Sunday, September 16, 2007

I Only Have to Cook Once a Week?!

OK, I'm taking a break from posting tonight. I was going to write, but my baby girl has been screaming her head for three hours straight and it's taken me that long to type out these two sentences because she's on my lap squirming and screaming. Instead I'm going to host a book tour, or is it called a blog tour? Hmmm, how about a blook tour? I'm hosting a blook tour because I already have this typed up and ready to go. I'm hosting a blook tour for a very sweet and funny girl, Trish Berg who has written a book on supper swapping, which, I think, is a really cool idea. The tour will run from the time I post it Sunday, the 16th until Friday, the 21st at midnight Eastern time.

Trish started emailing me during my Ebay auction. She thought I might be a bit overwhelmed (can't imagine what gave her that idea), so she jumped right in and offered up her wise advise and prayers. I can't thank her enough for helping me to navigate the waters. The reason Trish was so very knowledgeable and helpful to me is that she is a published author and national speaker who is working on another book due out in January 2008. She knows what she's talking about.

I'm hosting this tour for Trish, not only because she's an amazing person with a really kind, good heart, but because her book is awesome! I really didn't know what "supper swapping" was until I read her book, but what a terrific idea it is! I can't wait to get a group of friends together and give it a try. Hey, anything to shave off a few minutes in the kitchen and save a few dollars is worth a try if you ask me! Trish shares her expertise on supper swapping or co-op cooking, as it is also known, and includes examples from her own supper swapping experiences. She includes helpful hints to get you started, fellowship ideas, and (my favorite part) some of her tried and true recipes.

And (here's the really cool part!) anyone who leaves a comment on this posting will be entered into a drawing for a FREE copy of Trish's book The Great American Supper Swap! Trish will be giving away, not one, but TWO free books this week to the readers of my blog who leave a comment on this posting during the tour which will run from Sunday night, September 16 when I post it until Friday night, September 21 at midnight Eastern time. Also, feel free to write to Trish with any questions you might have about supper swapping. Here's a little interview with Trish...

The Great American Supper Swap
Solving the Busy Woman’s Family Dinnertime Dilemma
By Trish Berg


Many moms struggle with their endless to-do list, and dinner is just one more thing that usually doesn’t get done. Author and speaker Trish Berg has a great way to solve your dinnertime dilemma and shares all her secrets in her new book, The Great American Supper Swap.

Thanks for being here, today, Trish.


Thanks for having me.

I wanted to begin by asking you what IS supper swapping?


Supper swapping is really a simple solution to that ever present “What’s for dinner,” question that hits most moms at 4:30 every afternoon.

Its moms helping moms by sharing the cooking responsibility for their families by cooking in bulk then swapping meals during the workweek.

And how did you become a supper swap mom?


First of all, I’m a wife and mother of 4 kids all under 12, and so life at our house is pretty chaotic most days. I’m just like all the moms out there struggling with my daily to-do list, and dinner was just one more thing stressing me out.

So, four years ago when one of my girlfriends asked if I wanted to try swapping suppers with her and two other gals to simplify dinner, I gave it a try. I had no idea how much supper swapping would bless my life, or that God would lead me to write this book and help other families as well.

That sounds great. But how exactly does supper swapping work?


One great thing about supper swapping is that it can be adapted to meet the needs of the families in the group. No two supper swapping groups have to look alike.

Basically, women join with 1-4 other women to form a supper swapping group. Each mom chooses one weekday to do the cooking for everyone in the group. The rest of the week, dinner is delivered to their door, hot fresh, and ready to enjoy with their family.

You only have to cook ONE night a week and the other nights, you essentially get free meals catered to your door? Wow! With so many other dinner options out there, why do you think supper swapping is becoming a hot trend?

Basically because moms need help. Today families run at a fast pace unheard of 30 years ago. Usually, dinner is a fast food, on the go grab bag, or relegated to pizza, take out or frozen quick fix meals. These meals are unhealthy and expensive.

Studies have shown that women today still do most of the cooking. Just looking at the workweek, that’s 5 dinners a week, 260 dinners a year. Whew! No wonder we’re all tired of cooking and settling for grilled cheese, pizza or take out.

Supper swapping cuts a moms cooking by up to 80% since she only cooks one day a week.

For about 1-2 hours of meal preparation and 15-30 minutes or less of meal delivery one day a week, you get a week’s worth of hot, fresh, homemade dinners.

Eating dinner together as a family has got to be a better way than going through drive-thrus for fast food on the run. Speaking for myself, I know I could probably make an entire Happy Meal out of the food on the floor of my van.


Eating dinner together as a family opens communication, helps children to eat healthier, feel more connected to their parents, feel loved and cherished. These benefits have a lifelong impact on our children.

According to research from Columbia University, children who eat dinner with their family on a regular basis are 60% less likely to smoke cigarettes, 50% less likely to use drugs, and 66% less likely to drink alcohol.

If a mom wants to start supper swapping, where can she get more information?

There is a ton of how to information, delicious recipes, encouragement and support in my book The Great American Supper Swap, available at bookstores and online at amazon.com and christinabooks.com, or contact me via my website for a signed copy.


What do you hope families gain from supper swapping?


Supper swapping can save families $4000 a year or more, reduces a moms cooking by 80%, adds deeper faith and friendships, and helps families eat healthier food.

BUT MOST OF ALL – I want families to gather back around their dinner table each and every day. That is my passion. A return to the family meal.

Though I’m an avid supper swap mom, each family must find what works for them and re-claim their family dinner however they can. Supper swapping is just one simple tool to help moms make that happen.

