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Tomorrow I will be cooking a month’s worth of food and freezing it. Pray for me.

Once a Month Cooking

This will be the third time I have done this type of bulk-mega-cooking.

The first time, I did it with a friend who also had a little baby. Gabriel wasn’t even crawling back then, so we had two little non-mobile babies keeping us company.

The second time, I did it with another friend who also had a little baby. I think Gabriel was learning to crawl at this point.

This time, I am doing it by myself and my husband has Gabriel duty because cooking one meal with him can me difficult, let alone 15 recipes.

Holy cow. Will I get out alive?

I am using the most awesome woman’s blog to do this. Her name is Tricia and here is her website.

On her website, Once a Month Meals, she creates the menu, the grocery list, and the instructions for me.

She builds the menu around in-season/on sale items so that it is less expensive.

I heart Tricia.

The Plan

  • During Gabriel’s nap on Thursday I printed everything out from OAMM’s site, looked at the ads to see where the best deals were, printed coupons, and made a plan.
  • Friday (yesterday) I went shopping.
  • So far I have shopped at New Leaf Market, Publix, Winn-Dixie and today (Saturday) I will be finishing my grocery list up at Walmart.
  • Tomorrow (Sunday) is my big cooking day. I’m getting excited!

Here are some photos of my stockpile of food. One of the cashiers asked if I was having a party!



The reason I am posting about this on this type of blog is that I thought it would be beneficial to have frozen meals in a freezer for all moms about to have a baby. The pregnant mama could do the cooking with a friend, or someone could give it as a gift, but to have these meals on hand would be AMAZING to have once family and friends stop delivering meals.

Did you freeze meals for postpartum? I didn’t, but I didn’t know much about freezing food back then. Would you do this in the future?

Tomorrow while cooking, I’ll try to upload a few pictures of the madness.



Tricia (Once A Month Mom)

Sunday 13th of November 2011

HA! Just realizing that the ping for this post came through now but it was a year ago. . .sorry I am so late to respond. ;(


Monday 14th of November 2011

No worries. I am re-vamping my website and glad to know that this pinging thing works. Whatever that means...

Tricia (Once A Month Mom)

Sunday 13th of November 2011

LOVE IT! And love that you are sharing. And, of course, love the fact that you love my site. It is always a pleasure getting a notice that a post like this has gone up! I can't wait to see the results. Best of luck.


Lindsey (Mother Rising)

Tuesday 23rd of November 2010

Erinn! That's such a great thing to do for your clients. But dang, I couldn't do that... lol


Sunday 21st of November 2010

I offer this as a service to my clients. We sit down and talk about food likes, dislikes, allergies, etc. Then I go away and build her a list of recipes and a grocery list of components. On a weekend day, we get together at the clients' house to cook all day and stock the freezer.

Spending all this time planning and talking is a great way to get to know someone, and I feel like I do a better job when I've had time to develope a relationship with the family. (-:


Saturday 20th of November 2010

Thanks for the links! I am so going to do this in the spring time before the new baby gets here. I also plan to splurge and do a couple of trips to Your Secret Pantry too (where they do all the prep and cleanup!) By April I plan to have plenty of prepared meals in my freezer. But for now I have other things to concentrate on (we are getting Savannah settled into her new room so we can get her old room ready for Hunter).