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!



August meals and Upcoming Categories

August Meals

Holly: Soy Honey Garlic Chicken
Chrystine: BBQ Chicken, Pineapple, Bacon Kabobs
Lisa: Pineapple Cashew Chicken
Sara: Pizza Subs
Heather: Greek Pitas
Emily: Bacon and Cheddar Brats
Kelly: BBQ Beef Sandwiches
Michelle: Beef & Quinoa Tacos
Amber: Sloppy Joes
Pan Ready
Karna:  TBD
Marci: Adventure Salad

Upcoming Category Assignments

If you hold a 1/2 time slot please bring your recipes for these categories to be voted on with you this month, full time people do not need to bring recipes until the month before

September Categories

Chicken- Marci, Liz (Karna’s spot), open
Pork- Holly, Chrystine, Abby: Thai Pork
Beef- Sara, Heather, Emily
Pan Ready- Michelle
Breakfast- Essia: Egg Bake Breakfast Scramble
Salad- Kelly

October Categories

Chicken- Kelly, Michelle, Amber
Pork- Marci, Karna, open
Beef- Holly, Chrystine, Lisa
Pan Ready- Heather
Breakfast-  Sara
Your Choice- Emily


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!


July Meals and Upcoming Categories

July Meals

Sara: Crunchy Chicken Pesto Sandwiches
Heather: Thai Peanut Chicken Salad
Kelly: Caramelized Onion and Bacon Pizza
Michelle: Mac & Cheese with Ham
Essia: Teriyaki Pork Chops
Marci: Monterey Burgers,
Karna: Lasagna
Abby: Korean BBQ Beef
Pan Ready
Chrystine: Green Chili Chicken Bake
Emily: Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Muffins
Holly: Applebee’s Oriental Chicken Salad

Upcoming Category Assignments

We are switching it up slightly for the spring/summer months and replacing your choice with a salad category.   Start thinking summer, grilling, etc. as you think of recipes for your category

If you hold a 1/2 time slot please bring your recipes for these categories to be voted on with you this month, full time people do not need to bring recipes until the month before

August Categories

Chicken- Holly, Chrystine, Lisa: Pineapple Cashew Chicken
Pork- Sara, Heather, Emily
Beef- Kelly, Michelle, Amber: Sloppy Joes
Pan Ready- Open
Breakfast-  Karna
Salad- Marci


September Categories

Chicken- Marci, Karna, open
Pork- Holly, Chrystine, Abby
Beef- Sara, Heather, Emily
Pan Ready- Michelle
Breakfast- Essia
Salad- Kelly

Submit recipes to Sara!

Good morning-

There is a change to the information Heather posted in the blog last night.   I will be exploring New York City with my family starting Saturday so I will not be able to collect/ post the recipe list for you this month.

Sara Tan has graciously offered to compile the recipes for you.   Please EMAIL your recipe to Sara (following the same format you see on the blog) by Friday evening.

Sara’s e-mail is:



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!