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How I Prep My Kitchen For A Busy Week

July 12, 2014 by

kitchen-prep

Today I’d like to share a simple tip with you.

You see, I have been planning the last few weeks knowing that next week will be a busy one for me. I am not used to having to leave the house everyday (I know – I’m quite spoiled!). Next week, however, I will be teaching Monday through Friday at our community Vacation Bible School.

It is such a rewarding time, but it is also quite tiring. The kids and I will arrive home each day tired, hot, and hungry. Hubby will be eagerly awaiting our arrival (and lunch!).

I will need to prep for the next day’s teaching, as well as make dinner and all the other tasks I never seem to have the time to accomplish in a day. I need to do something to make my week easier.

The answer for me is planning ahead. For the past few weeks, I have been cooking extra batches so that I can have several items in the freezer rather than making them from scratch during the week like I normally would.

Honestly, I wish I could eat out every night of VBS. I would appreciate the time to sit, relax, recover, enjoy my family, and let someone else deal with the cooking and the dishes.

Now that I have returned to reality, I will share with you what I have been doing in the kitchen to prepare for my busy week.

By the way, this is also what I do before I am expecting visitors who come to stay with us. That way, I can do a little less cooking and a lot more visiting.

Here are some of the things I have been doubling up on the past few weeks and freezing:

Roasted Chicken

Meatballs

Shredded Pork & Mashed Potatoes

Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken & Black Bean Enchiladas w/ Mexican Rice

Hamburger Buns

Pizza Dough

Cookie Dough

Muffins

Waffles

Whole Wheat Bread (for sandwiches & toast)

I also try to do as much prep work as I can ahead of time. I will chop veggies, wash fresh fruit, grate cheese, crack eggs, etc.

I’ll be making a batch of my Corn & Black Bean Salad as it keeps well for days.

Every little thing that I can do ahead of time will make next week go as smoothly as possible.

What do you think? Do you have any tips for prepping for a busy week?

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4 Responses to How I Prep My Kitchen For A Busy Week

  1. Kristia @ Family Balance Sheet

    Your menu is making me hungry–sounds yummy! VBS is a lot of fun, but you’re right it can be extremely tiring. I volunteered two years ago with the 4 & 5 year olds. It gave me new respect for pre-school and Kindergarten teachers. My girls enjoy it every year and usually sing the worship songs that they learn for months afterwards. Have a wonderful week.

    • Heather

      Thank you for sharing that, Kristia. It is so encouraging to hear from parents how much their children enjoy the programs. You’re so right about teachers, and they do it every day of the school year!

    • Heather

      I have found that it helps tremendously, Pam. Last night, I made 2 of your pot pies – one for dinner & one for the freezer. 🙂

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