But if you’re stuck in a rut singing the dinnertime blues, ask a couple girlfriends to give supper swapping a try.
When it comes to dinner - DON’T GIVE UP. DON’T GIVE IN. JUST GET SWAPPING!

The family meal has a lifelong impact on our kids!
For more information on The Great American Supper Swap or Trish Berg, go to http://www.trishberg.com/.

Remember, when you leave a comment, be sure to include your name and email address so we can notify the winners!

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Trish Berg said...

Good morning ladies! I hope you all slept well. I collapsed in a pile of exhaustion. Well, I put in a movie for the kids at 7 pm, Might at the Museum to be exact, and lay on the couch in a heap. I think I snored, or at least snorted. I know because I woke myself up with a loud snort at one point.

I don’t know how Dawn does what she does. She said after the ABC film crew left, she was not even tired. I was done in! I must be much older than her, or maybe she takes really great vitamins. I need those!!!

Ok- on to your supper swapping comments and questions.

First of all, I want to thank you all for getting so excited about supper swapping. It really is great. As I was making my Autumn Soup yesterday, my film crew, Jared and Thom, kept saying how great it smelled. So I sent them each home with a batch to enjoy. They were thrilled!

I uploaded some pictures from my day yesterday at my blog if you want to see, at www.simplifyingmotherhood.blogspot.com

And BIG NEWS - I HAVE DECIDED SINE YOU HAVE SHOWN SUCH AN INTEREST IN SUPPER SWAPPING AND THE GREAT AMERICAN SUPPER SWAP I WILL BE GIVING AWAY 1 FREE BOOK FOR EVERY 100 COMMENTS POSTED BY FRIDAY MIDNIGHT. SO PASS THE WORD TO ALL YOUR GIRLFRIENDS.

So far we are up to 5 free books at 591 comments.
1) To Living the Dream – Yes, I know your friends at the Wendy’ drive thru will miss you, but you can always write to them…
2) To SW Crow – You do need some extra pans. In the book, I provide a pan formula; it really is not that bad, about $15-$18 for enough Pyrex pans with lids for a group of 5 families. And we use semi-disposable Ziploc containers for a lot, and for soups, stews and the like? Those Whale of a Pail Ice cream tubs are the BEST! SO your homework is to EAT ICE CREAM BY THE GALLON!
3) To Sharon- Supper swapping actually takes much less time than cooking by yourself. I only spend 1-2 hours a week cooking on one day. And best of all, my kitchen counters stay clean! (That was great when we had an ant invasion last week…)
4) To Beverley – Supper swapping works for any family size or type. No kids? Just find another kid free home and swap with them. Better yet. Where do you live? You could take my kids this weekend, just for fun, mind you, and I’ll be at a spa…
5) To TP – I am so sorry you are undergoing procedures for breast cancer. I will be praying for you. And 5 kids! WOW! I wish I could send you a batch of my soup, or at least give you a hug….*hug* please consider yourself cyber-hugged…
6) To Rhonda – Yes, we do a lot of fresh salads, fruits, and the like. Kelly just delivered Breakfast Casserole yesterday for us with Monkey Bread for Dessert…YUM!
7) To BethAnn – You are so right. Supper swapping actually adds a framework for friendship, really surprised me. I started 5 years ago because, well, to be honest, my family was sick and tired of grilled cheese sandwiches and meat loaf. What I found was deeper friendships with some of the most amazing women out there!
8) To Janel – Today only 50% of US families even eat supper together regularly! That is so sad. Let’s all re-claim our family dinner! Whether you start swapping or not, have supper with your family EVERY NIGHT and watch how your family is changed!
9) To Cat – Your husband COOKS!?!?! Wow, I am so coming over for dinner at your place! Completely jealous here…..my hubby makes a mac and cheese casserole with frozen peas and cream soup. Yes, we eat it. No, it’s not that bad…
10) To Tam – Don’t form a group with lousy cooks! No, just kidding. If you aren’t sure about people’s cooking skills, just use a trial period of say, 1-2 months. After that, everyone has a “Get out of swapping guilt free” card, no questions asked.
11) To StampingJoan- The best thing to do is find families close to the same size as yours. So, look for families with 1-2 children, or swap with larger families, and you can use leftovers for lunches and weekend meals further cutting your cooking time!
12) To THELuckyOne – Where did we meet? How sweet of you to remember me. Will you be at the MOPS Conference this weekend? I am speaking there. Please stop and say Hi if you will be there!
13) To Diane – Thiks fr teh spel checq. I am an awfil spiller. Tee hee… The book is available at all the online stores, and many actual for real stores in person and all!
14) To Peacekeeper – Forget the kids! Make what you like! Just kidding. We try to work in a kid friendly meal at least 1 time each week. My kids LOVE Nan’s Taco Bar. Let the kids help you plan the menus, they’ll love that!
15) To Paige – Think POSITIVELY!
16) To Nat – I READ YOUR COMMENT WORD FOR WORD my dear!!!

You know, I am starting to believe that this is the start of a national movement here. You are all a part of that! Let’s get this country back to the dinner table! You have all blessed me more than you know.

I am printing out each and every one of your sweet comments and keeping them so I can read them all whenever I need a lift, and to be reminded of why I wrote the book in the first place – to help moms.

Yes, I am crying now – see what you have all done – you have made me cry on my keyboard…

Wednesday blessings to you all. I’ll check back tonight…

And remember, I am offering 1 free book for every 100 comments. So pass the link around.

