Category Archives: Homemaker

How I Made (& Use) My Preschooler’s Routine Chore Chart


This year my goal is to get my house in order! You know what I mean, everyone running on a comfortable routine that keeps things moving, but with room to grow.

Paper Pushing.

One of the things I made last summer was this chart, for lack of a better term, for my oldest daughter {3.5-years-old}. She is always asking, “What are we doing next?” “What are we doing today?” “Can I do _____ now?” She is also a huge help with some things if I have the time to train her how as well as reminder her to do them. I’m praying that, with a little consistency on my part, these tools can help our entire household stay in order this year.

Check out the step-by-step process to making and using this routine chore chart as well as FREE PRINTABLES so you can make one for your home simply and easily. I’m sharing all of this over at the homemaker’s challenge. While you’re over there, you should check out all the other GREAT new years posts! {Homemaker’s Challenge F-R-E-E Recipe eBook coming soon!}

How is your new year going? Start the conversation below!


Clean Home in 2012


We’ve had a massive amount of sickness floating through the Rothacher family the past few weeks.
Yep, stomach bug 2011 began Christmas Eve and is still showing it’s presence in after effects.

I know all to well the importance of not only having a clean and sanitary home but also a tidy one so you can find all the necessities to break out the swat team when a family of 5 goes all “Carriers” on you {gross movie…weird- don’t really advise}.

How do you optain a sanitary and well kept home you ask? I have a few ideas but a tool that helped me try and decide what was the most important was “31 days to clean”. You can click around at the bottom of this post to see my journey through this book back in May. I plan to do some of this again in January but I’ll also be focusing another series {I’ll tell you about soon}.
What a better way to begin a new year than with a clean home. If you want to start this in January I do recommend purchasing it before Dec ends so you can flip through it quickly to make sure you have all necessary supplies ;o) You can use the button above to find and purchase the book or use the one on the side bar.

Did I mention it’s SUPER CHEAP!!!! I’m a huge fan!

If you’ve gone through this book, what are some of you favorite days? If you haven’t, what are some of your questions?

*Discloser: I do receive a portion of the sales on pdf versions of “31 days to clean” if you purchase it by using the button on my side bar. I do want you to know that I wouldn’t recommend something I wouldn’t/haven’t used and I would LOVE you to refer people buy this book ‘through’ my blog or purchase it as a gift for someone.

Entire Cleaning Series
Starting a New Challenge     Day 2   Day 3    Day 4   Day 5   Day 6   Day 7   Day 8   Day 9   Day 10  
Day 11 & 12
  Day 13   Day 14   Day 15 & 16 Day 17 & 18   Days 19-21   Days 22-26   Days 27-31

Advent {Day 24}: Hot Cocoa Recipe


Today I want to focus on mail carriers. They have one of the hardest jobs this holiday season:
Amist the lousy cold weather that produces horrible driving conditions and makes you want to do nothing but snuggle on the couch with a good movie, They make sure we all get our:

  1. Christmas cards to friends and family on time
  2. packages with the must-have Christmas toy to your house before the big day
  3. not to mention all those silly story fliers so we can find the best deals.

Today I’m sharing my last gift idea that fit perfectly into those adorably miniscule formula containers at minimal cost! Something WARM to help those carriers make it through their days a little cozier.

Wanna know How-To Decorating Cans? Click over HERE for step by step instructions.

Filling Cans

Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix:

  1. Make homemade hot cocoa mix
    Today I am sharing my mother-in-love’s AWESOME homemade Cocoa Recipe over at the
    homemaker’s challenge dot com!
    Go grab it!
  2. Add cocoa mix
  3. Use the formula scoop as a cute touch for serving up the dry cocoa mix
  4. Place bow on top of the lid or printable tag (click  Cocoa Printables for free printable)

These people who serve us weekly can feel your appreciation through these simple gifts! Wouldn’t you? Homemade adds that special touch as well.

I would like to challenge you to think of those who make your life  you’re thankful for this season and recognize them with a simple gift to warm their spirits!

Advent {Day 16}: Donner DooDoo (No Bake Cookies) Recipe


Here is a simple and inexpensive gift. This would be great for a large group of people where you would like to give gifts to everyone.

