Catching up with the Kelnhofers-127

In this week’s Catching up with the Kelnhofers, I’m sharing my favorite ways to warm up in this frigid winter weather….hint it involves a freezer, ha!

Frankie in dance clothes

It’s SO COLD here in WI. It’s been below 10 degrees all week. I opened the screen door and my it felt like my hand was 1 second away from sticking to the metal door knob. Ok, to be fair, it got a touch warmer right before writing this post, but still, cold!

Dressing for the cold

So naturally, let’s talk about freezer meals (ha!) – truly though, freezer meals are a huge time saver, if it’s already in the freezer and all you have to do is cook it, a warm and comforting meal is short to follow!

Freezer meals in ziploc bags
Freezer meals (no prep required)

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Check out the latest recipes on

New recipes on the blog
Kielbasa and lentils  | English muffin pizza | Winter reading list

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This week we’re talking freezer meals and meal prep – keep reading for some of the best, easy freezer meal recipes!

Freezer meal recipes
Chicken gnocchi | Freezer chocolate chip cookies | Chicken enchilada casserole | Chicken broccoli Alfredo casserole

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  • Use crushed up candy canes to take these no bake healthy protein cookies to the next Don’t have collagen? Instead just sub for 1 tbs almond flour and 1 tbs flax.  You can see us making the cookies here 
Freddie enjoying no bake collagen cookies
No-bake collagen cookies
  • Instant Pot pork ragu – it makes a big batch, great for meals throughout the week (lunch leftovers) 
Making Instant Pot pork Ragu
Instant Pot Pork Ragu recipe

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This is a great comment on my recipe for fail proof whole wheat pizza dough:

No bake pizza dough
Pizza dough recipe

My boyfriend and I are trying to cook more at home. I have a Ninja that has a dough “blade” and have been wanting to try it, so we made this whole wheat dough. Turned out delicious!! So filling too. Highly recommend this recipe.”

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Slow Cooke reader re-creationSlow cooker salsa chicken and quinoa is a great, healthy winter meal and this reader re-creation made it look tasty!

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It’s sock season and these are the best!  Helping to keep me warm in this chilly weather.

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I read a bunch of ‘best books I read in 2021’ posts, here are 3 that I’m going to check out in January! 

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The Soulmate Equation | White Ivy | The Island of Missing Trees
  • I started White Ivy and I just want to find out what happens next, what a good story and beautifully written!
  • The Soulmate Equation “Writing duo and reigning romance queens Christina Lauren are back with The Soulmate Equation, their most ambitious book to date.” —PopSugar
  • The Island of Missing Trees A rich, magical new novel on belonging and identity, love and trauma, nature and renewal, from the Booker-shortlisted author of 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World.
  • White Ivy A truly addictive read” (Glamour) about how a young woman’s crush on a privileged former classmate becomes a story of love, lies, and dark obsession, offering stark insights into the immigrant experience, as it hurtles to its electrifying ending in this “twisty, unputdownable, psychological thriller” (People).”

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  • Princess ballerina – the big thing that happened this past week is that our Frankie started ballet. She calls it princess ballerina and it’s the cutest thing ever. She loved it and was showing us her moves. I sat in the car and watched the class via zoom, I was laughing and crying at the same time, so cute!

Frankie ballet class

  • Cold – burr! It’s been below 10 degrees all week! I thought it wasn’t THAT cold (the sun was out) but the second we bundled everyone up and took them outside it was too cold and we came in after 5 minutes.

Cold weather playing

  • Car waffles – one of my sisters gave the kids this waffle maker for Christmas. It seems silly, but wow did they love it! We used my recipe for eggless waffles and Ben even fed one to his robot we built lol.

Car shaped waffles

  • Big brother – Ben is such a sweet older brother, it melts my heart every time I see him interacting with Sam. Santa brought Sam this ultra lux play mat that I cannot recommend enough. The company Lovevery also has other sensory toys and kits I have my eye on for birthdays/presents.

Big Brother Ben and Baby Same

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The Final Note
Pesto salmon | The StandUps | Laptop stand



  • Currently laughing our way through The StandUps on Nextflix


  • If you’re constantly working from a laptop like me, I highly recommend a laptop stand, like this to help with little backaches from sitting hunched over the laptop all day.

Is it super cold where you are? How are you doing? I’d love to know, so just leave a comment below and let me know!

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