An Early Reminder to Post your Recipes!

Hi, Everyone –
This is your surprise EARLY friendly reminder to please submit your recipes to the blog by Friday evening. Thank you, and continued thanks to Marci for compiling the recipes for us each month!

We’ll meet at my house next Monday at 8 pm – for those of you (like me!) who still will be prepping this week, we are prepping 11 and bringing 10 to the swap. We’re gifting any extra meals this month to my friend Liz’s family…. We did this a couple of months ago as well and their family was so, so appreciative of the help this was to them.  Liz and her husband, Jade, have twin boys that are good buddies of our son,  Axel, and Jade suddenly became paralyzed from the waist down in March.  They are fighting to keep the paralysis from progressing, and doctoring at Mayo to try to understand the rare autoimmune disease that is attacking Jade’s body.  If it’s the right thing for you this month, their family would be really blessed by any meals we send their way.  There is no one designated for extra meals in September or October, so feel free to let us know if you’re aware of a situation where meals would be helpful!

My family is headed out on vacation to British Columbia and Washington state early Wednesday morning (August 9th) and we’ll be gone thru the 21st. This means that I’ll be away next Monday night when our swap meets.  My sister,  Holly, will be house sitting for us, so we’ll still have the swap at my house at the normal 8 pm time, and Marci will host and make sure all runs smoothly. Please contact her with any swap related things once I am away.  Thanks!

Enjoy your week, and thanks for your help in getting the recipes submitted to the blog!



Hi,  Everyone-

Last call for recipes!  Sorry to be getting this reminder out so late…. the pace of my life seems to have picked up substantially with the summertime schedule of all 4 kids around all day!  If you haven’t yet, please submit your recipe to the blog right away – thank you!

We have 11 families swapping this month,  so prep 11 entrees and bring 10 to the swap.   We also have the opportunity to gift meals to Aaron’s coworker, whose high school aged daughter has been diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrigs Disease).  If it works for you this month to do an extra meal, prep 12 and bring 11 to the swap (or stick with prepping 11, and bring a meal still in your freezer that you have not had a chance to enjoy yet).  We don’t have anyone lined up for gifting meals to in August, so please let us know if you’re aware of a situation where the gift of meals would be helpful.

See many of you this coming Monday night!   Happy weekend!


Checking in…

Hello everyone –

I hope that this finds you well and having stayed cool over this steamy weekend!

I wanted to check in about a couple of things related to the upcoming meal swap. We will be be meeting next Monday, June 12th at 8 pm at my house. There will be 11 people swapping in the June swap, so please prep 11 entrees, and bring 10 to the swap.

We have an opportunity for June to gift meals to a family from my son Axel’s school.  The dad, Jade, has had an autoimmune disease that he’s managed for years, but in mid-March, he suddenly lost the use of his legs and has become paralyzed.  Jade and his wife, Liz, have twin 2nd grade boys who are buddies with Axel.  They are now doctoring at Mayo and trying to figure out what damage is permanent, and what to do treatment-wise to keep the disease from progressing and causing further harm.   Jade can no longer work (he was a baker) and Liz has had to cut back her hours as a nursing home rehab aide to care for Jade and get him to and from his many appointments.  They will be really grateful for any meals we send their way, so if it’s the right thing for you this month, feel free to prep an extra meal to be gifted to this family.

I also wanted to mention that our swap member Essia and I were debriefing the May swap and we agreed that the chicken tenders meal they made was a little on the light side with the amount of meat provided. This was totally unintentional and part of the learning curve that goes along with purchasing humongous amounts of meat!  Essia asked what they could do to provide a supplement to even things out a bit, and we decided that it would be both simplest and very delicious if, at her next swap meeting in July, she brought a frozen dessert for all of families who participated in the May swap. So we have some yummy dessert to look forward to in July!

I’ll try to get a reminder out later in the week, but a heads up to please submit your recipes to the blog by Friday so that they can be complied into the master recipe document over the weekend.

I think that’s it for now… we do have one spot open for the July swap, so if anyone who isn’t already swapping that month would like to pick up that open spot for July, please let me know.

Thanks, and I’ll see many of you next week!


Time for Recipes!

Sorry to not get this out to you until today, but here is the reminder to please submit your recipes to the blog by this evening. Thank you for your help in getting these all in tonight so that Marci’s job of pulling everything together is made easier!


The swap is full this month with 12 swappers, so please plan to prep 12 entrees and bring 11 to the swap on Monday evening. We are gifting meals to the Murray family, who just welcomed four kids from the foster care system into their home. Their oldest daughter does have a peanut allergy, so be aware of that in deciding whether or not you’ll be bringing them a meal.


Also, just a couple thoughts about the upcoming summer grilling season. Because our entrees are designed to feed families of 6, please include eight burgers if you will be preparing hamburgers. Most of the men and teenage boys in our lives will easily eat two burgers, so this ensures that those burger entrees will feed everybody. As you are looking for summer recipes, be creative!  There are so many fun and delicious recipes out there, and it’s great to have this season to try new things!  A reminder that if you’re doing a simple meat and marinade recipe and your cost is coming in at under $10, please include a side dish (i.e. veggies, rice, cous cous, pasta, etc).


I’ll see many of you next Monday at 8 pm… happy meal prepping!



It’s Time for Recipes!

Hi, Everyone –

Here is your friendly reminder to please submit your recipe to the blog by this Friday evening. A thank you as always to Marci for her willingness to compile all of those recipes into one master document, making it easy to access them in one spot!

The swap is full this month with 12 swappers, so please prep 12 and bring 11 entrees to the swap. We also have opportunity to gift meals to Bria, who is a single, self employed mom fighting cancer.  If you would like to bring a meal for her, then you’ll prep 13 and bring 12 to the swap. It’s also an option to bring her something from an earlier month that your family has not gotten around to enjoying yet.

Last, we still have not solved the mystery of the disappearing Hawaiian pizza!  Kelly is short one of these entrees, so if you happen to see two of these in your freezer, rather than one, please bring the extra along with you to next week’s swap.

See many of you next Monday evening at 8 pm…happy prepping!





Two more things….

How could I possibly have more things to be in touch with after yesterday’s post?! I know…. it’s amazing …. but I do promise not to be as lengthy as yesterday!

Kelly reminded me that she is short one Hawaiian Pizza.  Did anyone get two?  Please check your freezers and lmk if it was you.  Thanks!

We’ve identified a family to gift meals to in April!  For any of you who may not be familiar with this, sometimes we have the opportunity as a group to send meals to a family that is going through a difficult time. This involves making an extra of the entree that you are prepping, or perhaps taking one that is already in your freezer that your family has not yet enjoyed, and bringing it along to the next meal swap meeting. The person who knows the family will then gather all of the meals and deliver them to the family on behalf of our group. It is a pretty simple but very helpful way to be part of supporting a family who needs a little extra care. No pressure at all to participate – just if it is the right thing for you for that particular month. Sara contacted us about a woman she knows, Bria, who had surgery on March 7th for a routine hysterectomy.  During surgery they found cancer in her appendix and possibly in her colon and lymph nodes. She’s a self employed single mom to two boys (ages 10 and 12), and the doctors have told her to expect four months of treatment, which means she will be unable to work during that time.  Bria’s mom and Sara’s mom are best friends, and Bria is a cousin of Bethany Abramson, who was part of our meal swap several years ago until her family had to go gluten and dairy free!  Bria and her boys are grateful for any help with meals as they journey through this scarey and uncertain time.  To learn more about her story, check out Bria’s GoFundMe page

That’s all!  Happy Monday!