SEPTEMBER SWAP DATE CHANGE and August Swap Recap

Hi, Meal Swap Friends –
Hopefully you are all staying reasonably cool in the midst of this crazy heat – I’m sitting in our living room feeling so thankful that the thermostat is reading 82 after days of our poor air conditioner working non-stop and barely keeping us at 85!

Before the heat wave, (and now but a distant memory…J), we met last Monday evening to swap our August meals. Hopefully you have been enjoying salads and sandwiches in particular on these sweltering days! Several of our fellow swappers were not able to be at the actual swap and dropped off their meals in advance, so I wanted to recap a few of the detailey things that we talked about that evening so that we all stay on the same page!

– The group decided that to keep the swap time at 8 pm works well as we head into fall. Consensus was to try Sunday evenings. While that evening we scheduled the September swap for Sunday, September 8th, it had completely slipped my mind that we are having Britta baptized that morning, and then hosting a bunch of people for lunch. We also have some out of town family coming for the weekend, so it’s probably not the best evening for me to be hosting the swap. SO, for the month of September we will continue with our third Monday evening swap, which means that instead of September 8th, it will be Monday, September 16th. I’m sorry for not having more foresight in scheduling that, and hope that everyone can make the 16th work. At this point, future swaps (beginning in October) are scheduled for the 2nd Sunday of each month at 8 pm.
– We discussed options for our open meal category (since we’ve bid farewell to soups and stews as a specific category) and agreed that we will divide this into two categories: Breakfast and Crockpot. One person will cook from each category (I.e. one will cook from Breakfast and one will cook from Crockpot). It was noted that all Breakfast meals should include a protein (I.e. a side of meat such as bacon or sausage should be included if the entrée itself does not have meat. We just want to make sure that this is a substantial meal appropriate for being served for dinner. Although this category could also make a great brunch for a weekend morning! J)
– We are welcoming two new swap members at the September swap! Karna will be cooking from the Pizza category and Emily will be cooking from the Crockpot category. A warm welcome to both Karna and Emily! Our swap is full at 12 swappers now, so please make 12 of your entrees, leave one at home to enjoy and bring 11 to the September swap.
– Jill brought a thank you note and photo from Roger and Jane Anderson. Roger is a co-worker of Jill’s whose wife was recently paralyzed in an accident. Several people from our swap made an extra meal for their family in July and they were so thankful! We do not have any identified person/family this month who could be blessed/encouraged by the gift of meals, so if you know of someone you’d like to recommend, please let us know!
– We talked briefly about any tips or tricks we have to share as we’re all getting more used to meal swapping. It was noted that writing the food information on the inside Ziploc bag leaves the second, outside Ziploc bag free of any writing, and therefore more easily to reuse. The importance of double bagging bread for freshness was brought up, as was the importance of using actual freezer bags to package all food in. (Please do be sure that all meal swap meals are packaged in good quality freezer bags – this is really important in ensuring that everyone’s food remains as fresh as possible. Thanks!)
– Lastly, just a reminder that the two ingredients our swap has agreed to avoid are peanuts/peanut butter and MSG. Marci is happy to be a resource if anyone has specific questions about particular MSG-free items.

I think that’s the recap! Thanks so much to each of you for the delicious, all prepped food! Especially on these toasty days, it’s been so great to have our meal swap meals on hand to minimize time in the kitchen. Thanks again, everyone, and see you on Monday, September 16th at 8 pm!

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