Monday, November 5, 2012

Hosting A Freezer Swap

About 2 years ago I met a girl, Allysa. She walked into my life as a co-worker and since has continued as a best friend. Funny how things work out? 

She got me started on Weight Watchers (I lost 82 pounds), she was my inspiration to start cooking (which I never did), and she got me hooked on following blogs which lead to where I am today! :) Loving to Blog, it is my home away from home. Alright enough with the mush!!

I am very creative and always looking for an excuse to host another get together with friends at my house...

So when Ally approached me with the Freezer Swap, there was no hesitation in the answer!

How did we do it?

Well, we gathered names of our girlfriends, find a kitchen (hopefully bigger than mine) and cook, bake, divide, and enjoy with your family. We had a GREAT day of laughing and eating. We started at 10am and finished up about 5:00pm. Yeap, long day but we all moved at our own speed, took breaks...often and just enjoyed the company. We enjoyed it so much we are looking to build this group bigger! You interested?

Meet the Team

Angie F - Illinois City, Illinois
Myself - Muscatine, Iowa
Melissa - Wilton, Iowa
Ally B - Wilton, Iowa
Kelly H - East Moline, Illinois

So how does a freezer swap work:

There are two different rules of thought on Freezer Swaps.  You can do it one of two ways.  The first way is to gather as many friends as you can, if 10 girls show up then they need to pick one meal and make it 10 times.  That way everyone goes home with one of their meals.

The second way is to invite a smaller group, say 5.  Each person makes 3 meals, 5 times.  So each person goes home with one of your meals.  In the end it would equal 15 meals a person.  Example:  You decide to make potato soup.  You would need to make that soup 5 times {or 4 if you don't care to take home your own meal}, since there are 5 girls in attendance.  That way each girl would go home with a batch of potato soup.

In order to make it a little smoother, we did all of our prep work the night before. IE~ cook meats, chop veggies, write recipes, and prep all containers. This helped immensely in my tiny little kitchen :) 

Each person is in charge of packaging all meals individually. Also, making sure each person has the directions and recipes on how to prepare your meal. 

Don't forget your bags, you will need a BIG one to get all of these goodies back home with you :)

Some of the meals we made this weekend were:
  • Vegetable Beef Soup
  • Sausage & Bacon Breakfast Muffins
  • Ham & Colby Baked Sandwiches
  • Twice Baked Potatoes
  • Mini Pumpkin Pies
  • Chicken Fajita Chowder
  • Chicken Pesto Meatballs
  • Chicken & Broccoli Alfredo Stuffed Shells
  • Caramel Stuffed Brownies
  • Baked Spaghetti
  • Apple Bread
  • Italian Mac-n-Cheese
  • M&M Pudding Cooking Dough
  • Mexican Style Chicken Soup
  • Rolo Pretzels with a Reese's Pieces
Some pictures from our productive day...

Here is what everyone went home with  

 Have more questions about hosting a Freezer Swap?  

Drop it in the comments...


  1. nice of a post! I stole one your pictures of me:)

  2. New follower here, I found your blog through Ally's. Love your post from your freezer swap, I live in Iowa too and love to host these with some of my friends as well. Looking forward to reading more of your posts!