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  •  I'm no Sandra Lee but I see (11+ / 0-)

    no harm in using shortcuts such as organic box mixes :-) After all, I'm about to be a mom, and time is too short :-)

    •  You'll do just fine as a mom. :) (8+ / 0-)

      We've got little polecats under the age of 8 and I do most of the cooking as Mrs. Polecat tries to stay sane while chasing them around.

      I do mostly organic and have found some great scratch recipes for things, but sometimes (rarely) a box mix will work it's way in.  The problem is cost -- you pay for convenience and even more for organics in boxes.

      Of course time is the other consideration.

      Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
      I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
      —Spike Milligan

      by polecat on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 08:36:36 AM PST

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      •  Yes, time is the other consideration :-) (3+ / 0-)

        I've found myself not making the meals I used to make that would take hours to do. I just get tired and want to lie down to take a nap. So a lot of the meals I've been making usually are the quick kind where dinner gets done in 30 or 40 minutes.

        •  you'll be cooking for two for quite a while... (3+ / 0-)
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          one tip is to try to make up stuff in advance that you can reheat.  But that can get boring if you aren't careful.

          Gets much worse when a lot of time is spent hauling around little people.

          For example: I'm pretty much sick of stir-fry at this point.

          Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
          I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
          —Spike Milligan

          by polecat on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 08:40:30 AM PST

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          •  Yeah, before the baby comes, I'm planning to (3+ / 0-)
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            do make-ahead meals by freezing them. Like the chicken pasties that I like to make, the lasagna spinach rollups, and lots of soup. So that way we can just reheat them in the oven or microwave while I'm breastfeeding.


            I use the Wholly Wholesome Organic Pie Dough and rotisserie chicken leftovers as a shortcut in this recipe.

            •  Hey Slink. Some foods don't freeze/reheat well. (4+ / 0-)

              I found this out a few years ago when my Grandparents started needing help. Every couple of months, some of the family would pick a weekend and cook, then portion and freeze those portions so all my grandparents had to do was defrost and reheat a fresh meal.

              Before you create a full batch of any of your favorites (depending on expense too), you might want to try a smaller portion, freeze it and then defrost/reheat and see how it does.

              One thing we found that never seemed to do well freezing and reheating was rice in a soup.

              Great to hear you're planning to breastfeed. My ex did with our children and it was the best thing for them. If you haven't already, I would suggest getting some input from local breastfeeding support groups on pumps/machines too.

              We always thought out choice was the best one for our children, but it was amazing to us how many people were actually very uncomfortable with breastfeeding.

              Good Luck!

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              by Vayle on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 09:25:55 AM PST

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            •  slinkerwink coincidently we went to a great (1+ / 0-)
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              informative Meetup here in Santa Fe last night that had some great alternative dishes for sampling:

              November 15, 2012 6:00 PM. 16 attended.
              Food Demo AND a Movie

                  Rae and JC will demo preparing easy healthy snack foods and beverages with ingredients provided by Whole Foods Market. Following the demo, we will all enjoy them during the movie.

                  Get "vegucated"at this FREE screening of the award-winning documentary, Vegucated. Follow the serious and sometimes comedic journey of 3 volunteers, found on Craigslist, who try going veg for 6 weeks. Note: After the film, we will update you on the current status of the 3 volunteers!

                  Can't make the demo, but want to see the film. Stop in by 7PM.

                  Please bring a family member or friend to this film. It's that good!

              They made some great tasting vegan dishes pretty quickly, and that film which included a mother and her two kids was inspiring.....
              Part sociological experiment and part adventure comedy, Vegucated follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six ...
              Synopsis - Latest News - Rent/Buy Digitally - Take the Vegucated Challenge
              Rae and J.C. are the founders of Plant Peace Daily....


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              by divineorder on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 09:53:16 AM PST

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            •  .... (2+ / 0-)
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              Looking back, since my kids are in their 30s now, I cherish the time I spent with them far more that the time cooking.  

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        by rebel ga on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 10:10:55 AM PST

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    •  From AllRecipes, my favorite scratch choc. cake (4+ / 0-)


      And no boxes. :)

      Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
      I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
      —Spike Milligan

      by polecat on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 08:45:12 AM PST

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    •  There is nothing wrong with using box cake mixes (1+ / 0-)
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      Just make sure it's Duncan Hines. Not all box cake mixes are made the same. Duncan Hines is by far the best tasting for some reason.
        Also to insure the cake comes out light and fluffy, sift the boxed ingredients at least three times before you do anything. Those ingredients have been sitting in a box for some time and everything has settled. Did you ever wonder why some cakes are heavy and just lay in your stomach like a rock? It's because people have made a boxed cake without sifting it.
         Now here is a trick. If you've ever wanted to make one of those grand layer cakes with whipped cream and fresh fruit, and you say I don't have all the equipment?
         Well if you have two round cake pans please grease and flour the pans before you pour the cake in it.
         Let the cake cool in the pan, then release it. You will notice immediately how higher your cake is because you've sifted it.
         Then put the cakes in the freezer over night.
         When you are ready to make the cake take it out of the freezer. Let it thaw a bit but not completely, just enough so you can first cut off some of the top if it's too domed. Then run your knife around the middle of the cake. Always work from the outside in. Don't try to cut in in half all at once. Then fill the cake.
        And of course you can do the same technique with a glass rectangle baking dish. I've done it. A square cake looks fancy especially around the holidays. Just after you split the cake in half initially so you have two square cakes, lay them on top of each other and trim so they are equal in size.

         I've never liked Hostess. My mom always made her own cream filled cakes and such. And it was made from homemade real butter cream.


      "Is that your vegetarian leather jacket?" George Harrison

      by nellgwen on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 09:53:29 AM PST

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    •  My (4+ / 0-)

      opinion:  any time I mix two things together, I call it homemade.  

      •  I always feel elitist when I ask, (1+ / 0-)
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        "is it REAL homemade, or home-assembled?"

        But it matters to me.

        My food allergies are to chemicals found in processed foods, and I react very badly to fructose.

        So I'm not being elitist, really.  If you made that cake at home with flour, butter, sugar, cocoa powder, etc. then I can probably have a small piece.  If you used a box mix and commercial icing, I can't.  And I don't like to have migraines rather than be polite.

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        by Alexandra Lynch on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 12:27:41 PM PST

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