Impromptu Freezer Cooking and Updates


I’ve been on a sabaatical due to the flu. If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ve noticed this is the first week I have not posted my weekly menu. The reason why I didn’t post my plan on my usual Monday is because on Saturday evening I was not feeling 100% and by Sunday morning I knew I either had the flu or strep throat because of my headachache and pains. I ended up going to urgent care and getting a prescription of Tamiflu which worked well considering I did not get a flu shot this past fall/winter. Lesson to self: get a flu shot. It put me in bed for four straight days, but I started feeling better by Thursday and here I am blogging today.

And I missed cooking for five whole days which is a record for me! I decided to do some items on the whim today and thought I’d share it with you. One of my wonderful friends brought our family two rotisserie chickens, rice, corn and carrots. The family scrapped the bones of the first chicken while I was in bed and I saved the second set for a round of crock pot chicken broth which I was able to use for freezer enchilada sauce and more.

Last night I soaked a two pound bag of black beans for:

refried beans

crockpot broth

I also froze a quart bag of crock pot chicken broth and used the other half for


This afternoon I’ll make meatless southwest freezer wraps and we’ll have black bean and rice bowls for dinner, easy peasy.

I’ve started a batch of shoebox dough for

Pumpkin cinnamon swirl bread


Now my family updates:

My 6-year-old got new glasses. His exact words after realizing he could see letters from afar, “I was blind, but now I can see.”  No wonder God tells us to be childlike!glasses

After months of prayer and trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up, lol, I’m returning back to the teaching field which I used to do before my first child was born. I want to have the same schedule as my children and teaching husband and I’ve accepted an interim position teaching high schoo foods and nutrtition courses 1 and 2. I’m super pumped and looking forward to teaching again! I’m praying the interim will allow me to have a full-time position in the fall.

What about

I will still blog and have more to share about what I’m doing with the students as well. I’m going to add a teaching tab. We’re going to do a school catering business and so many fun projects that I’m so excited about it. Perhaps if you homeschool, you can glean from what we’re doing or just have fun reading about all the fun stuff high school family and consumer science students do.

I’ve got one week to get my ducks in a row {I mean my freezer in order} so the transition will go smoothly for my family. My current goal is to take inventory and make sure we have at least six planned meals a week. I’m also going to do a pantry makeover so I can cook/bake more efficiently on the weekend. I’m making my own chalkboard labels on mason jars which I’ll share.

For now, thanks for hanging out with me and reading about our updates and what I’m freezer cooking.  Blessings, y’all.

What are you freezer cooking or do you have any news to share?

11 thoughts on “Impromptu Freezer Cooking and Updates

  1. Kristen

    Congratulations about the teaching job! You’ll be perfect as a food and nutrition teacher. Good luck with the transition period. Our family has benefited so much from your recipes.

    1. admin

      Kristen, thank you so much for sharing. I’m looking forward to it and sharing more recipes we’re doing in class. Blessings.

  2. Sonja

    Hi Jackie, Glad you are feeling better, but I hope you don’t overdo it! Congrats on teaching. Like you, I taught public school before staying home with my kids. I do hope to teach some public school again in 2 years, to make an impact for the Kingdom! God bless your endeavors!

  3. Lynette

    So glad to see you back and that you’re feeling better. Congrats on your new job! Sounds like the perfect position for you.

    1. admin

      Thank you Brandette, your comments bless me. I’m so excited to share with high school students again. And yes, I’ve already got some fun posts and recipes to share {ones that I’m doing with my students}. I will not stop blogging; I love it. My students and I are are starting another blog sharing our class labs and pictures. I’ll post it when I get it up and running. Have a blessed day and thank you for your prayers and sharing.

  4. Jennifer

    Yeah, Mrs. Brown is back in the high school business. How exciting. I am teaching Foods 1 & 2 this semester as well. Email me and we can share ideas! What school?

  5. Anna@stuffedveggies

    I’m so delighted for you to get a teaching job! The school would have had to be crazy to pass up an opportunity to hire you! I was SO blessed by home ec in high school – I took 4 years of it, and it was the only high school class that I can say truly helped (and continues to help) me in adulthood. We certainly need good Christian teachers in the school system – you’ll be such an asset! : )

    1. admin

      Anna, you are so kind! I am super excited to share my passion with students. Thank you for your encouragement, it means a lot!

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