Be prepared for the good times.

I became a dog owner this week! Zoe, our 9-week-old standard poodle, is a maniac for three hours of the day and a napping queen for the rest of them. She’s spunky, stubborn, and sweet. She adds to our family dynamic and is such a joy to be around!

Zoe, pronounced ‘Zo’, is our standard poodle puppy.

I promote cooking in bulk as a time saver. I took a page from my own book, and made sure to grocery shop and have meals prepared for her arrival.

Last night we reheated one of these meals: beef chili. The recipe is a family favorite – its popularity rivals pizza! To add a fresh pop, we threw in a handful of homegrown Sun Gold cherry tomatoes. We were able to have a one pot meal on the table in an hour, and clean up was easy.

Momentous occasions are sprinkled throughout our adult lives. The birth of a child, the final push on a promotion worthy project, a new pet, a new house; these exhilarating whirlwinds usher in a welcome change, but they are also exhausting.

Knowing this, when you find yourself with time and energy, plan for the future. I am so happy to be able to enjoy my new pet and good homemade food.

Ensure that you are cooking and reheating leftovers safely by referring to these guidelines provided by the University of Minnesota Extension.

I hope that this post reminds you of a happy, busy time in your life or of an upcoming occasion that inspires cooking for storage. Remember to nourish yourself with good food during these times so that you won’t just have wonderful memories, but glowing health as well.

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