Welcometothefeed,yourfamilytonight,podcast.Youdreadhearingthequestion.Whatsfordinner?Whatdoyouspendyourdays?Keepingupwithtoddlers.Runningkidstoafter-school.Activitiesarejugglingacareerandfamilygettingdinneronthetable.Canbeastruggleforusallentryfeebox,abusinessownerwife,andmomoffour.Imonamissiontobuildstrongerfamilies.Onedinneratatime.AndImherewithtips,tricksandinspiration.Youneedtofeedyourfamilytonight.Hellofriends,welcometotheFuture.Familytonightpodcast,ImyourhostMariefiebachandtodaywearedoingareplayofanepisode.Irecordedacoupleyearsagoispart2ofatwo-partseriesonvacationfoodplanning.Ifyoumissedpart,onepartonewaslastweekanditisaboutvacationplanningwhenyouareprimarilystayinginhotelsormotelsthisweekfocusesonvacation.Foodplanning,whenyouarestayinginrentalslikecabinsorairbnbs.Italsogoesintoalittlebitaboutvacationfoodplanningforlargefamily,gatheringslikefamilyreunions,theworldisstartingtoopenupandIknowlotsofusareitchingtogetoutoftownandhaveavacation.Somanyofushavehadthecasesinceithasbeencanceledpostponedorchanged.Andthisjusthassomegreatideasforhowtomakeyourfamilyalittlebiteasieronvacation.SoIhopeEnjoythisepisode.Weregoingtobebacknextweekwithafreshepisode,allaboutthefeed,yourfamilytonightsystemandhowweeknightdinnersuccessisabouttimemanagement,andnotsomuchaboutrecipes.Ihopeyouredoingwellandcantwaittochatwithyounextweekfornow,listentothisreplayepisodeofvacation.Idontwanttostarttodayoffwithalittlebitoftripsabouttheroadtrip.Growingup.WegrewupinWichita,Kansas,Ihaveoneyoungersister,andmyfathersfamilywasfromNorthDakotaandmymothersfamilywasfromColorado.Andsowespentlotsofoursummerstravelinginthecar,fromKansastoNorthDakota,orKansastoColorado,whichwereaminimumofeighthoursinthecarandsometimesupto10or12.SoIhadalotofexperienceridinginthecar.Isakidandplentyofexperiencetakingmychildrenonroadtripsaswell.ThingsthatIlearnedfrommarrySheldon,mymotherMarySheldonisthat.Sheabsolutelyforbids.Anythingthatischocolateonaroadtrip.Now,shellletyouhaveOreocookiesbecauseitsnotlikeaphysicalPieceofchocolatethatwillmelt,butshewontevenletEminemsbeinthecar.Beeveniftheyreinacandycoating,becauseshehadthisfear.Probably,becauseherfearwasjustifiedformysistersandmybehaviorthatthechocolatemelt,itwasgetallovereverythingandthenhewouldntbeabletotakegetitoffoftheupholsteryofthecarorclothingoranythingelse.Soifyouareaparentofyoungchildren,especiallyandaretakingroadtripsintheSummerwherethecargetshotandsufficeandavoidallthingschocolateonroadtripstokindofkeepthemesstoaminimum.Theotherthing,mymother,shessocreative.Shealwayshadwaysofhavingthehourspassalittlebitquickerthanyou.ThinktheywouldhaveoneofherfavoritethingstoplaywithwhatshecalledtheLifesavergameandshewouldalwaysbringarollofLifesaversonthetripandshewouldgiveeveryoneinthatcar,alifesaver.AnditwasacontesttoseewhocouldkeeptheLifesaverthelongestwithoutcrunchingandyearslater,mom,alwayslostthisgame.LikeshealwayscrunchedfirstandIthoughtshewasjustdoingthatsothatshecouldmotivateustowin.AndIfoundout.No,really,shecantsuckonalifesaververylongwithoutcrunching.Thattotallycracksmeup.Thatsoneofthosethingsyoulearnedasanadultaboutyourmotherthatjustmakesyousmile.ButonerollofLifesaverscouldlastlikeanhourorlongeranditwasjustawaytopassthetimeinthecar.SoifyouhavealotofhourstospendarollofLifesavers,maybeafunroadtrippackforyou.InadditiontotheLifesavergame.MarrySheldonalsowouldmakeahomemadetrailmixofsorts.ShewouldtakedryroastedpeanutsandmixitwithroastedsunflowerseedsandwhiteraisinsanddarkraisinsinwhenIwasakid.ThiswasareallybigtreebecausewenevergotwhiteraisinsandIjustlovethem.Theywereoneofmyfavoritethingsandsothatwouldbeasnackthatwewouldhaveontheroad.Myfatherwouldeatshelledsunflowerseeds,likesunflowerseeds,thatareintheShellespeciallywhenweweredrivingatnighttokindofkeephimawake.Theactofcracking,thesunflowerseedswithsomethingthatkindofkepthimawakewhilehewasdriving.So,thatssomethingyoumightwanttoconsiderasanalternativetocoffeeoradditiontocoffee.IfyourekindofonalongroadtriptoSheltonFamilytended,tokindofsnacksthroughthemiles,wewouldhavecutupveggiesandgrapesinthecoolerandwewouldkindofeatsnacksaswewentalongtheway.Inrecentyears,IhaveoneyoungersisterandshesmarriedwiththreekidsandthenImarriedwithmyfourkidsandmyparents.Wehavealltraveledtodestinationstogether,myfamily,usuallyrents,sometypeofalargerentalhome.Sometimesitsnearwater,sometimes,itsinthemountains,wevedonelotsofdifferentplacesanddifferenttypesofrentalhomes,butweoftentraveltogetherAndwhenwearedrivingtowhateverdestination,weregoing,wefoundthehardwaythattryingtoeatlunchontheroadatarestaurant.Canbeanexerciseinfrustration,tryingtoget13people.Withonekiddoesntwantpickles.Inthenextkid,doesntwantketchupandtheotherkidwantsmustardandpicklesonlyrequiresanExcelspreadsheetIfounditespeciallywhenweregoingtoourdestination,wetrytopackourlunchinacooler.NowitsreallyeasywithGoogle.Findaplacealongtheway.Usuallywetryandfindasmalltownorsomethingthathasacityparkandaplacethathasacityparkwithpicnictables.Weactuallytryandlookforonesthathaveacoveredpicnicarealikeagazeboorsometypeofapavilionandapartforthekidstoplayandgetsomeenergyoutofthemandalsotryandfindonesthathavesometypeofabathroomnearby.Now,oftenthebathroomsthatthesepartsdonthavesoaporwater,sometimesthereswateranddust.Wealwaysusuallycarryalittlebitofsoapwithus,oratleasthaveaminimumofhandsanitizer.Buttryingtofindaplacewherepeoplecanusetherestroomandthekidscanplay.AndsoweusuallyGooglethataheadoftime,tryandfindadestinationthatwillhitatlunchtimeandwehavelunch.Now,thislunchissomethingthatwepackaheadoftime.IhavebeeninchargeofmakingthesandwichesandIhonestlysendatextsaying.Imgettingpeanutbutterandjelly.Turkeyhamcornedbeef.Tellmewhatyourfamilywantscheese.Nocheeseandtheyactuallysendmebackeachpersonsnamewithwhattheywantontheirsandwich.AndImakethesandwichesthenightbeforeVice,thatsusuallyhisjobandhehelpsmemakethesandwiches.Andifyouhaventheardmesaybefore,oneofthebiggesttricksforfood,whenyourepackingitawayistoputtheSharpieonthebagsof.Right?Whatthecontentsofthefoodisonthebaggybeforeyouputthefoodinandthisholdstruewithsandwichesaswell.AndanotherTrickissometimesafullsandwich,likeanice.Goodbreaddoesnotfitintoasandwichsizebaggies.Andquartsizebaggies,isalittlebittoobigthatyoucanbuythatarecalledextralarge,ZiplocsandwichbagandImtellingyou,ifyouredoingsandwichesforabunchofpeople,thisistotallysomethingthatyouwanttospendtheextra$0.25.Theyrenotthatmuchmoreexpensivethanregularsandwichbags,butthebreadlikeanicelikePepperidgeFarmbreadorsomethingfromGreatHarvestwillfitintheseextralargesandwichbaggiesanditwillmakeyourlifesomucheasierlabel,whossandwich,itisontheoutsidewithasharpiebeforeyouputthesandwichinandIpaypackupsandwichesforall13peopleinthefamilyandmymotherusuallypacksup.Acoolerfullofwaterbottlesandcutupcarrotsandceleryandcutupfruit.Andthenweusuallybringabagofchipsandthensometypeofasweetsometimesitshomemadecookies.AndoftentimesitsabagofOreocookiesbutsomethingthateverybodycanhavealittle.WebringpaperplatesandtheresnoForks,theresnoutensils.Thatpaperplatesandnapkinsandeverybodyhastheirlunchandatthisparkandthekidsplayandthenweloadbackupandtakethenextlegofourjourney.Wehavefoundthatthisworksreallywellforourfamilyasweretravelingtodestination.Now,whilewepackourlunch,forthetrip,onthewaytoourdestination,wealmostalwaysplantoeatinarestaurantonthewayhomefromourdestination.Andthereasoniswehavecookingandplayingandhonestlyweretiredandusuallywetryandnoteatfastfood.Wetryandeatitlikeasit-downplace.NotafancyplacebutsomethinglikeaVillageInnorPerkinsorevenanApplebeeskindofafast-casualkindofplace.Andweofteneatoutonthewayhomesothatwedonthavetogothroughtheorganizationofmakingsandwiches.Andwedonthavetothinkthatfaraheadandbuyinggroceries.Okay.So,whenyoureplanningfoodforstayinginarentalhomeorcabin,youwanttothinkaboutwhatmeals,youregoingtoeatatthecabin.Itmaybeallofthem.Itmaybejustsomeofthem.Whatmealsyouregoingtoneedout?Doyouneedtopacklunchesthatgowithyou?IknowthepastcoupleyearswhenwevebeeninColorado,wehavewantedtogowhitewater,raftinginthewhitewater.Raftingdestinationwasanhourfromourcabinandsowewouldpacklunchestotakewithusandwewouldwrappedinthemorning,butthenwewouldeatourlunchbeforewedrovebackbecauseotherwiseitwouldjustgettoolateintheday.Wevedonethat.Orifyoureouthiking,doyouneedtohaveapackedlunch,readytogo?See,youwanttothinkaboutthekindsoffoodsthatyoureneeding?Andwhatyouneedforlunches,whatyouneedfordinnersandwhatyouneedforbreakfast,areyoubreakfast?Goingtobesimple,coldbreakfast,likecerealandgranolabars,ortheygoingtobehotbreakfastwhereyouredoingbaconandeggsandtoast,andpancakes,youwanttothinkaboutwhattypeofbreakfastyouregoingtohave.Andthenalsowhattypeofdinnersureyouregoingtohaveandyouknowwhat,featurefamilytonight?IalmostalwaysstartwithdinnerandtheykindofworkmywaybackwardsonthemealsthatweregoingtohaveandwhenIdovacationplanning,Idonotchangethat.Ialwayskindofstartwithdinnerandworkmywaybackwards.Thebiggestthingthatyouwanttodo,ifyouwanttofindouthowmanymealsyouhave,howmanypeopleyoureservingforeachmealandthenplanoutwhatyouregoingtohave.Iwanttoencourageyoutothinkaboutdoingasmuchcookingaheadoftimeaspossible.Ifyouaregoingtobehavingtacos,youwanttogetthattacomeatcookedbeforeyougo.Ifitallpossiblethatifyoureflying,youcantdoanyofthis.ThisisonlyifyouredrivingandIvegotsometipsifyoureflyinglater.Solistenforthat,ifthatssomethingthatyouredoing,butgetasmuchcookingassoonaspossible,getyourtacomeatmade,getyourspaghettisaucemademakeyourcasserolesaheadoftime.Getyourlasagnaismadeifyouregoingtohavepulledporkorbarbecuebeef,makethatheadoftimeandfreezeitandyoucanfreezeitindisposablecontainersorfreeze.Itandzip-topbags.Ifyourefreezingiszip-topbags.MakesureTheshapeofthebagwillfitinyourcooler,somecoolersaremorenarrowthanothersandifyouhaveafullgallonsizebagthatZiplocbagwillbewedged,kindoffunnyinyourcooler.So,thatssomethingthatyouwanttothinkaboutbeforeyoumakethisfoodahead,iswhatcontainersareyougoingtoputitinandhowwilltheyfitinthecoolersthatyouhave?Thatyouretransporting.Ifyouareflyingandthenalso,ifyouaredrivingIhighlyencourageyoutothinkaboutdoinganonlinegroceryorder.Andtherearemanywaysthatyoucandoonline,groceryorders,dependinguponyourdestination.Ifyouareflyinganddonthavearentalcar,lookatanonlinegroceryorderthatcanbedeliveredstraighttoyourdestination.Oftentimes,youcouldevenhavethemdeliveritlikeinthemorningandputitinyourrefrigeratorandonyourcountertop,forthethingsthatareperishablethatmorningwhenyouarriveintheafternoon.Sothatssomethingtoconsider.Ifyouaredriving,howfarawayisthegrocerystorethatyouredoingthisonlineorderfromyouractualcabinorrental.Ifits,youknow,10-15minutesnotahugedealbutwestayedinplaceswherethegrocerystorewasliterallyanhourfromCabinissowestoppedatthegrocerystoreonourwaytothecabin.Sowegotagrocerystorethatwasonourwayintoourdestination.YoucanuseWalmart.Theyhavethatfreeonline,grocerypick-upanytypeofa,Krogerusuallyhasaclicklistandthatcomeswithalittlebitofafeeatlike,$5,butforvacationandistotallyworthit.Instacartwillactuallydelivertoyourdestination.Andagain,sometimeswillevenputitintotherefrigeratortherebeforeyouarrive.Ihavefriendsthatactuallytraveledabroad.AndtheywereinarentalhomeorrentalCottage,andthecompanyofferedthem,theopportunitytobuyaprecateredmealandhavethatinthere.Cottagereadyforthemwhentheyarrived,andthatisagreatservice,especiallythatfirstnight.Whenyoucommentis,especiallyifyouarewritinglate,anditsgoingtobedark,dependinguponthetimeofyear,Useusewhatyouhaveatyourdisposal.Again,onmygroceryorderisbrilliant.Afewthingsthatyouwanttomakesurethatyouorderonlineratherthanbringwithyou.Ifyouwanttomakesurethatyouorderyourmilkinyourfreshvegetablesandyourbreadbreak,yougetSquishywhenyoupackit.Soorderthatthereforpickuporder,yourfreshvegetables.Inyourlettuce,havethatonyourgrocery.Pick-upIreallycommendorderingyourpaperproductsandhavethoseonyourgrocerypick-upsoyourenothaulingtheminyourcarpapertowelsandpaperplates.BringaSharpiewithyouorthrowapackageofsharpiesinyourgroceryorder.Becausewhenyouhavefamily,gatheringsSharpiesaresohandy.Makesurethatyouhavesomeextrazip-topbagsforleftovers,andthattypeofthing,otherstuffisalwaysagoodideatohaveAcoupleofboxesofextrazip-topbagandIoftengetin,getacontaineroftinfoilbecauseinevitablyyourrentalcabinisnotgoingtohaveagoodlidorsomethingforapotorapan,andyouneedustinfoil.SoIusuallygetsometinfoil,putallofthat,intoyourgroceryorder.So,onceyouhaveyourmealsplannedout,youhaveyourgroceriesplanned.Anotherthingthatyoureallywanttoconsideriswhataretheamenitiesattheplacethatyouarestayingandprobablyshouldconsiderthis.Beforeyoudoyourgroceryorder,isthereagrill?Doyouneedagrill