Friday, March 6, 2009

Ideas and apology

Let me just start by saying that I am the WORST blogger in the blog-world.  I know that there are several of you out there who really do want to know what is going on in our ministry especially and rely on this for your information.  So let me apologize for being so terrible at keeping this up-to-date.  You can always check Nicole's Blog for some Great stuff about what we do - like this post she did today on Why we do what we do.  It speaks my heart and I am going to print it up to help ME remember why I am here:)

So for today's post I thought I would ask you all for ideas...

Each weekend there is a strong possibility that we will be having a small group of middle-school age boys spend the night at our house (anywhere from 3-7).  It has been overwhelming in the past, but I really think that it is because I have not been prepared.  I have learned that they don't care where they sleep... on the floor, on the pull out couch, in the bunk beds - with my boys:) So I have stopped worrying about "guest space" for this crowd.  I am trying to really be more prepared in the food and drink category.  My goal is to go each Friday to Sam's or Wal-mart and just stock-up on some really easy, yet filling, (we are talking about BOYS!) foods to have on hand.  We have spent way too much money on pizza and McDonalds.  Cooking is NOT my strength.  So I am asking for ideas!  Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack ideas.  Hurry up!  IT"S FRIDAY!!!  

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Amy said...

ok I will bring a list this week and I am sure that you have already gone but here is a starter.
Ok so I tried to give you ideas but it is too much pressure. I will bring some for next week. You waited to last minute and my mind is is friday!!!

Lauren J. said...

A pizza they make themselves...english muffin pizzas. Just buy the english muffins, pizza sauce and cheese and viola...they spread the sauce and top with cheese and bake for about 20 mins...make sure you cut the muffins in half.

Another fun one is giant pigs in a blanket.... buy hotdog weenies and crescent rolls. The boys can make them themselves...just roll out the crescents and lay the hotdog in the middle then roll up the crescent. Serve with ketchup or mustard...

hope these help! I'll think of some more too.

AOT~Lauren Justiss

Brittany Freeman said...

Delta & BK,
I know you don't know me personally but I went to your Mercy Ministries talk at ATL. I have a heart for the Inner city and so I have been following your blog!

About the boys. I know that anything will peanut butter will keep them full longer. So maybe good old fashion PB&J. Peanut butter also gives them energy..not as in hyper but for lunch it could help them through the rest of the day. Late night snacks..popcorn is always great and filling. Granola in a cereal box also fills up quick and keeps them full. You could measure it out in cups and distribute..healthy and cheap, since it's in a big cereal box. This may not be the best idea but it was my first thoughts.

Anonymous said...

Here's some thoughts...
Try Nachos...takea big cookie sheet and spread tortilla chips on it, then add whatever toppings and throw it in the oven to melt the cheese. You can add refried beans for a cheaper filler on them. And just sit it on the table, they'll go after it.

And for breakfast...who doesn't like those frozen biscuits. Even if they are just buttered. But you could do some fruit toppings or try peanut butter with karo syrup stirred together on top of them. And i can't remember the name brand but they pancake mixes in a shake bottle that you just add water and presto. They make a good bit and are pretty good. (good for camping too)

These Three Kings said...

hey you! I will be so excited when we see each other more over the weekends! come quickly Benjamin!! LOL

Thank you for being such a great friend, sister, and Jesus LOVER! Come on over and get your award over at my blog!

Anonymous said...

Your ministry is amazing!

Some ideas. Buy french bread and all the fixings from Sam's to make your own deli sandwiches at home(the boys could even make them). Slap on the mayo, mustard, meat and veggies. Then slice them into 4inch sandwiches. Also, chili dogs are fun, fast and inexpensive. Just boil the dogs, heat up a couple of cans of hot dog chili, and top with cheddar cheese, onions, and mustard (or whatever they'd prefer). Another idea, sloppy joe's in the crockpot. Fry the meat before you leave for church, stick it in the crockpot on low with sloppy joe seasoning (or make your own seasoning). After church you have a warm meal waiting for you. My kids like sloppy joe's with potato chips.

For snacks, try nacho dip in the crockpot (1 lb. ground beef (fried and drained), 1 cube Velveeta, 1 can Rotel, a dash of milk, serve with tortilla chips and you have yourself a low maintenance snack.

Hang in the there. God is doing some awesom work through you.

ruth said...

This is my first time I see that this post was almost 2 months ago...All the suggestions are good. Nachos (and you can buy canned chicken, mix it with rot-tel in a pan and cook it down a little. At Sam's, canned chicken is like 5 cans for $10)
They also sell big pans of Lasagna for about $10/pan. Eggs are easy and cheap for breakfast.

Keep up the good work.

You are gonna need these ideas on a daily basis as soon as your 4 boys hit middle/high school :-)

Becca said...

I just found your blog form Rebuild the City -- anyways, I work in inner-city ministry and we have kids spend the night a lot too - it can be hard on the wallet for sure! :-) I stink at cooking too - but frozen pizza or little caesar's seems to be the cheapest way to get them fed! We would really love to have "family dinners" with them where we sit down and eat a real meal -- so we are going to try and make something easy like baked ziti :-)

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