My mother-in-law first made these rolls with my kids several years ago and we’ve been stuck on them ever since. It’s an easy Easter tradition that is sweet and meaningful…a perfect mix.
The original paper print out that my MIL gave me was getting pretty messy, so I searched Pinterest for a digital update. I have to admit, I laughed out loud when I read the story from Christy Denney, The-Girl-Who-Ate-Everything:
New Baby Meals
“The generosity shown to me after I had my third son Wes was unbelievable. Not only did my church friends bring in meals for 5 days but my friends brought in 4 meals after that.
Usually I have food issues. I’m not sure where it stemmed from. Maybe it’s just that I have found one too many hairs in food. Anyway, unless I know you well…and know that you are a clean cook, I am wary of your food.
A bit snobbish, but it’s the truth. After I had the baby, however, I didn’t even think about any of that. I was humbled and truly grateful for everyone’s willingness to help make a meal.”-Christy Denney, https://www.the-girl-who-ate-everything.com/empty-tomb-rolls/
I get her. I’ve been known to side with the germaphobes. However, it is truly amazing how a small gesture of care can melt away some of our silly notions. That, and how pure exhaustion will make you willing to eat anything! 😉
Honestly though, I find that people are usually MUCH more careful when they fix meals for other people than they even are for their own family. I know I am, and I’ve seen the efforts of many others who are the same way. No worrying needed, just enjoy the gift of generosity!
I love that Christy’s gift meal included these Empty Tomb Rolls – such a great idea and nice gesture.
Perfect for Easter, or any time.
Source: The-Girl-Who-Ate-Everything, Christy Denney
New Baby? Illness? Organize a FoodTidings schedule!
I loved FoodTidings.com at first sight. My husband and I had the opportunity to join the Food Tidings team in 2011 as Partners, after meeting the original co-founders at our church. I have a Bachelors in Public Administration from the University of Arizona (Go Wildcats!) and a Masters in Health Services Administration/Strategic Planning & Marketing from The George Washington University. We planned my early retirement from the market 3 kids in and was blessed with a 4th to complete us; finishing with 2 boys & 2 girls. Our oldest is now launched, happily married and proudly serving in the Air Force, while the three at home keep us on our toes, amazed and inspired. As a full-time Wife and Mom, this website is my side-gig that serves as a personal ministry for our family. Seeing caring communities created, hope spread and generosity in action continues to be a motivator for all of us. Matt 5:16
Sometimes I get “meal-idea-block”, unable to think of a “good” meal idea when I am asked to help a family with a dinner. Oh, the pressure. As though the meal needs to be amazing or they may think I’m a lousy cook! Sound familiar? Trust me, the struggle is real. So, let’s melt that “block”, together.
Here are a few ideas to keep up your sleeve (or anywhere handy that you’ll remember) for the next time you get asked to help with a Food Tidings schedule or a meal for a family.
I can assure you, these meal ideas are easy and travel well:
While these recipes or ideas may not win fancy awards, but they are meals that most families can and will eat. When a family is in need, that’s the most appreciated thing about getting a meal; they can enjoy it without having to think about it. Also, these meals require no special ingredients and can be made in double batches so you can feed your family that night, too!
Again, these are just a few general ideas to keep in mind. Go with it as they are, or use them as general themes to start the ideas flowing. If you’d like more specific recipe details, you can always use your favorite recipe(s) or find something on Pinterest or online.
In the end, I hope you’ve gained a few simple, quick, go-to dinner ideas to relieve the pressure the next time you are asked to serve another with a Food Tidings. Never be “meal-idea-blocked”, again. Be confident and, most importantly, know that anything will be appreciated!
Put these easy meal ideas to work for someone you care about!
Food Tidings Blog Contributor
After being the recipient and participant in many meal schedules, my husband and I co-founded Food Tidings in 2007. We have 8 children, 3 dogs, 2 cats, 9 chickens, 1 hedgehog and 2 bunnies (yes, we are THAT fun) 🙂 When I’m not on wife or mom duty, I love photography and capturing family moments, for other families and my own, to treasure.
It was my lucky day. I was searching for a hearty, Irish meal for St. Patrick’s Day a couple of years ago, and discovered this recipe from The Cookie Rookie. It was like finding a pot of gold at the end of a dinner-recipe-search rainbow!
I’ll have to admit, I’m personally not a beer drinker. However, I love Ireland and find the history of the Guinness family interesting. A few years ago, I got to tour the Guinness Storehouse/Brewery in Dublin, Ireland and managed to get down the traditional class of Guinness at the end. I still have the glass to prove it. It was a fun experience and I’d highly recommend the tour, with or without the ending taste “test”. This recipe flooded me with memories of that trip and I had to try it.
Whether you are a beer fan or not, the aroma of this “Irish Stew” will fill your home with cooking-happiness and the flavor of this stew will leave a lasting impression. It’s hearty, comfort food at its best. Don’t miss out.
This recipe comes with our family’s “Van Dyke Seal of Approval”; which is among an elite few (it can be tough getting 6 people to agree, sometimes!). In fact, it immediately became one of our son’s favorite meals; so much so, he requested it as his “Birthday Meal” (over a restaurant choice). Since then, it’s been in the regular dinner rotation in our house; especially during the cooler months.
So, go ahead and add a little “Irish” to your dinner or someone else’s.
Ingredient prep is simple and goes quick.
Ready to cook! My trusty crock pot is still my friend; but on my busy days, my Instant Pot is my fast and fun BFF.
