A couple times a month, sometimes as often as once a week, I make four or five meals at once to feed me throughout the week. Generally I split each meal in half, freezing half of it as a batch and then portioning out the rest as individual portions. (When you spend between 40 and 70 hours a week on campus, you definitely need to plan ahead when it comes to food.)
I’ve had a number of people ask me for certain recipes or tips on how to prepare meals in advance. I finally took the time to sit down and make notes, so here’s the start to Katt’s Favorite Recipes.
Baked Oatmeal Muffins
- I have found that baking these as muffins can be messy. And my muffin liners never like to come off the muffins – whether I peal them off when they are hot before freezing, or if I peal them off after they are frozen, or if I peal them off after warming them in the microwave. So, to solve this, I recently baked them in a 9×13” pan. Split into nine and then frozen, they are much easier to deal with than muffins. And, nine servings makes them a bit bigger than 12 muffins, which is good for me as I am rushing to dance classes every morning and need a hearty breakfast to keep me going.
Lasagna-style Baked Ziti
- I highly recommend using a 5-qt pot to cook the meat mixture so you can easily mix the spinach and pasta in together.
- I really like using tri-color rotini as the pasta, however whole wheat shells are also delicious.
- Could be made vegetarian by substituting mushrooms for ground beef. I bet morels would be great in this!
- I usually need to add more than 1 cup of broth for the sauce to cover the vegetables and pasta the way I would like it to. (Though to be honest, it’s probably because I up the amount of veggies and never remember to up the liquid in most recipes.)
- This one freezes fine, but the texture of the pasta does change slightly.
I have my Grandmother’s 3-qt Crock-Pot. Serial number 518! These recipes all work in the 3-qt, though it can be a tight fit and the beef stew would definitely be much easier in a 5-qt.
Slow Cooker Broccoli Cheese Soup
- Holy yum. This is my new favorite soup.
Slow Cooker Chicken & Dumplings
Slow Cooker Rosemary Garlic Beef Stew
- I recently tried prepping everything, then freezing prior to cooking. I do not recommend this. The texture of the beef changed and I did not care for it.
- Because stew beef tends to be a cheaper cut of meat, I splurge on really good beef for this meal. I am lucky that the Good Food Store only sells good beef, but I spring for the grass-finished beef here.
Cheesy Veggie Soup
- This is great with shredded chicken breast.
- Sometimes I make a batch of brown rice as well and serve this on rice. It’s a great way to bulk up the soup, and it stretches the soup out a bit longer.
- Recently I’ve swapped paprika for the cumin. Oh my gosh, it made this soup even more delicious!
- Could be made vegetarian if you don’t add the bacon. But seriously, why would you do that?!
Hearty Minestrone Soup
- Definitely use at 12-qt soup pot for this soup!
- I can always taste a difference when I use a lower quality tortellini, especially when I reheat it. Spring for the good stuff!
- Could be made vegetarian
Kale, Potato, Turkey Sausage Soup
- The first time I made this, I cooked the sausage as written. My preference, however, is to take the sausage out of the casing so it is ground.
- This is another soup where you can taste the quality of the meat. (Have you noticed a theme yet?) I always buy local sausage from the Bitterroot.
- Best made in a 12-qt pot
- Kale does not shrivel the same way spinach does. Shred, or cut, the kale into bite sized pieces.
Tomato Herb Soup
Virus Killing Soup
- I use a 16-qt soup pot for this. It makes a LOT of soup.
- Remember that however large a chicken you buy, you must lift that weight out of your soup pot.
- Again, buy quality meat. I always buy a local Hutterite chicken for this soup.
OTHER TIPS AND TRICKS
- As you may have noticed, I use a lot of recipes from BudgetBytes. Reading her blog has changed the way I think about planning meals. I’ve learned a lot from Beth in the past couple of years.
- This is a really great resource for freezing food.
- It may take you a while to figure out your groove for binge-cooking. My preference is to plan what meals I’m going to make, fill out my grocery list, and go grocery shopping on one day, then spend the next day making all my meals.
- Always start with your counter space free. I have the tiniest kitchen and cannot do anything in it unless all the dishes are clean.
- I freeze ricotta in 1/4 cup servings. Scoop the ricotta onto parchment paper on a cookie sheet, then put in the freezer for several hours until frozen solid. Place in freezer bag, clearly labeled.