Donner DooDoo {non bake cookies}

2 cups of Sugar
1/2 cup Coco
1/2 cup Milk
1/2 cup Butter
1/2 cup Peanut Butter {I choose not to add this bc I want anyone to be able to eat them even if they have allergies}
1 tsp. Vanilla
3 cups Oatmeal
pinch of Salt

Mix sugar, coco, mil, and butter in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil, stirring often! Remove from heat and add peanut butter (optional), vanilla, and oatmeal. Stir well until all is blended and oatmeal is completely coated.

After you have your ‘batter’ ready, grab a mellon baller and about 2 feet of wax paper. Then measure out your cookies using the baller so they will be tiny balls/blobs using the larger end of the tool. If you have trouble getting the gooie cookies out, use a toothpick to poke them out through the itsy bitsy whole on the back side of the tool.

If they are too mooshy for your taste, pull your wax paper onto a cookie sheet and put them in the fridge until they are a little more set up.

Woops…have some left. Not enough room on your strategically too small wax paper??? Suggestion:

Yep! Eat it!!! ;o)

My suggestion for distributing these lil doo doos are baby food jars! Divy them up about 6 per jar. To decorate grab this FREE printable {Donner DooDoo Tag} to mod podge to the top of the jar and add a little curling ribbon. Yay!!! Easy enough, right?

Good luck and have FUN! Let me know if I need to add some explanation…ran through that kinda fast.

What has been your favorite diy gift idea this season?

To read more Rothacher’s Advent Days click—>
Advent {Day 1}: Cookie Swap

Advent {Day 2}: Dizzie Izzie’s
Advent {Day 3}: Giving Christmas Away
Advent {Day 4}: Homemade Gifts
Advent {Day 5}: HIPPY Christmas Party
Advent {Day 6}: The Fridge 
Advent {Day 7}: Sprinkle Joy @ Home
Advent {Day 8}: UpCycle Gift Wrap
Advent {Day 9}: Sugar Cookies (Gift Ideas Series)
Advent {Day 10}: Snack Mix (Gift Idea Series)
Advent {Day 11}: Relentless Christmas Party
Advent {Day 12}: eBook for ANY Woman! (Gift Idea Series)
Advent {Day 13}: A Rock’n Angel Tree Gift
Advent {Day 14}: Packing with Littles
Advent {Day 15}: Cubbie’s Christmas Party

Advent {Day 12}: eBook for ANY Woman


I’ve been raving about this book called “31 Days to Clean” for months now! Some know what I’m talking about and some are about to!

Let me tell you a little bit about the e-book:

“Life-giving is about receiving from God in order to give to others.” Barbara Mouser, Five Aspects of Woman
31 Days to Clean is about loving others well.
It’s about the “why” and the vision and the heart for taking care of our domains (Mary) with some spring cleaning thrown in (Martha).
The heart of our homes is not in the ability to keep it perfect at all costs; the heart of a home is love. We live in a thing, a non-eternal structure that needs to be maintained. The thing is worthless without the life we bring to it and through it. This book is about bringing life to the mundane in order to love well.

-Sarah Mae {click here to learn more about the book, author, see the table of content, and read a sample “day”

The book walks you through 31 days of encouragement and challenges both for the heart and taskful cleaning. She now has an easier more routine version for helping set a cleaning routine for yourself. This is so practical!

This is an affordable and thoughtful gift idea for almost any women in your life. It  speaks to the heart of the woman! PLUS, did I mention it’s only $4.99!!! Perfect!

To see more about how I’ve done this book, check out “The Ones about Cleaning” on the side bar!

Buy it by clicking on the button on my side bar!!! Let me know what you think of the book!

To read more Rothacher’s Advent Days click—>
Advent {Day 1}: Cookie Swap

Advent {Day 2}: Dizzie Izzie’s
Advent {Day 3}: Giving Christmas Away
Advent {Day 4}: Homemade Gifts
Advent {Day 5}: HIPPY Christmas Party
Advent {Day 6}: The Fridge 
Advent {Day 7}: Sprinkle Joy @ Home
Advent {Day 8}: UpCycle Gift Wrap
Advent {Day 9}: Sugar Cookies (Gift Ideas Series)
Advent {Day 10}: Snack Mix (Gift Idea Series)
Advent {Day 11}: Relentless Christmas Party

Advent {Day 10}: Snack Mix (Gift Idea Series)


Today I’d like to focus on waste management employees {I don’t know the PC term for trashman…sorry!}.

