Harrisonburg Playgroup

Freezer Meal Swap Guidelines

We’ve had a lot of questions about the meals swap and how things worked so here is a wonderful guide to help you make your meals. If you have already chosen a meal but realize they do not fall into these parameters please pick another meal. Alternatively if this doesn’t work for you, you may let me know that you don’t want to participate anymore so I can divide the groups knowing that.

PREPARING

  • Each entrée should cost around $10 to prepare – how carefully we shop impacts how much each one costs.  Some months the entrée you chose may be more expensive, but the next month you might choose something that costs less to make. The $1o price point is a general idea, you don’t have to actually spend that. Sharp Shopper, Costco and Zaycon are your friends.
  • Prep should not take more than 4 hours, including packaging.  I have found that doing it all in one block of time is most time-effective, rather than doing a little bit a few times.
  • Meals need to contain a protein and be a FULL well-balanced meal.

COOKING

  • Choose quality ingredients, the same quality that you would like to have in the meals that you receive!
  • Do not use MSG (monosodium glutamate) for any families’ meals
  • Be prepared to make as many meals as there are people in your group PLUS ONE for family in need. This means that if you are in a group of 7,  make 8 meals.

We are SO thrilled to people able to donate meals to the moms in our playgroup who need assistance due to a baby being born or anything else that may come up. THANK YOU for helping to take care of other moms in this way.

PORTIONS

  • Each meal should include SIX adult servings (previously it was 4 adult servings however after more thought and input from members 6 seems like the perfect number. If you have a smaller family this is a huge win for you since you will have plenty for leftovers and lunch).
  • Always err on the side of being generous (do unto others and all that jazz)

PACKAGING

  • Buy good quality freezer bags, Label bags with month, name of entrée and number – I.e. March 2013, Chicken Cordon Bleu, 1  of 2,  2  of 2
  • Do not re-use freezer bags for the swap (even if only used as outer bag a previous time)
  • If you choose to use a disposable pan, Costco is the best place to buy them in my experience. I saw 30 for about 5.99 earlier this week.
  • Take as much of the air out of the freezer bags as you can when packaging
  • Make every effort to freeze as flat as possible.
  • If part of the meal should not be frozen (i.e. refrigerate or store in pantry), package these items separately.

SWAPPING

  • Please bring meals frozen to the swap, we understand that sometimes things come up so as of now we won’t be too strict (hey it’s dinner for that night) but for the most part meals should be frozen.
  • We highly suggest a bringing a cooler for easy transport of your meals and the meals you recieve.
  • If something like rice, buns or taco shells is part of what is needed for the entrée, that should be provided. Please make note of condiments or “extras” that we each need to provide (oil, lettuce, ketchup, etc.) etc.
  • Either the day before or the day of please provide your recipe to the Facebook event page so people can replicate it if they want too.

Halloween in the Burg (and out of)

Is it already Halloween week!? I can’t believe how fast it got here! Here are some events going on in and around Harrisonburg to keep you busy this week and weekend! Did I miss some? I’m sure I did so please share them in the comments!

Halloween in the Burg

Monster Mash 
Valley Mall, Harrisonburg, VA
Thursday, October 29th, 5pm-8pm

Halloween on the Square 
Downtown Harrisonburg
Saturday, October 31st, 10am-2pm

No Tricks, Just Treats
Sunny Slope Farm
Saturday, October 31st, 5pm-10pm
1825 Sunny Slope Farm, Harrisonburg, VA, 22801

 

Halloween out of the burg

Broadway Hometown Halloweenfest 
Thursday, October 29th, 4-7pm
Main Street, Broadway

Costume Parade Halloween and Hullabaloo
Friday, October 30th, 6:30-7:45
Pufferbellies Toys & Books
15 W Johnson St, Staunton, Virginia 24401

Halloween at the Market 
Saturday, October 31st, 8am-12pm
Broadway, VA, Farmer’s Market
S Main St & Rock St, Broadway, Virginia 22815

Happy {Healthy} Halloween 
Saturday, October 31st, 3pm-6pm
Valley Family Wellness & Chiropractic
1600 N Coalter St, Ste 302, Staunton, Virginia 24401

Green Valley Book Fair 2015 Dates

After years of telling my sister about the Green Valley Book Fair I was finally able to take her. She was in book heaven. If you love books, especially good books for cheap you’ll be in heaven when you go to the Green Valley Book Fair too!

green valley book fair

As I was looking at the schedule I couldn’t believe how close to the end of the year we already are! The fair will only be open two more times! The next opening is a little less than a month away!