- When freezing soup in bags, I double bag. I label the bag the soup is in, then slide it in zipper side first into another freezer bag. When freezing soup in freezer safe plastic, I put a layer of parchment paper on top of the soup to prevent freezer burn.
- I find it very helpful to have a dry-erase board on the freezer door. Every time I put something in the freezer, I write it down. It keeps things from getting lost and I can rotate through various meals more often.
- 1/1 – 5th Annual Ski-N The New Year at Mt. St. Helens
- 1/3 – The Greaser-McDaniel Clan got together for the very first time since all the kids were born. We spent the afternoon at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, then ate pizza and camped out at Daryl’s house. I’m so thankful for my family.
- 1/9-10 – 6th anniversary trip to Sharkey and Gold Bug hot springs
- 1/10 – Daryl asks me to be his wife!
- 1/11 – Ski Lost Trail with Daryl and Nick
- 1/15 – Guest Artist rehearsals with Stevie Teran
- 1/19 – MLK Jr day ski at Lost Trail
- 1/26 – First day of spring semester
[photo by William Muñoz]
- 2/6-7 – ACDA Benefit Concert. Perform “You Can’t Even Imagine How Many Toes I’ve Touched” and “Paradise”.
[photo by William Muñoz]
- 3/1 – I picked my phone up after putting lotion on and it went flying out of my hand. The screen was completely smashed. Marley tape to the rescue!
- 3/3-7 – Dance New Works. Choreograph “Sassafrass”, perform “Impending Disturbance: Unpredictable Predictability” and “Vibe”.
- 3/4 – Cat sit Pooka and Katniss while Clare sees Neil DeGrasse Tyson. So jealous, but at least I got kitty snuggles.
- 3/16-22 – American College Dance Festival Northwest Regional Conference at the University of Northern Colorado
- 3/16 – Karen drives my car with Emily, Arina, and Jessie while Heidi drives the quarantine-mobile to Casper, WY. Jasmine and I sleep most of the way.
- 3/17 – Drive to Fort Collins, CO. Emily, Arina, Jessie, and I explore campus before the opening concert.
- 3/18 – Perform “Paradise”
- 3/20 – Emily, Haley, Charlie and I take an amazing ballet class with Marsha Knight. Ellie and Emily perform “Where We Left It” in Gala concert.
- 3/21 – I drive Emily, Arina, and Jessie to Billings
- 3/22 – Drive us home to Missoula
- 3/30-4/3 – Spring Break
- 3/30 – First day of Spring Break day date with my love
[photo by William Muñoz]
- 4/4 – Skiesta at Lost Trail with Daryl and Mike
- 4/5 – Start planting in the garden
- 4/9-10 – Informal Concert
- 4/16 – Disc golf at Blue Mountain with Daryl and Mike
- 4/22-25 – Dance In Concert. I designed lights for “Petipa Variations” and “Secondarily: Intersect”, run the fly rail for “Secondarily: Intersect”, and danced in “Paradise.”
- 4/24-26 – My parents come to visit!
- 4/30 – Daryl built us an amazing bike shed in the back yard
- 5/3 – Auditions for A Chorus Line
- 5/9 – Cookie baking date with Sydoney
- 5/10 – Theatre & Dance picnic. I got $2000 in scholarships!
- 5/15 – We Carry The Ocean Inside Us, Emily’s senior show at DDC
- 5/16 – Graduation party at Emily, Arina, and HanaSara’s. Six of my favorite ladies graduated and I of course cried.
- 5/17 – Designed lights for the Ballet Arts Academy recital
- 5/18-19 – Rhythmic Motion, Arina’s senior show at Headwaters
- 5/19 – Jackie visits!
- 5/23-25 – Memorial Weekend Ski at Shmerker’s Folly
- 5/29-6/2 – Papoose caving trip with Daryl and Brian
- 5/30 – Cave hunting and morel finding
- 6/1 – Caving
- 6/4 – My forever love’s birthday!
