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Settling In

I think we have finally settled into our apartment. A HUGE thanks to the hubs for taking all of our empty boxes down to the recycle bin this past week. Why the moving company decided to leave that service out of our contract, I will never understand. And why the apartment complex only has 1 trash room for our 4 story building - which is at least a 5 minute walk from our apartment, especially when carrying giant boxes - is also beyond me. But we have space in our living room finally, and most of our belongings have found a place.


So of course, now that we're feeling settled, it's time to stock up the freezer!!


I was overly ambitious (as usual), but my wonderful husband rescued me from a day of hell. He helped with everything and anything I needed, and he really should get credit for cooking more than half of the food. I ended up being the dishes expert while he handled the food. I would not have gotten done without him. xo


So as a little bit of background info: We have an amazing friend, who attended the Culinary Institute of America in New York. She is my endless source of knowledge when it comes to food, kitchen appliances, cooking, and baking. A couple of years ago, she blessed our house with her personal cook book, and introduced us to some of its recipes at her annual Superbowl party. She also showed me how to cook the items in bulk, and freeze them properly. So now we like to have a fully stocked freezer full of snacks and meals. It really makes the cooking process so much easier at the end of a long work day.


Before we left Texas, our goal was to finish all of our freezer foods. We really had no way of taking them with us because of the odd timing that our moving company and apartment complex pushed upon us. The empty freezer in our apartment for the last month has been kind of depressing. So yesterday, we cooked up three different batches of snackable treats, and two batches of our dinner staples:


Fridge overflowing with ingredients in the morning.

Chicken for Chicken Spring Rolls, and Butternut Squash

Rice Balls; Pork for Shredded Chipotle Pork; Beef, Veal and Pork for Italian Meatballs.


Hubbie cooked up the mix for the Chicken Spring Rolls. These are horrible for you, but they are possibly the most delicious treats I've ever had. We bought some fresh "meat market" Chorizo Sausage this time, and we couldn't stop picking at it.


This meatball recipe is ridiculous. It came from a relative with true Italian roots, so you know it's one of the best!


I unfortunately didn't take any photos of our Loaded Potato Wraps, but that was on the list as well. Once we finally got everything bagged up and in the freezer, we had spent 5 1/2 hours in the kitchen and we had run the dish washer 3 times! It made for a very long day, but it's nice to have options ready to go again. Anything to make life a little easier...

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