Oct. 3 thru 25
Nov. 27 thru Dec. 16

See you at the book fair!

Green Valley Book Fair Opens Today

I LOVE the Green Valley Book Fair and I’m so excited that it’s finally open and will be open for a FULL three weeks. If you’re new to town and haven’t been yet you’ve gotta go! They have a ton of great books for everyone in your family.

2014 Schedule

March 22nd thru April 13th

May 10th thru June 1st

June 28th thru July 20th

August 16th thru September 7th

October  4th thru October 26th

November 28th thru December 17th

Hours

Mon-Thur 10am – 5pm

Fri-Sat 10am-6pm

Sun 12noon-5pm

Location

2192 Green Valley Lane, Mount Crawford, VA 22841

Contact

800-385-0099

I have a list a mile long of books I hope to find! Last time it was open I got two Bestsellers The Light Between Oceans and Age of Miracles for under $4.00 each! Not to mention the countless books I got for my kids including numerous Karen Katz classics!

Let me know if you go and what you find in the comments below!

Village Closet Spring Event

Have you been to a Village Closet Event yet?

If not now’s your chance! I absolutely love the Village Closet Events and always find a ton of great stuff for my little ones!

This event will be held on:

Friday March 28th 3-9 pm

Saturday* March 29th 9a- 1 pm

* Starred Items Go Half Price All Day Saturday *

Where

STONESPRING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

1545 PEACHGROVE AVE, HARRSIONBURG

You’ll be able to find:

Name brand clothing, shoes, + accessories in all sizes for Baby,KidsJRsWomens, + Maternity

Baby equipment like swings, high chairs, exersaucers & strollers

Children’s toys, from puzzles to bikes to books

Home decor and much, much more!

If you’re a first time expectant Mom you can sign up for Thursday Evening New Mom Pre Sale Passes. You MUST register for this here to make sure you qualify!

If you would like to sell there are only a few days left to register! Sign up here.

Want of Volunteer?

Volunteers earn a pass to our private Thursday evening Pre-Sale. Sign up here.

Workers who are not consignors MUST complete their shift BEFORE Thurs pre-sale

Win a Gift Certificate

Check out the Village Closet Facebook Page!

Harrisonburg La Leche League March Meetings

Breastfeeding or Pregnant? The Harrisonburg La Leche League is a great resource for all things breastfeeding!

March Meetings

The night time meeting was scheduled for Monday March 3rd from 6:30-7:30pm at Brookhaven Natural Birth Center however it has been CANCELED.

The morning meeting will be on Wednesday March 5th from 10-11 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church.

You can find a link to their calendar here.

In the case of bad weather they follow the Rockingham County School system.  If they are delayed or closed on the day of a meeting, we will not have our meeting.

The scheduled topic for this month is:

The Art Of Breastfeeding and Avoiding Difficulties/ What To Expect: The First Few Weeks and Months.

Even if you’re an experienced Breastfeeder this would be a great meeting to attend to help new moms and share your insight!

Here is some great information to get your started: http://kellymom.com/bf/normal/newborn-nursing/

More Info:  https://sites.google.com/site/lllofharrisonburg/Home

Snow Cream Recipe

Weather got you down? Make some Snow Cream!

Snow Cream Recipe

Easy fun and delicious this kids will get a kick out of making this especially if you had some sprinkles!

You can make chocolate snow cream by using chocolate milk instead of regular milk and vanilla extract.

Or add the Vanilla extract when you make the chocolate ice cream and it will almost taste like a frosty!

I got the sprinkles at Sharp Shopper they have a GREAT supply of sprinkles!

Full recipe here.

Make Your Own Shaped Crayons

This is such a fun way to use up those broken or dull crayons, and it’s incredibly easy (and cheap!)

Get the full tutorial from My Sister’s Suitcase: Kids Craft Shaped Crayons

Kids pillow art

Probably one of my favorite craft ideas ever! Turning your children’s artwork into pillows.

Get the tutorial here: There was a Crooked House: Children’s Drawing Turned Cushion Cover

Painting with flowers

Another fun and colorful way to incorporate nature into your art activities!

Another fun and colorful way to incorporate nature into your art activities!

Get the full post from Putti’s World: Printing with Flowers.