We just got back from a short little mini-vacation, but right before we left, I hit publish on my Freezer Meals on the Cheap post. I was lucky enough to come home to lots of genuine, sweet comments and emails. Unfortunately, I also came back to a few grumpy, critical ones. My first time getting these and, of course, those are the ones I’m focusing on.
And only because I’m insecure and have to explain EVERYTHING, I feel the need to address them…
It started when I got a very kind email from someone telling me how she was directed here from a certain site that had linked to my freezer meal post. She enjoyed my blog and was just passing along her well wishes. Very kind of her.
Then I jumped over to the site she mentioned. Oy vey. Those people do not care for me too much. First off, the name and content of this site doesn’t lead me to think they’d be able to benefit from freezer meals so I’m a little confused on why they did a little write-up on me in the first place.
Again, there were some nice comments here and there but lots that are unhappy with the amount of plastic bags I use. Here’s the thing folks, you really don’t know how I live. I do my part and then some. We grow our own vegetables, I have a strawberry patch, all my laundry gets hung out to dry, I re-use yogurt containers repeatedly, my husband and kids always use plastic containers for lunches, we wash and re-use a ton of baggies! No, I don’t wash them all… but we actually have a whole system for washing and drying them so we aren’t just throwing them away. Maybe I shouldn’t use them in the first place, but I do. I don’t have the waste from tons of packaged foods… so to me it’s a balancing act. Like much in life.
And to the posters who are highly irritated about my comment using the bag as a bowl. I don’t throw it away once the marinade is mixed. The meat gets put right in and straight to the freezer. I’m truly not trying to be sarcastic or mean-spirited, but if this really bothers you as much as you made it seem… you kind of just need to chill.
It was also mentioned a few times that the amount of food is excessive and my meals are very meat-heavy. I challenge anybody to put all the dinners they eat for 2-3 months on one counter and see if it doesn’t look excessive. We eat one dinner per night. That’s it. Always. I thought one dinner per night was normal, not excessive. And, only one meat in that one dinner. And usually not even a pound of meat for all 4 of us (remember, how I bulk it up with veggies and other goodies?), so not really feeling the meat-heavy thing either.
I’ve gotten lots of comments too asking about vegetarian meals. The vast majority of these have been very nice and just asking if perhaps I had a source for that. Unfortunately, I don’t. We aren’t vegetarians, so I’ve never looked for a book that contains only those meals. Sorry! There were a few that were critical of the fact that I don’t include vegetarian meals. Here’s where I get so confused… why would I include them? Like I mentioned, we aren’t vegetarians. We definitely have meals somewhat regularly that do not include meat, but none of them can be frozen so why would I have included them in this post? I didn’t feel the need to add that we eat salads or meatless pasta dishes in a post that was only about meals that could be frozen. If you recall, I did include the tomato basil soup that my family loves.
I’m sorry if this post is coming off grumpy. I started it, just wanting to clear a few things up for my own peace of mind (I’m the type who dwells), but I’m feeling like it’s turning a little snarky. I blog as a way to share what I’m doing for anybody who is looking for ideas. But that’s all I ever intend them to be is an idea that you can use as a jumping point. I never would expect anybody to do something exactly as I’ve posted about it. When I posted about my daughter’s dress-up center, another blog linked to it and they got a nasty comment how the person “hated that it was called a girls’ dress up center. why can’t it be for a boy too?”. It just wasn’t nice, but more than that, it baffled me. I made it for my daughter (and for the record, I just called it dress-up headquarters, but yes, it was pink). It wasn’t for my son, so why couldn’t I paint it how my daughter wanted it?? If she wanted it for her son, why couldn’t she take the idea and adapt it? And I was especially baffled, because I actually took the time to include a line about how it would be easy to adapt it for a boy and his superhero gear!
And to the anonymous commenters who are annoyed with the amount of exclamation marks I use… I’m perfectly okay if you move on to a different blog who’s writing style you enjoy more. We’ll all be a little happier.
Up until this point, I’ve only posted crafts, recipes and other feel-good junk. Sorry if this post brings it down, but I like my little blog and don’t want to have bitter feelings towards it. This helps clear the air for me. In fact, I might take this post down after a couple hours, because it’s more about me getting it off my chest than I want it to be a forever part of my blog.
And to those of you just joining me… I promise to get back to the regularly schedule show soon! But, first I have to go hang my laundry out! : )
If you’re interested in a glimpse into my method, here’s a short video I put together where I act awkward and basically, like myself!