About Katie Mae Stanley

Katie Mae Stanley is the writer at Nourishing Simplicity, where the focus is on nourishing foods, herbal remedies, simple living and faith. Ethnic and Mid-west foods are always a favorite in her kitchen and on her blog. She is also the author of the book Steeped: Simple Nourishing Teas and Treats. Katie Mae spent 10 years as a missionary dorm "mama" for a gaggle (almost 40) of amazing deaf girls at a school for the deaf in Baja California, Mexico. Now she finds herself state side ready to embrace God's next adventure. A cup of tea or coffee and a bit of dark chocolate make an appearance at some point in any given day. You can connect with the Nourishing Simplicity community on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

8 Tips for Bringing Meals to Friends

8 Tips for Bringing Meals to Friends

A hot meal brought to your door. There are few things better than that.

At some point in life, most of us have been on the receiving end of a meal brought to our house by a friend. Maybe it was because you had a baby, experienced an illness, a death in the family, or moved. There are so many reasons why you may have been blessed through a meal that you didn’t have to cook.

Meals can be an amazing thing! I 100% acknowledge that they are a tremendous blessing. As a teen, my mom had breast cancer, and now as an adult, my brother is terminally ill. I have benefited from many meals and been brought to tears by people’s above and beyond kindness.

Now, when I am able, I love to bless others with meals! 

Unfortunately, I’ve also experienced or had others share with me not so awesome moments, from people who are truly trying to help but don’t quite get it. It’s okay, most of us have been there too.

Along the way, I realized that it’s simply because if you haven’t been there, you don’t get it. Or perhaps it is just out of your comfort zone.

These 8 tips for bringing meals to friends is a great place to get you started if you are unsure of what to do!

8 Tips for Bringing Meals to Friends

1. Set up Plan

No one wants to get the same meal three days in a row. Believe me, you’re talking to the gal that ate pasta of three different variety for about a week straight as a teen, and still had leftovers.

If someone is sick or just had a new baby, calling to check to see what they want can be overwhelming.

Sites like Meal Train are amazing! They take the think work out for you. If you know of a new mom or a family in need of meals, set up an account, and have people sign up to bring meals. There is a calendar that allows people to sign up for a specific day and the dish you are bringing, no more repeat meals!

As an added bonus you can put a preferred time for the meal to be dropped off, bringing me to the second tip, list your food needs.

2. Listen to Their Needs

If there are things the family you are cooking for can not eat or dislikes, be sure to find that out, so that your meal will be a blessing.

There were a couple times in my teen years where we had to give a meal away and scrounge for food because what we were given made us sick. Our bodies didn’t handle rich or highly processed meals well.

Please don’t scoff at their list, there are so many people with food allergies and intolerances. Know that when there is something on their “do not bring list”, it could be because of a serious health concern.

It’s not about you, it’s about blessing them.

3. Embrace Disposables

I am an eco-conscious woman but there is a time and place for disposables. The last thing a family who has a new baby, or is sick needs is to wash dishes. If it helps your conscious, find disposables that can be recycled. They will love you for it, believe me!

You might even want to include disposable dishes and flat wear. No clean up is exactly what they need.

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4. Have a few Set Tried and True Recipes

Bringing a meal to a family is not the time to test out that new recipe you found on Pinterest. Stick to meals that you know how to make well, and that are not full of “experimental” or unusual ingredients and technics.

If you don’t have time to cook don’t feel guilty about take-out. In fact, it might be a special treat to the family you are bringing the meal to!

5. Don’t Forget the Extras

Make it a meal. If you sign up don’t forgot sides, maybe even add in dessert. (As long as the family on the receiving end wants sweets.)

A well-rounded meal stretches further and leaves the family feeling satisfied. If you don’t have the time to make all the extras don’t feel bad about picking them up at the grocery store.

6. Think Beyond Dinner

Maybe you work nights and can’t bring dinner. People have to eat three times a day. Check to see if you can drop by foods that are good for breakfast, lunch, or a snack instead.

You might just bless their socks off!

7. Add Something Special

A simple bouquet of mixed flowers, a book, or a family friendly movie might be that special touch that makes their day.

If you sign up for a few meals, you don’t have to do this every time but on occasion, it is a thoughtful gesture.

8. Don’t Overstay Your Welcome

You care about the people you are bringing food to. They know that otherwise, you wouldn’t be bringing them food in the first place.

Whatever the circumstance is, the fact that they need a meal brought to them means that they are emotionally, physically, and mentally drained.

Don’t stay more than a few minutes, unless they specifically ask you to stay for awhile. There will be other times you visit when they are feeling more like themselves.