These people serve me in unimaginable ways! I can’t thank them enough for taking care of all the TRASH I don’t want to deal with. Really!
A few years ago when I was asking some friends how to make sure they knew I’d left a gift so it didn’t accidentally get thrown away they said, “You know our trashmen are prisoners, right?” {NOT all are} and I my reply was, and still is, “YEP! Even more of a reason I want to show them extra love especially around Christ birthday!!!” Let give them something to crunch and munch on while they travel around town.

Wanna know How-To Decorating Cans? Click over HERE for step by step instructions.!

Filling Cans

Snack Mix:

  1. Make snack mix (my favorites are chex mix or muddy buddies) {recipe link(s)}
  2. Place desired colored tissue paper inside
  3. Add snack mix
  4. Place bow on top of the lid or printable tag (click  Girly Lid Tag for free printable)
  5. To be sure they recognize their gift, tie some balloons on the can and place it on top of your trashcan the day of your neighborhood trash pick up. {You don’t want it to accidentally get trashed ;o) } —> not necessarily birthday ones though…

Happy Birthday TrashcanNot too many people remember those who serve them silently {well…as silent as you can be in that noisy truck} so take the time to show your gratitude with a simple gift that will show the love of Christ and make someone feel appreciated.

Do you have any other tints for making sure these early rising, quick workers recognize their gift?

To read more Rothacher’s Advent Days click—>
Advent {Day 1}: Cookie Swap

Advent {Day 2}: Dizzie Izzie’s
Advent {Day 3}: Giving Christmas Away
Advent {Day 4}: Homemade Gifts
Advent {Day 5}: HIPPY Christmas Party
Advent {Day 6}: The Fridge 
Advent {Day 7}: Sprinkle Joy @ Home
Advent {Day 8}: UpCycle Gift Wrap
Advent {Day 9}: Sugar Cookies (Gift Ideas Series)

Advent {Day 6}: The Fridge


I know this is not your typical Advent day but it’s something that needs to be done in “a time of expectant waiting” of  and “preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ at Christmas.

Cleaning out and Organizing your refrigerator in precautionary measure that needs to happen in anticipation of the celebratory gifts that need to be stored and/or it’s leftovers. As you are cleaning don’t forget to Thanks God for all that He has provided!

If your fridge is a disaster right now that’s fine! The majority of homes in America are. Here is how I suggest starting the cleaning process:

  1. Take EVERYTHING out placing then on an empty counter
  2. Organize as you pull things out: meats, veggies, fruits, cheeses, entries, trash/expired, condiments, drinks, etc.
  3. Wipe them all down as you pull them out so they won’t have that fridge gunk on the bottom when you go to put them back in your clean fridge

Now that you have a nothing but the sticky piles, puddles and dried on yukies Start with your drawers:

  1. Pull all your drawers out
  2. Wash them inside and out with hot water and multi-purpose cleaner over at your sink 
    {or in a bathtub for less splatter clean up or if you have limited counter space}
  3. Let the drawers air dry on a giant bath towel {or over the edge of you tub} while you work on the shelves, trays, and walls
    {you can always hand dry the rest of the way before re-inserting}

Now that those are drying work on the nasty inside:

  1. grab a bow of HOT water, multi-purpose cleaner, dishcloth/spung, and maybe even an old used toothbrush {for the OCD}
  2. spray everything: each shelf, trays in the door, and wall {extra coat for the piles, puddles, and yukies}
  3. start scrubbing from back to front and from the top down {this will help you end up with one giant pile of … yeah at the end.
  4. Make sure to rinse your dishcloth or spung often keeping the dishcloth warm/hot so it will steam off that cold blah that been growing for a while

WA-LA! Just like new…well, hopefully ;o)

Now here’s the fun part…putting things back in an organized manner. WHY?

  1. To help yourself keep it organized {especially with the rapid amount of things that will be coming in this season}
  2. You, your kids and your spouse will know the general area to find things
  3. You’ll know when things need to be thrown out!