AND be sure to visit my website at www.trishberg.com for all kinds of FREE stuff for moms, and while you are there, sign up for my FREE Tip of the week that comes to your inbox every Monday morning. It’s like getting a nanny, a cook, a maid, and a weekend at a spa all for free every week.

Well, not really. But they are great tips to help you simplify your life!

As always, enjoy the journey,

Trish

cozzyz said...

OH MY GOD!!!!! Is this a great idea or what I have never heard of this until today and it sounds like a really good idea... everyday we go to the park and everyday we ask the same question "what are you making for dinner?" I'm running out of things to make and get bored with the same old stuff, this would work great in out neighboorhood we have like 4 familys that have between 2 and 4 kids with one family adding a fifth.... thanks for the great idea..... Tina cozzyzbaby@gmail.com

Luke said...

Wow, this sounds like such a great idea! I can't wait to get some of my friends together and give it a try!

Anonymous said...

As for kids not liking the swapped meals, you could try my "famous" line, "You don't have to like it, you just have to eat it!"

stl95@wittenbergnet.net

Anonymous said...

I used to cook all of my dinners for a month a couple days a week, but as the kids grew and time did not I had to stop doing it. This idea is WONDERFUL!!! Thanks for shaing this great life saver!

Anonymous said...

I had a friend who did this once. She loved it too. I'm going to give it a try!

lcoburn@usa.net

Anonymous said...

I'm going to give this a try!

lcoburn@usa.net

sodagirl1965 said...

What an awesome idea. I would just need to find enough people that would enjoy the same types of foods that my family does.

michelle
sodagirl65@hotmail.com

Jennifer said...

Wow, sounds neat. I'll have to give this a try!

Jennifer326bd@aol.com

Anonymous said...

Love it! Hoping to find enough ladies to try this with. God Bless!

faye
rabdifinkle@aol.com

Anonymous said...

I love reading your blog. I have a 3 year old and a baby on the way. I already can relate with your writings, although I have a ways to go for six. darlajb7@yahoo.com

sisu (Andrea) said...

I absolutely LOVE this idea! I have a couple of friends that might (just might) be interested in it. I will have to see what is said about picky eaters though. So of the kids and Husbands might not be too cool on this idea. But I think it is a great idea!

Kimmiek said...

WOW! What a concept.. now to find three friends who can actually cook and have homes clean enough that I would eat from them. lol
I think I'd like to do all the cooking for the other 3 mom's and get PAID instead.. But I will be a sport and ask 3 friends to try this for one month so we all get a turn.. Awesome suggestion. Kim K
stamping247@comcast.net

Anonymous said...

WOW where was this lady when my kids were younger - LOL! Anyway my kids are grown and having kids of their own but I would still find this system very useful as I never know what to cook nor do I really want to spend all that time in the kitchen. I've forwarded the link to Trish's webpage on to my busy "Stay At Home Mom" sister, I think she would greatly benefit from this.

Thanks!

Chrissie Harter
csh4@psu.edu

Monnik said...

This is a great idea. Very cool!!!

monica.reha@gmail.com

Janice said...

Dawn, I absolutely love your blog and can't wait for the book! This supper swapping idea is perfect - just need to find the right combination of people now! Thanks for sharing this with us!

Janice
stampingmom@cox.net

Anonymous said...

This sounds like a winner to me. I am interested in reading your book and seeing if it would work for my friends and I.

Angela
vallybelle@aol.com

Julie said...

That is such a cool idea! Thanks so much for posting this!

Jessica said...

This is such a great idea! I am really excited to try it!

Jay & Amy said...

My sister-in-law who is also a mother of 6 participates in a supper swap group and loves it. Great idea!

Love your blog! Keep up the great work! :o)

~Amy
fearfam@sbcglobal.net

Anna said...

I think this is an interesting idea. If you're going to cook anyway, then you might as well cook a lot. It probably doesn't take that much extra time, and then you get the rest of the week off? I'd love to win the book!

My email address is on my blogger profile.

The Krumwiede Six said...

What a wonderful idea!! I belong to my local MOMS Club and we will be discussing this at our meeting next month. It sounds like such a wonderful idea!!!

Thank you so very much!!
Kristin Krumwiede
kckrumwiede@Bis.midco.net

Angela said...

I have entertained the idea of getting together with friends to do this too! I saw a show on it once. Could have been Trish!! I finally have a large freezer and can keep things like caseroles and pre-cooked meals on hand. Really could use the recipes. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Awesome idea! I have Once a Month Cooked forever, but this is a great idea!

Mary Anne

Laura Terry said...

The idea of supper swapping sounds too good to be true. Now my problem is that I really don't know anyone who lives around me. I guess that would make supper swapping kind of difficult, wouldn't it? LOL!
I would love to be in the drawing for one ofthe two books anyway.

Thanks!

jlwilco said...

What an awesome concept. I will definitely be trying it out with some friends. Who whada thunk???? Thanks for the idea. I think I will try running (cooking) with it.

JoAnne

Anonymous said...

Sounds like this could be fun. I think this would be difficult with my family...my daughter has several food allergies(I end up making two dinners most nights).

Ann, inmalik@gmail.com

Jana said...

What a fabulous idea! I'm already thinking of girlfriends I can try this out with. Thanks!

Cheryl Hudgins O. said...

I would LOVE to read this book! I have tried to get friends on board with something similar - maybe if I have the book, they will be more inclined to listen to me! LOL

Thanks for all the grins. :o)

ciklone@comcast.net

Wendy S. said...