- 6/12 – Drive from Missoula to Sprague, WA
- 6/13 – Drive to Portland
- 6/14 – Daryl and I take the waterfall tour through the Gorge
- 6/15 – We spend the evening at Kelley Point Park
- 6/16 – I go on an 8-mile hike at Multnomah Falls with Amy and Henry
- 6/17-22 – Eugene
- 6/17 – Daryl and I drive to Eugene
- 6/18 – Daryl, Kevin, Niki, Sawyer, Landon, and I spend the day at a lake. That night, I meet up with a long-time internet friend, Monica.
- 6/19 – Daryl, Kevin, Niki, and I go on a bike double date
- 6/22 – Daryl and I drive to Mt. Hood
- 6/23 – We ski to Cooper Spur on Mt. Hood
- 6/26 – I drive to Astoria for the day. My favorite silly small town. Liz drives from Medford to Portland for the weekend.
- 6/27 – My 28th birthday! Breakfast at Grain & Gristle, wedding dress shopping, then a bbq at Kelley Point Park.
- 6/28 – Daryl, Liz, and I continue birthday celebrations with a brunch fit for royalty at Tasty N Sons. Liz heads back to Medford and Daryl and I drive to Kennewick.
- 6/29 – Daryl and I drive to Missoula. Saville and the kids are in town, so the house is full of family.
[photo by digabyte.com]
- 7/2-5 – 4th of July at Kreis Pond with Daryl, Mike, Saville, Fisher, Ike, Elsie, Simon, Max, Nick, Rita, Ozzy, Jessie, Adam, Kaia, Erin, and Rob
- 7/6 – Finally get my phone screen fixed
- 7/16 – Drive to Wyoming. First solo camping night!
- 7/17 – Drive to Boulder, CO
- 7/18-8/2 – Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop
- 7/19 – Less than two weeks after getting it fixed, I smash my phone screen again
- 7/25 – Spend the afternoon being both my majors at tech
- 7/31 – BJDW Student Concert
- 8/2 – Sue Ann rolls over 300,000 miles! Drive from Boulder to Dinosaur National Monument.
- 8/3 – On my way through Salt Lake City, I stop by and meet Stacy. We’ve been online friends for 12+ years and I’m so happy we got to spend a couple hours together. I drive to Pocatello and camp on a mountain.
- 8/9 – Daryl and I meet Brian at Benchmark
- 8/10-22 – Scapegoat 2015: Little Nibblers Edition
- 8/10 – Hike to the tarn and camp
- 8/11 – Move to cave camp
- 8/13 – Follow leads
- 8/15 – Make the very first thru trip – in Green Fork Falls Cave and out Kathy’s Icebox!
- 8/19 – Spend the day hiking around the Plateau
- 8/20 – We were gifted a bottle of Crown Royal from a packer we met the previous week. We drink it with some of Kathy’s Ice.
- 8/21 – Hike out to the cabin and camp
- 8/22 – Hike out and head back to Missoula
- 8/28 – Modern placement class. Date night! Cafe Dolce and Big Dipper Ice Cream.
- 8/31 – First day of Junior year
- 9/26 – The cast of A Chorus Line and Treasure Island danced and pirated our way through the Homecoming parade today. We won the Governor’s Award!
- I made a lot of soup
[photo by Terry Cyr]
- 10/3 – Headwater’s Last Hurrah. I’m so thankful I was able to see this show. Amy changed dance in Missoula and is such an important person in our lineage as dancers here. It was beautiful to see the support she received for her final concert.
- 10/11 – Skype date with Emily, Arina, and Jessie!
- 10/21-31 – A Chorus Line
- 10/23-25 – My parents and Grandma visit
- 11/5 – First snow of the season
- 11/14 – 11 1/2 hour focus for Treasure Island. I ended the day with a heart full of love for what I do.
- 11/20 – Fall Studio Works. Perform “Origins Of A Dance” and help backstage.
- 11/21 – HanaSara’s going away party at Clare’s. I love her dearly and wish Tokyo weren’t so very far away.
- 11/25-29 – Thanksgiving Break
- 11/26 – Thanksgiving. I made three pies for myself, Daryl, and Mike. They were delicious.
- 11/28 – Griz playoff game with Daryl, Mike, and Liz. We won! Go Griz!
- 12/4-12 – Dance Up Close. I was costume run crew for the first half, performed “her life had been”, then switched back to run crew mode until after midnight when laundry was done.
