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Thirty by 30: Time’s Up!

October 18th has come and gone,
and I’m now officially 30!

I’d like to personally apologize to all of those who I came into contact with on my birthday. It wasn’t a good day for me physically or emotionally. Now that the day has passed, I’m doing better. 

Why was I so depressed? Well, what I’ve come to realize is that it’s about feeling old, but the number 30 represents all these expectations that I’ve been delaying for as long as possible. 

In your twenties, you can still pass for being fresh out of college. You might still get carded. People give you some leniency for not knowing where your life is going or being settled down. You still have excuses for not having kids yet or owning a home. You’re in that transition stage where you’re still just discovering who you want to be.

Thirty . . .completely different story! Although I’m about to be a mom of 2, I felt like I was. . .20.  I still considered myself newly married. At the drop of a hat, I could be spontaneous. It was okay to not have a plan for life because life was just starting out in my 20’s.
Now that a day has passed, I think I’m okay with reality sinking in. 

I’m thirty

I’ve been married 8 years. I own a home and pay a mortgage. I’ve got a toddler, and I’m 27 weeks pregnant. I’m a college graduate, but plan on being a stay-at-home mom for the next several years while more kids come along. 

I’m settled, and that’s ok. It doesn’t mean I’m not young or that my life is over. I can still be spontaneous. I’m still the same person I was last weekend. It just has a new number to it. 

So, now that I’m through processing, I’m excited to say my Thirty by 30 list is complete! 
Alright, you may have seen one little detail that wasn’t crossed off. . .

So I didn’t 100% complete my list, but let me explain. Last August when I created this list, my son was 5 months old and the reality of how difficult it would be to accomplish some of these tasks hadn’t sunk in yet. Little things like Staying in my PJ’s All Weekend. . .I might’ve well just said “Plan a trip to China.” If it weren’t for getting sick, I think the longest I could have gone would have been until noon when it was time to wrestle my toddler out of the house. 

And if BlogHer hadn’t have popped into my schedule, the task of Take a Weekend Trip to New York would probably never have happened either. 

So long story short, there are only about 4 months during the year where the weather’s nice enough to watch a movie outside in the evenings, and when the movie theater is an hour away with shows starting after dark, it was extremely difficult to find the time to head to the drive-in without the Little Man. And even harder with the Little Man. 

But to be accurate, I’ve been to a drive-in movie before, so even though I didn’t do that task in the last 12 months. . . technically, I’ve been to a drive-in movie before I was 30. Does that count? =)

Thanks for supporting me and following along with me as I tried to complete my goals within the last year. I really enjoyed my list, and I loved that it forced me to do unique and different things that helped me feel like more than “just a mom.”  

If you haven’t had an opportunity to create a list like this for yourself, I highly encourage it! 

Even if it’s not for a big life-changing birthday like 30. You’d be surprised how motivated you’ll be just to cross an item off your list! 

Do you have a Thirty by 30? 

Link up in the comments section 
& help give others ideas for tasks they should complete! 

Thirty By 30: No. 13 & 16

And just when I thought I wouldn’t be able to cross of the more difficult tasks on my Thirty by 30 list, my husband comes through! 
With 7 days left before my birthday, Tim planned a staycation for the two of us to Fort Worth, and I was able to cross off two items in one trip. 

When I created this list last August, I knew sometime during the upcoming year we were going to need a mini vacation, and it came at the perfect time. Tim’s wrapping up a project at work and has been stressed. I’ve been feeling tired and overwhelmed from trying to fight off one child who’s going through the pre-terrible two’s and another who’s taking over my body. 

It was awesome to be able to drop everything and head 45 minutes west where we could leave all of our worries behind. I loved that we were able to get that vacation feel without having to hop on an airplane or drive 3+ hours to get there. 

Why Fort Worth?

I have no idea why I picked this destination!I think part of me knew that there was some amazing museums and attractions for kids, so when I put this on my list, I’d had every intention of going as a family. I also realized that I’d never actually spent any time in Fort Worth, and it’s really close! As a writer for Dallas Moms Blog, I felt like I should get to know this city next door. I mean, how is it that I know more about Frisco than I do about Fort Worth. They’re practically the same distance. . . =)

Our first destination on our staycation was lunch! The Mellow Mushroom near TCU had been recommended to us, and I’m so glad we took a risk and tried it. The pizza was delicious. The crust was the perfect thickness; slightly thin but not too crispy, and all the ingredients were really fresh. 

