What a wonderful and caring idea!

You might be sure to mention that everyone should use disposable pans, or at least something that need not be returned. Be sure the cooking instructions are included in each item. Make suggestions for meals, as people who normally don’t cook and freeze (especially those who don’t do a lot of cooking) are at a loss as to what to prepare. If your niece or nephew know any of the basics of cooking (plain pasta, etc.), ask some people to prepare several batches of sauces and meatballs. With meatballs, they will have the option of pasta or meatball sandwiches. Make lists for the kids of easy to do variations….like the meatball subs one night, pasta and meatballs the next, having meatloaf (frozen) one night, and canned soup and meatloaf sandwiches the next. We have done this for baby showers, and with large groups we usually have some do homemade cookies, muffins, pies, also…..a treat is a nice surprise now and then. If any of them have food allergies, be sure to let people know.

For the cousins who definitely do not cook (and there are usually some!) I would suggest that they all chip in together $$$ for extra meals made by the folks who do cook.

Any other advice I could pass on to my niece and nephew that would help:

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I’ll be thinking of them and praying for them. Lauri

Need Help and advice…(long)

Hi Everyone, I hope you don’t mind that I posted this to all three lists I participate on but I need all the help I can get. I need some advice and easy freezer frugal recipes. My dear 35 year old sister passed on very unexpectedly in May leaving behind her dh and a 14 year old ds and a 12 year old dd. She was a SAHM and did everything for them.

Her family has been staying with my parents over the summer and are ready to move back home this week before school starts. With my bil working during the day and the kids going to school all day, I am really worried about this adjustment period and them trying to keep up with all the cooking and cleaning plus school work and we are all still deep in mourning. So I want to fill their freezer with good dinner meals to take the stress out of one of part of their life. My sister and I are going to double cook as many meals as we can afford to do.

But here is my idea: Everyone has been asking what they can do to help, so I decided that I will call all my cousins (about 35 of them on one side alone) and ask them to bring one freezer meal along with the recipe to my parents house so we could then completely fill my bil’s freezer and surprise them. Has anyone ever thrown a type of freezer shower (I have heard of this idea for baby showers and that’s how I got the idea) Can you offer me any advice for organizing this.

I want this to be the least inconvenience to them and easy for my little dd to take something out of the freezer to cook for dinner. (as I know most of the meals will probably fall on her shoulders) Also, if anyone can send me frugal (i.e. CHEAP) and easy ideas for freezer meals that I could offer as suggestions to my cousins I would appreciate it.

I plan on taking the recipes and getting them bound into a type of book at a copy store to pass out to all my cousins who contribute. Any other advice I could pass on to my niece and nephew that would help them with the enormous task ahead of them would also be appreciated. They are going to have to grow up awfully fast and we want to make it as easy on them as possible.

Thank you very much, Theresa in IN