(Adapted from Becky Hardin | The Cookie Rookie’s “Irish Guinness Beef Stew (Easy Slow Cooker Beef Stew”)
PREP TIME: 15 min
COOK TIME: 8 hrs – Slow Cooker; 1 hr 20 min – Instant Pot
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Food Tidings Blog Contributor
I loved FoodTidings.com at first sight. My husband and I had the opportunity to become a Food Tidings Partner in 2011, after meeting the original co-founders at our church. I have a Bachelors in Public Administration from the University of Arizona (Go Wildcats!) and a Masters in Health Services Administration, emphasis in Strategic Planning & Marketing from The George Washington University. We planned my early retirement from the market 3 kids in and was blessed with a 4th to complete us; finishing with 2 boys & 2 girls. Our oldest is now launched, happily married and proudly serving in the Air Force, while the three at home keep us on our toes, amazed and inspired. As a full-time Wife and Mom, this website is my side-gig that serves as a personal ministry for our family. Seeing caring communities created, hope spread and generosity in action continues to be a motivator for all of us. Matt 5:16
This Baked Spicy Chicken Tacos Recipe is the most popular recipe on TCR, being pinned over 2 million times and viewed over 5 million times!TheCookieRookie.com
Be ready to finish off with sliced jalapenos, sour cream, salsa, chopped cilantro, shredded lettuce or any of your favorite taco toppings!
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I wanted to share a recipe for a quick, easy, and delicious meal that my family and I have really been enjoying lately. It gets two thumbs up from all four of our kids; and let me tell you, that can be challenging. It’s “Mississippi Pot Roast”, a recipe adapted from simplyhappyfoodie.com. Made in the Instant Pot, it literally fell apart when I opened the lid (which is a good thing for roasts, in my book!), and it took quite a bit of willpower to wait to eat it until dinner time! The amazing smell seemed to lure each of the kids to the kitchen, and I had to tell them we’re “closed” until dinner so it wasn’t gone before then. HA!
This would definitely be an awesome meal to bring to a friend or family member who is going through a transitional time in their life: had a baby, sick, going through treatment for cancer, recovering from surgery, just moved, has a chronic illness, a caregiver for a family member who is sick, or those who are mourning the loss of a loved one. We suggest taking it in some kind of container that you don’t mind getting back or something that is disposable.
We know it’s easy to get into a dinner making slump or get stuck on what to take as a Food Tidings meal. It’s always helpful to have ideas coming from friends. 🙂 We’d love to hear what your favorites have been lately – please share on our FaceBook page with #FoodTidings!
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Food Tidings Blog Contributor
Hello to our amazing Food Tidings community! My husband and I co-founded Food Tidings in 2007. It’s been amazing to watch it grow the way it has, and be such a wonderful tool for SO many people all over the world!
Wow. What a gameday win! You’ll be the talk of the town if you do this for your super bowl party. While it looks like it’ll take you days to construct, it’s actually pretty doable in a short time since drinks make up most of the structure.
Know someone that’ll be staying in for the Super Bowl? Think how a mini-stadium…or well, maybe a gift basket of snacks might pump up their game. There’s always a good time for a Food Tiding!
Let us know if you attempt the stadium or a simple gift. Post your pics on our Food Tidings FB page, we’d love to see them and be inspired!
Here’s the blueprint on how to make it!
Here’s how’s it’s done:
With the Thanksgiving holiday quickly approaching, we went on a search for some delicious alternatives to traditional Thanksgiving dishes. And we were not disappointed with our findings!
From Oyster Kimchi Stuffing to 30-Minute Butternut Squash and Cider Soup to Parmesan Wasabi mashed potatoes, these recipes have you covered to stand out this holiday season.
If the Butternut Squash with Garlic and Thyme doesn’t get you, then we might not get you!
*Photo credit: Julia Maguire | Spoon, NJ
These Urban Accents seasonings turn ordinary into extraordinary side dishes your friends and family won’t soon forget.
(via Trendy Mom Review)
With these easy-to-make alternatives to traditional Thanksgiving options, there’s no reason to stick with the same ol’ same old this year. Switch it up, spice it up, eat it up!
These Chocolate Peanut Butter Bliss Ball Bubbles featured on Millennial Kitchen (recipe and photo from Christine at the equally fabulous Conscious Cooking) look absolutely amazing, and as they are raw, vegan, and gluten-free, they’d make a great treat to take just about anyone!
1 cup + 1/4 cup unsalted peanuts
1/2 cup gluten-free oats
4-5 medjool dates, pitted
2 Tbsp chia seeds
2 Tbsp 100% cocoa powder
2 Tbsp maple syrup
1 T coconut oil
In a food processor, process all ingredients until everything is broken up and combined. The mixture should stick together when pinched with your fingertips.
Add another 1/4 cup of peanuts and quickly pulse a few times so the nuts are chopped into larger bits for some crunchiness.
Roll into bite-sized balls.
Refrigerate and enjoy!
You can’t imagine how many great recipes Millennial Kitchen has on their site. And their photography? Incredible. Be sure to check them out!
If you’re looking to take someone an amazingly delicious breakfast (or middle of the night) treat, look no further than this incredible Cinnamon Bun recipe from The Food Network Kitchen.
1 cup whole milk
one 1/4-ounce packet active dry yeast (2 1/2 teaspoons)
1/4 cup plus 1/4 teaspoon granulated sugar
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more for the bowl
1 large egg yolk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more if needed
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
All-purpose flour, for dusting
12 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened, plus more for the pan
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/3 cup heavy cream
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
For all of the Fall coffee lovers out there. Courtesy of the amazing Natalie Hodson!
Ingredients (makes 2 servings)
-1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
-1/2 cup plain pumpkin purée filling (120g)
-1 scoop MRM whey protein
-1 Tbsp vanilla extract
-3 stevia packets (or any sweetener of choice)
-1.5 tsp pumpkin pie spice
-10 oz strong brewed coffee
-Mix all ingredients in blender then microwave for 45 seconds and enjoy!