Monday, April 14, 2014

Scrapbooking Appreciation

I don't know about you guys- but literally no one ever looks at my scrapbooks.  I spend hours of time on these layouts and pretty much the only person that ever sees them or cares about them is YOU!  And of course I like them too haha.  So why do I keep making them?

I have a vision in my head that one day when Charlie is an adult he will be bored enough to look through all of his scrapbooks and not only enjoy seeing pictures of himself as a child but also enjoy the artistry of the layouts and the personal stories/journaling I wrote.  Considering Charlie is a boy with very boy-type interests that do NOT include scrapbooking this vision will probably never happen.  And that's okay.  I still like to scrapbook and I still have you guys to share my work with and vice versa.

However a few days ago there was a moment.  A perfect moment when I said "this is why! This moment right here is why I bother with scrapbooking!".

To start, I was photographing this layout for the Noel Mignon blog last week.  Robb is really busy at the moment doing a Lymphoma and Leukemia fundraiser, weddings, engagement sessions, etc so I can't get him to take pictures for me anymore.  This is why the quality of my photos has dropped a bit :/ Anyways, I used the Social Butterfly kit from Noel Mignon for this fun Birthday layout!





Eventually Charlie stopped playing with his cars for long enough to realize that I had the audacity to do something without including him.

But then- he noticed the layout!  He recognized the photo from his 2nd birthday (almost 2 years ago now!) and started talking about birthdays, balloons, presents, and pointing out all the different elements of the layout.  He remembered his birthday party and had fun touching the embellishments on the layout; at least until I screamed "don't touch don't touch don't touch!!!!" before he ruined it.



That was it!  But it made me happy :)

And then Charlie started doing this

(SN: I moved the chair because it was blocking the light and there was crap under it, which is what you see on the floor in the photo.  What's that? Your floors are spotless, even under the furniture? Well you, my friend, can shove it)

and that made me laugh and the layout was brought upstairs.  Filed away in a book, never to be seen again-- but maybe one day Charlie will ask to see it ;)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

What's Been Going On!

Hi everyone! I've been totally MIA lately because I've had quite a lot going on, but I do have some posts lined up so hopefully I can get back in the swing of blogging now that life has calmed down a wee bit :) 

Here's a quick summary of life lately

A big sweaty smile after being able to play at the McDonalds playground for the first time in over a month!

1. Charlie is off of his IVs!  This has been a HUGE relief-- he wound up being on them for 22 days because his cough didn't go away until the very end of week 2.  I'm glad to have our first hospitalization over with, it will seem a little less scary moving forward.  The home IVs also aren't too difficult to do but actually doing them around the clock got to be very burdensome for us, especially my husband who did most of the late night ones.  Charlie is doing well right now and thrilled to be able to go to preschool and playscapes and basically get out of the house!  He recently started coughing again but they're dry coughs, most likely from his asthma triggered by activity.  I hope :/

2. I quit a CF mom facebook group, which felt pretty damn good.  I got frustrated because someone asked about vaccinating their CF child and while many mom's said to definitely do it there were a LOT of parents saying they would never vaccinate their CF child.  I honestly was shocked that it wasn't a widely accepted school of thought.  Most CF moms are knowledgeable and understand the vital importance of medical advancements quite well (seeing as it's the only reason our children make it past Middle School) yet here were a bunch of moms whose "good intentions" could cause huge health problems for their children (ya know that expression "the road to hell is paved with good intentions"?).  They weren't in the majority but even one CF mom with this mindset is too many in my opinion.

Since this is my blog I can say what I really think, which is that these people are idiots.  Their "holistic" approach to vaccines is seriously endangering the lives of their children.  I responded to some of those posts in what I thought was a reasonable way (I didn't call them idiots at least lol) and got in trouble with the admins for offending people so I said "F THIS S" and just left the group.  This anti- vaccine ridiculousness really gets my blood boiling.  I have a post about this coming up, but quite honestly I don't care if my frustration pissed off the admins and offended people. I think allowing some no-knowledge hack to run around on a website full of parents of chronically sick children espousing the mythical dangers of vaccines is fear mongering.  I'm not quite sure why it's allowed in the first place.  I wouldn't be able to go on that same group and spout off some dangerous lies about the benefits of contracting pseudomonas-- why can someone lie about the safety of vaccines? Vaccines aren't a personal opinion, their safety is a fact. I can't even imagine what would happen if some CF patient got whooping cough or measles or mumps, it would be so dangerous.  Why why why would you not vaccinate a child with an already overburdened immune system?  UGH!  I did read this article, 'Parents You Are Being Lied To', recently however and thought it was just wonderful- please read it yourself and share share share.

