We're all living close enough together now that we've decided to organize a casserole exchange. Everybody -- us, Mom and Dad, Chris and Lydia, Jodi and Robert, Ira, and Uncle Bubba and Aunt Stephy -- spends some time cooking what feels like a hundred gazillion of some kind of casserole/freezable meal, and then we come together and exchange them. Everyone goes away with 12 8x8 frozen casseroles (2 of each, or in my case, since I'm the only one with a big family, 6 9x13's) to put away in our freezers. For a few weeks, we've got a stash of really good, really easy, really not-make-a-big-mess-in-the-kitchen meals to pull out any time we need or want.
We've only done it one other time, but we all enjoyed it so much that we're doing it again...and plan to keep dong it every couple of months or so.
So here's what it looked like before we divied everything up:On the menu this go-around: Broccoli, Rice, Cheese Casserole; Lasagna; Chicken and Squash Casserole; Noodle Spinach Casserole; Meaty Ravioli Casserole; and Blackeyed Pea Skillet. And Mom brought a couple of loaves of homemade bread for everyone. To make it even more special, most of the chicken, and a good bit of the veggies came from the chickens and garden that the good Lord has blessed my sweet Dad with, and which he in turn blesses the rest of us with.
And as if that wasn't awesome enough, we made it a birthday party, too. Micah will be 4 on the 10th! He was so incredibly excited about his Monsters vs. Aliens cake.
There were fourteen people in my little house, there were new toys and paper everywhere, it was a little crazy. But we've all learned to expect that pretty much any time we all get together! :)
Thanks everyone for the yummy casseroles, and Micah Moo, I still can't believe you're going to be four...