Freezer Cooking: Meatloaf & Precooked Chicken

I did a little freezer “cooking” a few weeks ago.  I made up a few meatloaves for the freezer, as well as one for dinner.  It really is easy to make extra (double, triple, etc.) of something that you’re already going to make anyway.  It takes very little extra time, and the bonus is that you have meals already prepped & ready to go in the freezer.  All that really needs to be done is to pull it out the evening/night before & let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight, and then it’s ready to go the next day.  This goes for any meal, whether you need to cook in the slow cooker, bake in the over, cook on the stove top, or grill.  This particular day, I was planning meatloaf, so I planned to make extra.  Here’s what I bought/used:

  • 5 lb ground beef
  • 5 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 2 bell peppers, chopped
  • 2 large carrots, shredded
  • 1 medium zucchini, shredded
  • 8 oz baby bella mushrooms, chopped
  • 10 slices bacon, cooked crisp
  • 2 packets onion soup mix
  • seasonings to taste ( this time, I used smoked paprika, roasted garlic powder, onion powder, salt, & pepper)
  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups BBQ sauce

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Mix everything together very well & divide into gallon freezer bags.

At this point, you can either shape it into a loaf or you can flatten it in the bag & freeze.  I like to flatten it out when I’m freezing it for a couple of reasons:  (1) It takes up less space in my freezer & (2) it takes a lot less time to thaw out because it’s not a large mass.   I use my rolling pill to lightly press it flat in the freezer bag, which also helps me to get out as much air as possible.

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The above ingredients netted me 4 meatloaves at 2.22 lbs each with 3 cups of extra veggies that I will use to make some more meatloaves.  The veggies were divided into 2 quart bags & placed in the freezer along with 3 of the meatloaves.

I also wrote the cooking instructions on the bag so that anyone in my family can prepare this meal.  To cook your meatloaf in the slow cooker:  Shape & place your meatloaf in a foil-lined slow cooker & cook on high for 4 hours, or on low for 6-8 hours, depending on your slow cooker.  Top with BBQ sauce in the last 30 minutes or so.

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This meatloaf is enough to feed my family of 5 for 1 meal.  There may or may not be leftovers.  It will depend on what sides we have & how hungry everyone is.




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I had also purchased a whole cut up chicken & 2 packages of split chicken breasts that were marked down, so I placed all of that in the slow cooker the night before with about 1 cup of water.  I deboned & shredded all of this meat & will divide it up into meal-size portions for the freezer to help make last minute meals go much quicker.  This really helps to cut down my cooking/baking time since the meat is already cooked & ready to go.  I leave out any seasonings so that I can season it up as I go, depending on what dishes I am making.

I also try to keep precooked ground beef on hand, but that’s a post for another day!

I hope you have enjoyed this post, & that it helps you make your meal planning, dinner preparations go a little more quickly & smoothly!

Regarding Ads On My Blog

Good morning!  I have been informed that political ads are showing up on my blog via Google ads.  Please know that I have NO CONTROL over what ads pop up when you are on my blog.  Please understand that Google ads change constantly.  What you see one time on particular post on my blog will NOT be the same if you visit it again.  Also know that the Google ads that you see are specific to you.  Google takes your searching/viewing history & shows you ads that it thinks are relevant to you.

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While I do have my own political opinions, I have always chosen NOT to share those views on my blog, & I will continue to do so.  However, from reading my blog, I pray that you are aware that my views on how I try to live my life are based on the Bible, God’s word, and I will NEVER apologize for sharing those views, & I will continue to share them.  If my faith in Christ offends you, I will be sorry to see you leave, but I will understand that it is your right to do so.

I hope this clears up any misunderstandings.  Again, I will do my best to remove any ad spots that I can, but I am not sure that I can without having to make major changes that are outside of my financial realm right now.  My blog is a FREE blog.  I do not pay to host it.  I hope you will continue to follow my blog.  If not, please know that I pray only God’s blessings on each of you!

And Life Goes On……


Even though I haven’t been blogging for a while, life has truly gone on.  Which is why I haven’t been blogging.  Our little family has gone through some major changes in the last year and a half, but God has been at work through it all, and He’s been faithful to walk with me and get me through each rough spot as I climbed the mountain in front of me.  At times, when my strength failed me, He even carried me.  I am so thankful that I have a loving Heavenly Father to walk with me through the good and the bad that this earthly life brings.



Part of the changes that have my family has gone through is we are now grandparents!!!  Our oldest daughter, Melia, had moved out last year against our wishes, but out of the ashes comes a beautiful blessing, our grandson, Jayce who was born in March, 2016!  Oh, what a joy & blessing he is!  Our daughter & Jayce are staying with us for now, which has been wonderful! Jayce 0716


Pigs 2015

Last fall, we acquired two young Red Wattle/Yorkshire mix pigs.  The male was slaughtered back in the spring by the family that we acquired them from, but we kept the female, who was pregnant.

Piglets 0616On June 30th, she gave birth to 11 little ones.  We lost one due to mom laying on him, and then we lost another one the other day when he somehow managed to get into mom’s water bucket & drown.  But, we have not lost any due to any health issues, and we pray that we do not lose any more.  Soon, we will have a few for sale.  We plan to slaughter the mom in a couple months, but we will be keeping a couple of the females to raise for breeding in the future.  We’ve got our eye on a little male Red Wattle that’s just a little older than our piglets that we’re planning to purchase & raise to breed with our females.  We will be keeping at least one other one for meat for us.  We originally planned to keep two, but since we have lost two, we haven’t decided yet about keeping the second one.  We shall see.

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Our daughter, Katie, also graduated high school this year!  Our homeschool graduation ceremony was so amazing!  I love how personal everything was!  And we are so proud of Katie & her accomplishments.  She is looking forward to attending college this fall to begin her education to become a science teacher!  She has such a heart for science & math, & she feels that this is what God is calling her to do.  Pray with us as we go through this journey – pray for God’s guidance for us & for financing.  She’s also enjoying being an aunt!


Our son, Michael, will be in 10th grade this year, and he’s getting to spend time with my dad, who is getting to pour a lot of his vast knowledge & experience into him & teach him a lot about life.  He’s also learning a lot about farm life & all that comes with it, as well as learning about all the joys that come with being an uncle!

Demo Work 0716Another big change going on here at MCH, we are also in the process now of doing lots of demolition on our property!  We have moved a storage building that we have to a new location and are building a new garage where the building once stood. But, that’s not all we’re doing!  We’re also going to be demolishing our current home & bringing in a new modular home!!!  Stay tuned to see what all we are doing!  I’ve been taking pics & short videos as we’ve been working, so I’ll be sharing some of those with you as I have time.

My life is a little crazy, especially with having a new grandbaby & now new piglets to care for, but I’m not complaining!  God has blessed us with so much!  I pray that we continue to try to honor Him & give Him all the glory in all that we do.

We have fallen off of the frugal wagon lately, but we’re trying to hop back on.  We need to cut back wherever we can so that we can accomplish all that needs to be done here.  So, stay tuned as we continue on this crazy journey!  I will do my best to share things with you in a timely manner so that you can follow along with all the laughter, frustration, & tears that come with all the changes going on.  Thank you to all of those who have waited to see a new post from me, and welcome to all of the new followers that I have!