Peace and Fullness: Fresh and Frozen

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This summer has included a few hours well spent to provide peace in the fall. I planned out 30 whole days of meals and took inventory of my freezers. We cleaned out the fridge. Reorganized the pantry to make the most sense. Why spend precious summer days in this way?

* We’ve all been there. Some of us ALOT. “Oh no, it is 5 o’clock already? We need to eat dinner again?” Too many nights of frustration, as if dinner is a surprise attack. Comes each day. I don’t want to waste any more brainpower in the “Oh No” mode. Peace in the planning.

* It is easy to grab the calendar, mark out the days that are extremely full. For example, Mondays we will be gone all day. Officially now crock pot days. Having company on the 18th? Great, time to plan without running to the store (which usually means spending more than you plan, right?)

* Too much food wasted. It sickens me to think how much poverty there is, and I am throwing food away.

* Too much food wasted. Again. “Yikes, I didn’t know this was back there!” The gross factor.

* Too much food wasted. Yep. These are some difficult financial times for many of us. Planning means using what we have, buying what we need. My list was substantially tighter by looking at the freezer list first, thinking long-term as in what can be used for this or that again? Here is a great site that really inspired me http://lifeasmom.com/2009/11/meal-planning-planning-more-than-one.html

* Peace of mind. There is something comforting to me about having food set aside. Perhaps it is the sheer privilege of ability. Factor in the rewarding feeling of money well-managed. The gratitude component, being extremely thankful that right now, today, we are abundantly provided for and ready to share with others. Let this not be lost on us.

* Hospitality is set to go! Having a plan means you are ready for spontaneity without stress. Ironic, yes?

It seemed overwhelming at first, but these few hours time investment have just taken away one piece of the Fall Frenzy, and paved the way one step closer to intentional peaceful living. More details to come on Friday.

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About christasterken

Committed to a life of purpose. Learning to live abundantly. Embracing creativity. Questioning. Delighting in the comforts of home and family. Determining not to settle only for how things are, but how they could be. Writing is part of who I am, so I trust In God who gave the gift to show me how I can serve Him through it. That is my life…one word at a time. Psalm 89:11a“Teach me your way , O Lord, and I will walk in your truth”

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  1. Christa, Can you share on your blog some of your recipes and menus? How do make your plans? I think lots of people would be interested in this. I always am! I am most impressed with this entry and your planning! :) Peace, indeed!

  2. Hi Christa,

    So nice to read your blog and find out how you and your family are doing :)
    I’ve been wanting to meal plan for the last 4 years (ever since we moved up to Oregon) and just haven’t had the discipline to do it. I used to do it in California while homeschooling. It helped me/us so much!

    Please do post some of your recipes and menus as requested by Crystal. Thanks so much for the inspiration and motivation to get this done now before the fall comes and the kids go back to school.

    I love reading your writing!

    Love you & miss you!
    Aleida

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