3. I started my new position as an Analyst in the Immunochemistry Department at my company (a transfer from Microbiology) and I'm very happy to no longer have to work with bacteria! Yay!

4. You might know that I have a degree in biology (Bachelors in Biology, minor in chemistry to be specific) based on the fact that I've worked as an analyst/scientist/researcher etc but you might not have known that I also went to graduate school at Brown for my Masters in Biology a few years back.  Unfortunately I was laid off from my job at Pfizer when I was only 3 classes away from graduating so I never fully completed the program.  I looked into finishing it myself but that program is only offered for Pfizer employees and if I went to finish my Masters in Biology in a different school only 2 of the classes I took would transfer.  So I'd have to basically start over from scratch.  So I said "F THIS S" again and decided to forgoe the Masters in Biology for the moment.  The plan was always to get my MBA eventually so I've just skipped ahead to that part :) I'm currently taking an online class towards my Masters in Business Administration! I'm only a few weeks away from finishing my first class and I have a 98 average- wahoo!


5. My book is still up for sale and I've gotten some really great feedback!  Thanks so much to everyone that purchased it :D If you haven't heard about it you can learn more and purchase a copy by going HERE.  It's titled "Make Ahead Meals: Freezer Meal Recipes that Make Dinner Quick and Easy" and it's all about healthy and clean freezer meal recipes! You can purchase the book from Amazon or from me personally as an e-Book :) 

6. I've been busy working out/eating well and I've lost 13lbs so far.  Of course that still puts me 7lbs away from my starting weight from a year ago.  Ugh. But at least the scale is moving in the right direction and I've started to be consistent with my eating and working out schedule.  Took a while to get accustomed to waking up at 530 again!  I'll post about this in a bit more detail in the weeks to come :)


7.  I'm still loving my scrapbooking and working with the newest Noel Mignon kit, Social Butterfly (more to come on this too!).  There are still two left (how?) so make sure to get yours!  On nights when I'm not completely exhausted I've been scrapbooking and watching Once Upon a Time on Netflix-- it's definitely my go-to relaxation activity.  I love the bright colors in this kit but the sneaks of the new one looks so pretty and soft too (check out the NM FB page for sneaks)! 


We're doing a blog hop  Bunny Hop next week for Easter and an Easter Egg "Hunt"; if you play along you could win the May kit (worth $64.99)!  That's a huge prize so do join us!

8. Speaking of Easter- I managed to get Charlie a really adorable Easter outfit-- I cannot WAIT to dress him up for our annual egg hunt in Grandma's garden!  I will of course completely overshare pictures :)

Alrighty- I think you're mostly caught up now haha!  I'll be back this week for more posts!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Asbestos Awareness Week

Hi friends! I recieved an email from a woman named Heather Von St James a few weeks back asking if I'd be interested in spreading the word about mesothelioma for Asbestos Awareness Week.  Of course I said yes, so here I am!


Heather's told me her story and it was heartbreaking.  As a little girl she loved to wear her Dad’s construction jacket when she went out into the cold South Dakota winters. She later realized that his jacket was covered in white dust, also known as asbestos. Eight years ago, at the age of only 36, Heather was diagnosed with mesothelioma; a rare and deadly cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. She had just given birth to her daughter Lily, and was only given 15 months to live. After a life saving surgery that included the removal of her left lung, she made it her life’s mission to educate people about this deadly disease and it’s cause.  Wow, what a story! 

