I have been very blessed with good people in my life. The kind of people who bring dinners over without being asked when they feel you could use one. And I don’t know about you, but I think there is something magical about a home cooked meal when you are down and out. Food never tasted so good. Not only does that meal fill tummies, but it warms hearts and helps a bad day seem better. Knowing how much these dinners have meant to me after I have had a baby or been sick, I have wanted to follow in that example and pass on the love!
I have found that there are two different ways to “Bring Dinner In” Sometimes it is most helpful to bring a warm and comforting meal, all ready to eat. Other times it is most helpful to bring in a freezer meal that they can use at their convenience–a night when it is needed most. The pictured meal above is of that variety.
When I am bringing a dinner to a family with young children, I like to include a few fun activities to entertain them. That is always helpful when their Momma is under the weather, you know? Some ideas are a box of crayons and a coloring book (or free printable from the Internet), play dough, stickers, bubbles, really anything from the dollar store or the dollar bins at Target:)
I found these sweet custom printables from Pretty Paperie Printables on Etsy. She created this set for me that I can print out and use whenever I want. Aren’t they cute? To order some for you go here.
Here are some of my favorites for when you are bringing in hot and ready it to eat dinner:
Chicken Cordon Bleu ( or the casserole)
I always include an easy side or two (veggies, salad, breadsticks) and a dessert is a must:) I know how much my boys love a dessert and so I can’t resist sending the sweet stuff! Cookies are a favorite, but I also love to bring in brownies or Picnic cake.
I hope these ideas help make ‘bringing dinner in’ easier for you! It will be so appreciated, I can tell you that from experience:)
Also, I have been on an organizing kick lately. If your interested, I have posted pictures and tips for organizing your pantry here.