Meal Idea for New Parents (or anyone else you want to take food to)

On April 29, my brother and his wife welcomed their first son, B. He’s the first grandchild in our family and my first nephew!! Hubby and I were able to go to the hospital and meet baby B when he was about 12 hours old. He’s such a cutie and we instantly fell in love with him.

Last weekend was their first weekend home with the baby, so I went over there to help out. I watched baby B (who was napping) while C and J took a nap. I also cooked them dinner while I was there. I wanted to bring a meal that I could leave with them as well. Most people bring over casseroles or other freezer meals that new parents can heat up very easily. I wanted to do something a bit different. I decided to bring my crockpot French dip sandwiches.


I packaged it all up so they could prepare this any day they wanted to. I seasoned the meat with salt and pepper and wrapped it twice with saran wrap then once with foil. I then mixed all the liquid ingredients in a large jar. I cut a little circle out of decorative paper to put on the top and hand-wrote the instructions for them. I also brought a bag of rolls and some provolone cheese (forgot to include it in the pic).


The nice thing about this option is that they can freeze the meat if they want and have this after the rush of people bringing food passes. I also gave them a bag of frozen chocolate chip cookies. I just mixed up a batch of my favorite chocolate chip cookie dough and portioned them out using my cookie scoop and froze them on a cookie sheet. Once they were frozen, I threw them in to a ziplock bag and wrote baking instructions on the bag (I did this before with some M&M cookies too. That way they could pop a couple in the oven to have freshly baked cookies any time they want them!

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5 Responses to “Watermelon Cucumber Salad”

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    newlywed — August 2, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Mmm, I love watermelon in salad! This could quickly become a main-course salad with a bit of grilled shrimp on top.

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — August 2, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Yum! I just recently made watermelon feta bites with watermelon, feta, balsamic vinegar and mint! It was refreshing and delicious!

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    Jessie Hearty Bakes — August 2, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    Very refreshing with watermelon. Great for our humid weather here. Cool~

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    Elina — August 3, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    I’ve been really into watermelon + feta combos lately. I am sure this salad was phenomenal (because goat cheese rocks!) 😀

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    We Are Not Martha — August 3, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    Yay for watermelon day! I love watermelon and feta, but haven’t tried it with goat cheese… I’m sure it’s just as fabulous. This salad is so pretty!

    Sues

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