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