Tuesday, July 25, 2006
So, say you have playgroup Tuesday morning. And one of your friends locks her keys in the car. So you take a couple of her kids home for her. But after you get to her house, you realize she meant YOUR home (which is totally fine, just not what you had planned). And of course it is past lunch time. And though you planned to re-heat macaroni and cheese (because your children haven't figured out yet that that is gross) your son, the perfect host suggest cheeseburger soup. Which will feed the masses. And just as you finish the soup your poor friend shows up with her other two kids and her very pregnant tummy so you think it would be Christian of you to feed them (you have that big pot of soup on this boiling hot day, after all). And you are having a great time until 2 when they leave. But your kids want to go to the pool and you have already promised to take meals to TWO people that evening. One eats at 5:30 and one at 7. Your family eats at 6. And book club starts at 7 (But you've read the book because THIS MONTH you planned ahead). What do you do?
Did you know that you can make enchiladas for three families just by using a huge bowl, 2 9X13s and a 10X10 (they were a family of two)? And each family can eat a hot meal? It is my new favorite "take someone a meal" meal. We even snuck in a visit to the pool. All meals assembled ahead of time and warmed when the timing permitted it.
Oh, and don't underestimate the power of ice cream as a desert in July. You may feel like you are wimping out because you didn't make a cake, but they recipient is thrilled because they never buy themselves Ben and Jerry's. It is my one splurge.
Works for me!