This sounds like a great idea! I'm going to request that my library order it (Unless I win here).

Your blog is FABULOUS! I'm going to make sure everyone in my twin group knows about you at our meeting Friday night!

Wendy
wsoto1022@yahoo.com

Kristi said...

That is such a cool idea!

Anisa Mom24 said...

This is a fantastic idea! I already bought the book on Amazon.com. No, not because I'm rich, but because I just happened to have a credit for taking some sort of stupid survey. But, I want to be entered into the contest to get a copy for the people I have to convince to do it with me. Thanks for the opportunity!

BTW, I LOVE your blog! I'm a work from home mom of 4 in McHenry, and you make me laugh every day! Well, almost every day. Sometimes even when you're clever I'm just too tired to laugh. Sometimes I just snicker.

Thank you!! :o) Anisa
anisajoy30@yahoo.com

Kimberly said...

One of my English students (online class) pointed out your eBay auction yesterday, and now I've spent the last two days getting caught up on your blog. Hilarious. I'd LOVE supper swapping--my husband would love it even more! ;-)

Kimberly
tongantahine@gmail.com

Lee-Ann said...

What an awesome idea! This might work out great since I'm expecting my 3rd baby and the dinner thing is getting harder all the time!
Lee-Ann from Canada
gord93@hotmail.com

Erin Obrien said...

I learned about your blog from another Mom in my playgroup who also blogs. i LOVE it!! So excited for all the new and wonderful things happening in your life as a result of your"stress relieving hobby!" How wonderful!

Anyway, I would love to be entered in the contest for the book, dinner swapping sounds like a great idea here, since, once a week , my husband does the cooking! Could I get out of cooking forever? Just kidding, I would do my share. Really love the idea, so I would be really interested in this project.

Erin Obrien
ekmobrien@att.net

kd said...

Thanks for your post!
Kimberly
kdchoo@gmail.com

Patti said...

Where was this idea when I was raising my four (yes, only four children...and to think I am LDS- no, not learning disabled) kids? What a great idea.

Anonymous said...

Hey ... I'm a nanny for a family with 3 kids in a neighborhood in Northern VA, just outside of DC. This is a great idea - I'm so excited to see if anyone is interested! I do dinner for the family weeknights and the kids all have friends in the neighborhood and I either know their nannies or moms ... maybe I'll suggest it tomorrow when Lily has a playdate! Thanks so much!

Becca said...

We are trying to buy a house and pay off all our debt, so saving 4000 a year sounds awesome, please count me in for the book giveaway. Thank you
irelands_becs@hotmail.com
Becca~

Hutchinsons said...

I think that is a marvelous idea!!!
Stacy

twarpula said...

The Supper swap sounds amazing. I am a mommy to 4 children under 4 1/2 years old. My boy/boy twins are 4, my girl will be 3 next week and I have a 13 month old boy. My life is very busy! Never a dull moment around here.
~Tanya Warpula

Trish Y. said...

Yes, I would love something like this too! And, she has a great name!
Trish Y.

hillgal3 said...

I am interested as well, however I wonder how it would work with my family of 5. My husband is somewhat picky so I would like to read the book for more info. Thanks for such a good idea for a post~! I love your blog!~

Sarah's proud Mama said...

I would love to start this! It's a wonderful idea!
Robin

Julie Pretz said...

I live in a rual community 60 miles from any grocery store that doesn't cost you $5.50 for a gallon of milk. This is a great idea and a wonderful way to build better friendships. I am so excited about this idea. Thanks for sharing Trish with me, Dawn.

mjpretz@centurytel.net

Angela said...

THat's great! Thanks for the extra books per 100 to give away. I think most of us are really excited about your book and the opportunity to win one.

Erica said...

Wonderful Idea!

Erica
urka84@gmail.com

DGriffith said...

Wow, I started doing this with my neighbor when their kitchen sink was out of order and MAN is it a time saver. I would love to learn more about this to make it more efficient though!!

nutralady2001 said...

What a fantastic idea!!Wondering what to cook for dinner can be so stressful....

mpol2528@bigpond.net.au

Aritha said...

Being in the military this is a great idea for us Moms that have hubbies working long hours or are deployed. Thank you for writing such a great book!!
Aritha

Aritha said...

oh darn I forgot my email. See this is what military life and kids do to your brain cells.

aritha.olson@cox.net

leslie said...

comment comment comment (since all the good words have been taken :) )
lesliehindi@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I MUST BE STUPID BECAUSE THIS IS THE 3RD TIME I HAVE TRIED TO POST SOMETHING. I WOULD LOVE TO TRY THIS. I WOULD ALSO LOVE TO WIN THIS BOOK. MY EMAIL IS jmkhatch6@hotmail.com
I LOVE THAT MY CHANCES ARE UPPED NOW TOO!!!
PS LOVE THE BLOG

Jessica said...

I do love free books, and this one is an awesome idea! Sign me up!
Jessica
evolwhisper@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Can't find my previous comment to know if I remembered to put my email address. Sorry -- and thanks to Dawn and Trish for the awesome writing, tips and support!!

Alex, mom to Zac (8), Tucker (almost 2) and Andy (almost 38)
alexdreamz@yahoo.com

Susan said...

this sounds like an awesome idea!!! im game!! anyone in the diamond bar, ca area?

susan h

shelliesen@gmail.com

Angie & Willy said...

Love love love it!!!

Angie
sweepangsweep@gmail.com

Angela said...

i am just leaving a comment to help the number go up. I am not married and don't have kids so I don't think this is for me YET, give me a few years.