?Doyouhavetobuycharcoalforthegrill?Orisitagasgrill?Aretherepotsandpans?Arethere?Cookingutensils?Dotheyhaveknives?Eveniftheysaytheyhaveknives,Ihavebeenknowntobringmyownknives,becauseIcantstandtousedullbadknives.So,youmaywanttoconsiderthatifyourealittlebitofanicesmilelikeIam,isthereacolander?Youalwaysneedacolanderforawashinglettuceorwashingvegetablesaredrainingpasta.Thatssomethingthatyouwanttochecktoseeifitsontheamenitieslist.Askthepersonwhoyourentedthisplacefromiftheywhattheyhaveormakealistofwhatyouneedandsayarethesethings.Thereisthereacanopener?Isthereacorkscrew?Isthereabottleopener?Myhusbandhashadtogointotowntobuyabottleopenerbecausetheresnobottleopener.SothatssomethingthatyouwanttomakesurethatIsintherentalthatyourehaving.Ireally,reallyrecommendusingpaperplates.Evenifyoureusingthesilverwarethere,usepaperplatesforasmuchservingaspossiblebecausethenyoucanusethedishwasherforallofthecookingdishes.Andagain,thesilverwarecankindofsitinthedishwasherandnotusuallygetintheotherspaceofthecookingdishescuzithasitsowncompartmentinthedishwasher.Butusingpaperplatescanhelpsomuch.And,again,cupsthere,butwealmostalwaysexclusivelyusepaperplates,anditjustmakeseverythingsomucheasierandputthosepaperplates,inyourgroceryorder.AndIsaidordersomepapertowelsbecausealmost,everyrentalIhaveevereverbeenindoesnothaveenoughdishtowels.Itjustalwaysseemslikethereslikeonedishtowel,OnedishRagandIalwaysamgratefulwhenIhaveextrapapertowelsandIreallyamnotapapertoweluser,inmyhome,weusedish,ragsandclothtowels,becauseItryandbeinanenvironmentallyconsciousaspossible,anditjustseemsreallywastefulinmyhouse.ButwhenImonvacation,Iamusingpapertowels.Imusingpaperplates,Iuseplasticsilverware,sometimes,sometimesIusetheregularforksandsilverware,okay,soyouvecheckedoutyourplace,youknow,whatamenitiestheyhave,youknow,whatyouneedtobringyouthoughtaboutyourmeals,youveplannedout,youthoughtaboutyourlunchesandyourbreakfast.Youhavecookedasmuchaspossible.OnethingthatIlearnedfrommyauntroseIstoprecook,evenlikeyourbreakfast,meatShield,pre-cookedbacon,andthenyoucanuseitforbaconlettuceandtomatosandwiches.Youcanputitontopofthesalad,youcanputitonabakedpotato,whatyourehavingabakedpotatobar?Buthavingpre-cookedbaconissomethingthathasbeenveryhandyonvacationprecook,yoursausageagainprecookedasmuchaspossible.Makesurethepackagesthatyouputthepre-cookedfoodandfitinyourcooler.Theotherthingwhenyoureonvacationandarestayinginrental,housesisconsiderhavingatleastonelunchandonedinnerout,myfriendStephenJenkins,shestheCheapskatecookinherfamilylikestohavetheirmealsoutatlunchbecauseitswhat,usuallyalittlelessexpensiveandtheycanstillgetthetasteofthatplacethattheyrein.Eatsomeplacelocalandenjoyit.Andsothatssomethingtoconsider.EspeciallyifyourewatchingyourbudgetbutatleastonelunchandatleastonedinneroutandIhighlyrecommendifyou,itsjustyourfamilyorasmallgroup,donthaveyourdinnerout,bethelastnightnowthatweseemalittlecounterintuitive,buthearmeout.Thelastnight,youareusuallypackingandcleaningoffoftimetodoinalittlebitoflaundry.Soyourenottakinghomelikegrosslakecloseandthattypeofthingandthatisagoodnighttojustputoutwhateverisleftfromalloftheothereveningandeverybodymightbehavingaslightlydifferentdinnerbutyoucanuseup.Whatsinthekitchen.Youdonthavefoodwasteandyoudonthavetohaulabunchoffoodhome.Ifyouhaveyourdinneroutthenightbeforethelastnightwhichishonestlymyfavoritenighttodoit,youcanenjoyit,havethathaveyourtimeout.Andthenyourlastnightiskindofyourrecapnightandyouretryingtogeteverythingcleanedupandpackeduptoleavethenextmorning.So,Irecommend,youknow,planningatleastonenightoutandnothavingityourlastnight.Theotherthingwhenyouarecleaningupandpackingupreadytogo,andyouhaveahalfabottleofketchup,andyouhavehalfabottleofmustardandmaybeahalfajarofMayorsomething,donotleavethat.Forthenextperson,Istayedinrentalsonetimeandtheyactuallyhadanoteontherefrigeratorsaying,pleasedonotleaveitforthenextperson.Sowedontendupwith6,1/2,usebottlesofketchupand6/2usebottlesofmustardandnobodywantstothrowanythingoutbecausetheydontknowiftheyresupposedtobesavingitforthenextperson.Sotheywereveryclear.DonotleaveanyfoodforthenextpersonandIreallythinktheresalotofwisdominthatplanonbuyingsmallerpackages,andjusttossingitwhenyouaredoneorplanonbringingithomeandeitherisfinebutjustplanforitanddontleavefoodintherefrigeratortherethinkingthatsomeoneelseisgoingtowanthisorthenextpersonisgoingtouseitbecausethenextpersonisgoingtobringtheirownKetchupandtheirownmustardandtheirownmayoandyoudontwanttouseonethatsbeensittingintherefrigerator.Youdontknowwhenitwasopenedorhowlongitsbeensittingthere.Ihighlyrecommendjustnotreadingfoodinlocations,Now,weregoingtotransitionovertoplanningforlargefamily.Gatheringslikefamilyreunions,Ihavedonethisseveraltimesanditsreallysimilartoplanningforfoodinarentalforafamily.Buttheresafewdifferences.Thefirstthingisittakesmoreplanningandmoredetailsandyourlisthavetobemuchmoredetailedandplannedearlier.Onceyouhavedecided,theyregoingtobeafamilyreunions,youdecidedthelocationplanningshouldstart.Everythingiseasierifonepersonoronefamily,unittakechargeofthemeals,andthatdoesntmeantheyhavetodothemall.ButonepersonisresponsibleforthatItmakeseverythingeasier.Haveyoueverheardthatsayingtoomanycooksinthekitchen?Ifyouhavetoomanypeopleplanningthemeals,itcangetvery,verycumbersome.No,thatsnottosaythatonepersonhastodoeverything.Thereskindoftwowaysyoucantakeit.Youcanhaveonepersonthatskindof,inchargeofeverythingandeverybodybringstufforyoucanhaveonepersonwhosinchargeofeverythingandeverybodyjustpaythefee.AndthentheThirdWayiskindofhowmyfriendDianesfamily.Doesitwheresheisoneofeightkids?Andsoeachofthesiblingsisinchargeofoneortwomealsforthetimeofthefamilygatheringforeverybodyandtheybringallofthefoodforthatspecificmeal.Andsoyouknow,onefamilywillhavebreakfastondayoneanddinneronday3andanotherfamilywillhavelunchondaytwoanddinnerondayoneorwhateverandtheyTheappsthatresponsibilitiesinthecostthatwaysothateachfamilyunitisjustresponsible.Butyoustillneedonepersondecidingwhodoes,what,when,andIhaveacoupleoftipsalittlebitlateron,thebestwaytoorganizethat,ifyouhaveonepersonkindofinchargeofdecidinghowyouregoingtodoit,howyouregoingtodivvyuptheresponsibilitiesinthecostandthengofromthere,yourlifeisgoingtobesomucheasier.Ialwaysrecommendthatyouhaveallofthemealsinonelocationandkeepitthesamelocationwithlargefamily,gatheringsoff.Andtherespeoplestayingindifferentcabinsortheyrestayingindifferenthotels,indifferentrentals.AndtheresusuallyoneGatheringPlacethatyouhave,andyouwanttohaveoneGatheringPlacebewarethemeals.Areyoualsowanttomakeclearwhichmealsarealltogetherwhenyougotpeopleindifferentlocation?Mostofthetime.Breakfastisatyourpersonallocationandlunchoftenisonyourown,butnotnecessarilyitkindofdepends.Itdependsuponyouractivity.Soyouhavetodecide.Arewedoinglunchestogether?Iseverybodyincharge,istheirownlunches.Andthenusuallytheeveningmealissomethingthatisalwaystogetherormostofthenighttogether.whenyouareplanningthiseveningmeals,youwanttoconsiderHowtheadultsandhowmanykidsyouhavecomingandyouwanttothinkaboutthosetwogroupswhenyoureplanningyourfood.Nowyoucanhavekidfoodandadultfood.Ifalltheadultswanttohavesteaksorgrilledfishorsomethingspecial,andyouwanttohavehamburgersandhotdogsforthekidsdoit.Itdoesnthavetoallbethesamebutyouwanttoconsiderthenumberofpeopleandhowmanyareadultsandhowmanyarekidswhenyouredoingthisfoodplanning?Theotherthingyouwanttoconsiderisyouwanttoconsideriftheresanybodythathasfoodallergies.Sowhenyourecommunicatingwiththelargerfamily,putoutacallouttosay,heyarethereanyfoodallergiesthatwehavetodealwithandtalktothatperson?Orifitsakid,theirparentdirectlyandjustsay,heyWhat,whatdoweneedtoaccommodate?Orareyougoingtobringyourownfood?Itdoesnthavetobeabigdeal,butifexpectationsarereallyclearandwiththere,somanyallergiesouttherethatinalargefamily,theresgoingtobesomeonethathassomekindofallergiesandcommunicating.Heyyouknowwecantryandaccommodateyouordoyouneedtobringyourownfoodaslongasexpectationsareclear?Itsfinebutyoudowanttoconsiderinalargefamilygathering.Theresprobablygoingtobesomeonewhohassometypeofanallergyandjustcommunicatewiththatpersonsothatyouknow,howyoucanaccommodatethemandhowyoucanAddresstheretheirfoodconcerns.Theotherthingisjustlike,whenyoureinarental,youwanttocookaheadasmuchaspossible.Ifyoureonlyresponsibleforoneortwomeals,Ihighlyrecommendbringingtheentreecooksorpre-madeinsomeform.Andifyouredoingtacos,havethetacomeat,cookedup,a,myfavoritethingstodoforlargefamily.Gatheringsisabakedpotatobar,andIrecommendhavingwhatevertoppingsyouregoingtohavelikethreedone.Readytogo.Ifyouregoingtoputlikehamburgerontopofit,orifyouregoingtohavegrilledchickentoputontopofit,getthatchickengrilledaheadoftime.Youcanheatitupinthemicrowaveoryoucanevenheatitupintheovenatthelocationthatgetasmuchcookedheadoftime.Youredoingpulledpork.Barbecuebeef.Getthatallmadeaheadoftimeandbringitwithyoutothelocation.Again,justlikewithotherrentals,doanonlinefoodorderandwithlargefamily,gatherings,dependingupon,whicharefrigeratorspaceislike,youmayhavetodotwoorthreeonlinefoodorder.Shemayhaveoneonlinefoodorderadayandputinallofyourpaperproductsinthatorder.MakesurewhenyouredoingbargedintheGatheringusepaperproducts,thereisatimeandaplaceforpaperproductsandthisisthattimepapercups,paperplates,pleasehaveaSharpie.Ifyoureusingwaterbottles,haveaSharpie.Icannottellyouhowmanytimestheyvebeenpickedupwaterbottlesforonepersonistakinglikeoneortwosipsoutofitandthentheysetitdownandtheres20waterbottlesonthetableandsotheyallgotowastegetaSharpieandthisishewaswaterbottlesasyouwanttobecareful.Iftheresalotofreallysmallchildren,thelidsofwaterbottlesareactuallyaVerylargechokinghazardbecausetheyrecircularandtheycancovertheAirways.SoifyouhavealotofreallysmallchildrenthataregoingtobeatthislargefamilygatheringyoumaycuztheyreusingcupsandeitherbuyingfilteredwaterorbringaBritafilterorsomethinglikethatbecausethoseLidsarejusthorriblechokinghazards.Forlittleone.So,isthatthislargefamilygatheringhasalotoflittleones.Youmayreallywanttoconsidertheirsafetyandnothavebottlesofwaterandusecups,buthaveseveralSharpies.Sharpies,alwaysinmyvacationbag,evenwhenIamnottravelingwithlargefamiliesareSharpiestosomething.Thatsalwaysuseful.AndhereisasituationwhereSharpiesreallyusefulIcanreallycutdown.Onwastethingispeoplewanttohelpandtheywanttocontributeandevenifonepersonisdoingallofthecookingandyourelike,assessingafeelike,youknow,$50aperson,forallofthefood,peoplestillwanttohelpandwanttobringstuffin.Soifyouwanttohavethembringsidesorsaladsordesserts,Irecommendusingatoolcalledsignupgenius.Imnotanaffiliateforitoranything.Ijustuseditalotanditsafreetool,alinktoitintheshownotes,SignUp,GeniushasaPlaceforpeopletosignup.So,ifyourehavingTuesdaynightdinnerisbarbecue,beefsandwiches.Andweneeddessertsfor75people.Canyoubringadessertfor25people?Andsothreepeoplecansignuptobringadessertfor25people.Andyouendupwithdessertfor75people,orTuesdaynightistaconight,andweneedpeopletobringtortillachipsandweneedpeopletobringshreddedcheeseandlettuceandyoucanputthatonyourSignUpGenius.Sodependinguponhowyouredoingthis,butputitontheSignUpGeniusandIllsendhimanemail,reminder,andyoucanhavethemcontributethatyoustillmakesurethatyourehavingenoughandnothavingrepeatsofthingsthatyoudontnecessarilyneed.Whatisthelastthingaboutlargefamily?Gatherings,anditskindofliketheothertwoisconsiderhavingonemealatarestaurant,likerentaroomatarestaurantorifyouhavealarge,thenyouhaveonemealcateredin.Sothatthepersoninchargeofallthefood,kindofhasonenightoffandeverybodycanenjoyeachother.Andunlikewhenyouretravelingwithsmallergroupsorjustyourfamily,Ireallyrecommendhavingthisbeatthelastnightsothatyouguyscanenjoyyourfamily,haveonelastget-together,noonehastodothedishes.Noonehastocleanupandsoifyouthinkaboutfindingarestaurantthathasalargeroomthatyoucanrentorhavingitcateredin,Irecommendhavingamenuthathas,youknow,afewchoicesandhavepeoplepayaheadoftime.So,YoudonthavetohaveSeparateChecksfor75people.Thatcanbealittlecumbersomefortherestaurant.Ifyoucanhaveitdoneaheadoftimehavepeopleorderandpayaheadoftime,itwillallowyoutohaveareallyPleasanttimewithyourfamily.AndIreallydolikedoingthatonthelastnightsothateverybodycanjustgettogetherandenjoyeachotheronelasttime.Noonehastocleanupandthentheycangobacktowherevertheyrestayingandcleanupwhatevertheyrecleaninguptheretogetreadyfortheirdeparture,thenextday.Havingonemeal,wherenooneCooksIthinkisalwaysagoodidea.Ifyoucanpullitoffofmytipsforvacationfoodplanningwhenyourestayinginrentalsandalsowhenyourehavingalargefamilygathering,Youhavegotthishere.

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