Afterwards, we decided to head over to the Botanical Gardens since it was in the same area of town. I was imagining something similar to the Dallas Arboretum, but it was so much more!

Most of the gardens are free, but we parked right next to the Japanese Garden and decided to pay the $4 admission to check it out. It was beautiful inside! 

Could I have enjoyed this with the Little Man? Absolutely not. There were several places where I know he would have run ahead of me and just jumped right into the water. The whole garden was so peaceful and quiet. 

If I lived in Fort Worth, I would probably get a membership to the Botanical Gardens just to bring a book, sit on a bench, and read. 

Afterwards, we went to check in at the hotel and rest for a little while. We stayed at the Sheraton Fort Worth Hotel & Spa; right in the heart of downtown. Thanks to our Starwood Preferred Guest membership we were upgraded to a suite. Although it wasn’t for my birthday, it made me feel special! 

Since a storm was expected to come in later that night, we decided to venture out a little more before dinner and were able to experience a few more of Fort Worth’s main attractions. 

We walked across the street to the Water Gardens

And then jumped on Molly the Trolly to Sundance Square.

Sundance Square wasn’t what I thought it was. Mostly restaurants and retail shopping. I’m sure it has an amazing “night” scene, but unfortunately, my “condition” prevents me from enjoying that. 

If you’ve not been on the Trolly before, it’s very different from the McKinney Avenue Trolly. It’s more of a city bus that takes you from the hotels to different points in downtown. It’s clean, free, and convenient, but don’t be surprised when locals and possibly a few homeless people hop on board. 

Later that evening, we went back over to Sundance Square for dinner at Reata. This was Tim’s pick, and it was a unique type of restaurant specializing in Authentic Texas Cuisine. It reminded me of a cross between Tillman’s, Steven Pyle’s, and Saltgrass. 

On Sunday before heading back to Dallas, we decided to visit one last tourist attraction; the Fort Worth Stockyards. I’d heard that there was a cattle drive through town at 11:30am, so we packed our bags and headed over. 

Although it was a lot smaller than I expected, Fort Worth was an awesome quick weekend away. I know I didn’t experience everything, and would still love to take the Little Man over and visit the Museum of Nature and Science and the Fort Worth Zoo. I’ve heard these are the best places to visit.

But as far as Fort Worth goes, I feel like I’ve “been there, done that” and am ready to check it off my list! 

It’s Almost Time!

There are exactly 30 days until I turn thirty

I’m so thankful that I’ve been keeping myself busy otherwise I might find myself sinking into depression. I don’t know what it is about turning 30, but it’s something I’ve been dreading for a long time. 

When I turned 26, I had a slight meltdown. 

At 30, I feel like there’s an enormous amount of . . .expectation?

I’m a stay-at-home mom, but I find myself back back in my early 20’s saying “What am I going to do with my life?” Is this my purpose? Is this my career and aspiration? 

I hope so, because it now feels like my time to figure out who I want to be and what I want to do is over. I’m living the life I’m living now, and there’s no turning back! 

After all, I’m 30!

For those of you who have been following along with my Thirty by 30 list, here’s how I’m doing! 
I’ve got a few more things to cross off, and most have already been scheduled on my calendar! 

I’m not sure if everything will be accomplished by October 18th, 
but I’m definitely going to try! 

Thirty by 30: No. 15

While in New York, we were able to fit in another one of my Thirty by 30 tasks. 
Have you heard of the Book of Mormon? No…not the actual Book of Mormon, but the play! It’s currently “the play” to go see in New York. It’s won 9 Tony Awards, and is sold out a year in advance. There’s currently only 4 ways to get tickets. 1) Purchase unsold tickets that range between $250-$350 a ticket. 2) Stand in the cancellation in hoping that someone will decide to return their tickets. 3) Enter the lottery. 4) Get in line 2-3 hours before a show and wait in the “standing only” tickets line. 

So, we decided to take our chances on the lottery,and we had three opportunities to win. The first chance, we messed up the time and arrived 20 after the lottery ended. 


Our second and third chance, we arrived right on time, but still failed miserably. They had 22 tickets to give away, and almost 100 people showed up each time. Our odds were just not good. 

I’m so hoping this show goes on tour soon so we can see it in Dallas. I’m DESPERATE! 

But wait . . .I did say we cross the task off of my list. So what did we see? 

When we missed our opportunity the first time, we decided to head to TKTS and see another show. Earlier in the year, we’d caught a group called Traces perform on America’s Got Talent. They were incredible. 

