I’m gone on maternity leave for the time being so my sweet friend Tiffany from the visually stunning blog Peanut Blossom is here today generously filling in. Along with being an amazing photographer, Tiffany is also quite the chef (check out the recipes on her blog for proof) and today she’s sharing – what else – the perfect meal to bring to a family who’s just welcomed a baby to the family.
I don’t want to sound ungrateful or anything, I definitely appreciate the post!, but I really wish Tiffany lived in the same state so she could also bring me this meal. I love that it’s not the usual-fare (we ate lasagna brought to us by kind-hearted friends for a month straight when S was born) and it just looks so good!
Read on for the recipe as well as Tiffany’s handy-dandy packing and transport tips.
New Babies = Casseroles. It’s a law of nature.
But when you’re on the receiving end of that amazing gift, despite your never-ending gratitude there are days when you think you never want to see another noodle. Ever Again.
Please don’t get me wrong. As a new mother to a tiny 6 pound ball of joy, I would have been grateful for someone to fix me a peanut butter & jelly sandwich. The thought is truly what counts.
But after an amazing 6 weeks of mommy meals provided by my playgroup after the birth of my second daughter, I learned first-hand what a difference just a few tweaks to your staple recipe rotation makes for the families you’re providing nourishment.
This menu is just as easy to make and transport as your standard casserole and brownies. I promise.
And the new mom in your life? She just might kiss you with gratitude for being unique.
The Rockstar Lineup:
- Slow Cooker Taco Chili – spicy, but kid-approved
- Veggie Dippers with Seasoned Sour Cream
- Cheesy Corn Bread Toppers
- Pineapple Upside Down Sundaes
The Game Plan:
- Cook the chili in your own slow cooker but transfer it to a large plastic disposable container.
- Wash and cut the veggies and store separately in plastic zip-top baggies.
- Prep the seasoned sour cream (I prefer Fox Point seasoning from Penzeys but even a simple ranch packet would be popular with the kids) and transport in the sour cream container itself or another plastic container.
- Bake the corn bread toppers, wrap lightly in tinfoil.
- Assemble the pineapple topping, transport in a plastic container.
Final Assembly & Transportation Tips:
In one grocery bag, pack all the cold items:
- frozen corn
- sour cream
- shredded cheese
- veggie bags
- container of vanilla ice cream
- pineapple topping
- whipped cream and cherries (optional)
In a second grocery bag, pack all the hot items:
- Cornbread toppers
- Package of tortilla chips
Grab your bags and go! Easy peasy!
And all the new mommy has to do? Heat the chili up and add the corn, and reheat the cornbread. And everything is freezer-ready if something comes up and she prefers to hang on to it for another night. Read More