Host a Freezer Meal Exchange

What was the world before Pinterest… Seriously. I don’t even “Google” anything anymore. It’s right to Pinterest for me… haha. But really, that’s where I found all of the ideas for my latest girls’ night get together.

First, I saw this and thought, that would be a great way to get some new recipes and meal ideas for my family! Plus it saves yourself a ton of work and money! So I created a group on Facebook, invited my local friends that were interested and we chose a date. We used the Facebook group to have a sign up so nobody brought the same thing and we knew exactly how many meals to make.

Freezer Meal Exchange

We ended up with six girls that came, so everyone made six meals, kept one at home and brought five to the exchange. Then we each went home with five different meals to stock our freezers!

A couple things that could make things run more smoothly…

  • Everyone made a copy of their ingredients, heating instructions, etc. and attached it to their meal in some way. A couple of the girls did freezer bags and wrote the directions in Sharpie. Genius!
  • Ask everyone to bring their meals in clothes baskets! Easy carry in, easy carry out!
  • When your exchange guests arrive have them stack their meals in piles for each guest that way when it’s time to go home everyone just loads up their pile of different meals.

We had the best time just hanging out once everyone arrived. We just chatted, let our kids play and enjoyed a girls night out of the house! Well, for everyone but me. But it was nice to have guests over. 😉

I made this and served it with strawberries and apples. I also served a cheese ball and crackers, and we tried this .

Brown Sugar Fruit Dip

Yummy treats and fun times with friends! Plus now I have a fully stocked freezer with a variety of meals that I didn’t have to put together!!! Win, win, win!!!

In case you’re wondering I made this for my freezer meal to trade and we had it for dinner the other night… DELICIOUS!!!

Tell me, have you ever hosted a Freezer Meal Exchange? Have any tips for making our next one easier/more fun? What’s your go to freezer meal??

Maternity Leave – Beer Margarita Recipe

Hey there friends! While I’m away loving on my brand new baby girl and all the stuff that comes with it I have asked a few friends to BABY sit Truly Lovely! They each have a fun post to share with you to give you a little something to hold you over until I can come back and share cute baby pics and the like… 😉 So please share a little love with each guest poster here and be sure to click over and check out their blogs!

Today’s guest is Alli of Simply Alli. She’s got a delicious drink recipe that I would love to try in… oh… a year or so…. haha. But for you non-preggos out there, it sounds amazing! 😉

Take it away Alli….


Hello there, I’m Alli and I blog over at Simply Alli.  I’m stoked to be here today to share this fantastic summer drink with all of you! It’s perfect for these hot summer days.


Just the name of this recipe makes my mouth water, Beer Margaritas!  This fun, summer drink is amazingly refreshing and oh so tasty!! Just be careful though, one too many of these and you’ll forget where you left your shoes the night before…just saying…


1 can of pink frozen lemonade-thawed

Tequila – you pick how much :)


1 bottle or can of beer

Pour the can of pink lemonade into a pitcher.  Fill the empty can with tequila (we like them strong) and pour that into the pitcher.  Next add one bottle or can of beer to the pitcher and fill up the reminder of the pitcher with Sprite.

You’ve been warned!

Have fun and enjoy responsibly :) 




Thank you Alli!!! These are the perfect summertime drink!!! Be sure to say hello to Alli over at her place as well! Simply Alli!!!