We easily grabbed tickets to this performance at TKTS, and headed out for a date night! 

We grabbed dinner at a local Italian restaurant near the theater called Pete’s Tavern. It was a really cool location! It opened in 1864 as a small one roomed pup, survived through Prohibition as a speakeasy, and expanded later on into the slightly larger restaurant you see today. But as we ate, we sat near the original 19th century wall and in booths that could easily have been a century old. 
The theater was located downtown near 17th street, but once we arrived in side, I was especially surprised at how roomie the seats and lobby were! Most older theaters barely have room for your knees.  

Before the show, the stage was completely lit, and a video feed was being displayed of the front lobby. It was great entertainment because several kids thought they were making silly faces into a tv screen next to the camera, and didn’t realize it was being fed into the theater. 

One of the most unique things about this performance is that they encouraged photography (no flash!) and video throughout the show. I loved that I could bring back pictures to show to people instead of trying to describe it. It’s one that’s really hard to describe! 

The show ended up being a lot different than we’d imagined. Imagine Cirque du Soleil without the clowns meets a poetry reading. Each of the “actors” presented themselves at the beginning of the show by performing an individual dance or acrobatic routine. They all also showed off their other talents including singing, playing instruments, working the German wheel, and gymnastics. 

Would you believe me if I said they jumped through the top hoop?!
This was a really interesting show to have seen, and I’m glad we did. I’m not sure I would have paid full ticket value, but for the $40 TKTS charged per ticket, it was definitely entertaining enough to feel like I got my money’s worth. Not to mention we were on the 6th row, so it felt a lot more intimate which is what I love about seeing shows in New York! 

If you happen to be traveling to New York, definitely check out the show! Just be aware that it officially closes on September 2nd, so your time is limited! 

If you live in Dallas, you’re in luck! Traces is actually going on tour, and one of their stops is the AT&T Performing Arts Center next summer as a part of the Lexus Broadway Series. They’ll be in town June 11-23rd, and from what I understand their show will be very similar to what we experienced; however, since every “actor” has different talents, you might see some acts and acrobatics that are even new to me! 

Thirty by 30: No 8

When I was making my Thirty by 30 list, I wanted to come up with some tasks that I knew I could easily complete if I just made the time and I also wanted to add some “to do’s” that would require some extra effort. My No. 8 definitely took some effort, but I’m so happy it’s crossed off! 

 A year ago, I kept telling Tim that I wanted to go to New York City on my 30th birthday. I wasn’t sure how it was going to happen, but I wanted to make sure it did. At the time, we hadn’t been on vacation since Hawai’i almost 2 years prior, and I thought NYC would be a great way to get away and celebrate! 

Sometime around January, I then decided that I wanted to attend the BlogHer ’12 convention and it just so happen to be in New York and within a few weeks of my and Tim’s 8 year anniversary. So. . .change of plans, instead of bugging him to go to NYC on my birthday, I now wanted to go for our anniversary, and now, I actually had an excuse as to why we HAD to go! 

Flash forward 7 months later, and we found ourselves repacking our bags after only being home a week from Maui and jetsetting off to New York. It was a whirlwind “vacation” and ended up being nothing like I expected, but I am still so glad we went. 

First night in town and we were already craving John’s.
Good thing it’s the “city that never sleeps” because we didn’t arrive at the restaurant until almost 10pm. 
I’ll save my BlogHer experience for another post, and I’ll skip to the parts that mostly involved the city.

In between running around attending the conference, Tim and I tried to make time for some fun. We also padded an extra few days before and after BlogHer to get some time to do what we wanted to do. 

Oddly enough, there wasn’t much we hadn’t done, so we decided it would be new experience to be super cheesy tourists. And that’s what we did! 

One night we took a Harbor Cruise around Manhattan. We started down at the Chelsea piers and sailed to the Statue of Liberty on a 105′ schooner.  To be honest, this sounded like a terrible idea to me: sitting on a boat for 2 hours just gazing into each others eyes and the skyline? Corny! 

But it actually ended up being better than that. There actually was a lot to see, and between talking to the crew and Tim, the trip went by really fast. 

The most moving moment for me was when we sailed past 1 World Trade Center. The last time we’d visited was New Years 2007, and they were still clearing away a lot of the rubble and getting the foundation in place. It was amazing to see the building almost complete again. 

