We have been in the midst of record high temps for the past couple of weeks with every day topping out over 100, many topping out 110+, which for MD is extraordinarily rare. We usually have like 1-2 days over 100 each year, not multiple weeks in a row! Anyway, this past weekend was the worst of it and no way did I have any intention of enjoying the outdoors with that kind of heat. Add the humidity (which added up to 10 extra degrees of "feels like" temperature) and it just made you sick to walk out into it. So we choose to work on lots of indoor projects this weekend. :)
One of the biggest things on our to-do list was finalizing wills, health directives, power of attorneys etc. before this child got here. Getting them written up was the easier part, getting them witnessed and notarized took a bit more time but I'm happy to say that as of this weekend we've been able to cross that doozy off the list. The last big project remaining (you know besides preparing to bring a baby home!) would be stocking the freezer and fridge with as much food as I possibly can.
First step was cleaning out all the fridges & freezers and making them sparkle. For some of them....it had been far too long, I won't gross you out with the details. Once they were all clean, I managed to cross off 7 of the 75 recipes on my freezer list. I am working backwards through order of importance for now since we still have a few weeks but as we get closer to D-day, I plan to switch over. My goal is to have enough main courses, sides, breakfasts and desserts to last us through Christmas. This won't cover every meal every week but instead will cover roughly the first month and a half and then the remaining months it'll be a few meals a week to get us through the rough nights.
So far? We have lots and lots of yummy desserts for the visitors. :) I made a fresh batch of our oatmeal pancake mix for us and then 6 different kinds of cookie doughs. Rolled 'em, froze them in balls on cookie sheets then bagged and tupperwared em in the deep freeze. So now, when we have visitors or I need a quick dessert for some function? Freezer for the win. We tested out all the recipes at a party Sunday evening and they were all quite good. I have a feeling a few of those dough balls will be eaten raw once I've popped this child out!
My goal is to tackle a couple of the main courses each week and just make extra when I'm cooking our dinners and then hopefully knock out the rest a few weekends from now in one fell swoop. Fingers crossed she cooperates and stays IN and UP and I don't land myself on bed rest before then. I just can't believe how close we are!