Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Cooking for two

...has been a fun adjustment!

A gallon of milk lasts us more than 1 meal [grin].
A quart of yogurt lasts a whole week.
Bake a batch of banana bread and instead of it all getting devoured for supper, half of it has to go in the freezer so it doesn't spoil before we can eat it!
One pizza provides us with supper and a lunch for Dan.
The trash only needs taken out once a week -- imagine that!
And laundry -- two batches a week keeps us all caught up.

I'm halving recipes like crazy, learning lots, and having fun while doing it!

The last few weeks I've been working at organizing my kitchen and now I'm working at organizing my meal plans. My goal is to write out the menu every week and since I finally succeeded this week, I thought I'd share with you what we'll be eating!

baked oatmeal (2x)
malt o'meal
eggs and banana bread

w/ fruit and milk or yogurt

Lunch: (Typically its leftovers from last week - works great for packing lunches!)
BBQ chicken sandwiches
beef enchiladas
homemade pizza
taco stew

chicken tetrazinni, cooked carrots, bread
Mexican lasagna and salad
chicken, mashed potatoes, beets
stir-fry veggies and chicken with rice
roast beef, baked sweet potatoes, beans, rolls

Snacks: muffins, yogurt, Hershey kisses, pears, carrot sticks


Mom Beasley said...

Oh, I just love it! Dan has gotta love it! It is so nice to see two plate on that cute little table :-) Thanks for taking such good care of my boy!

Mom Beasley said...

A surprise is coming in the mail. You should get it tomorrow...and I am happy to see some of it will match your kitchen perfectly!

Charity Nee said...

looks awesome!! :) CUTE table!! :) yes i can identify...

Anonymous said...

What a cute kitchen you have! Does the pink "Kiss the Cook" apron Allison gave you work? Just had to ask!!!! (Smile)

Pam Marshall

Unknown said...

Oh my goodness!! I ADORE your kitchen!!!!

Anna Joy said...

How fun! And what a darling kitchen.

I loved your wedding dress, btw! Where did you get it, or did somebody make it?

Kenna said...

Love your kitchen! It looks so cozy. :)
You're making me hungry!!!!! :)

Phillip Nelson said...

Laura had to make the same kind of adjustment when we were first married. Those days have long passed :-)

Lulu said...

Wow! I bet it is quite easier than cooking for thirteen! I enjoyed reading your schedule! Your kitchen is sooo cute!

Kimberly Ruth said...

Nice!!! It sounds like your having a good time adjusting to married life.:)
Thanks for the update,Bethany.

Anonymous said...

Oh I so understand. : ) I recently got married on the 5 of Dec. Cooking for 2 has been so different than the 10 I was used to. : ) But married life has been so great! <3 God is so good. I pray that you and Dan have a very happy life together! God bless! <3

My name is Unknown said...

Yes, it must be alot easier cooking for two than for fifteen! Glad your enjoying your married life! (and what a darling kitchen--if a kitchen could be called that)


Abigail said...

Cooking for two is something that I think about every now and then. I cook for 11 when I do cook, and cooking for two will be interesting if I get married!

Thanks for sharing this fun post. And I have to agree with everyone - your kitchen is very cute!

Kaity Gellos said...

I married my sweetheart over a year ago and I remember those adjustments going from cooking for a family of 15 to the small meals for the two of us. Shopping is incredibly different too, isn't it? :-)

Your kitchen looks cute and cozy. Thanks for sharing!


Tori said...

You're making me hungry! :) Love your kitchen - so cute!

Katarina said...

lol I love this post. As the oldest in our family I get a LOT of teasing about how I won't be able to cook for just myself and my husband, as I've been cooking in large amounts my entire time in the kitchen. (I've tried it more then once while babysitting or house sitting and have yet to master it).

My siblings and friends talk about the deep chest freezer they are going to have to get me when I get married for the left overs, so I won't have to invite people over every day.

Jenna said...

My mom teases me all the time about how different it will be to cook for 2 instead of 10:) I'll be like you - cutting everything in half instead of tripling and quadrupling lol!!!

Blessings to you - oh yes, I love your kitchen:)


Elizabeth said...

Hello Bethany!
What a lovely kitchen and menu plan! It must be such a change after cooking for a family of fifteen! :)

Blessings, Bethany!

Anonymous said...

Your kitchen IS adorable!

Love the colors!

Jessica said...

Love the cute picture. What a gorgeous kitchen you have.

The meals sound so yummy.... :)

Anonymous said...

What a cute kitchen!!! :)

Rachel Shingler said...

I could not imagine the switch from all those people to 2! I live in a family of twelve and things are just like you said, devoured!

I love your kitchen by the way!


Linda said...

What a cute, cozy kitchen you have. You are so organized to have weekly menues planned. I've thought about trying that but I haven't accomplished it yet. Happy cooking. Good thing Dan enjoys leftovers.

Hannah said...

Thanks for sharing Bethany!

Annie said...

Oh, how sweet, Bethany! What a big change you're making from 15 to 2!! However, in twenty years, your household numbers may travel up to 15! ;) [wink, wink]
Your menu looks delicious, and your kitchen is so cute! [Not exactly the word to describe a kitchen, but it seems to fit yours.] :) I'm sure Dan loves your cooking!
Love in Christ,

Unknown said...

I got married last summer and had a big adjustment in cooking too! I usually remember to divide recipes, but there was one week when we ate Chicken Spaghetti four times because I forgot I wasn't cooking for my entire family. :) Have fun menu planning - I've found it to be very helpful as well.

Sydney said...

Haha...I come from a big family...or medium, compared to yours. ;) Once I was forced to cook for two (my dad and I were the only ones around) and I made WAY too much. Less than normal, but still sooo much food that we had to toss some of it. :P I wonder how it will be if/when I get married...my poor husband. ;)

Anonymous said...

Would you mind sharing your beef enchilada recipe? I've been trying to find a good recipe that doesn't take too long!

- Andrea from WA State

Aaron and Naomi said...

I got married on Jan. 8 and even though my family isn't as big as yours...going from 8 to 2 was still an adjustment! I'm getting better, but we still eat lots of leftovers!