Know that you are a blessing!

You are such a rich, and wonderful blessing that it brings me close to tears thinking of all the times our family has been so blessed by receiving meals when we were going through difficult times.

What are you best tips for bringing meals to friends?

Do you find it hard to get nourishing real meals on the table? Let Tradishen help take the guess work out of menu planning for you! Find recipes like this one and more at Tradishen.

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Natural Lice Killing Hair Mask

 

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School is back in session and your child gets sent home with lice…

It happens. You are not a bad mom, you don’t have a dirty house or poor hygiene, it is just a fact of life. There are not many kids that get through childhood without having lice at least once. Don’t believe the myths people try to tell you.

It’s awesome when you have a natural arsenal on hand to prevent lice from the get go but sometimes life just happens and you forget. In that case, you are probably wanting to get those nasty boogers lice gone as soon as possible, so your house and kiddo is lice free and not miss any more school or activities.

There are several effective things that you can/should do to treat lice naturally. A good place to start is a natural lice killing hair mask that is a cinch to whip up!

Why is a natural lice killing hair mask is so important?

Join me at Modern Alternative Health to learn why! 

Preserving and Cooking with Blueberries

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Blueberries are in season!

I love the sweet flavor that bursts into your mouth when you bite into them. If you are blessed to live near a blueberry patch, now is the time to harvest and preserve them. I went blueberry picking a few weeks ago and brought home 12 pounds! My only regret is that I didn’t have time to pick more.

The taste isn’t the only thing blueberries have going for them; they are also packed with nutrients and antioxidants like Vitamins C, A, E, K, B12, potassium, manganese, and magnesium. That’s just naming a few!

Because of blueberries’ antioxidant power, they may help prevent cancer-causing cell damages of the body. It is thought that the pterostilbene (another antioxidant) found in blueberries helps to lower cholesterol. These benefits are just the tip of the iceberg. There are so many other amazing health benefits found in blueberries.

Join me at Frugal Granola to learn the basics to preserving and cooking with blueberries! 

Do you find it hard to get nourishing real meals on the table? Let Tradishen help take the guess work out of menu planning for you! Find recipes like this one and more at Tradishen.

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My Favourite Things

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Happy Saturday friends!

I can’t remember the last time I was so glad that it was the weekend! The school where I worked started back up on the 1st and the after-school program I volunteer with started as well. Getting back into the swing of things always takes a bit out of you but honestly I am glad for my routine to be settling in.

Getting back into the swing of things always takes a bit out of you but honestly I am glad for my routine to be settling in. I can only be footloose and on summer “routine” for so long, I’m crazy I know… 😉

At the end of a busy week, I am glad for quiet evening like this where I can get some much needed writing in while I listen to quiet music and sip a cup of tea despite the 100 plus temps we have ahd today.

Why don’t your grab a cup of whatever you are enjoying these days and curl up for a bit while you enjoy some of my favourite things from this past week.

Favourite Reads

I Choose Less (The Day I Realised all I Wanted was Realised Green Gables) @ Richly Rooted

Make Your Own Cloth Menstrual Pads @ Red and Honey

Designed to Laugh  @ Passionate Homemaking (I am so excited that Lindsay is blogging again!)

What’s on My Nightstand

Honor by Lyn Cote

 

 

Lavender Lemonade with Raw Honey

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Summer is in full swing! As July moves into August the temperatures are going to keep rising.

Lemonade is the iconic drink of summer. Who doesn’t have happy memories of sitting on the porch after playing hard all day as a child with a glass of lemonade at your grandma’s house?

Forget the powder mix. Instead, imagine a glass of fresh squeezed lemonade with a hint of lavender! Lavender lemonade has a gorgeous pale purple color from steeping the lavender flowers.

Lavender is a wonderful addition to a summer drink because it helps you relax and calm your nervous system. Raw honey adds the right hint of sweetness with that is actually good for your body! If you suffer from seasonal allergies, local raw honey can ease allergy symptoms.

Lavender lemonade with raw honey is the perfect way to kick back any afternoon this summer!

Join me at Modern Alternative Health to learn how to make this herbal summer treat! 

Lavender Lemonade with Raw Honey

Lavender Lemonade with Raw Honey

Do you find it hard to get nourishing real meals on the table? Let Tradishen help take the guess work out of menu planning for you! Find recipes like this one and more at Tradishen.

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Do you find it hard to get nourishing real meals on the table? Let Tradishen help take the guess work out of menu planning for you! Find recipes like this one and more at Tradishen.

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