Hopefully you’ve got items sorted and wiped down already, if not, do it now. Now that you think you are about to place everything back in, there’s one more thing that needs to become a habit when putting ANYTHING into your fridge:

  1. Have a “Throw It Out” rule about how long things can stay in your fridge {mine is ~1  month depending on the item, and the printed expiration date for those that have it}
  2. Label containers with what it contains and the date it was made/stored on the side of the container {easily visible}
    {I like to keep a roll of masking tape and a fun colored pin in the drawer next to the fridge for colorful, handy labeling}
  3. OR Label using the the “TRASH IT” date–> look at the calendar and label the date it needs to be thrown away
    {we usually eat our’s before then}
    {*side note: I like to label veggies on top of their lid so can quickly see them when looking down into the drawer}

After everything is sorted, clean and labeled your going to have to decide where the most convenient place is for your most used items OR the best fit:

  1. Some fridge, like mine, already have labeled drawers: “meat”, “fruit/vegetable”, and “cheese”. Use them for that.
  2. This might not work for everybody because you may have way more cheese and meat than the labeled drawers allow. If that’s the case and it bothers you to have the wrong labels…relabel if you want.
    {see how having them labeled lets you quickly see what you have and by putting even the veggies in containers into the drawer, you’ve saved yourself the shelf space}
  3. Place condiments that fit into the door {tallest to shortest}{side note *I like to keep my stick butter in the door so it’s closer to room temp when I decide to back since that’s the only thing I use if for}
  4. Store other items in the logical space they will fit in. Most fridges have adjustable shelves and trays so move them around and see what works for you.
  5. Large items like milk, juice, or 2 leader bottles fit the best on the top shelf or bottom door tray for us.
  6. Smaller items like eggs can fit under drawers or on shorter shelves.
  7. Make sure to put milk product IN the fridge on a shelf, not in the door for safer temperatures!

How to get rid of left overs:

  1. Leftover lunches! {we do this most days: makes for fast prep!}
  2. Let you Kids choose their meal {let them be creative by making odd combinations–>rice, hotdog, and yogurt}
  3. Use them to help you decide what’s for dinner {add a side or entre is easier than making an entire meal}
  4. Snacks
  5. Host more guests for meal times!

I hope these tricks we try to use help you keep that refrigerator rotating in and out yummy food this season!
Have any suggestions to add? Please share in the comment section!

To read more Rothacher’s Advent Days click—>
Advent {Day 1}: Cookie Swap

Advent {Day 2}: Dizzie Izzie’s
Advent {Day 3}: Giving Christmas Away
Advent {Day 4}: Homemade Gifts
Advent {Day 5}: HIPPY Christmas Party

Advent {Day 2}: Dizzie Izzies


As part of Advent we are doing MORE baking:

Hi! My name is Isabella Ruth. Some people Call me Izzie Ru, Izziebella, Iz but most call me Izzie. I will be 2 in January!

I have 2 siblings, a sister 18 months older than me and a brother 2 days shy of being 1 year younger. I love my family! Today was a fun day. Maggie, my big sister, went to our Nanna’s house for her “Nanna Day”. YAY! That means me and Mommie get to hang out. Shortly after Mags left, J went down for a nap and we started our fun.

Today we decided to make cookies for tonight’s cookie swap! We searched through lots of recipes and landed on these:
{we had all the ingredients at home and didn’t have to go out to the grocery store}

1st picture is where the recipe we used and the 2nd is the look we were going for.
If you know anything about my mom you know…it didn’t turn out exactly like we planned ;o)

Holiday Icebox Cookies: {Renamed “Dizzie Izzie’s” by my Mommie}


  • 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, plus an extra egg white for “glue”
  • 3 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 5 cups flour, plus more for work surface
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • Food coloring, in various colors


Using the electric mixer, mix the butter and the sugar until creamy. Add the eggs
{we made the mistake of adding the extra egg white–> DO NOT do that! Save it for later.} and the salt, and mix well.
Beat in milk and vanilla.
Add flour a little at a time, mixing it in until all of it has been incorporated.
Let it mix well. Don’t be in a rush. Don’t forget to scrap the sides of your bowl to incorporate everything.
Grab a drink. Just watch it until it’s well blended.

