Summer is not the time for fussing over meals! Glad Press ‘n Seal can help save time, keep your summer organized, and get you where you want to be — a lounge chair with a good book!
Summer is busy for everyone. When my kids are out of school I want to get the “have-to-do” stuff out of the way as quickly as I can and move on to the “want-to-do ” stuff… Like laying on a float in the pool with a glass of wine, or going to Six Flags, or Hurricane Harbor. Maybe even watching a movie…
Like you, I do everything I can to make memories with my family. Life moves along much faster than I am comfortable with — I just realized the other day this is the last year of having a child in the house. Next year my youngest turns 13. My oldest is 33 and I look around and wonder where the hell my life went?
As I’ve gotten older I’ve realized that there are lots of things I intend to do that I never get around to. I read My Side of the Mountain aloud to all of my kids except the youngest three. If I don’t do it this summer it will be too late, really. Does it matter? Maybe not so much to them but it matters terribly to me.
So, I’ll use shortcuts in the summer more than other times of the year. I’ve found that Glad Press ‘n Seal helps to make my summer easier in many ways that I never really thought about sharing with you. I mean, it’s nothing cool or huge or anything but these are ways that I cut corners, so to speak.
Honestly, the first way I saved time this summer was sending my husband to Walmart for the Glad Press ‘n Seal!
Summer Hacks with Glad Press ‘n Seal
One: Breakfast on the Go
Breakfast? I don’t want to get up and fix breakfast. It’s summer. If I have a chance to sleep in a little bit I’d like to do just that. I’ve found something that helps me in this area a lot are breakfast burritos. I love them because I can make 20 of them in less than an hour, seal them up in the plastic wrap, and stick them in a freezer container in the fridge. The kids can grab one, put it in the microwave for a minute, and eat a hot, healthy, high protein breakfast. They stay good for up to three months but honestly we’ve had one or two slip past the kids’ radar and you know what? They’re great six months later. I’ll share the recipe at the end of this post.
Two: Portion Control
Although my family eats a normal diet (and by normal I mean similar to fifteen farmhands during haying season) I have to keep my diet low carb because of my lack of a thyroid gland. When I make treats for myself I wrap them in single servings and put them in a container in the freezer. Not only does it keep my special treats fresh, it keeps me from going overboard and eating too many.
Three: Lunches and Snacks
I have two teenage boys in the house again. I’ve been through this before and I can tell you I know what to expect. In preparation I like to make homemade versions of the junk food they like and keep it in individual sized servings in the freezer. Like the breakfast burritos it’s a grab and go kind of deal. Foods that work well for this are:
- Corn Dogs
- Grilled Cheeseburgers on buns (just the meat, cheese, and bun – let them add the rest later)
- Stuffed Baked Potatoes
- Homemade Hot Pockets
- Homemade Chicken Nuggets
If you can think of it you can probably make it ahead and freeze it in individual portions!
Four: Romantic Picnics
Sometimes you just need to get away with the love of your life and enjoy a little alone time. Summer is made for picnics and picnics are better with Glad Press ‘n Seal.
- Roll thinly sliced deli meat into rolls and put it in plastic wrap.
- Wrap cheese squares up with the plastic wrap.
- Wrap up your crackers carefully, too.
- Soak a small square of a clean, unused sponge in water and put it at the base of a square of plastic wrap. Lay a rose on top. Wrap the plastic wrap around the stem of the rose tightly. Now the rose will have water and will stay fresh through-out your romantic picnic.
- Wrap your plasticware in napkins, then put it in a cup. Place the other cup over the top. Wrap Press ‘n Seal around the circumference. The plasticware stays clean and doesn’t get broken and the insides of the cups stay clean and sealed until you are ready to open that wine.
There are a ton of ways that you can use plastic wrap to make your summer easier. These are just some of my favorites. Share your favorite ideas in the comments below!
Recipe for Breakfast Burritos
Breakfast Burritoes for Freezing
- 16 eggs
- 2/3 cup of milk
- 8 ounces of bacon chopped , or sausage
- 1 cup chopped onion , optional
- 1/2 cup chopped poblano pepper , optional
- 2 teaspoons taco seasoning
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- 1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese or Pepper Jack
- 12 Burrito Sized flour tortillas
- Beat the eggs and milk together until well blended.
- Cook the bacon or sausage in a large, heavy skillet.
- Remove from the skillet and drain off all but 2 tablespoons fat.
- Add the onions and peppers to the skillet and saute until tender.
- Pour in the egg and stir over medium low heat until the eggs are scrambled.
- Stir in the taco seasoning and cooked bacon (or sausage.
- Warm the tortillas until they are flexible.
- Add a few tablespoons of the egg mixture down the center of a tortilla.
- Cover with a tablespoon or so of the cheese.
- Fold the sides in and then roll tightly to seal the filling inside.
- Roll in Glad Press 'n Seal.
- Repeat with remaining ingredients.
- Freeze until ready to use.