- 12/18 – Last day of the semester. Daryl drives to town!
- 12/19 – Ski at Lookout with Daryl and Liz. Beautiful, great first day of the skison!
- 12/20 – Ski at Lost Trail with Daryl, Mike, and Liz. Pow pow!
- 12/21 – Daryl and I head toward Portland from Missoula. We got stopped at the pass before we left Montana and sat for three hours waiting on a wreck. Between Ritzville and Kennewick the Outback started acting up. We stop driving at 5:30am.
- 12/22 – Limp the Outback from Kennewick to Portland. It took us 27 hours to make an 8 hour drive.
- 12/25 – We spend Christmas evening in Astoria with my parents. I love my family.
- 12/26 – For Fisher’s 11th birthday, Mike, Daryl, and I took him snow camping for the first time!
- 12/27 – After a great snow kitchen breakfast, we build a sweet snow cave. I haven’t seen a kid as excited as him for such a long time.
- 12/30 – We went to happy hour with some friends from D’s work, played trivia, and ate tacos
- 12/31 – New Years Eve date night! Dinner at Zeus’s Cafe then Blind Pilot at the Crystal Ballroom!
2014 • 2013 • 2012 • 2011 • 2010 • 2009
Glacier National Park, September 2009
Wherever is your heart I call home
Though your feet may take you far from me, I know
Wherever is your heart I call home
For our anniversary this year, we decided to go on a hot springs trip. My favorite! Before we left, Daryl read about a hot springs near Salmon, ID – Sharkey Hot Springs. Since we have to drive through Salmon to get to Gold Bug, we decided to check it out. Based on information online, we were unsure we’d be able to get to the springs because of snow. We were very pleasantly surprised to find the road to plowed all the way to the parking lot! The hot springs are maintained by the BLM and there is a small day-use fee ($3). But considering that means the pools are cleaned once a week, there is a fire pit, heated changing rooms, and bathrooms, I’d say $3 is more than reasonable! My handsome love. After our soak at Sharkey’s, we hit the road to Gold Bug Hot Springs, one of my favorite place on the planet. The trail was predictably icy, so we made a few detours off the main trail as to not die. We made it to our favorite camp site about half way up to the springs and set up camp. I love that we set camp up so quickly and efficiently now. We both set up the tent, then while Daryl put the stakes in, I set up our beds inside. After getting our sleeping quarters arranged, we went off in search of wood for a fire. Just through some trees from our camp site, The Explorer hit jackpot with a super dry dead tree. We carried it in pieces back to camp and then started breaking down and sorting the branches. We had to baby the fire a bit, but no where near as bad as a fire we built on Shi-Shi Beach for a friends birthday years ago – it took 6 hours to get that one going! After we got the fire going, Daryl made dinner. Boil water, pour into Mountain House package, stir, wait 9 minutes, and voila! This was the best anniversary we’ve had. Daryl has moved home and we are in such a great place and I love him so very much. I fall more in love with him every single day. I don’t know how it’s possible, as every day my heart is completely full with love for him. And spending our anniversary hiking and soaking was so perfect. I couldn’t have asked for a better anniversary dinner. After dinner, we packed a bag to head up to the hot springs. I went to get something from my backpack and when I turned around, Daryl managed to make an already perfect day more wonderful. As soon as he asked me to marry him, I burst into tears. I couldn’t believe it was really, actually, finally happening! Everything about it was absolutely perfect. I could not have asked for a more perfect, more amazing, more us proposal. I am so thankful for Daryl. I am so thankful I get to spend the rest of my life with him. After some celebrating, we started the hike up to the hot springs and spend a wonderful three hours soaking by ourselves.
I couldn’t take the smile off my face on the drive to Lost Trail to ski the next morning.
Here’s to the last six years and to forever after. I love you, Daryl Scott Greaser. I cannot wait to be your wife.
- 1/1 – 4th Annual Ski-N The New Year at Mt. St. Helens FAIL
- 1/3 – Fancy date at El Gaucho
- 1/5 – Backcountry ski trip to Mt. St. Helens with Daryl, Johnny, and Grand Paw. Terrible snow, beautiful sunset.