Kristin said...

With four kids under the age of seven and a busy husband, I would be open to anything that might simplify dinner.

Thanks for your humor and fun outlook on the joys of motherhood.

Kristin
http://geraldinebloomers.spaces.live.com/

Roxanne said...

That is an awesome idea, I will have to round my friends up. I love your blog also, I always have to come in and read it! you are amazingly funny and witty. Keep up the great work!

Anonymous said...

I'd love to get a copy! Thanks for the suggestions --

Lori
hawkins_lori@hotmail.com

Marie Bouvier said...

Great information! Thanks! Please add me to the list:

Marie Bouvier
marie@sushipeople.net

Janet from Albuquerque said...

Pick me, pick me!

Dawn, congrats and best wishes on your book deal. LOVE your blog - it keeps me awake during our 3 am feedings.

Sandi said...

Love the supper swap idea! It sounds like some extensive thought has gone into it.
Dawn - thanks for hosting the blook tour. Looking forward to your book!
Sandi
skoswalt@hotmail.com

BartCr said...

Great idea

Bart

bcremers@gmail.com

sharon said...

Long time lurker 1st time poster here,
Wow what a great idea!!

Cialynne1 said...

Linda Hensens
lindahensens@nc.rr.com

Thank you!

Katie Jones said...

I wanna win! I wanna win!
Katie Jones
krstotler@yahoo.com

Ricyca said...

What an interesting topic. I would love to learn more about it. I have a 6yr old, 5 yr old and 3yr old twins. At 4:30 the question is not what is for dinner but instead mom can I have an snack, cookies, candy, ice cream, chips. I start nicely saying no I am starting to cook dinner. The oldest replies mom you are not cooking anything. Well I am thinking what we will have for dinner as I open an empty frig, forgot to shop between dropping off/picking up kids off at 3 school and multiple theraphy sessions, throwning in a load of laundry. Who has time to separate, just stuff as much in the washer as will fit. Without a doubt one of the twins, usally my son fings a pudding, not sure where they hide it yet. But they have shared it with the carpeting. While cleaning it up the older one crying do I have to finish my homework, I'm not going to school tomorrow. My other twin is chugging a coke, and the middle daughter is screaming how come they get a snack!! Dad walks, toys everywhere, wash still in the washer, lunch dishes on the table, what did ou do today and whats for dinner. I reply it depends what you brought home?
Any ideas would help. Thanks. But I do have one question, how do you find the time to find the friends to swap with?!!!

Scrap booking Momma said...

This is a GREAT idea for todays busy life style. We are a military family, and I see this working out so well with involving spouces left at home with a deployed family member.

Beth said...

Love the idea - I live in the middle of nowhere, so I don;t think we could get enough people together - wish we could :)

Inducky Mom said...

Oh, this sounds like a great idea. I'm also curious how it would work with a big family,,,,,or just a medium family, but a husband who eats like a lumberjack at every meal. Seriously, he can eat four chicken thighs, 1/3 plate of brown rice and some veggies in one sitting. I don't know how that would go over with others cooking our meals. I remember when my baby died and people were bringing meals for us. What they brought was enough to feed my husband, but the three kiddos and I would have to make something else to eat,,,,which totally defeated the purpose of people bringing us meals. One dinner that was sent over included five pieces yummy baked chicken with a sauce, and some rice. Yep, dinner for hubby. Sigh,,,,,

Joanell
JoanellEstar@aol.com

Anonymous said...

I am going to try to get this going around my neighborhood. Thanks for the idea and the suggestions.

Dawn--LOVE the blog. It is on my to do every morning list. It has seriously become part of my morning routine.

Tiffany from RI

Terry said...

Sounds like a great idea although I have some pretty picky eaters around here. Thanks for the tips.

~Elisabeth~ said...

What a wonderful idea! I'll try anything to sve my family money.

elisabeth.hiser@prodigy.net

Sara O'Brien said...

This supper swapping thing sounds great to me! I spend more than my share of time in the office and would love to only be cooking once a week to keep my loved ones happy.

Anonymous said...

Oh what the heck, I lost my butt in Vegas, maybe I can win here.

Rita
Megryansmom@sbcglobal.net

P.S. No I am NOT really THE Meg Ryans mom!

eightlegs said...

How fun is the supper swapping idea?!? Now I just need to find some more vegetarians... LOL.

Holly said...

This sounds like a fantastic idea! I wonder if you could make it work with two families? Maybe each family take two nights/week?

Kelly said...

Great idea! I am interested in reading more and have already started talking to some friends!
Kelly

kyleandkelly@comporium.net

Irishmama said...

I signed earlier, but realized I didn't put an email addy or anything....

Irishmama
mkbkelly@yahoo.com

Dollymama said...

I'm actually hoping to get a Supper Swapping group together in my town soon, and Trish was the inspiration for that. I would love to win one of her books!

Anonymous said...

What a great idea! I'm in a mommy's group that has tried this on a small scale, but we need help!!

Marlena
marwwjd@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

My name is Valerie and I would love to be entered in the drawing. My email is vgerardy@hotmail.com. I think supper swapping is a great idea!

Dawn said...

As a mom just starting back to work, meal swapping would save me many headaches! Kitchen duty has never been my favorite, and if I only have to do this once or twice a week, halleluia!

Valerie said...

I would love to be entered in your drawing. Supper swapping sounds like a fun idea!

Valerie
gerardyv@gmail.com

Lesley said...

