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Freezer Challenge | Bones. Many bones.

I’m working on cleaning out my chest freezer so I can do a serious defrosting job on it. I’m alllllmost done!

Last week’s freezer stuff

This mystery soup was indeed butternut squash soup, and I ate it for lunch one day. Check!

I used some of the corn tortillas to make crispy strips to top our taco salads.  Hopefully I can do that again this week and use the rest of them up.

From this photo, I used..

-the hamburger buns for pulled pork sandwiches

-the hot dog buns as garlic bread with dinner

-the coconut* in a batch of no-stir granola

-the mystery rolls in a pan of French toast casserole

*the coconut was passable in the granola, but I could tell it didn’t taste quite like it should. So I made the executive decision to throw the rest of the coconut out.

So, I just have the frozen fruit left plus the Andouille sausage. to add to this week’s list.

Speaking of which:

This week’s freezer stuff

I have a dozen unbaked basic rolls, which should be easy to thaw, let rise, and bake to go with one dinner this week.

I’ve also got a bag of cocktail meatballs plus sauce.

I have walnuts, which I could use to make walnut/date balls. And I could eat them on oatmeal or yogurt. I just need to remember to do it!

And I need to seriously make some broth because I have turkey bones….

plus bones from the last side of beef I bought.

And lastly, I have a bag of everything bagels.  Sonia is allergic to the sesame seeds on them and Mr. FG hates everything bagels, so the number of people who want to eat these is a little compromised.

I feel like they might make good avocado toast, though.


Alright. That should be enough for me to work on in a single week.

I know I say this every time of late, but you guys, I am seriously thrilled at how empty my freezer is. Yay!!  My freezer challenge is working.

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Wednesday 12th of December 2018

Everything Bagel Casserole

6 Everything Bagels Butter for greasing pan One 8oz. Package Cream Cheese 2 cups grated cheddar cheese 8 eggs 2 cups milk 1/2 cup heavy cream 1 Tbls chopped chives, plus more for serving 1 tsp. Dry mustard 1/2 tsp. Cayenne 1/2 tsp. Salt

Grease 9x13 casserole dish with butter. Tear bagels into peices and place in casserole dish. In seperate bowl, whisk eggs, milk, cream, cayenne, chives, mustard, and salt. Meanwhile, cut block of cream cheese into small squares and place them all over top of bagels in various places (note: whole top will not be covered). Pour egg mixture all over bagels. Sprinkle cheddar cheese all over. Cover with foil and refrigerate 2 hours or overnight. Bake 450 degrees for 45 minutes, uncover and finish baking 15 to 20minutes more. Cut and serve with extra chives...


Friday 7th of December 2018

I had been making progress on eating down the freezer ... then I discovered that the dehydrator was broken. Now the extra space is taken up by several temporary things: - iced decorator cookies - uniced orange cookies - seasoned beef to become jerky, still on the dehydrator trays

They'll all be gone in a week and I'll have space for the seasonal sales.


Thursday 6th of December 2018

Emptied and defrosted my upright freezer. I must confess I did not use up everything in there but between that and my regular freezer I’ve used up enough that now it all fits in one. Now to use that up. Saving money on groceries is a good thing at Christmas time.

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Thursday 6th of December 2018

I've been making progress on my freezer inventory as well. -Four freezer burritos -Chicken broth -A small container of tomato sauce -Taco meat -Bag of flour tortillas

All are gone now! Of course, I did freeze a couple of pesto chicken breasts that we weren't going to get through, but progress nonetheless. :-)


Thursday 6th of December 2018

The Pioneer Woman has a really good Everything Bagel and Cream Cheese casserole recipe. For those of you that do like it, it might be a good way to use them up. We often have it at my Mops meetings and it’s always a hit.

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