Thursday, July 7, 2011

Pre-birth Stock Up Shopping List

Before Natalie was born, I read about stocking up your freezer with some ready made meals to make the first few weeks home a little easier. We did this and liked it. We also stocked up on some of our other frequently used items. We usually keep extras of things around the house anyway, but ensuring we have back ups on hand makes it so that a weekly shopping trip wasn't as necessary for a little bit. Instead of an hour long trip to Walmart, a quick run to the local store would get us our perishables. This time around, our farm share will run at least six weeks after the birth. This is great because it is one that brings your goods to your door. So, we will have fresh veggies, maybe some fruit, eggs, and even bread if we want brought to us weekly.

House hold items:
Toilet paper
Paper towels
Laundry detergent
Fabric softener
Dishwasher detergent
Dish soap (for in sink washing)
Cleaning wipes
Quart size freezer bags (for freezing meat and leftovers)
Baby wipes
Diaper Genie pail refill inserts

  • hamburger
  • chicken breasts
  • pork roasts
  • cube steak
  • steak
  • Italian sausage
  • Ham
  • Turkey breast
  • Fish (maybe, we don't like it frozen as much as fresh)
  • Frozen veggies (beans, corn, broccoli, mixes, carrots, asparagus)
  • Rice (white, brown, wild, with veggies)
  • Frozen potatoes (to mash, with sauces)
  • Baked beans
Other grocery items
  • Bread (regular and gluten free)
  • Boxed meals (for us that's Mrs. Leeper's Gluten Free meals)
  • Mac and cheese (regular and gluten free)
  • Dry pasta (regular and rice)
  • Pasta sauce
  • Tuna
  • Hash
  • Pancake mix
  • Frozen waffles
  • Butter
  • Maple syrup
  • Microwave bacon
  • Cereal
  • Salad dressing (Italian and the ranch I substitute for mayo)
  • Hershey's syrup
  • Sugar
  • Tea
  • Strawberry jam
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Chocolate (Rolos for me, and mostly Dove for Mike)
  • Some kind of chips
  • Frozen dinners (for Mike, very hard to find wheat and egg free for me)
  • Pizza ingredients (crust mix, cheese, pepperoni)
  • Cooking mixes, like muffins and pudding, to make with Natalie for fun
Natalie snacks:
  • Raisins (with and without yogurt)
  • Dried fruit (freeze dried strawberries, dried cherries)
  • Nutragrain bars
  • Pirates Booty
  • Teddy Grahams
  • Goldfish crackers (cheddar multigrain)
  • Fruit snacks
  • Gerber fruit and veggie melts
  • Yogurt (if can get long lasting dates)
  • Desserts (M&Ms, mini cookies)
  • Juice boxes
Additionally, we try to make these meals and sides ahead of time and freeze them. Sometimes we just freeze leftovers, others we make an extra big batch.

  • Mashed potatoes
  • Winter squash
  • Shepherd's pie
  • Lasagna (with rice noodles)
  • Mrs Leeper's meals (Cheesy Macaroni and Beef or Lasagna)


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