Here are some facts about Mesothelioma:
  • Asbestos is still not banned in the US. Roughly 30 million pounds are still used each year.
  • Asbestos fibers are invisible to the naked eye.
  • Asbestos can still be found in many homes, schools, and commercial or industrial buildings.
  • Navy Veterans are at the greatest risk to develop mesothelioma as asbestos was widely used in Naval ships and shipyards.
  • No amount of exposure to asbestos is safe.
If you'd like to learn more about Heather or Mesothelioma or help spread the word please visit these links :) 

http://www.mesothelioma.com/heather/awareness/

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Make Ahead Meals for Little Eaters- Guest Post

Good morning everyone! Today I have a guest post from the awesome Thriving Home Blog.  Not only is this one of my favorite blogs for great healthy recipes, DIY, and parenting tips but the ladies that run it (Rachel and Polly) are the sweetest!  Today they've been kind enough to share some tips for Make Ahead Meals for Little Eaters- and these ideas are awesome!! I wish I had done this when Charlie was younger, it would have made life SO much easier.  Please enjoy the post Make Ahead Meals for Little Eaters and make sure to check out the wonderful original post on the Thriving Home blog!

ETA: Due to some unforeseen formatting errors please find the blog post below:
 
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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

New Layouts to Share

Well in the last month I've only made 2 scrapbook layouts-- I wish it had been more but 2 is better than none I suppose :) I'm planning on making some more this afternoon with the awesome new kit, Social Butterfly, from Noel Mignon.  It's badass.  There's still some left, you can pick it up HERE.  You know you wanna.  The kit is HUGE, it's got so much fun stuff in it- you'll love it!


********SN: This FB Group I belong to for CF Mom's started this whole vaccine debate yesterday that pissed me off royally.  In response I wrote a pretty sweet blog post entitled "Why Do I Have To Be Nice to Assholes?" about vaccinations.  I think it's a good post, however it's kind of mean so I've been wavering on whether or not I should post it.  Any opinions, dear blog readers?********

OK anyways- on to the fun stuff!  Here are my 2 layouts from the last month.  Both are made using the Noel Mignon kit Study Hall (sold out! Sorry!)

This first layout is a St Patty's Day layout, all about getting' yer green on ;)




This next layout is the first one I've made using Charlie's preschool pictures.  Aren't they darling? I loved that I could match the colors in his shirt perfectly using this kit :)





In other news, Charlie is doing well-- but really misses preschool! He's been gone almost a full month :( He has his CF Clinic follow up appointment tomorrow and we're hoping they won't put us on another week of IVs.  Two weeks is plenty for us, thank you very much.  His cough is pretty much gone so we think there's a good chance!  Fingers crossed!


Friday, March 28, 2014

Winner Winner Make Ahead Chicken Dinner

Hi everyone! Swinging by real quick to announce the winners of my giveaway :) I've been CRAZY busy this week but I hope to have some fun posts to share with you soon -- in the meantime, thanks for all the support with my book!  I really do appreciate it so much!

Prize #1 Winner

Cong Huang said:

"Hi Cassie - Congrats on the cookbook! It looks amazing. Can I enter the giveaway? I've even been craving ramen lately… It might be winter's last hurrah."

Prize #2 Winner

Kalyani said:

"Shared on Facebook.. https://www.facebook.com/kalyani.nk/posts/641181209281479?stream_ref=1"

If you won, please shoot me an email at GlueMeetsPaper@gmail.com with your mailing address and I'll get your winnings sent out to you soon- yippee!



Saturday, March 22, 2014

Our First Hospital Admission

Hi friends! I hope you enjoyed my book release week and I hope you love the book! If you didn't see, I'm hosting a giveaway until next Friday so make sure you check that out.

In other news, I'm about a week overdue for a Charlie update.  Long story short, Charlie was admitted to the hospital on Monday.  I didn't update at the time because I already had my book release posts scheduled and knew I wouldn't have time to post in the hospital anyways, so I just kept the schedule as it was.

Basically Charlie had been feeling "off" for a few weeks.  He had a low grade fever, he was very tired, he wasn't eating, had an ear infection, and in the past 2 weeks developed a nasty cough.  We tried Bactrim which didn't help with any of his symptoms.  After that we brought out the "big guns" in terms of oral antibiotics and tried Levaquine, which didn't help at all either.  After 2 weeks of antibiotics/steroids not helping we were told the best bet was to bring him in for an admission and a course of IV antibiotics.

