Since Kramer, my husband of 33 years, passed away, I’ve found I eat very differently. Our years were spent with him farming and me making hearty meals for him. I loved cooking and baking and he loved eating. It was a match made in heaven.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again and again. The making of a good cook is a good eater behind them…a good eater who doesn’t mind burnt food or cooking should have beens. Kramer was all of that for me. When we were first married, he lived through some pretty terrible cooking. He would pick up a homemade tortilla shell and ask me “which state I was trying to make”. I had the worst time rolling out a circular tortilla with a rolling pin. I’ve got room to grow…but I have come a long way.
Anyway…since he passed away I cook so differently. I’m content with a sandwich and cottage cheese for supper. I like my meat in more of a veggie mixture not just a steak only. When Kramer was here, it was more of a meat and potatoes kind of supper. He was also VERY big into desserts. I always had something sweet here to eat. He was great with me trying new recipes, but loved his old standbys too….so I was always baking.
In the last 6 weeks or so of Kramer’s life, he had a feeding tube. It was the strangest thing ever. I didn’t cook for him…I didn’t bake for him. Life really changed for us both.
Well now that he’s gone, I’m left with two freezers full of steak and roasts and liver. He liked it all. I have lots of frozen apples and peaches as he loved apple crisp and peach crisp. Seriously, that was likely the only fruit he ever ate except for grapefruits and grapes.
For about four months after he passed away, we used up food that was brought here when he was sick and after he passed away. We got a lot of food from people and that was wonderful. We so appreciated it. We have all of that used…but now, we need to use up what we had.
Well, rather than all of the stuff end up freezer burnt, I’m making a goal to use it up. We are eating freezer meals….not the kind people make and us at later date but meals that come from ingredients in the freezer until the contents of the freezer get to a more manageable amount.
The other day I walk down to the freezer and said we are eating the top three items in the freezer. That meant the childcare kiddos had ham steak for lunch. I’m done saving things for a different day….if I touch it, it’s going to be fixed and served. The other two items we had for supper that night and the next night for supper. I’m doing my best to let whatever my hand touched to the thing we make. If I don’t, then I end up digging and digging and getting more frustrated with the whole process.
On the day I am writing this, I was especially proud of myself. I used up a pack of frozen zucchini and make this…
You can find the recipe…. by following this LINK.
I also used up two packs of veggies with the childcare kids. I sometimes get lazy and grab a can of veggies from the cupboard vs making the walk to the basement to get the frozen veggies. No more of that for me.
From the looks of my freezer, I can make about five more of these cakes before the zucchini is used up…but even after that, I’ll have blueberries….so I’m guessing it will blueberry muffins I make next…maybe a fresh blueberry pie, but I better not…the apples and peaches would be better for a pie.
In the back of my mind I’m hoping I might be able to get down to using only one freezer. Before we always needed two as we would get a beef each year from Kramer’s work as part of his wages…now after this is gone, I’ll be buying most of my meat so I shouldn’t need as much space. I also won’t be freezing bags and bags of apples to make apple crisp…some yes but not 30 gallon bags of them.
Wish me luck and if you want to join me, I’d love some company and encouragement. I’ll try to remember to post a few things on the Jo’s Country Junction Facebook page as I make them.
Feel free to send any apple, peach or blueberry recipes my way!! Oh and stop by for the evening post, I have a different blueberry muffin recipe. I told you…I’m serious about getting things cleaned out!