I don't have any exciting recipes to share today. It is just another Friday at the end of a busy week. My family has been fighting the stomach flu the past 8 days. We haven't been eating much but I still have to provide meals. I cooked a turkey on Sunday that I had kept from Thanksgiving when they were on sale. We ate bits of that all week. I have made a lot of soup and sandwiches. Today everyone is feeling better and looking for food. Because of the flu I have not been grocery shopping in a couple weeks. I want to express how much I appreciate my method of freezer meals ahead for many days. Once again this morning I looked in the freezer and found homemade apple sauce, frozen strawberries, ground beef. Today the girls and I made applesauce muffins, Smoothies with the strawberries and we will have meatloaf, potatoes and frozen corn and carrots for supper. We have our own beef from our dairy farm but our neighbours sell beef with that is hormone free and would recommend splitting a cow with a friend and stock your freezer. This is more cost effective and so much healthier when you read about all the contamination scares.
I am always so thankful by how much we all have. I think we should have National eat out of your freezer week. In our house we could eat for a month without buying anything at the grocery store. It is a great comfort to me to know we have this food planned ahead. However it does speak to consumerism and how much we think we need verses how much we actually need. I take comfort knowing these strawberries and apples in my freezer (as well as pumpkin, rhurbarb and other foods) we have grown or gotten from our neighbours. So that is what I am promoting. Plan ahead, stock your freezer while food is locally ready, Eat out of your freezer as much as you can in the winter. Save money, Eat better, Stress less.