What happens when you want to go to an upcoming family reunion, but work 40 hours+ a week, have needy children, needy pets, needy husband, and have a million other responsibilities?
I consider options that don’t require me to be in my kitchen at 6am on a Saturday. There are so many options these days. Fast food restaurants make it easy to bring a giant pizza or a bucket of chicken. Some Mexican restaurants will even sell you a whole 9×13 pan of rice or refried beans.
And, well, why not? You want to spend time with your family! Not resent them for making you spend $80 and six hours over a hot stove. And those people who do, who go above and beyond… well, guess what? the picky eaters won’t try it, the nay sayers will still say nay, and the people you’re trying to impress? Yeah, you see them once a year. You can’t catch up with them if you’re bragging about your fancy French dish.
This is my favorite though: one fun option if you get signed up for a dessert! McDonald’s Apple Pies. They are 2/$1.00, they are warm and yummy, and they are individually wrapped. The kids and adults both love them. They are convenient and inexpensive. I bought 20 for $10, and it took ten minutes in a drive through.
What are your favorite quick tips for reunions and pot lucks?