Giving As The Lord Blesses & Our Menu For The Week

     Nothing fancy on our table this week.  It’s all just family fare, and heavy on the inexpensive stuff to boot.  Grocery money was a bit tight this last shopping day, and we needed lots of non-food items.  The Lord provides, though, and we have plenty, plenty, plenty!

     In fact, with grocery prices on the rise and my husband’s paycheck not due for even a cost of living boost until summer, our family has felt led to extend our hand outside of our own home with our food budget.  We will, as often as possible, make one meal to freeze and then share with another family each week.  We have no real guidelines for who we will be taking these meals to.  I am assuming that they will, most often, go to a family in our own church; but we might also provide a meal to someone outside of our church.  Perhaps there has been an illness or injury (or a new baby!) in the family, perhaps there has been a job loss or other monetary set back, perhaps it’s just been a really, really busy season and blessing a gal with a prepared meal would make her smile.   

     The deal is, if we have a complete meal ready to go in the freezer, we can move without much advance notice.  The meals will, of course, be simple.  I’m a simple cook, and we eat simply.  A casserole, large enough to feed a large family (or a small family twice!), a bread of some sort, and a dessert (cookies, cupcakes, etc.) will be the norm.  In the coming weeks, and as our budget allows, I would like to have some frozen vegetables to accompany the casserole.  There was no money for that this week, but perhaps next mega-shop we can begin working these in.  As the Lord blesses, and as our freezer stash grows, I’d like to also send along something yummy for breakfast, too.  A coffeecake (most all of mine freeze well), muffins, or a delicious sweet bread. 

     This has been one of my goals for our freezer stash cooking – to be able to serve others on a moment’s notice.  It’s also nice, of course, to have prepared items in the freezer for our own family, too.  I’d like to keep this in good balance, having a nice selection of items for my own family prepared in advance – marinara sauce, breads of all types, pastries (muffins, sweet breads, etc.), casseroles/main dishes, desserts – but I’d also like to have most of these same items available to share with others. 

     I’m including my plans for the week’s freezer stash cooking on my printed menu each week.  This past week, Dani blessed me by making two Mediterranean Meat Pies, and two loaves of french bread for the freezer, along with about four dozen muffins.  She did it all in one afternoon while I ran errands with Copper.  Part of this will be used to bless others, and part will be used by our own family.  That will be how the freezer stash cooking in the coming weeks will be used, too. 

     We are well stocked with large foil casserole pans, as well as with several sizes of GladWare containers and plenty of ZipLock bags.  I don’t wany anyone to ever worry about washing up and returning dishes!  If the GladWare finds its way back to me, fine; if not, it’s no big deal.  All casseroles will go into the freezer, covered tightly with foil, with the name of the dish and the cooking instructions written on the foil cover with a Sharpie pen.   

     I do not plan to share with you what we have been able to give on a weekly basis.  This will be a famiy matter.  Matthew 6:2-4 reminds us,
     “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men.  I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.  But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”  

     My only purpose with sharing this with you this evening is to, perhaps, inspire those of you whom the Lord has blessed, as he has blessed us, to find a way that you can serve others from the bounty of your own kitchen.  It doesn’t have to be a whole meal, maybe just a dessert.  Or a plate of cookies.  The key is having it already prepared and ready to go in your freezer when you discover a need.  Think about it.

      As I mentioned before, we’re having just simple meals (with one or two things carried over from last week).  Yummy food all the same! 

     Breakfast:  Dad’s Famous Monday Morning Waffles
     Lunch:  Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwiches, Chips
     Dinner:  Chinese Burger Patties, Oven Fries, Green Salad Oriental

     Breakfast:  Big Breakfast Day!  Maple Sausage Patties, Fried Eggs, Portuguese Sweet Bread Toast
     Lunch:  Chef’s Salads, Lemon Crumb Muffins (from the freezer stash, recipe in the current Taste of Home magazine)
     Dinner:  Grilled Chicken Breasts, Rice, Fruit Salad

     Breakfast:  Cereal
     Lunch:  Ham Sandwiches, chips
     Dinner:  Stroganoff Meatballs, Noodles, Green Salad
     PLUS:  A batch of Chocolate Crinkle Cookies to share with my grandbabies tomorrow

     Breakfast:  Scottish Oatmeal
     Lunch:  Mac & Cheese, Fruit
     Dinner:  Hamburgers in Mushroom Gravy, Fried Potatoes, Green Beans

     Breakfast:  Pancakes
     Lunch:  Scrambled Eggs Supreme, Cinnamon Raisin Bread Toast
     Dinner:  Cranberry Glazed Meatloaf, Herb Roasted Potatoes, Green Salad

     Breakfast:  Cereal (Dani’s favorite breakfast, and she will be home!!!)
     Lunch:  Chef Dani’s choice
     Dinner:  Orange Chicken, Rice, Green Salad

     Breakfast:  Orange Coffee Cake (from the freezer stash)
     Lunch:  Fellowship Meal at Church, We’ll take:  Hamburger Corn Casserole (doubled), two loaves of French Bread, Melt-in-Your-Mouth Cookies
     Dinner:  Make Your Own Sub Sandwich Supper, Green Salad and dessert with invited guests OR Wild Dinner (William’s term for our everyman for himself Sunday evening meal)

     Ham-It-Up Spaghetti
     Sandwich Bread x 2
     Poppy Seed Muffins
     French Apple Pie x 2

God bless you as you look well to the ways of your household!
Proverbs 31:27

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7 comments to Giving As The Lord Blesses & Our Menu For The Week

  • Mama Cheryl, your link for the Hamburgers in Mushroom Gravy is linking back to Stroganoff Meatballs. Thought I would just give you a Head’s Up


  • Thanks Tamara!  I almost always check my links before putting the post up live, but didn’t tonight.  Thanks for letting me know, it’s all fixed now.

  • :spinning:Geez, am I weird or what, my favorite breakfast is cold cereal.:fun:

      Psssst…Aaron, we’re having <GASP> COLD CEREAL!!!  Oh wont HE be thrilled:wink:

  • Hi Cheryl,
    I think your your idea to bless others is brilliant. Thankyou for such a lovely blog & I love the pantry, that red is gorgeous.

    Hereford uk

  • Dani…my kids favorite breakfast is cold cereal too. If I cook something they want cold cereal with it!!!

  • That’s a wonderful idea. Too bad we’re half a country (or more) separated, hehehe.

    Being on a (very) fixed income, I have been led of the Lord to share cookies with people. Just last Friday, I had Christopher take some Cowboy Cookies into the bookstore. So many people there have the wrong impression of Christians. If you can’t share the Word… get them on sugar highs. 🙂

    The Bible says God provides seed for the sower. I have seen so many times in my life that you can’t outgive God. Just as you are blessing someone in a wonderful way (your home cookin’), He will provide for you where you need it most.

  • Wow the menu posted for this week looks so yummy.
    I will have to check the Chinese Burgers Patties.