We were like Meals On Wheels today. One of my friends had a baby in May, nine weeks premature. She and her husband brought the baby home from the hospital last week, so we knew that they could use some no-fuss food (we remember our early days with our new baby!). And my brother’s girlfriend broke her collarbone last week, so we figured they could use some food aswell. Both couples live in the same town about 20 minutes from us, so we organized it so that we could visit them both today. This morning I made a double batch of pumpkin chocolate chip muffins, so that we could split them between the two families. Then I mixed up a huge salad with spinach, romaine, fruits and veggies for our friends with the new baby. For my brother and his girlfriend, I made spaghetti pie (cooked spaghetti mixed with eggs and cheese, layered in a pie plate with sauce, italian seasonings, and more cheese). We packed everything into a cooler and headed out to visit our friends.
We had a great day, got to meet the adorable new baby (I had visited my friend in the hospital, but hadn’t been able to meet the baby as she was in NICU) and spend time with family and friends. Since we’re new parents ourselves, we know that nobody needs as much baby “stuff” as most people end up with. But it’s hard to go wrong with food. Everybody needs it, and when you’re exhausted, sick, hurt, or overwhelmed it is wonderful to have food on hand that you don’t have to think about (ramen and Totinos pizzas don’t count!). The stuff I made was pretty simple (even if you can’t cook, anyone can chop up fruits and vegetables to make a salad) – it only took about an hour this morning to make both meals. And everything I made came from ingredients I had on hand, so I didn’t have to spend any extra money to do this.