It seems lately that I have been offered many opportunities to bless people with food. I have to admit that I think long and hard over jumping in and signing up. I really, really want to be one of those who are always ready with a meal in the freezer or a cute little basket full of goodies, or at least a plan! So I began to look into how I could make this whole process a little easier!
The first think I did was to do what I always do and google it. Taking food to others…to my amazement I found there are entire blogs dedicated to taking food! They are full of ideas and I gleaned a lot from them. I even started a Pinterest board if you want to take a look.
These are some things I figured out.
1. I make it too hard. I think I have to take a gourmet meal and I get overwhelmed.
2. I make it too hard…I overthink it.
3. I make it too hard…it is a blessing, the simple act of taking a meal will make them feel loved and cared for!
So, this is what I have decided, I am coming up with one meal that will be my “ministry meal”, or maybe a couple. I will keep everything that I need to cook and transport a meal ready. So…
I took a meal last night and this is what I took.
*I just got back from delivering my meal and I just had to add this! I was supposed to put Italian Dressing on the recipe below and I put Ranch Dressing on it…It took 45 minutes longer to cook than I planned…so I delivered the meal 45 minutes late…so stressed out! After dropping the meal off I ran into an old friend…she is the spokesperson for a huge grocery chain and has probably taken thousands of meals to people! I expressed my frustration with the whole process and she agreed to come over for a little interview on taking meals!! So you can look forward to it!! She’s good!! OK…that’s all. I have to go put a heating pad on my neck!
Because pies are easy for me, remember I shared my easy crust recipe, I’ve included this in my meal.
My Mom’s Apple Pie (recipe below)
I’d love to hear what you think about my menu plan? Do you have a “go to” menu that you like to take to others? If you have been the recipient of meals, what were some things that made them particularly enjoyable? I’d love to hear!
Mom’s Apple Pie
Start with this crust…doubled…simple pie crust.
1 can Lucky Leaf pie apples (NOT pie filling)
1 1/4 cup sugar
sprinkle of salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 tablespoons flour
1/2 stick of butter
Dump apples from can in bowl. Cut any large pieces in half, trim off any rough spots. Add sugar, salt, cinnamon and flour and mix well. Pour into bottom crust. Slice butter over filling and put crust on top. Flute edges and cut slits in top. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Decrease temperature to 350 degrees and bake until brown, about 45 minutes.