So on Monday we brought him to CT Children's Medical Center and had him admitted.  They couldn't fit him in to do a PICC line (this is a catheter that runs from a vein in your arm or groin into your heart that can deliver medication) so he had a peripheral IV for the first day.  He was not happy about this, but he did get lots of toys from the wonderful staff so that helped a bit.  All the nurses were shocked there was a 3.5 year old CFer that they hadn't met yet! I guess that's a good thing that he's so healthy, but also pretty sad that so many young kids with CF need such frequent hospitalizations.

(A PICC line on the right and an IV on the left, but he's happy as clam just looking out the window at the buildings with his daddy)

He got his PICC line on Tuesday but couldn't get his peripheral IV out until Wednesday.  He was started on 2 antibiotics that are administered every 8 hours by IV.  He was released home on Wednesday and we all learned how to do home IVs.  This is much easier than I thought it would be- I was very nervous.  Luckily it's totally manageable (although our fridge is bursting with IV bottles at the moment!) and Charlie is being an awesome sport about it.  He's been awesome about everything really-- such a badass kid. 

So since this was our first hospital visit I thought I'd summarize some of the things I learned in list format.  He were go, in  no particular order!

1. You don't need to bring meds/nebulizer pump/ nebulizer parts/ vest compressor as all of this is supplied by the hospital.  The only medical supply we really used was his vest (not the compressor or tubing)

2. The nurses and respiratory therapists bring all his medications pre-measured and do treatments.  It is VERY wierd; after 3.5 years of doing it mostly ourselves it seems lazy to sit there while someone else does all the work lol.

3. Charlie had to pee in a cup (he thought this was great fun) and we had to save poops in the potty so the nurses could track input and output.

(Chilling before getting his IV)

4. I was always  nervous about Charlie being in a hospital on IVs because he's so energetic and boisterous and grabby.  Turns out, he was so tired from being sick, and worn down from being poked and prodded, that  he was perfectly content to sit in bed for a few days and watch TV and play with cars.

5. Bring snacks. I was always starving.  It's like being at an airport, something about being there just makes you want to eat

(IVs, Nebs, Vest, and iPad all at once-- what a multitasker!)

6. Charlie is the toughest dude I know.  I saw him down 6 oral meds like it was nothing and then immediately do a vest physiotherapy treatment, while doing a nebulizer treatment, while getting an IV infusion.  Like a bawse.



(They sent us a LOT of stuff, took up a buttload of space in our house!  This is our little "clean station", the drawer organizer holds saline syringes on the top, heparin in the middle, and alcohol wipes/sterile caps on the bottom. The bottles on top are the actual medication)

7. IVs at home aren't that bad (I mean they suck, don't get me wrong, but they're not un-manageable).  Just clear out your fridge first and set up little clean stations so you have supplies at the ready where you need them.  Buy some gloves, even if they say you don't need them (that's ridiculous IMO).  Charlie hated it when the nurses touched his PICC line, he would scream and cry, but when we do it he's calm and totally doesn't care.

8. Beware of letting your son play with the hospital bed.  Charlie pressed the up button and got the bed up so high that it knocked out the cord and within 20 seconds 6 out of breath nurses sprinted to our doorway to see what the emergency was.  I felt so bad!

9. All 4 physiotherapy treatments need to be 4 hours apart at the hospital, so it goes from 8am to 9pm (they're never on time).  WAY past bedtime, but Charlie did fall asleep really easily both nights.  Typically at home we do them closer to 3 hours apart so he's not up too late.

10. Charlie was segregated because he was showing signs of illness.  This meant no play-room and all the nurses/doctors had to fully gown up to enter our room.  Our garbage was filled to capacity every morning by 10am because of all the gowns/facemasks, it was crazy.

11. They'll let you watch the PICC line insertion if you want.  At first I said no thanks because I thought it would be too hard, but once I saw him knocked out I couldn't just leave him alone so I stayed.  He woke up towards the end and that was hard to see, but they knocked him back out pretty immediately. 

(Charlies favorite toy from this admission was a car transporter and 5 hotwheels-- talk about the toybox jackpot!)

12.  The toys you donate at Christmas time that go to sick kids at the hospital? They're a godsend. Charlie got so many great toys and it made our stay SO much more manageable (and made him quite happy!).  Please donate toys to hospitals, it makes a really shitty situation a lot better for those kids.


