The Great Cook-a-Thon

We have some exciting family events coming up in the next few weeks – including a very special 50th Anniversary Celebration for my parents in which my entire family will gather here at our home for a weekend full of surprises and fun.

To make the “Golden Weekend” go more smoothly, we decided to make as much of the food ahead as we could.

So two of my sisters and a couple of nieces came down for a few days this week and we had our very own “Cook-a-thon” (complete with lots of chocolate and laughter and even some vintage music!)

My kitchen was hopping as we had every available surface covered and in use.

We made 4 cavatini’s that were put in aluminum foil pans and frozen.

We peeled over 70 potatoes and made 3 large pans of make-ahead mashed potatoes. These were also put in aluminum foil pans and frozen.

We baked a large batch of crescent rolls…

…a very large batch of crescent rolls (because you can never have too many hot buttered rolls!) 🙂

We also brined, roasted and pulled apart a large turkey, made a batch of hamburger buns, made 8 pounds of taco meat, prepped 4 egg casseroles, made 4 pans of cinnamon rolls that we froze before baking, and covered 40 pieces of chicken in Mom’s original marinade before freezing them in plastic bags.

Whew!

Not only did we make a freezer full of food, we also made some great plans and fun memories.

We discovered once again the truth in the old saying “Helping hands will get things done, half the effort, twice the fun”!

This post is linked up at Design’s by Gollum.

Waste Not Want Not: Cinnamon Roll French Toast

Waste in the kitchen is an easy way to throw money away. It happens to everybody. We over buy, or we don’t pay attention to what’s in the fridge and it gets wasted.

With my oldest daughter selling at the local farmer’s market, we have lots of leftovers coming home. If we don’t push hard and take care of them right away, they spoil in the heat and humidity of summer.

I missed one plate of cinnamon rolls last week. Things got busy and I didn’t notice them on the counter for 2 days. (I blush to confess this, but it really was a busy week!) They hadn’t spoiled, but they had gotten quite dry.

I didn’t want to throw them away, so I experimented! I cut each roll in half, soaked it in my favorite French Toast batter and fried them up. I served them for breakfast with butter and syrup.

The family loved them!

The Thrifty Idea for today is to be creative and turn those left-overs into something new and delicious!