Angie’s Favorite Recipe
Usually for winter meals I'll take Chicken Noodle Soup (or soup of some sort), Salad, Banana Muffins and Fresh Fruit. If it's summer, I'll take grilled ham steaks, fruit salad, garden salad and a side like scalloped potatoes or mac & cheese. I try to come up with things that are good for leftovers and lunches, too. Costco is a wonderland when it comes to last minute meals or meal disasters. I once burned a meal so badly, I ran to Costco, picked up a pot pie, fresh pineapple and some muffins. Feeling guilty, I bought some mini-quiches for their breakfast the next day, too.
Quick Chicken Noodle Soup
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 1 cup sliced carrots
- 1/2 cup chopped celery
- 10 cups chicken broth
- 1/2 pound chopped cooked chicken breast
- 2 cups egg noodles
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- salt and pepper to taste
In a large pot over medium heat, melt butter. Cook onion, carrots, and
celery in butter until just tender, about 5 minutes. Pour in chicken
broth and stir in chicken, noodles, basil, oregano, salt and pepper.
Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes before
Angie’s Transport Tips
I found over the course of meals brought to me that plastic containers were the most helpful. They were easy to store leftovers in and didn't make my fridge smell. A few times things were brought in foil pans, and I'd either have to cover them with foil and put them in the fridge (often making my fridge smell--can you tell I am a bloodhound?) or find my own leftovers storage. It was much simpler to just be able to snap a lid back on and put it in the fridge (and to not have to return any items to their owners). I like to take things in baskets so they stay contained and I stack the warm things together and wrap them in towels to keep them warm.
Angie’s Favorite Meal She’s Received
My favorite meal would have to be beef barbecue, rolls, scalloped potatoes, strawberry pretzel salad, baked apples, and Oreo turkeys (it was Thanksgiving time). It lasted for days! I also had several people who would bring small and very well thought out gifts for each of my children and me, too... journals, stickers, matchbox cars, etc. Oh, and if it's a recipe I know is really good, I'll often include the recipe on an index card or stationary for them.
Angie’s Meal Disaster
My husband and I once spilled a huge crock pot of Italian stew all over the floor of our new car, not accounting for brake slams at traffic lights and the lid flew off. It was awful. I never transported without taping the lid and placing things in a box or basket again.
We had a meal disaster once when someone tried a new recipe on us and it was baaaaad... she got home and her husband asked her at their supper (the same recipe), "You really took this to them?" So I learned from her mistake to never try new recipes on anyone. Oh, and I've learned (because it happened to us a few times) to take general veggies, not "different" ones. Another friend brought us a vegetable that you don't often hear of people eating, and her husband asked her, "What, don't you like Angie?" Ha ha ha! Fortunately, I liked the veggie, but my family did not.