.  The recipe is marked with an “*”, and if it’s good, I’ll be sure to share it later that evening or the next day.  I have included links to a few other recipes that we’ll be having this week as well.

In the coming weeks I’ll have several new recipes to share.  I’m also ready to really start working on my freezer stash.  These last couple of months I’ve filled the freezer with muffins, cookie dough and the like, but I want to have some wonderful main dishes and sides in the freezer, too.  More on that in the next few weeks.  I haven’t quite decided how I will work this into my already blessedly full days, but where there’s a will, there’s a way.

I’ll be taking a quadruple batch of my Stroganoff Meatballs to church next Sunday.  Not only are these fairly inexpensive to make for a crowd, but they really don’t take much longer to prepare or cook then just a single batch would.  I’ll prep and bake them Saturday, cook the noodles, and then combine both in my big crockpot and put it in the fridge.  The dish will warm nicely Sunday morning at church in the crock pot on low for about three hours.

However, with developing a freezer stash in mind, in coming weeks, if I make a small batch of these meatballs for dinner one night, I will at least double the recipe, tripling it if I have plenty of ground beef in the freezer.  After baking the meatballs, but before adding the sour cream, I will remove the extra meatballs and sauce and package them for the freezer.  The freezer container will be labeled with directions to “thaw, heat in a 350° oven and then stir in 1/2 cup (or other appropriate amount) of sour cream and serve over rice or noodles”.

Menu planning is a great way to budget both your money and your time.  In my home, having a plan in place for all three meals helps keep the grocery budget in check and a nice variety on the table, while saving me the time of planning these meals in the midst of a busy homeschooling day.  For dozens and dozens of menu plans, be sure to visit Laura’s blog for this week’s Menu Plan Monday.


Breakfast:  Waffles
Lunch:  We’re eating out.  We’ve a fun outing planned for today.
Dinner:  Slow cooked chili, Corn Muffins (the corn muffins are from the freezer stash)

Breakfast:  Sausage patties, fried eggs, toast
Lunch:  Left over chili (and/or PBJ sandwiches)
Dinner:  *Cranberry Meatloaf, Herb Roasted Potatoes, Green Salad

Breakfast:  Cold Cereal
Lunch:  Turkey sandwiches, chips
Dinner:  Taco Pizza, green salad

Breakfast:  Scottish Oatmeal
Lunch:  Homemade Tomato Soup, Crackers
Dinner:  Chinese Chicken Salads, Fruit Cup

Breakfast:  Pancakes
Lunch:  Turkey Sandwiches, Green Salad
Dinner:  We’ll be at a birthday party

Breakfast:  Scrambled eggs & toast
Lunch:  Chef Dani’s Choice
Dinner:  Tomato Soup (left over from Thursday), grilled cheese sandwiches

Breakfast:  Chocolate Swirl Coffee Cake
Lunch:  Fellowship Meal at church:  We’ll take Stroganoff Meatballs & Noodles, a hot vegetable, chocolate chip coookies
Dinner:  Wild Dinner!  (My son’s term for our Sunday evening faire – popcorn, left overs, every man for himself!)

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13 comments to It’s Great To Be Cooking Again

  • It’s good to see you back, too, Cheryl! I’ve been thinking of you the past couple of days, so decided to pop over and see you. I’m glad you’re on the mend and up to cooking again!

  • Sounds like the family is on the mend.
    It has been a long wait to hear every
    one is doing better.


  • Hi Cheryl,

    It is good to see you up again. I have been thinking about you. I posted a Coffee Cake Recipe you might like this week end. I too am building up my freezer stash again. It had gotten low.



  • I’m glad to see you back up again!  I’ve missed your posts.  Glad the family is feeling better.  Thanks for all your sharing.  I’ve tried a few of your recipes and the meatballs sound so good I’m going to have to give them a try.  Have a great week!

    Rebecca (

  • So glad you are all feeling better. Would you mind marking the recipes that are freezer friendly when you do your Menu Plan Monday recipes. Sometimes recipes that seem as though they would work don’t and vice versa. It would be nice to know that they have worked well for you.



  • Well, I am just dying to know who the “Alesha” commenter above is!!!!  I thought I was the only one who spelled my name that way!!!:lookaround:

    I just wanted to say “welcome back!”.  I have missed your uplifting posts, and so have been praying for healing for everyone at your house.  I’m so glad to see your post tonight!

    Alesha (apparently the OTHER Alesha!!!:lol:)

  • I’m glad you are on the mend. I got a nasty bug, too! I’m almost back to par. It seems it’s making it’s way through our little church. You could hear people coughing and sniffling all through service today. Poor dears! Thankfully my husband didn’t catch it before his surgery or they would have cancelled. Now, we are praying he doesn’t catch it since his immune system is down. I totally understand about enjoying be back in the kitchen. My son is here for a visit and I’ve been cooking up his childhood favorites. I posted our chicken and dumplings (strip) recipe on Friday. I plan on making a very moist banana bread recipe tomorrow. Hugs!

  • Hey!  Glad you are cooking again!   Missed you.   I am going to try your meatball stroganoff recipe tonite.   I have the ground beef defrosting in the fridge.

    I will pray that you will all continue to recover and that the bug will stay away so there is no more relapses for anyone.

    I let you know what we think of your recipe, I think they are gonna love it.


  • My goodness~your week sounds DEElicious!!!!!:giggle: Please keep us updated on how your freezer stash is going and if and how you incorporated it in your week.

  • Glad to see your feeling better.  I’ve missed your posts.  You have such a nice way of writng.  I feel like I’ve had a visit with you at your house when I’m done reading your post.  We’re still in the sick zone at my house.  This is day number six so I’m hoping better days are not too far off.

  • I’m so glad that you are feeling better, Mama Cheryl.

    I made the Ham-It-Up Spaghetti Casserole (Taste of Home) a couple of weeks ago while ya’ll were sick. It was a major hit! I added a lil extra cheese (mixed it into the mixture before baking, and next time with add some mushrooms. It was yummy yummy yummy, and the leftovers fed us well also. It’s fun to take an excellent recipe, and then making it your own. Little broccoli pieces would be good mixed in too.

    I hope Corin and the munchkins will be able to come Thursday, especially for poor Will’s sake.


  • Well Cheryl  I made the Meatball Stronganoff for my hubby and 3 girls.

    My youngest  girl, (Megan who is 6) is such a picky eater!  She looked at the Stroganoff and immediately asked if she could eat something else.  I told her she had to at  least try it.

    Drum roll please…………………………………………………………………………….

                          EVERYONE LOVED IT EVEN    😮  MEGAN  😮  !  

    Woo-Hoo!  Thank you Cheryl!  

  • My husband would LOVE those stroganoff meatballs!!!