Hello sweet friends of the NEW and improved family Staebell. We all know that welcoming a new baby is one of the most JOYFUL and most CHALLENGING times in a couple's lives. One way we can all help with a lift is a meal train! WHAT IS A MEAL TRAIN? Essentially, a meal train is an organized way for friends and family to deliver a meal to a family in need of help. They serve to bear the weight of deciding what’s for dinner, and cooking it for a family during an already chaotic, busy, and unpredictable time. If you're interested, sharing this calendar to help us coordinate day, time, and meals.
Dietary Guidance: Frozen and reheatable food welcome, please include a label on every item, including the date you made it and warming instructions. Avoid: Please avoid anything too spicy or crunchy onions. Unhealthy, fried, fatty. Loves: Chipotle gift cards, Sandwiches (Thundercloud), Mexican, Healthy options. Visitation Guidance: It is best to expect that Beth and Tyler are not yet ready to entertain. Unless suggested by them, please plan to stay no more than 10-15 minutes when dropping off a meal. Other: 2. If there are open calendar days after your delivery, make enough for leftovers. Freezable meals are also nice. 3. Don’t forget the extras like drinks, condiments, and salad dressing. 4. If you are having something delivered (e.g. pizza), make sure to pay and tip in advance. 5. If possible, deliver your meal in a recyclable or reusable container. 6. Be sure to label any items that you would like returned. Include a large paper bag with your name on it that the recipient can use to store your items until you can coordinate a pick-up date. 7. Include clear preparation instructions, i.e. "Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees." 8. Consider sharing a link to your recipe in the "Notes" section of your meal booking so the recipient can know the ingredients. 9. As a nice added bonus, bring breakfast food for the following morning, such as muffins, bagels, and fruit salad. 10. If possible, text the recipient that you are on your way. A little heads up can go a long way. 11. If you don't live nearby or can't cook, consider sending a Grubhub gift card.