OK, so back in April I did "this" post on the meal swap I was about to join. Can I just say, "WOW". This has been a success x 100.
Partly because my friends are the awesomest coolest cooks in the world.
Partly because the meals are often things that aren't in my repertoire, so its not eating the same old thing for dinner. Again.
Partly because I don't cook the meals I swap for (obviously), so its kind of like getting take-out 6 times a month.
Partly because I can cook one evening after the TinyTwo have gone to bed and be able to kind of enjoy creating meals without anyone screaming at me that their hungry or that someone stole their toy or that they need to use the potty or that some just hit them or....
Partly because I can cook 6 dinners all at one time, which is the ultimate way to "work to be lazy".
Partly because its a lot cheaper to make 6 of the same dinner, which is another ways I can be lazy AND cheap. You know how I love that.
Partly because I can turn on the oven, throw in a meal and go out to play at the playground here or swim at the apartment's pool. Please don't lecture me on this if you find it offensive or overly irresponsible that I leave while my oven is on. I am lazy after all, I never said I was responsible. Also, I'm not gone that long. Anyway, we get back from playing and, VOILA! dinner is ready and waiting.
Partly because the meals are in disposable containers, (aluminum trays if they're oven friendly and freezer ziplocks if they'll go into a frying pan or microwave) which means clean-up is fast.
Partly because my kids love it when I say "so and so's Mommy made this for you!" and are more likely to eat whatever it is.
And last, but certainly not least,
Partly because it gives us an excuse to get together one morning a month to do the swap and just happen to spend all morning talking and drinking coffee and eating whatever my "super star friend with 2 little ones and is pregnant with a 3rd and still gets more done in most mornings that I do in a week" makes us to snack on.