- 1/10 – Five Year Anniversary ❤
- 1/12 – Drive from Portland to Seattle and stay night with Becky
- 1/18 – Gold Bug Hot Springs with Daryl and Nick
- 1/19 – Ski at Lost Trail with Daryl and Nick
- 1/20 – Drive to Great Falls to pick up Mike. Spend the evening coloring and putting together puzzles with Elsie.
- 1/27 – First day of Spring semester
- 2/1 – Ski at Snowbowl with Nick
- 2/2 – SEAHAWKS WIN THE SUPERBOWL!!!
- 2/6 – -17*. Campus was shut down not because of the cold, but because there was an armed robber on campus. Brrrr.
- 2/7 – Ran lights for Montana State Thespian Festival cuttings
- 2/8 – Bought my beloved Frye boots
- 2/17 – Ski at Lost Trail
- 2/22 – Poker night
- 2/28 – School canceled due to snow/cold. Liz and I ski to DraughtWorks for free beer!
- 3/1 – Daryl visits
- 3/2 – Backcountry ski trip to University Mountain with Daryl, Mike, and Nick. Go straight to Swan Lake rehearsal in ski boots.
- 3/6 – We got our Swan Lake tutus!
- 3/19-22 – Dance In Concert. Open show with Swan Lake, continue show as ASM backstage.
- 3/22 – Daryl and Chadler visit. Fly down the Bitterroot.
- 3/24 – Was awarded a 50% scholarship to Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop
- 3/26 – Was awarded a $1750 scholarship!
- 3/28-4/1 – Cat sitting Pooka and Katniss for Clare
- 4/2-5 – Northwest Regional Conference of the American College Dance Festival at University of Montana
- 4/11 – Friend-date with Cody, Chris, Emily, Arina, Jackie, and Brooke at Caio Mambo
- 4/19 – Daryl and Chadler visit
- 4/20 – Hike up Kootenai Creek with Daryl and Chadler
- 4/21 – Officially a BFA Dance Major!
- 4/25-26 – Informal Concert: Clothe The Dancers
- 4/26 – 1920s Party at Alan’s house
- 5/5 – Upgrade to iPhone5c, Cinco de Franklin
- 5/6-10 – Dance New Works
- 5/7 – Was given a production assignment for Fall 2014: assistant stage manager for Cyrano de Bergerac
- 5/11 – Theatre & Dance Picinic. Was awarded a Paper Plate Award for Most Productive In A Tutu.
- 5/12 – National Bison Range with Mama, Daddy, and Grandma
- 5/14 – Blank Paper performance
- 5/16 – Jackie’s senior show
- 5/17 – Commencement. Work backstage, then change lights over to Ballet Arts Academy recital.
- 5/18 – Ballet Arts Academy recital
- 5/23 – Liz, Tommy, and Debo move to Oregon
- 5/24-25 – Backcountry ski trip to Carlton Ridge with Daryl, Johnny, and Grand Paw
- 5/26 – Jessie and Adam have baby Kaia!
- 5/27 – First day of summer work study
- 5/31 – Fly to Portland. Disc golf with Daryl, Johnny, and Grand Paw. Spend night with Megan and Chadler.
- 6/1 – Disc golf with Daryl, Johnny, and Grand Paw
- 6/2 – Come down with a 24-hour flu bug
- 6/3 – Fly to Missoula
- 6/6 – Hike up to top of Mt. Sentinel and watch para- and hang-gliders taking off
- 6/7 – Went to the Saturday Markets with Sydoney, then play with silks
- 6/11-17 – East Coast vacation!
- 6/12 – Emily and I head into the City. Wander Governor’s Island for a bit, then found ballet in the park after dessert-lunch at Max Brenner.
- 6/13 – Emily drops me off at Gabi and Bryan’s house. We drive to Delaware. Gab and I stay night at Lindsay’s Mom’s and stay up talking until 4am.
- 6/14 – Josh and Lindsay’s wedding!
- 6/15 – Run lights for Kathryn Barnett School Of Dance recital
- 6/16 – Gab and I go to Sea Bright Beach for the day
- 6/17 – Fly back to Missoula
- 6/20 – Drive to Portland
- 6/22 – Backcountry ski trip to Mt. Hood with Daryl. Ski from just below crater all the way back to Sue Ann.
- 6/23 – Drive to Missoula
- 6/27 – 27th Birthday! Disc golf with Nick, Conner, Lori, Mike, Ike, Fisher, Ozzy, and Tucker.
