Jan 16, 2013

Preparing for Baby

I am in a major nesting phase, and that makes me smile!

I have energy again, baby has dropped and I can breathe a little easier, it's glorious!  So the last couple of days have been big prep days.  I'm making extra food for the freezer, doing extra cleaning, and some fun sewing too.

Yesterday I made 8 dozen meatballs to have in the freezer.  I used the meatloaf recipe that comes on the back of Knorr Onion Soup Mix boxes.  Obviously, instead of making it into a meat loaf, I used my medium pampered chef cookie scoop and scooped up a whole lotta meatballs.  I prebaked them, froze them on a cookie sheet, then tossed them in bags for the freezer.  There is something just so stinkin' satisfying about having a whole bunch of meal prep done, just ready and waiting for a lazy or busy day.

Today I've made 8 dozen buns, and five loaves of bread, most of which are all destined for the freezer.  My go-to bread/bun recipe is this one from Taste of Homemade.  I usually add a handful of dry oatmeal, bran, flax seeds, etc.  I don't think this recipe has ever flopped on me, it's just lovely.

Something else I've done to help get this house ready for our newest addition is to write a big old checklist.  For those of you who know me personally, this should not surprise you :)  I'm sure you all know how great it feels to get some of those odd cleaning jobs taken care of.  

One of the items on my list this time around was to completely clear out and reorganize our boys' bedroom closet.  It had become a one of those hiding places in our house, clothes that had been outgrown tossed on the high shelves, etc.  And, it was high time it all get sorted out.  I think I got at least one laundry basket heaping full of clothes out of there that immediately left our house and made the trip to the thrift store.  So good!  I did the same in our hall closet, our homeschool closet, and our games shelf. Really it all just needed to be reorganized and sorted through, we had just far too much stuff that just was not being used.  

Another item on my list was to go through and reorganize my kitchen cupboards.  What a great feeling it was to get that out of the way! 

What makes your list when you do a big clean up?  


Stacey said...

Nesting is going tone a bit different for me this time around, with moving. I'm not sure how I will do with it all, but at least I know I will get to go through every single item in my house, lol!

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