Thursday August 27, 2015
That is the date that the fall semester begins here at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
That is the time that my first class of the semester begins on the date listed above.
This semester I will be taking 7 credit hours. That is 2 3 credit hour classes and a lab.
This semester I will be taking the Ministry of Education and Special Topics in Homemaking:Clothing Construction.
I am really excited about both of these classes this semester. I have the syllabus for both classes in my possession and I have to say that I was taken a bit off guard. I know that I shouldn’t be surprised by the amount of work that I will be doing (I am in grad school after all) but I get taken off guard EVERY SINGLE TIME. So when I got my book list and I say that I have 5 required readings for my Ministry of Education class I was taken a back. And then to see that I had a required text book for the Clothing construction course again caught me off guard a bit.
|My six text books for the semester.|
I have done this in the past using a few different recipes and plans so it wasn’t a new concept to me. Mostly I haven’t had the capability to get the groceries all at one time. (It isn’t cheap up front but saves SO much money in the long run)
However, when I was trolling Pinterest I found a pin for a slow cooker meal plan that should only cost roughly $150 when shopping at Costco. Since we made the decision to get the Costco membership last year I have been looking for ways to make the investment worth it. (Although the foot long hot dog and 20 oz. drink meal deal for $1.50 in the little snack bar area is almost worth it.)
Upon clicking on the link I found out this was a website that provides complete meal plans. This site has everything you need to get your freezer cooking going. I purchased the “Costco Meal Plan # 4”
This meal plan came with a complete shopping list, an assembly line list, recipe cards, and labels to put on the ziplock bags.
Once we got home with all the groceries I took some time to organize everything and begin defrosting the meat.
|Lots of slicing, chopping, and dicing.|
I then moved on to the produce preparation. By following the assembly line instructions I sliced, diced, and chopped onions, peppers, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, and apples.
Once that was done I opened several cans of black beans, chicken broth, and diced tomatoes.
It was then time to assemble.
After stuffing ziplock baggies this is what I ended up with:
|This is 16 of the 20 meals I put together.|
And after 6 or so hours I now have meals dinner all ready for the rest of the weeknights this month and into the middle of next month. Now all I have to do is defrost, dump in the crock pot, and let it cook.
|Today’s dinner: Pork Chops with Apples and Sweet Potatoes.|
|Family dinner tonight!|