13. The people that donate their time and services to children's hospitals are amazing, too.  In the short time we were there we were visited by a movie cart (where we could pick out DVDs), a clown (who brought presents- including a clown nose! She couldn't come in to the room because of the isolation but she had Charlie cracking up from the doorway!), and we were given a homemade Lightning McQueen blanket which Charlie adores.  THANK YOU to these wonderful people, who, again, make a shitty situation a lot better for everyone involved!

(Hungry Hungry Hippos + Tobramycin)

14. Charlie can still play and move around while connected to his IVs (which is good as it takes 6 hours per day).  He just needs to remember to take his "bubba" with him.  We call it a Bubba because the medicine is in a bubble in the bottle, and when the bubble is gone it means he's done.  So bubble = Bubba.  I need to get him a little fanny pack to carry it in, I looked at Target and couldn't find one.

OK so that's my update! Charlie's been home since Wednesday afternoon and his appetite and stamina are both better.  His cough is still there though, and junky as ever!  He will be on IVs for at least 2 weeks, possibly 3 if he doesn't get rid of his cough.  Luckily it's not pneumonia or anything and his lungs still look OK so that's the silver lining!  Thanks to all of our friends and family that have stopped by to visit, called, emailed, and sent us encouraging messages throughout all of this! I means a lot to us :)

I'll leave you with one last Charlie picture that keeps making me smile :)




Friday, March 21, 2014

Make Ahead Meals- Giveaways!

Hi everyone! I hope you've been enjoying my "Make Ahead Meals" e-Book Release Week, both learning about the book and trying out some of the sample recipes :)  Today is all about giveaways, and I have 2 great prizes for you!

I'll detail the ways to win below but I wanted to take a second to say a huge THANK YOU for all you awesome readers that purchased my e-Book.  It means so much to me to know that people are interested in my book. I have spent so long working on it that I started to wonder if anyone would even read it- and the response so far has just been amazing.  Thank you, thank you!

Now on to the giveaways.  There is a different way to win each giveaway, and you could even win both if you do each task!  The winner for each prize will be chosen at random from all the entries in exactly ONE WEEK so make sure you check back next Friday.

1. Prize #1: The winner will receive one free hard copy of my cook book (printed in full color) and the link to download the PDF file of the e-Book as well.  In addition, I will include 4 of my favorite spices from Penzey's Spices, which are recommended in the book.


This is a Pin It To Win It challenge!  In order to win this prize you must pin ANY 'Make Ahead Meals' image from the last four blog posts (links to Post 1, Post 2, Post 3, and Post 4).  Return to this post and leave me a comment with the link to your pin to be entered to win!

2. Prize #2: Since I know many of my readers are scrapbookers, like myself, I had to throw in some awesome scrapbooking supplies for this giveaway :) The winner of this prize will receive everything from Prize #1 but ALSO two great scrapbooking kits from Craft Junction.


"Island Breeze" Scrapbooking Kit

 "All Boy" Scrapbooking Kit

In order to win this prize you must post about this book on your blog or Facebook.  Feel free to snag some photographs from any of the previous 4 posts about the book (see links under Prize #1, above).  Your shout-out MUST contain a link to any one of my blog posts from this week.  Return to this post and leave a comment with the link to your shout-out to be entered to win.
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That's it for today everyone! I hope you've enjoyed my book giveaway week- and if you didn't, well, I'll get back to the scrapbooking next week ;) Have a great weekend and thanks again for all of your support!

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

'Make Ahead Meals' Recipe: Ginger Tempeh Soup with Ramen and Bok Choy

Hi friends! I'm here today to share an excerpt from my book, 'Make Ahead Meals: Freezer Meal Recipes that Make Dinner Quick and Easy'. This is a vegetarian recipe that is so flavorful you won't even miss the meat! Vegetable stock is taken up a notch with the infusion of fresh ginger, and the ramen adds a great texture to the final dish.


Ginger Tempeh Soup with Ramen and Bok Choy
Recipe excerpt from "Make Ahead Meals: 
Freezer Meal Recipes That Make Dinner Quick and Easy"

Recipe yields 2 meals, 4-5 servings per meal
Calories per Serving 209
Storage: 2x FreezerWare Containers, 64oz each

Ingredients:

8 cups (64oz) Vegetable Stock
2 inch piece of ginger, sliced into ¼ inch thick rounds
3 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
2 tsp Sriracha
2tsp oil
8oz tempeh
1 tbsp ginger, minced
4 cloves garlic, minced
¼ cup scallions, sliced
8oz oyster mushrooms, chopped
1 large bunch bok choy
2 blocks ramen noodles

In a large saucepot simmer the vegetable stock with the ginger slices for 20 minutes, until the broth is infused with ginger flavor.