1 World Trade Center
Empire State Building lit up for the Olympics.
The weather in New York was also VERY fickle. Before we left, I’d read that the high for the weekend was going to be in the mid-80’s, and it’d be mostly raining. The whole weekend, we were sweating and miserable because we’d apparently been misinformed. It was in the 90’s and humid beyond belief! Then as we were getting ready to leave, it seemed like a huge storm was rolling in. How do you plan when every time you turn around the weather’s changing?! 

To play it safe, we decided to do some indoor tours, and headed to Rockefeller Center. We actually did the NBC Studio Tour, but unfortunately, do to copyright infringement we weren’t allowed to take pictures. But we did see behind the scenes of Rock Center, Dr. Oz, and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. I was really hoping to see the set of Saturday Night Live; however, since it’s the summer, they were using the SNL studio for Olympics media and it “wouldn’t have been recognizable.”

Afterwards, we headed up almost 70 floors to the Top of the Rock. 

If you’re ever in New York…I know the Empire State Building is the “thing to do,” but consider Top of the Rock instead! Having done both, I can say Top of the Rock was the better deal! We had ZERO lines to wait in, and were able to go straight to the top. Once we walked off the elevator, we had the option of staying at the observation deck on the 68th floor which was fully enclosed (which had it actually rained would have been a lifesaver.), or head up to the 69th floor which was open with a glass partition, or to the very top 70th floor which was literally the top of the building and completely open except for a waist high railing. 

Top of the Rock and NBC Studio Tours was probably the best part of the trip! We just had a great time wandering around the city, and taking advantage of the air conditioning. 

I also continued the tradition of taking my unborn child to New York. It just so happened that August 2010 was the last time I’d visited the City and it was while I was pregnant with my first. 

Maybe we’ll make it a tradition with the 3rd too! 

Thirty By 30: No. 30

During the summer of 2007, my husband and I were fortunate enough to have spent 2 weeks touring the backroads of Germany. We began in Munich where we picked up my husband’s dream car (a newly released 135i), drove down to Berchtesgaden near the Austrian border, over to Hohenschwangau to see Schloss Neuschwanstein, up the Romantic Road to Berlin, and finally landed in Frankfurt to head home. 

Having ice cream spaghetti in Rothenberg ob der Tauber
While we were there, we were immersed in the language and culture; more specifically the food. The entire 2 weeks the only foods I ate that weren’t German was a brief stop off at a Subway on the Romantic Road, the Hard Rock Cafe in Berlin, and a Pizza Hut in Frankfurt. 

A little background: When we visited Germany, my husband was well-traveled; however, I had never been out of Continental United States. It didn’t take long for me to become overwhelmed by German food and couldn’t wait to be back in the States to enjoy a good, greasy fast food hamburger. To this day, I still can’t look at a Meatball sub from Subway without an overwhelming feeling of happiness and relief. 

Since then, I’ve traveled a little more and have experienced a few more cultures. Now, I’d give anything to be back in Germany eating Schnitzel Wiener Art and Kartoffelgratin. We’ll go back one day, but until then, we have to settle for our “famous” Oktoberfest parties and the Bavarian Grill

If you’re looking to have a German experience, this is the place to go! It’s a deceptively small storefront in a small Plano shopping center, but has been voted the #1 German restaurant in the nation by Germandeli.com. Walking in, you’re instantly transported to a small German town. There’s the rich smell of bread and potatoes in the air and a polka band playing in each room. 
You’ll have a hard time finding another restaurant with as large of a selection of authentic German beers as the Bavarian Grill. 

It’s important to not let the language intimidate you on food choice! When we went last weekend, they were featuring a whole menu using Spargel or white asparagus; a staple in German food in the spring. I opted to try the Spargel Creme Suppe for an appetizer and it was delicious! It tasted like a warm rich potato soup with a hint of asparagus flavor. It was delicious, and I only wish it was a dish I could make in cooler seasons. Sadly the Spring Season in Texas is 90 degrees!

I was tempted to venture outside my “usual,” but the Schnitzel Wiener Art is too delicious to pass up. If you’re unfamiliar with this dish, it’s veal pounded to an 1/8″ thick friend in breadcrumbs. The best way to serve it is by squeezing some lemon juice onto the top. The Bavarian Grill serves it a little fancier with a creamy mushroom sauce. I ordered the Spaetzle (homemade noodle dumplings) and kartoffelsalat (a warm, mustardy, herbed potato salad). 

And as full as we were, you can’t pass up strudel. A freshly baked apple “pie-like” dessert with a vanilla creme sauce and whipped cream. But hold the “a la mode”! If you want to be authentic, Germans typically don’t eat strudel with ice cream. 