If you’re like me, it will get a little messy. Have a towel nearby for cleaning up counter and you will want to wear an apron as well.
{Since we messed up by adding the egg white we tried to make the recipe less sticky by adding an extra cup of flour. If helped but didn’t totally fix it. The reviews at the bottom of the recipe says it turned out sticky for some people who hadn’t make our mistake so maybe our attempt at fixing it will help you if your dough is a bit sticky}
*We ended up chilled the dough for a long time! {over night to be exact} while we made our back-up cookies for the cookie swap. Find those here.
While {IF} you are waiting for you dough to thicken up by chilling it you can always take care of those babes or other chores you have.
Catch up on your emailing or blog reading!
Go get a pedicure!
When your dough is ready…
Divide the dough into balls, one for each color. We only colored 1/2 with red. But you can do lots of colors or even for chocolate dough, add cocoa (1/4 cup is enough to flavor half a batch). Mix well with electric mixer. For colored dough, start with 1/4 teaspoon food coloring, and mix well. Add more in tiny amounts for darker colors. Gel-paste coloring can be intense, so add it gradually.
Wrap each ball of dough in its own sheet of plastic wrap; pat flat into a rectangle. Refrigerate at least one hour or until ready to use.
Parchment or waxed paper makes a good work surface. Sprinkle generously with flour, then roll out each piece of dough 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick to make the swirls; you can use thicker layers for the bull’s-eyes.
Have no idea what this thing was but they suggest using “The bench scraper”. They say it “is a good tool for trimming dough’s edges to make them even.”
We just rolled our 2 colors out when painted on {yet another} egg white as glue. The egg white, brushed on with a pastry brush, will act as a glue, making the layers stick together.
{Sorry, we didn’t picture the next few steps. It got a lil crazy. We needed both hands}
The recipe says, “For center, with your hands, roll chocolate dough into a 1/2- to 1 1/2- inch-thick rod; chill 20 minutes. Place rod on edge of rolled-out dough that’s been brushed with egg white.
Roll rod inside sheet of dough. Cut the dough where it meets up. Seal by pinching and pressing gently. Chill 20 minutes, then repeat to add other layers. To decorate, go to step 7, or jump to step 8 for plain.
For spirals, measure and trim two or more colors of dough to same size. Brush on egg white, then stack layers. Brush top with egg white. Starting at one end, roll up the dough.
Smooth and straighten the layers as you roll them so there are no gaps, then gently pinch and press the edge of the roll to seal it. Now the dough is ready to decorate.”
{We didn’t have a “1/2-1 1/2 inch-thick rod and failed to read about how you should chill {again} before laying}
After they were rolled out, we picked up the entire red layer and plopped it on top of the entire white layer, attempting to make them as even as we could.
We then trimmed any edges that didn’t have a layer of each color.
Now that we had a double-Decker block, we scooped one end up off the counter using a Rachel Ray scrape shovel tool. We used some flour between the scrape shovel and the dough as we scooped it off the counter as we rolled.
We we had one weird looking roll we chopped it into 3 sections {the middle looking the best as opposed to the sprawling end pieces}
Each roll as wrapped in some parchment paper and frozen for a few hours. While you wait you can of course go read a good book or some relaxing activity you enjoy.
When the dough was set we were so ready to bake and eat them we almost forgot to add some toppings.
The original recipe says, “Add your favorite toppings (try coconut, colored sanding sugar, chopped nuts, or chocolate sprinkles): Spread topping in baking sheet, brush dough with egg white, and roll the log in topping.”
but if you haven’t learned anything about our baking skills, we don’t always follow along well.
We started chopping cookies off the logs using the ____ before rolling in sprinkles and we definitely forgot the egg glue.
After quickly dabbing the edges and the tops of the cookies in sprinkles off of a cookie sheet before chunking them on a sprayed pan and baking for about 10min @ 350′.
Here is our cookie turn out:
Not too shabby.
What did you do with those pieces you cut off at the beginning you ask?
Chop them up!!! Yep, chop them and then bake them for ~10min @ 350′ as well. This is the cookie version of chips and dip!
You could hand out little bags of these with a can of frosting to friends or just have a bowl of them out at your party with a bowl of frosting next to it! The more colors you have the more festive!
Other helpful hints to help your cookies turn out better than our from the original recipe are: “Roll each log in parchment or waxed paper; twist the ends of the paper closed. To help the logs keep their round shape, set each in a cardboard paper-towel roll that you have sliced open lengthwise.
To remember what colors you have already used, with crayons, draw the designs onto key tags; tie the tags onto the paper covering the logs. Chill logs until they are solid, about 1 1/2 hours.
Cut 15 inches of dental floss (or double thickness of thread). Let log soften for about 10 minutes. Remove parchment. Wrap floss around log and pull through. Make the slices thin: 1/4 inch or less.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place slices on an ungreased baking sheet (lined with parchment paper). A grown-up should bake the cookies 12 to 15 minutes, until firm but not browned. Let cool on baking sheet for several minutes, then transfer to a wire rack.”
Thanks for reading my, Izzie’s, 1st baking adventure. Share your failures, successes, or redeemable baking adventures!
To read more Rothacher’s Advent Days click—>Advent {Day 1}: Cookie Swap

