Last weekend was a big football game in our town. Some of our family members went to the game and quite a few of them were at our home for entire day, and a few spent the night.
I needed to have meals planned ahead because complicated cooking just doesn’t happen when 6 young kiddos are here and doing restaurant food is not an option on game day. Our town is not big and when 70000 football fans come, all the streets, stores and restaurants are just full to capacity.
So, first thing I did was write out a plan.
We used food we already had so I didn’t need to spend any time shopping.
The day before, I cooked the ground beef for the taco salad and the sausage patties for breakfast. I stored them in the fridge in zipper bags so there would 2 less containers to wash as meal clean up time.
I made extra ice
I set out ingredients we would be using over the weekend
And the crockpots that would be used for heating.
I had never used the crockpot liners but I’m so glad we had them, the Velveeta Rotel tomato dip is a family favorite but it makes a cooked on mess. I won’t use the liners everytime I crockpot cook but I plan to always use them for Rotel dip.
I had older eggs and newer eggs.
The older eggs were cracked into 1 container to make sheet pan eggs for Sunday, which were OK but I prefer Stovetop cooked eggs. The rest of the older eggs were hard boiled and we enjoyed them this past week on salads.
Fixings ready for the taco salads- stored in plastic dishes with lids keeps them fresh.
Fresh fruit and carrot sticks- stored the same way.
The top right container is grapefruit, which is not the ruby red grapefruit that I thought I was buying.
Orange jello with mandarin oranges and plain cherry jello- made in 5 ounce portion cups I buy from Amazon
It took planning to get everything to fit in our fridge but I did it.
We use throw away dishes only when we have a big group for a meal.
On Saturday, before everyone got here, I put the taco meat and Rotel dip in their crockpots with liners to heat.
Unsweetened tea and lemonade were put in these dispensers with an assortment of cups right beside them
I don’t have photos of the actual meals except for this one as it was getting set up.
It was just too busy a time to set up photos.
Granddaughter Elizabeth is always happy with fresh fruit.
Here are the 4 littlest grands- all enjoyed their meals and playing with their cousins.
Granddaughters Elizabeth and Andie- eating their favorite food- fruit and nachos.
I took a few photos of the adults but they were not good and I have a rule that I never post unflattering photos of anyone.
I’ve been cooking big meals for a long time, first for my family and then at church and at the 2 fraternity houses I worked at while we had 2 children in college.
My advice is plan ahead, when possible use what you already have, and then be flexible because no matter how much you prep and plan, things can get a little crazy.