What a great idea! I think I am going to find some friends who might be interested in this!

Mine,Yours,Ours said...

This is so great!!!! I'm bringing this to our mom's group!!! I just love your blog as a mom of 7 I know exactly what your life is like :) Thank you for making me laugh!!

~Audra

Liana said...

count me in, too!
Thanks,
Liana

Annie said...

This is an AWESOME idea!

Jessica said...

Wow....this sounds like a great idea. My girlfriends and i take turns each week hosting dinner...but this sounds like a fun thing for us to try!

Laurie V of PA said...

I'm really interested in starting this being a single mom of 2 and working full time dinners are rushed to get on the table. This would really give me some relaxing meal times.

Celeste said...

I think that's a great idea. I'm going to talk to some of my friends and see if any are interested.

Celeste
alphadelphinus@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

This is right up my alley!!! My family is quite small but extremely busy! This would save on a lot of time and give my shoulders a break from carrying the burden of the daily so whats for dinner question!!!
Lela J
lelaj83@yahoo.com

Katy said...

I think this is a great idea. Being involved in both a life group and MOPS through church gives an easy way to find other busy moms!

-Katy in Georgetown, KY
katy.masino@marykay.com

Momof3girlz said...

I plan on giving this a try!
Rachel
RCrozier@sbcglobal.net

The Albers family said...

I really enjoy reading your blog and I am looking forward to your book as well!

Anonymous said...

Wow, your blog is awesome! I've been reading regularly since I saw the ebay listing. This supper swapping thing is a really cool idea, I'd love to give it a try.

Missy
qnmissy79@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

This sounds awesome. I really want to try this!




Melissa Braam
msbramm@hotmail.com

evitafjord said...

I'm already a fan of OAMC, but I have to cook all of those, even if it is just once a month (I've never quite gotten to true OAM, but still less often is good too).

Dawn
evitafjord @ gmail . com

Cary said...

Here's to book 7...

I would love to do a supper swap however I live so far from my friends and family (40 minute commute each way). But this is something that I do find very intriguing.

Anonymous said...

Hi,
I'd love to win the book! I have a couple of friends who may be willing to try this with me!

I've been following your site for a couple of weeks, and refer to your stories often! It's like life in my house! (but I only have two!)
I can identify with you so much! I washed a pull-up a couple of weeks ago and thought it was so much worse than a crayon in the dryer! I told the choco pudding story to my husband and MIL this am while my daughter was refusing to eat before school. (I let her eat Pringles to have SOMETHING in her stomach.)
Have a great weekend and can't wait to hear your lastest adventures!

Claire
drbmama@gmail.com

Christy said...

This is the best idea ever! I only cook about 3 different things, and am always looking for new ideas, and my kids will finally have supper that doesn't involve tacos!

MSM said...

LOVE this idea for many reasons!
Please enter me in your drawing,
Thanks!

Jennifer
jenjen20@gmail.com

Kara said...

Thanks for posting and sharing this fabulous idea! Off to read more :)

Thany said...

I have been wanting to do this with some friends of mine-we only need it once or twice a week with all the church and school acitvities we have...but this will help us learn from someone else's mistakes!

Bethany Zabrosky
thezabcorp@hotmail.com

Shannon said...

Dawn,
I posted already but forgot to leave my email addy.
Sbuckbee@sysroot.org
Thanks for helping me get through my days with tons of laughs. I homeschool our 2 boys and let me tell ya..I can use all the laughs possible!!

Thanks!
Shannon
www.homeschoolblogger.com/teachingGod'sway/

Anonymous said...

How would this work for say me? i have no one around me that i know who could share meals with me?

IU am a mom of 3 and i work full time out of my house and find i eat out way too much!

Thanks
Kat
Kattwoman5@yahoo.com

Amy said...

As a newer mom this sounds like a great way to have fun family time and get to know others better! I'd love to get this going with others in my church! THANKS!

Johnson Family said...

I'd love a chance to win this book!
jf_webmail@iinet.com

Steven and Erin said...

This is a great idea! Thanks for making us all feel "normal"!

Erin
erin@smithplanet.com

Anonymous said...

I"m going to try again cuz I don't think the first comment went thru :-) this is a great idea... Love your blog your so down to earth adn I can relate to when my boys have done stuff like this.

Kristin Doctor
kristindoctor@hotmail.com

t said...

I'd love to d something like this but I'm a vegetarian and I'd have a difficult time finding enough people who were not vegan but vegetarian. Although I suppose I could learn to cook vegan for one night a week.

Teresa
tylw85@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Sounds fun.

Adri
gurlonfire2004@Hotmail.com

Campbell Family said...

Hi, Dawn -- I discovered your blog in kind of a roundabout way, but it was through the Pokemon cards Ebay listing. You have become a frequent read since then. I am looking forward to reading your book! Please enter me in the drawing for the free book. I have always thought supper swapping sounded like a great idea, and I would love to give it a try sometime. -- Laura Campbell

rustyandlaura@yahoo.com

Rob, Amy & Emily said...

This is a great idea. I know some ladies from my bunco group would love to do this with me.
Amy
emmys.mama@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Thanks for adding humor to each and every day!

Please include me in the drawing for one of those great books!

steenburghs@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

What a terrific idea! Please enter me in the draw too!

Deb McLaren
deb_mclaren@hotmail.com

Annabel said...

Oops!!! I posted before on this one but I forgot to leave my name and email!!!

Denise
Babyfirefly0@hotmail.com

Amber said...

