Weekend giveaway: Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead & Freeze Cookbook


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Freezer cooking and busy homeschooling families go well together, wouldn’t you say? My friend Jessica Fisher thinks so, and her new cookbook–Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook–recently released to rave reviews!

Jessica is a homeschooling mama of six children, a monthly contributor here on Simple Homeschool, and the popular writer of two blogs: Life as Mom and Good Cheap Eats.

Here’s what she had to say about her cookbook:


My first cookbook, Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook is designed to be your one-stop shop for all things freezer cooking. Loaded with over 200 freezer-friendly recipes, it also provides the know-how to make bulk cooking successful for any family, any household, any lifestyle.

I’ve made freezer cooking a part of my family’s good eating for the last sixteen years. It’s been a great method to help us eat well and stay on budget.

Plus it keeps me sane in a busy household with six kids!

For years I found myself frustrated with the freezer cookbooks I flipped through. They often featured a lot of processed mixes and canned foods and sauces. Canned cream of something soup, anyone? No thanks. I want to feed my family real food, not a mess of chemicals.

In Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook, I’ve made every effort to reduce commercially-processed foods wherever possible.  I love that bulk cooking can make it so much easier to eat real food!

And contrary to what you might have previously thought, homemade frozen dinners can be absolutely delicious. My taste testers are still raving about and requesting Mahi Mahi with Almond-Lime Butter, Roasted Vegetable Quiche and Caramel Lime Bars.

Here’s what you’ll find in this book:

  • Over 200 recipes to make ahead and freeze
  • General instruction in freezer cooking
  • A methodology to adapt your own recipes for freezing
  • Gluten-free and vegetarian options
  • Tips for bulk cooking with kids, with friends, and on your own
  • Fresh inspiration and 21st century flavors and ingredients
  • Want to see a detailed list of contents? Go here.

How to win

Jessica’s publisher is giving away copies of her cookbook to FIVE Simple Homeschool readers!

To be entered for a chance to win, leave a comment on this post letting me know if you’ve ever tried freezer cooking. (If you’re reading this via email, you must click over to the main post to leave a comment!)

For an extra entry, “Like” Life as Mom on Facebook. Then leave another comment here letting me know you’ve done so.

This giveaway has ended–thanks for entering!

About Jamie Martin

Jamie is a mama to three cute kids born on three different continents. She serves as editor of Simple Homeschool, and blogs about mindful parenting at Steady Mom. Jamie is also the author of two books: Steady Days and Mindset for Moms.


  1. I love making freezer meals for my family of ten. Seven of my friends and myself used to get together monthly to exchange meals. It was easier to make 8 of the same meals. Then we would come home with seven meals plus the one we made. Our group has fizzled out do to allergies, and time restrictions. I would love to have some new meal ideas.

  2. Liked on fb

  3. I have tried freezer cooking, but am always on the lookout for new recipes!

  4. I love freezer cooking. However, I’ve been in a little rut lately. I could definitely use some inspiration!

  5. I have just started experimenting some with freezer cooking. I am interested in doing freezer meals.

  6. I “like” Life as Mom on facebook!

  7. yes, I’ve tried it, but only once~ lasagna!

  8. I am trying to do more freezer cooking for my family and would love to win your book.

  9. I liked on FB too! *fingers crossed*

  10. I have not “officially” tried freezer cooking. I do sometimes make a bigger batch and freeze some and I do make stock to freeze. I do most of the cooking because I’m gluten free so it would be nice to have some made ahead meals planned so I don’t have to come home from work at 6 and then start dinner!
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  11. And I “like” you on Facebook!
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  12. I have tried and would like to have more recipes.

  13. I read this and the first thing that flashed through my mind, ok the second thing, the first being “I want it!”, was Donkey from Shrek saying,”oh! Oh! Pick me! Pick meeeeeee!”. Yes, it was family movie night.

  14. Darnetta Bolton says:

    I have tried to, but need more recipes and a plan.