Just like turkey on Thanksgiving or Ham on Easter, German food isn’t something we indulge in very often, but before I turned 30, I wanted to make sure I enjoyed a good ol’ fashioned home-cooked German meal!

What’s your favorite type of foreign food? 

Thirty by 30: No.26 & Giveaway

As a contributing writer for DallasMomsBlog.org, one of the perks is being able to help promote local and national businesses through the blog. So, when our co-founder Lauren asked if anyone wanted to attend the H&M VIP Preopening event at the Galleria, I jumped on the opportunity! 

For the last 6 months or so, I’ve been watching as they’ve been slowly putting this store together. I’ve been so excited for it to open because it’s much more accessible to me than Northpark or Willow Bend. It would be so easy to hop up to the second floor and do a quick shop after Baby Boot Camp if I needed to. 

Let me just say, the evening did not disappoint!
It was a red carpet event with a DJ and photographer at the door. Upon entering I was greeted with a glass of champagne and mini desserts. (I think the chocolate eclairs and cream puffs were my favorite!) I took some time walking around to survey the store. 

To be honest, the last few times I’ve been in an H&M I’ve been slightly disappointed. I noticed since the brand has come to Dallas, all I’ve been able to find is “teeny-bopper” style clothes. Skinny jeans in bright colors, 80’s style middrif shirts, and neon prints with large lettering. Not typically what a woman my age would wear. Maybe it’s the new spring collection, but after exploring the different sections, I quickly grabbed a bag and knew I’d fallen in love with H&M again! 

Before I knew it, I’d found several cute outfits, and was grabbing product left and right. Jewelry, headbands, shirts, dresses. Everything was so well organized, it was easy to find my style and colors that worked for me. Not to mention, how easy it was to shop knowing I was going to get an extra 25% discount for being at the VIP event. 

Within an hour, I’d filled up my bag, and headed to the register. As I was leaving the store, I realized I’d completed #26 on my Thirty by 30 list without even trying! 

Okay, so I’d be lying if I said I didn’t look at any of the prices. . .but I will say, that the prices didn’t stop me from buying an outfit which was my ultimate goal of this task. 

H&M Galleria opens at noon today. If you have time over the next few days, I highly suggest you head over and browse around! In my opinion, it is much better than Northpark or Willow Bend with the layout being more appealing to women in my age group. It’s easy to shop with very reasonable prices, and they’ve even thrown in a few sales for their opening. (Did you see the top I got above for $5?!) 

But if you can’t make it, don’t worry! I was thinking about you last night when I had my discount and decided to buy a few small things for my readers. 

Feather Earrings
Gold Pineapple Necklace

To Enter
1) Follow The T-Shirt Mama on Facebook and/or Twitter
2) Follow DallasMomsBlog on Facebook and/or Twitter
3) Leave me a comment letting me know which one you’ve done, which piece of jewelry you’d like to own, and how I can get a hold of you! (If you already do follow, then just let me know that too!)

The contest will end at 12pm on Sunday, March 25th. I’ll put your name in for each item you did, and 2 winners will be selected at random. 

It’s that simple!  

Good Luck!

Thirty by 30: No.11

This is a somewhat sappy post. Don’t read if you don’t want to hear my deeply personal thoughts. 

One of the most difficult tasks on my Thirty by 30 list is number 11; “Learn to forgive and make amends.” When I began writing my list, I wanted to think of 30 things that I could leave behind in my 20’s and start fresh with in my 30’s. And for as long as I can remember, forgiveness is something I’ve stuggled with. 

In my first 30 years, well. . .really just my first 20, I remember hurting some friends and family members causing us to drift a part. Now before you start leaving comments about what a terrible person I am, I wasn’t the mean girl. I didn’t physicalyl harm anyone or cause irreparable damage to someone’s reputation. It was more a problem with not being able to forgive. When I was disappointed or let down by someone’s actions, I’d become angry and disassociate with that person often causing friendships to be broken instantaneously. 

In an effort to move into my 30’s and leave my past behind, I wanted to make amends and apologize for the way I’d ended my friendships. So, that’s what I did. 

After months of prayer, conversations with God (and my husband), I sat down a few weeks ago and wrote a letter. I’ll save all the personal details that I wrote, but I will tell you that I wasn’t expected a response, and I wasn’t looking for an apology or a “you’re forgiven” in return. Instead I simply wanted to say “I’m sorry.” 