Alright, I've been following (and laughing, nodding & "amen" -ing?!) since the famous eBay listing...yet, I've never posted. "She's already overwhelmed with e-mails, kids (even the adult version) and life, so I won't add to it."
Anyway, LOVE the supper idea & hope to try it. We've got friends with new triplets (1st time parents) and this could be a great for everyone! Thanks so much!

Mommy of 3
amberclaar@hotmail.com

reneelouise said...

Awesome idea! I'm going to have to go to the website and find out more.

Christina said...

we will have to try this with our neighbor...

cdblankenstein[at]homtail[dot]com

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the laughs! I have a nine week old and look forward to the years ahead! Great food idea too, love it! Draw my name!!! :o)

Cyrissa1@yahoo.com

Wendy said...

Love your blog!!
Wendy Bosley
bosleymom4@yahoo.com

Homeschool Housewife said...

I am right now trying to think who I can get to do this with me. What a great idea and way to break out of the rut we all get in from eating the same recipes over and over again.

I hope I win!

Michele
MicheleTMoore@yahoo.com

Becky said...

I'm very interested in trying this but I have one child (a 15 yr old girl) who is soooooo picky that I don't know if she will eat other people's cooking. (Half the time she won't eat my cooking, she just ends up eating a bowl of cereal. Sigh!) I still think it's a great idea though.

Sarah said...

My goal is to cook only NEVER, but maybe once a week would be OK too...

s_winge@hotmail.com

Bev said...

I hate to cook, but I LOVE this idea. :)

Bev.
buggymug@hotmail.com

lawnajo said...

a reply to Jami, mom of Jude, at least he eats rice. Rice is the staple in the lifestyle of most of the people in the world. It's just a phase. My 4 year old son would only eat Macaroni and Cheese for like a month, now he won't touch the stuff.

Dawn, the other day my 4 year old was "helping" me take out the garbage and he spilled it all over the kitchen floor. Then he was trying to "help" me make dinner and I finally snapped and said, "Leave me alone and go watch cartoons!" Of course I felt guilty afterward because I've been trying to encourage him to do things besides watch TV. I was wondering what you would write about when little children "help". You could probably make me laugh at it instead of feeling so frustrated. I'm looking forward to your book.
P.S. sorry if you got this comment twice, my computer is stupid (it couldn't be the person running the computer)
Lawna
lawnajo@hotmail.com

Jen said...

Awesome ideal! I can't wait to talk to my mom's group about this. It would be AWESOME.

Melanie said...

this is a good concept. i wonder how it would work for families of varying size. for instance, my dearest friend has 7 children, i have 3, another of her friends has 6.. oh well. if i win the book, i'll have to read and find out! :)

thanks for this idea.

melanie

C Family said...

Sounds Great!

Nicole Corson

Melanie said...

would be nice if i left my email info! it's msmall7@comcast.net

thank you, again. melanie

Anonymous said...

I love it, but have a couple of questions, Trish:

How do you approach friends of yours with this idea without it sounding sort of weird that they turn off before you get into the good part of it?

If I make dessert, I frequently make pies or something larger. One pie is too much for a family, so how does it work? Do you make the food (sides/desserts/main course) with the expectation that there should be leftovers? Would I give a family half a pie? How do you make sure you have enough food going to each family without totally overdoing it?

Oh, and Dawn -- I'm in Fox River Grove and periodically shop at that Target on Randall and crack up every time as I park my car now. Thanks for the hoots!

Thanks!
Michelle

m8price@netscape.net

misti said...

great idea! i am going to have to see if i can round up some friends to participate.
thanks
misti
mistilinn@digitalmatter.us

Marc, Andrea, and now Samantha said...

Ooops I commented before but forgot to leave my e-mail.

jokiebird@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Awesome idea!
Colleen
timncoll@comcast.net

Sherri said...

This is an awesome idea and I'm really excited by it. I have 5 children and work full time when I'm not on Maternity leave. So anything that can make things just a little easier would be wonderful.

I hope you pick my name!!! :0)

Sherri
sherrimeeks@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

okay, I've been reading along thinking of entering into this draw... not really knowing what my dh would think if I proposed that we give this a try, but I am willing to read the book, if not I will pass on the idea as I have some friends whom would love the thought of this....

sally durkin
sallydurkin@shaw.ca
would you deliver to canada????

Elizabeth said...

This is quite an idea! Growing up I would have been very nervous about trying something like that because of all the allergies in my family, but since I got married we've been more adventurous with food and it's been fun, this could be a great way to learn new recipes and expand your cookbook along with cooking less! I'll definitely have to look into it!

Elizabeth
fireandiceshay{at}gmail[dot]com

Can I Craft? said...

what a great idea

Carlie said...

Love your blog, I look forward to reading your new posts everyday. :) Keep up the good work!

~Carlie
carlottalyn@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I just love this blog like everyone else!!! Supper swappers sounds like a great idea! I just need to find some friends willing to join!!! Thanks!! Laura

luvtoscrap@cinci.rr.com

Anonymous said...

What a fantastic idea! Thanks for the tips! I can't wait to start around here!

Callie
CABishay@comporium.net

Mary said...

Oh wow!! This sounds like such a neat thing to do! I wonder how many of my friends I can talk into this, I bet I would be more convincing with a copy of the book, haha.

Mary
maryliz_tn@charter.net

Tina said...

What a cool idea! I'll have to buy some copies of the book for friends for Christmas.

Tina
egl4031@earthlink.net

Havalynn said...

What a great idea!

Anonymous said...