Advent {Day 1}: Cookie Swap


Advent: a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ at Christmas.Today was December 1st! This year, as family, we will be doing something  special to celebrate everyday leading up to Christmas day in expectancy of celebrating the ultimate day. The day our redeeming Savior enter our world.

Day 1: Celebrate good friends and yummy food:
Our church has an annual cookie swap hosted by the women’s ministry. Those who want to participate are encouraged to make a batch of cookies to bring to the party to exchange. In my hurried attempted to prepare some goodies using the ingredients already in my pantry I ran to Pinterest where I found some adorable yet simple cookies to make.

1st Attempt:
Dizzies Izzie’s {named for the baker, my Izzie Ru}

Since this week’s Nanna day was Maggie’s turn this left me and Izzie to do the fun task of working together to prepare the perfect creation. I found super cute pinwheel cookies to make. She did such a great job assisting me (minus wanting to stick her fingers in the moving mixer). We ran into 2 problems. 1st, I misunderstood the directions and our cookies would not set up correctly. 2nd, the reviews on the bottom of this online recipe were horrible. Maybe the sticky cookies weren’t entirely my fault… Oh well, Iz didn’t mind. She got a taste and lunch before nap. {A post in itself}

Since our 1st attempt was an utter failure it left me less than 6 hours to find a new recipe.

Hello Pinterest. Since you were already open…

This ended up being a success! Although the route I took for display and distribution was a bit more time-consuming than just my cookie tray.

2nd Attempt:
Eat It Up Cookie Dough {Safe-to-eat Cookie Dough}

Recipe by: Willow Bird Baking
Yields: about 1 1/2-2 cups cookie dough

1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup white sugar
1 1/3 cups and 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-2 tablespoons water

In a medium bowl, cream together butter and sugar for 2-3 minutes until light, fluffy, and pale yellow. Mix in flour and vanilla. Add water one tablespoon at a time, mixing after each, until you reach cookie dough consistency.

We had fun and ate entirely too much sugar!

*future post with printables for labels and recipes ;o)


What are you doing in anticipation of Christmas?
Do you know Christ and why it’s a big deal? If not, PLEASE talk to me so I can share with you more about the life change that is Jesus!

6 Reasons to Fill Your Freezer


6 reasons you should make freezer meals:

  1. Its Monday and the “What do you want for dinner?” “I don’t know…What do you want for dinner?” Conversations can be ended.
  2. If you’re going to all the trouble to dirty up that many pots and pans and have the oven on it should be worth it (Twice!)
  3. Friends have babies and need quick meals (before your church has time to “plan” a line-up of women and casserole dishes- although that’s awesome as well).
  4. Kids still need to eat healthy on Mommy’s night out (and you might run out of  frozen pizza’s).
  5. Friends loose loved ones and need quick meals (before your church has time to “plan” a line-up of women and casserole dishes- although that’s awesome as well).
  6. Some times you NEED an emergency date night and {again} your kids need a healthy meal … without the babysitter having to burn down your house.

Click around the The Ones about Cooking (11) category for yummy freezer meal ideas I use! {More coming soon}

What are some good reasons YOU make freezer meals?