Posted by: nancyisanders | June 4, 2021


The other day I cooked a spaghetti casserole that’s a favorite in our house. And I doubled the recipe and made TWO spaghetti casseroles. I think it took me 10 extra minutes to double it.

The result? We ate the one casserole over a couple of days and I froze the other in individual servings.

So…for 10 extra minutes that one day, I get two entire days that I don’t have to cook dinner. I can spend those two extra hours writing.

I figured out this time-saving hack a few years ago. I don’t know why it had never crossed my mind before! It works so well that we went out and purchased a stand-alone freezer for our garage.

If I make a pumpkin pie, I make two. We eat one and I freeze the others in slices. If I cook a quiche or pot pie or casserole, I make two. We eat one and I freeze the other in individual portions.

Now I only have to cook once or twice a week and most other nights we grab a favorite frozen dinner from the garage. I seriously use those extra hours each week when I’m not in the kitchen to write. (The only downside, lol, is that we’re always stocked with homemade pies, cookies, cakes and more in our freezer…it does take some discipline not to go out and eat them all up!)

How about you? Do you have any time-saving hacks you’d like to share with us so we can log in more writing time instead?

Image by Lukas Bieri from Pixabay


  1. I cook, eat, and freeze meals too. I often think that I’ve frozen one meal burt when I take that portion out of the freezer, it’s usually enough for 2 meals! So win, win again! Thanks, Nancy. I look forward to reading your daily words of writerly wisdom.

    • Yay for you, Mona! And isn’t it funny how little the portions look in the freezer container but how big they are spread out on our plate?!

  2. Great way to carve out more writing time…and have delicious food readily available. Thanks for sharing!

    • You’re welcome! Hope you give it a try!

  3. How can I get into your garage? 🙂

    • Te he he. I’d love to have you over for dinner sometime!

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