This seems to be a subject I have been thinking about lately. I think I overdid salty foods and was retaining a crazy amount of water... that and another lovely PG side effect made the scale ready several pounds heavier than it did this morning (::exhale:: what a relief!).
So, I have several blogs and websites that I follow to check out new recipes. I love food and love to cook, so the more the merrier! Here is a list of what look at for inspiration:
http://diaryofarecipeaddict.blogspot.com/ (the title is funy to me since my H would say I am a cookbook/recipe addict too!)
Then the regular websites:
I have been compiling a list of recipes that I want to make before this little wiggle worm comes out. I have talked to neighbors who I have previously done a freezer cooking night with to confirm a date, talked with Moms Club about maybe planning a freezer cooking night before baby comes out and I have a date with another PG Mom who is also in need of making backup meals like I am.
However.... I have 24 meals on my menu list. My H thinks that is too much. He said that when I do it now, it is 5-6 meals and it takes us 3 months to eat those.... but that is not with a newborn in the house! I asked my sister's opinion (Mom of 6) and she thought that 24 meals was NOT excessive.... I know that a couple friends brought meals after Alex was born which was awesome. I honestly think that getting food after the birth of a baby is the #1 gift a new Mom (or an old Mom w/ multiple kids) can get! So... instead of assuming that anyone would do this for me (after Taylor the only meal was muffins MIL made for us - which I am not complaining - they were GREAT!). Maybe it was also because we had just moved and I didn't know anyone yet too.
Of course, all the meals depend on freezer space too. It appears that since we got a pig this fall, we have such limited freezer space. I wanted to buy another deep freeze, but the H said that since we are getting a new fridge for the kitchen, the old fridge will become a garage fridge which will increase my freezer space by one fridge freezer..... (really?!) I cannot complain, we have two fridge freezers, full and a stand up deep freeze full.... The basement fridge freezer is where all my freezer meals go now, unless I run out of space.....
Here is another dilemia on that. I heard of a federal tax incentive on appliances to be offered after April 15th. I really hate to wait so long to make the bulk of my meals.... BUT I did have 13 meals in the freezer when Taylor was born and did it all in the week before her birth since I found out my induction date 5 days before her birth. I guess if I did it then, I can do it now.