  15. I’ve not managed to do this for myself yet, but when I sign up to bring a meal to someone, I’ll make three lasagnas – one for them to eat, one for them to freeze and eat later, and one for us to eat. Because if you’re going to make one lasagna, you might as well make two. And if you’re already making two, why not three?!
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  16. Darnetta Bolton says:

    I have tried to start, but need help with more recipes. A plan would be helpful too!

  17. I have tried it. I would like to do more of it.

  18. Like you on FB.

  19. I love freezer cooking…with 5 kids ages 6 and under it is a lifesaver. I was introduced to it by Jessica so I’d love to wina copy.

  20. Miriam Prantner says:

    I’ve thought about it, but I haven’t tried freezer cooking yet…would love to win some great recipes to try!

  21. Oh, I need this! I need all the help I can get avoiding my most stressful time of day, dinner! My kids will pledge their undying gratitude for keeping mommy sane.

  22. I like life as mom on fb
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  23. I have done a small amount of freezer cooking via Pinterest and would like to do more.

  24. Liked on FB….

  25. I have not done freezer cooking yet but want to.

  26. I have very very little experience with freezer cooking – I’ve always been interested but never known where to start! I had my eye on this cookbook for awhile!

  27. And I like Life as Mom on facebook :)

  28. Love homeschooling! Love freezer cooking! It’s a win-win! 😉
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  29. We are brand new to homeschooling this year. I would love to dive into freezer cooking to make our lives healthier and simpler!

  30. I “like” / love, Life as Mom on FB :)

  31. i just started freezer cooking, and i’m hooked! please facilitate my hookedness with an awesome cookbook!
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  32. Have only made lasagna and a family burger recipe for the freezer. Would love some recipes — thanks for offering the giveaway!

  33. I have wanted to start freezer cooking now that I’m a single mom of four 4 and under. I’m back in college too so I never stop. I just didn’t know where to start, this book sounds like it!

  34. I have done very limited freezer cooking but I need to do more. Hubby is the usual cook, and works out of town. So he will make meals that will give me leftovers. I’d love to start having some meals in the freezer I can pull out when there just hasn’t been enough time in the weekend for him to make larger meals (for there to be leftovers) and more for the days he comes home and I’d love to have something hot and waiting for him instead of him still trying to help me cook.

  35. I’ve never tried freezer cooking in bulk, only a few rare times, but didn’t love the “freezer taste” so I’ve been scared off ever since! But I keep coming back to the idea of trying again….

  36. I liked Life as Mom on FB! Thanks!

  37. I’ve only frozen small batches of excess chili. I NEED to do this in a serious way! I’m in a total rutt for recipe ideas and freezing know-how is lacking. Brand new to homeschooling too, so need all the help I can get! Thanks a ton!

  38. i haven’t tried doing a whole day of food for the freezer but I do make things for the freezer and also freeze fruit and some vegetables in season and grill meat in bulk to freeze. I would love to do more!

  39. The only freezer cooking I’ve done is intentionally doubling recipes and freezing the rest for another day. I would love to try new freezer cooking ideas!

  40. I have not tried freezer cooking, but REALLY want to. Especially now that my husband (who is the cook in our house) just took a part-time job out of the home and I don’t want to be left figuring out dinner every night at 4:00p.m.!

  41. I “liked” the FB page

  42. Salina Holland says:

    Thanks so much for the chance to win.

  43. Salina Holland says:

    Just liked the fb page!

  44. Tried freezer cooking, but I didn’t like all the zip bags and other throwaway things required. Willing to try again!

  45. And I like on FB!

  46. I just started freezer cooking!

  47. My neighbor is a freezer-cooking whiz. I am not. I have tried a few meals, but mostly my freezer cooking experience is bulk meat frozen in separate bags with some sort of marinade or salt and pepper thrown in.

  48. This book looks great…just what my family needs.

  49. I am actually just starting to do freezer cooking for my family this week! I really like it! Your cookbook looks great!

  50. And I liked on FB!