- 7/3-5 – Kreis Pond with Daryl, Nick, Mike, Saville, Fisher, Ike, and Elsie
- 7/10 – Drive to Portland
- 7/12 – Visit Aunt Karen and Uncle Larry in Roseburg with Daryl, Mama, and Daddy
- 7/13 – Daryl and I lackadaisically drive back to Portland with a stop at McMenamins Hotel Oregon in McMinnville
- 7/15 – Daryl rents a Cessna and flies me home to Missoula!
- 7/18 – Fly to Boulder
- 7/19-8/1 – Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop
- 7/27 – Tech rehearsal for the workshop shows. 3 hours of dance and 3 hours focusing lights!
- 8/1 – Workshop show
- 8/2 – Wander downtown Boulder during the afternoon before the Interweave Dance Theatre show
- 8/4 – Fly to Portland
- 8/6 – Christopher and Amy having Daryl and I over for dinner. Yum!
- 8/7 – Weekday date night at Laurelhurst Theater to see The Grand Budapest Hotel
- 8/10 – Kelly Point Park at sunset with Daryl
- 8/11 – I got to spend the day babysitting Henry. I love babies!
- 8/15 – Camp at Hidden Lake for festivities
- 8/16 – Christopher and Amy’s wedding!
- 8/18 – Kelly Point Park at sunset with Daryl
- 8/19 – Head to Astoria for the day
- 8/21 – Had lunch with Spencer and Tania at Lompoc. I miss those guys!
- 8/22 – Beers with Spencer, Tania, Daryl, and Sasha at Lompoc
- 8/23 – River City Roots Fest with Daryl and Nick
- 8/25 – First day of Fall semester
- 8/31 – DraughtWorks with Jessie, Adam, and baby Kaia
- Spent 6 of 7 days on campus
- I made a lot of soup
- On campus 30 of 30 days
- 10/7-18 – Cyrano de Bergerac
- 10/8 – Sue Ann rolls over 290,000 miles!
- 10/18 – Closing night!
- On campus 31 of 31 days
- 11/1 – Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Wilma with Clare and Kelly
- 11/4-8 – Dance Up Close
- 11/4 – Grotto Pub Night at Bayern
- 11/8 – Dinner with Emily, Emily’s Mom and Aunts, Arina, and Jackie
- 11/21-22 – Fall Studio Works
- 11/27 – Friendsgiving!
- 11/29 – Griz game with Daryl, Mike, and Nick. We won!
- On campus 25 of 30 days
- 12/5 – U/RTA Table – not the best in the room, but also not the worst!
- 12/10 – Clare’s Christmas Party!
- 12/13 – Mysterious White Out Party with Clare at the Top Hat
- 12/14 – Fly to Portland
- 12/16 – Weekday date night at the Roxy to see Wild
- 12/19 – Daryl’s last day of work!
- 12/20 – Dinner at Christopher and Amy’s new house
- 12/23 – Brunch at Tasty & Son’s. Drive to Astoria and get drinks with Tammy at Fort George.
- 12/24 – Go to beach with Daryl and see the highest tide ever
- 12/25 – Christmas at my parent’s. Daryl and I head to the beach, then we all see Unbroken.
- 12/26 – Go to the new brewery in Astoria, Buoy Brewing
- 12/29 – Ski at Meadows with Daryl
- 12/31 – 5th Annual Ski-N The New Year at Mt. St. Helens with Daryl
- On campus 9 of 12 days. 101 of 110 for the entire semester.
2013 • 2012 • 2011 • 2010 • 2009
This has always been one of my favorite photos of me as a child. A polaroid snapped in 1989 when we moved from New York to Alaska. It’s torn, but laminated, and for years it lived in my wallet. I loved it.
This girl has been a Seahawks fan since the very beginning.
I am so excited for tomorrow.
[Tillamook Head trail, February 2011]
Five years ago last month, a customer at my coffee shop played match maker and my manager introduced us.
“Katt, this is Daryl. Daryl, this is Katt. Jim thinks you should date.”
Five years ago today, we held hands and watched the sunset. Then he kissed my hand and I fell in love.
Here’s to the last five years, the next five years, and every year after that.