Happy Day After Valentine's Day! I made a favorite "red" dish for the holiday - Buffalo Chicken Lasagna. Dinner cooked itself all day and left me with only one dish to clean up when we were through - perfect! Plus, everyone around here loves this meal! I guess that was our main theme this week...what can be done ahead of time to save time in the kitchen? The one and only keeper for the week was Overnight Pancakes! This was very easy to throw together, and how nice to come down in the morning before school, after mass, or when a bunch of hungry kids wake up from a sleepover? The pancake batter is ready and you don't have to measure anything or get a single bowl or spoon dirty! The work is done the night before, and when it is time for breakfast just pull the batter out of the fridge and fire up the griddle! I actually made them twice this week, on Saturday to make on Sunday and again tonight for tomorrow. It is a really large batch, but my kids loved them. It was fantastic to have all the extras for a couple of days!
Continuing with this week's "make ahead" theme, tonight made a double batch of blueberry muffins and put them in the freezer to pull out as needed for mornings. That is going to be an awesome treat on a busy morning (which seems to be every morning because of before-school activities, early Saturday indoor soccer games, and 7:45 am mass on Sunday). Imagine rolling out of bed, grabbing a few from the freezer, popping them into the oven and then getting ready. The smell of warm blueberry muffins should certainly entice people to get out of bed!
One last thought...is there anything you can do this weekend to make
meal times a little easier and smoother for the week ahead? If you don't physically make or prep anything, perhaps consider putting a meal plan together. It is really nice to come up with ideas a few days ahead, and not have to decide at the last minute what's for dinner. Give it a try!
Hope you had a lovely Valentine's Day, and cheers to a fantastic week ahead!