While the broth is simmering assemble the tempeh marinade. Combine the soy sauce, sesame oil, dark brown sugar, and Sriracha together in a medium bowl and set aside.  Cut the tempeh into ½ inch thick slices and heat 1 tsp oil over medium high heat in a large saucepan.   Add the tempeh to the pan and brown on both sides, approximately 2 minutes per side.  Remove tempeh from the heat, cut into bite size pieces and add to the marinade.

Wipe out the pan used for the tempeh and add remaining 1 tsp oil and heat over medium heat.  Add ginger, garlic, and scallions to the pan and cook for 2 minutes until fragrant.  Add bokchoy and  oyster mushrooms and sauté for 5 minutes until softened.  Set aside.

Remove the ginger slices from the broth.  Add the entire bowl of tempeh and marinade along with the pan of sautéed bok choy and mushrooms.  Stir to combine and simmer for 5 minutes to combine flavors.  Pour half of the soup into each FreezerWare container.  Place a block of ramen into each container, seal and freeze.

Serving Instructions

Thaw in refrigerator overnight.  Pour the soup into a saucepan and heat on medium heat until warmed through.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

'Make Ahead Meals' Recipe- Stuffed Peppers with Quinoa

Hi everyone! I'm here today to share another sample recipe from my book, 'Make Ahead Meals: Freezer Meal Recipes that Make Dinner Quick and Easy'.  This recipe is Stuffed Peppers with Quinoa and is a definite crowd pleaser.  A mixture of ground beef, pork, and veal is combined with sauteed vegetables, mushrooms, sherry, and quinoa before being stuffed into bright red bell peppers.  These peppers are crazy flavorful but still under 400 calories each!


Stuffed Peppers with Quinoa
Recipe from "Make Ahead Meals: Freezer Meal Recipes That Make Dinner Quick and Easy"




Recipe yields 4 meals, 4 servings per meal            
Calories per Serving: 493                                                                                                                     Storage: 4x 1 gallon Ziploc Freezer Bags, Saran wrap

Ingredients:
16 bell peppers
3lbs of meatloaf mix
4 tbsp butter
4 onions, diced
2 cups of carrots, small dice
2 cups of zucchini, small dice
16oz mushrooms, sliced
8 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tbsp dried oregano
½ cup tomato paste
2 cups dry sherry
4 cups of quinoa, cooked per package instructions
1 cup of fresh parsley, minced
4 eggs
¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
1½ cups of parmesan cheese
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper

Cut off the tops of the peppers and hollow out the inside.  Boil each pepper for 1 minute in salted water, quickly submerge in an ice bath, and lay upside down on paper towels to drain.

Melt the butter in a sauté pan over medium heat and add the onions, carrots, and zucchini.  Cook for 5-7 minutes until onions are translucent and vegetables start to soften.  Add mushrooms and cook for additional 3-5 minutes until softened.   Add garlic and oregano and cook for 1 minute until fragrant.  Add tomato paste and sherry, raise heat to medium-high, and cook until slightly reduced, stirring frequently- about 3 minutes.  Turn off the heat, mix in the quinoa and parsley, and let cool.

Once cooled, combine the vegetable and quinoa mixture with the eggs, Worcestershire sauce, parmesan cheese, salt, pepper and meatloaf mix.  Stuff approximately one heaping cup of this mixture into each bell pepper.  Wrap each bell pepper tightly in saran wrap and store 4 in each freezer bag.

Day of Meal Preparation (for one meal/four peppers, only)
32oz jar, or 3 cups, tomato sauce
½ cup parmesan cheese

Serving Instructions:
Thaw overnight in refrigerator.  Transfer the peppers to a baking dish and cover with tomato sauce.  Cook at 350F for 50-60 minutes until the meat is no longer pink and registers 160F on a digital thermometer.  During the last 5 minutes of baking sprinkle the parmesan cheese over the tops of the peppers.


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