I’m not into Pinterest. I don’t need to get sucked into any more projects. I don’t have the time to craft my own Christmas cards, mix up a batch of homemade laundry detergent, or sew myself a skirt from my husband’s discarded neck ties. I have drawers full of unfinished projects like the ball of yarn and the two knitting needles with four rows of knit one pearl two the year I decided to make everyone gloves for Christmas, like the dozen half-finished scrapbooks when I was determined to chronicle my life in case the Smithsonian ever needed to know, and like the assorted sized Ball jars crammed underneath my couch leftover from the summer I attempted to can everything at the Farmer’s Market. I’m just not into Pinterest but my sister Joanna is the queen of it.

Joanna is a mother of two and a busy school teacher. Through Pinterest and all its ideas, she got into making meals ahead in large batches and freezing them. She thought it would be fun for the three sisters to get together and have a “Freezer Fest”. Essentially, she wanted us to each pick a kid friendly recipe, bring enough ingredients for 6 batches and cook them up one Saturday afternoon. I wasn’t thrilled. In this quest for a healthier me, I can’t remember the last time I made a casserole. Most of the time, they are full of processed canned foods, cheesy and full of carbs. What was I going to do with a bunch of frozen meals filled with stuff I didn’t really even care to eat?

Joanna asked if I’d like us to use whole wheat tortillas in her beef enchilada casserole. I didn’t see much point in opting for the whole wheat when it was already loaded with greasy ground beef and a couple cans of nacho cheese. What was a couple more carbs gonna hurt? I figured I’d just save the meals for one of those truly Southern occasions when the correct etiquette and most Christian course of action is to take food. You know like death, birth, or sickness.

We picked the most beautiful day we’d probably see before next summer rolled around to stay inside and cook up enough food to solve the hunger crisis of at least one-third world country. Mary Ella, my energetic blonde haired little doll of a niece, was begging to go swimming but since we had 6 pounds of ground beef browning and were in the middle of breading over 100 pieces of chicken hoping to make a healthier version of a Chicken McNugget, swimming would have to wait. In hopes of persuading us, Mary Ella put on her Carmen Miranda inspired swimsuit and came to help in the kitchen to speed up the process. Her half-naked in that bathing suit probably violated half a dozen health codes.

The three of us busted out those meals. I’m not sure what we did more of, work or gossip. Either way, in a little over two hours, we had made twelve meals, divided them up and stocked our freezers. We had so much fun talking, griping and laughing. Our first “Freezer Fest” was a success. Well, I guess. I haven’t thawed anything out yet.

Anybody hungry? I’ve got two pans of beef enchilada casserole, a pan of spinach ricotta roll ups smothered in spaghetti sauce, about 50 baked chicken nuggets coated in panko and forty more pounds to lose. I wonder which one’ll be gone first?

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.image