Since mailing the letter, I’ve felt an enormous weight lifted off my shoulders. I’d never known how much guilt I’d been carrying around. Now, again, don’t get me wrong! I didn’t write the letter to make myself feel better, but it does feel slightly uplifting to feel the burden I’d been carrying disappear. 

Going forward in my 30’s, I want to do a better job of letting go of the past and only looking forward. I don’t want to harbor feelings of anger or regret, and I want to be a walking representation of Jesus’s kindness and love. Basically, it’s a new me! 

Obviously, this will not come easy, and it’s something that won’t happen overnight, but it’s a goal I’ll continue to strive for! 

~Mahatma Ghandi

Thirty by 30: No. 4

It’s March, and although I’ve not blogged about my Thirty by 30 list in awhile, I’ve not forgotten about it! 

I’ve got 7 months to get everything crossed off, and I’m well on my way to completing it. This week I’ll spend some time catching you up on what I have done, and what I’ve got in the works! 

For my son’s 1st birthday, I made a point to have some family pictures taken. I wanted some that were more than just a fake background; a portrait that I could have blown up and hang on my wall. 
Rachel Cooke Photography took our photos back when the Little Man was born, and I thought they turned out fantastic, and I was excited to see what she would be able to do. Originally we’d set up our session on a Friday, but it’s Texas. The weather didn’t cooperate, and we rescheduled for the upcoming Sunday. And I was so glad we did! The weather was perfect. 

You can see more of our session on her blog – Rachel Cooke Photography!

Another off the list! 

Creating a Freezer Group

I’ve had several people ask me, “What is a freezer group?

In a few words, it’s a lifesaver!

(Update: My Freezer group loves it so much, we actually posted about it on the SAME DAY! Check out Kali’s freezer post at Dallas Moms Blog.)

A freezer meal group is a group of people who meet to exchange ready-to-bake frozen meals. Inspired by the Funky Freezer Girls, my small group of 8 meets every other month. Over dessert and wine, we quickly exchange our meals and spend the rest of the time socializing! Sounds easy, huh? 

For 1 day of work, I walk away with 8 new meals, new recipes, and a huge sense of relief that I’ll always have an “in case of emergency” meal for those nights I just don’t want to cook!

How do I start a group?
It’s easy! Grab a group of girlfriends, and pick a date! 
Try to stick with a group less than 10. Just remember, you have to make a meal for each family. The more meals you have to make, the longer you’ll be spending in the kitchen. But you also want a good number so you have more meals to choose from!

How does this type of group work?
I will make 1 meal for each person in our group; including 1 meal for my family and 1 “Blessing” meal (explained later). Each meal that I make is exactly the same, so I typically make it in one big batch. When we meet up, we all swap meals and walk away with the same number of meals that we brought. 

Isn’t it expensive?
 Anytime you have a large grocery purchase, it does get expensive for that particular trip to the store, but don’t let sticker shock steer you away. After each of my shopping trips, I’ve totaled everything up and divide it by the number of meals I’ve made. So far, my meals have all been less than $10 per entree. You can save even more by buying in bulk (Costco, Sam’s Club, etc.), using coupons, and using off-brand when you can. 

Also, avoid recipes that have more expensive ingredients. When browsing the internet for frozen meals, recipes are often meant for just 2 meals. You’ll quickly learn that 2 cup of pecans might not be terribly expensive, but 20 cups is a whole different story! 

Is it time consuming?
It can be depending on the recipe you choose. Just like cooking a typical meal at home, some steps take longer than others.  If you know you’re not going to have a lot of time one month, make sure to choose a recipe that doesn’t involve shredding chicken or dicing a lot of ingredients. Instead, choose a meal that uses ground beef, frozen veggies, and/or canned soups.
You can also learn how to prepare foods in bulk to help you cut down on your cooking time. For example, I might normally boil chicken when I’m cooking 2-4 chicken breasts, but with 20 chicken breast, the oven is a much better choice! (Thanks to sites like The Cutting Back Kitchen!)
Where do you get your recipes? 
Or try sites like these:
What is a “Blessing” meal, and is it really worth making?
A “Blessing” meal is a meal that you’d like to give to someone else to help them in a time of need. Maybe there’s a new mom who’s needing a meal for her family. Perhaps there’s a sick couple at your church. Or even a neighbor you’d like to get to know, and need an ice breaker. Use this meal to bless someone in your life! Can’t think of anyone that month to give it to, then bless your own family with a awesome homecooked meal!

Ready to start your own Freezer group now?
Grab some girlfriends and go!

Are you a part of a Freezer group?
What tricks have you learned along the way?