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November 14th, 2017 at 06:30 pm

DH has a job interview Friday morning. It is for a local company, as in our city, so the commute would be short. He'd even be able to take the bus if he wanted to as it is on the bus route. Another company an hour away has expressed some interest as well, but aren't interviewing for another couple weeks. That company tends to be slow to move. Anyway, prayers that the interview goes well and DH is offered the job would be appreciated. I just hope it isn't one of those things where they have to interview so many people, but they have planned to hire in-house from the start. Those are so frustrating.

I am sick. First I had a horrible stomach bug that lasted about 10 days and now I have a sore throat, am completely stuffed up, and am running a fever. The lethargy is pretty bad. I can't seem to sleep well, so it is taking forever to get better. It may be a sinus infection. I hate to go to the doctor right now, though. The COBRA paperwork finally arrived, but who knows how long it will take for them to actually process it. So currently we have to pay out of pocket. COBRA is retroactive, so we'll be able to submit anything paid out of pocket eventually.

If DH is hired and the insurance starts after one month we may not do COBRA at all. We have 60 days to start it and we can do it on day 60, so even if something major happens along the way they will have to pay it. COBRA will be $1500 or thereabouts a month and that is with dropping vision and dental.

I really hope he is hired. Our remaining savings will not last long and we are still recovering from the last bout of unemployment and paying for our medical insurance for 9 months.

The funeral is on Wednesday. There will be a viewing followed by a short graveside service. I am afraid I am going to get even sicker standing outside in the cold, wind, and rain. After the graveside service, there will be an indoor memorial. Then after that a catered family get together. DH and I are taking separate vehicles. That way DD and I can come home when we need to since we are both so sick and DH can be there for MIL longer with DS, unless DS wants to come home, too. He is starting to get the cold.

I would love to visit with the extended family, but I am afraid I would get everyone really sick. As it is, I will barely be functional enough to attend the funeral. My head is so full of snot and it is hard to focus.

Earlier in the week when I was feeling somewhat better, I made some freezer meals. Instead of making one casserole for dinner, I made a triple batch and froze the extra two. So I now have two pans of enchiladas, two pans of baked ziti, and two pans of chicken and broccoli/cauliflower casserole in the freezer. I don't have the stamina or energy to do full on once a month freezer cooking, but it is close to the same amount of work to do 3 at a time than it is to do one.

I'm going to do some taco rice bakes, some lasagnas, some hamburger casseroles, some carnitas, and some pork fried rice when I feel a little better. Ideally, I'd like to have 15 days of frozen casseroles ready to go. I'll do some individual turkey dinners as well after Thanksgiving, but those never last long.

I have some days where cooking is just not an option, either due to rheumatoid arthritis or just being sick or just being exhausted, so being able to go to the freezer and pop something in the oven is wonderful. I get the aluminum pans at The Dollar Tree unless they go on sale elsewhere. I don't have enough casserole dishes to tie them up in the freezer for long amounts of time. It is an expense, but it beats the expense of take out easily.

If anyone has some casserole recipes that don't contain mushrooms or cream of mushroom soup and freeze well, I'd love for you to pass them on to me.

6 Responses to “Bits and Pieces”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    I don't make casseroles, but I sure hope you get better soon! Being ill is no fun.

  2. CB in the City Says:

    I don't have particular recipes, but I like to freeze spaghetti sauce, beef stew, fajita filling and quiches.

    I hope DH gets the job, and I hope you start feeling better soon!

  3. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Hope you feel better soon and DH gets the job!

  4. ceejay74 Says:

    I don't know how well it freezes, but we like to do "sunrise pasta casserole," which is essentially spaghetti, tomato pasta sauce, peppers & onions, scrambled eggs, shredded Italian cheese and chopped up sausage (veggie sausage for us), cooked separately and then mixed together and baked. I typically make a batch on Xmas Eve so we can pop it in the oven while we open presents and then have an early brunch.

    We recently discovered a simple beans, rice & cheese bake which is probably a lot like your taco rice casserole. And we did a spaghetti squash one that is very pasta-like (our friend compared it to lasagne but with squash instead of noodles). tasteofhome. com/recipes/spaghetti-squash-casserole

    The other one we like is tater tot hot dish which of course has cream of mushroom soup (or at least my vegan version of that). You could probably replace that with a creamy sauce minus mushrooms, though.

  5. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    good luck. I've found mac and cheese baked keeps well. I make it for when i have a lot of kids over.

  6. tate Says:

    It's not casseroles, but I find that baked stuffed peppers, breakfast burritos, and quiche freeze nicely. And none of them requires that you tie up a dish in the freezer.

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