Sunday, April 14, 2013

Meals on Wheels

The last few weeks have been exciting with three of our dearest friends welcoming second children into their hearts and homes. And as you know, this requires lotsa love, support and! Whether it's an excuse to hold that sweet smelling bambino or provides an outlet for your domestic thumb, it's rare a meal drop-off goes unappreciated. Our go-to for meals on wheels for babies, support for the ailing or recently deceased or heck, a closet cleanup has been my Mom's famous sloppy joes:

Combine in a pan and simmer 20 minutes:
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp prepared mustard
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1 cup ketchupp
- 1 to 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

Next brown and drain 1 1/2 lbs ground beef plus 1 onion chopped (optional). Add beef to sauce and simmer an additional 30 minutes and wa-la...scrumptious sloppy joes.

A bit unconventional outside of the tasty chicken enchiladas, pasta dishes and even favorite restaurant cards, but simple, low-key and easily coupled with a cold pasta salad, potato chips and a batch of brownies. Perhaps it's because it's one of the rare meals my Mom cooked in our growing years, but it always screams "home" and fills a little space in my heart and a big one in my tummy when this hits our dining room table.

Other favorites we've had delivered here from our amazingly gracious friends in the past: Honey Baked Ham, pasta tetrizzini, white chicken chili, pasta stuffed shells and more. But you'll have to hit up one of my craftier friends for those recipes because this Momma can't go much outside the scope of what I shared above.

And don't forget, when helping out family and friends in this way, use the SignUp Genius tool, a fast and easy way to enable others to choose dates and times that fit with the family's schedule that even sends reminders and is a great communication tool in organizing all the giving.

Meals on wheels - an easy way to show someone you're thinking of them and giving back the way they always do for you. Oh - and a sneaky way to make your own double batch of brownies and eat them all without anyone really knowing...

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