Saturday, November 15, 2008

November Cooking

I went to Aldi's to get my groceries, and spent $236.17 for enough food to make 38 dinners plus multiple side dishes and desserts.
Here is what I plan to make:

5 Stuffed Shells
4 Homemade Spaghetti Sauce (7-10 c. each pack)
6 Homemade Pizza Packs (either 2 medium in each pack or 6 individual)
4 Loaded Baked Potato Soup
4 Chicken Noodle Soup
2 Crockpot Saucy Pork Chops
4 Shepherds Pie
2 Spaghetti O Soup
4 Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes
2 Cheesy Beef Casserole
4 Beef Chimichanga (16 in each)
4 Chicken Quessidillas
2 Pumpkin Pies
2 French Silk Pies
1 Turkey (13 lb.)
2 Sweet Potato Casserole
2 Homemade Noodles
4 Chicken Broth (10 c. each)

Plus all the fixings for Thanksgiving dinner (turkey, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, noodles, corn, green bean casserole, lettuce layer salad, pies)

and with the leftovers I will make other dishes, yet to be determined. I also will be making over 10 dozen cookies, I already have 4 doz. in the freezer. I am making them for Unity, the Christmas program that the kids have been involved in and working hard every weekend on. They need 125 dozen cookies spread out over 5 nights, so I volunteered to make 10-15 dozen cookies. I will also be making 10-15 dozen Cinnamon Rolls to freeze and give as gifts this year.

Do I spend all my time in the kitchen? No, I spend maybe 2-3 hours once or twice a week, and that is really about it.

November Swap

This month, Tiffany opted out, as she was super Tami and I are on our own. Here is what we decided on.

Tina - Loaded Baked Potato Soup
Chicken Quesidillas
Shepherds Pie
Chimichangas (Beef)
Stuffed Shells w/homemade sauce

Tami - Classic Penne Casserole
Beef Tips and Noodles
Tortellini Soup
Tipsy Chicken
Slowcooker Pork Chops

We are spending the day tomorrow doing most of Tami's cooking. I am helping her again this month, so she can become comfortable cooking in bulk by herself. (She did a great job last month) but it is also fun to have the company in the kitchen with you as you cook and visit with friends.