My Daddy’s Song

My father was not a conceited man by all means but he sure loved to sing this song around the house.

When my father was alive, it wasn’t always a pleasant experience.  There were certainly times that living with an alcoholic father that were a challenge. But now that he is gone, I remember mostly the good times.  I remember being his little girl and hearing his laugh.  He never met a stranger.  He could talk to anyone.  He had no fear.  He never gave a thought to how other’s felt about him.  He lived his life and did his thing.

I wonder what it would be like to have him still here.  He never knew his children as adults.  He never knew his grandchildren.  I wonder what kind of grandfather he would have been.  There are times that I dream about him still being here and being a part of our lives.  I know that he loved us.  I know that he would be proud of all of us.

There will always be a part of me that misses him and dreams of what could have been. My heart aches when I think about how his lifestyle took him away from us way too early.

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Freezer Meal Swaps

I am so very interested in participating in a freezer meal swap group.  I have heard some great things from others that participate in these groups.

If you not quite sure what a freezer meal swap is, it is a group of people that choose to create and make a certain number of the same meal.  This meal should be freezer friendly. Once the meals are made, the whole group of swappers get together and swap meals.  This way each person gets one of each meal to take back home with them.  These meals can be put in the freezer until the time when they need a quick meal.

From the research that I have done, it is important to do some organization and research of what works best from everyone involved. Here are a list of some vital information.

1. It is important to have a planning meeting with everyone involved. At this meeting, everyone should discuss any food allergies and food sensitivities.  I believe that it is important to also set a price point for each person to spend on the meal.  This is important because you don’t want to have spent a large amount of money and to not get equivalent meals in return.

2.  Meals take need to be baked should be created and swapped in disposable aluminum pans.  If a CrockPot freezer meal it created, it can be frozen and swapped in Ziplock freezer bags.  This way you do not have to worry about getting your dishes back.

3.  Use and create freezer friendly foods. Some things that do not freeze well are dairy products, cooked rice and potatoes, fried foods and crumb toppings.  So choose your meals carefully.

4. The day of the swap…Everyone should bring the recipe and the directions to cook. Then take home and enjoy.

I know that there are a lot of ideas on Pinterest for freezer meal swap recipes.  I look forward to looking, pinning and cooking some of the items on my board. Looking forward to finding a group and start swapping.