This is a crazy week. My husband comes home Thursday from Saudi Arabia for his two week visit that he gets every three months, and we leave the next day for spring break in Florida.
The place we vacation in Florida is a little island in southwest Florida that is only accessed by ferry or boat. The round trip ferry ride from the island to the mainland costs $55, and there are no stores on the island. There are no quick trips to the grocery store! You get your supplies and that is that! There are no restaurants on the island, either!
We rent a really great house, but you can never really be sure as to what supplies are there. There are so many staples that you are used to having in your kitchen, but you don’t want to have to buy all that much just for one week.
As all mothers know, there really is no total vacation for mama. I don’t mind cooking, but I like to keep it to a minimum when I am on vacation. This year there will be 11 of us, and that makes for a lot of food. I am planning to do as much work as I can before I leave home so that I can relax as much as possible and get to spend my time with my family and friends, not be stuck in the kitchen cooking and cleaning.
So here is my strategy.
- plan a family friendly menu
- plan everything to either be grilled or cooked in the slow cooker
- plan a grocery list for here and one for Florida
- get as much cooking done as possible at home and freeze it
- use as many disposable storage and cooking containers as possible
Breakfasts: cereal, bagels, Monkey Bread, bacon and eggs (my husband has been pork deprived for three months), sausage gravy and biscuits (same as bacon and eggs)
Lunches: wraps, sandwiches, hot dogs
- Pizza (for the first night, we can buy it before we hit the ferry)
- Pulled pork BBQ with freezer slaw and hash brown casserole
- Grilled chicken with corn pudding and broccoli
- Shrimp Scampi with garlic bread and salad
- Spaghetti with garlic bread
- Grilled hamburgers
- Fresh fish with potatoes and corn
Things I am going to make ahead of time and freeze in freezer bags or foil pans:
- freezer slaw
- hash brown casseole
- marinated chicken
- corn pudding
- taco meat
- spaghetti sauce
- hot dog chili
- hamburger patties
- coconut cake
- dishpan cookies
- monkey bread
This way I only have to buy a few things when we get there…dairy and eggs, bread and buns, some breakfast items and vegetables. I can just throw stuff in the slow cooker (that I am taking with me), pop a casserole in the oven, or hand my husband stuff to grill. Mama will have more time to spend with my family and friends, walk on the beach, ride in the boat, or drink a cocktail!