ME! ME! ME!
Pick me!!!

I'm over HERE. Can you see me??

korkie

korkiemb@optonline.net

Anonymous said...

I love the idea. Maybe I can get some friends together to try it over the winter.

anotherread@earthlink.net

Anonymous said...

hey dsawn i just wanna say yur ausum ;) lol

Nicole said...

Hey I love the idea of supper swapping. I'm not a parent but take care of my parents and well live around relatives who have children who would probably love the idea as well. Absolutely brilliant!

Nicole terminalbeauty1984@hotmail.com

MOTH3R said...

I love your blog and everything I learn from it! I am a very disorganized working mother of 2 with a healthy apreciation that's its not any easier being a SAHM! Anything to make our live easier is a blessing. This can go right along with my Flylady.net (Flylady teaches how to combat CHAOS - Can't Have Anyone Over Syndrome) I love it all and the supper swapping sounds wonderful!

MOTH3R said...

Oops! I'm really not trying to enter twice, but I forgot to add my email address to my previous comment! I'm SOOO sorry!

Thank you!
MOTH3R

rena120577@aol.com

dede smith said...

This is a great idea. I hope i can find some moms to do it. Thanks
dedekae@yahoo.com

Jennifer said...

Great Idea!!

j2rondeau@msn.com

frizzlefry said...

I work full time, home school 3 kids, cart 5 kids to and from activities, and actively serve in my church. I mentioned this to a couple of friends and they were totally ready to try it. I would love to win the book so that I can figure out how to make it all work!

Thanks for everything!
M

Reenie said...

I signed this blog once already but forgot to leave an email in case I'm chosen as a winner. Such a great idea! I am working with a few friends to start my own supper club soon. :o)

reeniesmith@hotmail.com

amie said...

Can I add another idea? In my opinion it works well to swap with families of similar sizes. That way noone feels like they are losing money if they have a family of three while some of the other families have six or more.

-Amie

amiehokanson@gmail.com

Ginger said...

Love your blog, Dawn! I've just been a lurker until now but just couldn't pass on this opportunity. As a mother of one and stepmother of five, I'm very interested in this concept of supper swapping. Thanks for sharing your stories and ideas with all of us!

Margaret Dunlap said...

I am a divorced mom of twins, so there are only 3 of us. It doesn't seem fair if the other people who are willing to swap with you have a family of 5 or 6. The 3 of us eat about as much as my sister's husband does. I'm just wondering what people do.

mdunlap@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Dawn and Trish are now officially added to my personal heroes list. I could soooo use a copy of this book. It sounds like a true supper-saver. I'm already making a list of who might go in on it with me.
Thanks for sharing with the masses!

homeschooling SAHM of 3 boys,
Krista
kristab3@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

what a stellar idea!!! I have two little girls and a husband who works long hours - gee this would be great! Hope i win!!!
mecastro73@gmail.com

Kimmykay said...

This is an awesome idea. Thanks for sharing it.

Stacy said...

I love this idea. Maybe I use this idea to get to know some of the ladies in my new church better.

Stacy

sphronec@gmail.com

Kim said...

I can't wait to start this!

Kim
pinkarcade@yahoo.com

Trisha said...

I think this sounds like a great idea! Now I just have to make some new friends and see if they want to try it out. I just moved otherwise I'm sure I'd already have some friends willing and ready to try it...now I'll just have to let them know about it. :) Thanks so much for the info!

Trisha
tmajor@gameover.net

Mel said...

I have two friends who I think would love the idea. I can't wait to present it. We're all young married couples with a kid or two in a college apartment complex (so life is definitely busy!). I'm in school with a 14-month-old, one of my friends has a newborn and a two-year-old, and the third works a lot with an almost two-year-old. We could all use a break, and this sounds like a great way to get one!

Anonymous said...

this sounds so great! i can't wait to try it!

ariel baxter
newmomariel@yahoo.com

teenytinytantrums.com said...

brilliant idea!

Nicky S. said...

I think it's a great idea. I'll have to try it with my friends and see what happens.

Tracey said...

Tracey Samuels

trcarlton@msn.com

I think this is a FABULOUS idea; now I just need to talk a couple more friends into joining me!

SUchipmunk said...

Sounds like an awesome idea!!!
chipmunk681@myself.com

Anonymous said...

Love your blog. I read it everyday. And I think the book sounds really interesting. Count me in!

waltners@gmail.com

Rachel said...

suuperswap, eh? now i just need to find 6 friends ... ;-)

Rachel said...

Love this idea:) A friend of mine and I did once a month cooking for several years & that helped get dinner on the table too. It got to be too tiring to cook/prep 60-70 meals at a time so we quit:( I may have to see if she's up for a new experiment!!

rachelstamps@gmail.com

megaleemoo said...

Awesome idea!! I am going to have to try this with one of my mom's groups!! thanks for bring it to our attention.

meganbaxstrom@hotmail.com

Charisma said...

I couldn't find my previous comment, so I'm leaving another to make sure I'm in the drawing.

This sounds like fun!

Charisma
yourstampsarein@hotmail.com

megaleemoo said...

Awesome idea. I think I need to do this with my mom's group!! Thanks for the idea!! I love reading your blog!

meganbaxstrom@Hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Hi. I've been reading your blog ever since a friend forwarded your ebay pokemon card auction. I typed in your blog & read the whole thing straight through! It took me an hour or so, but I just kept laughing so hard! Keep up the awesome work!
The supper swap sounds awesome! I usually do cookie exchanges around the holidays.
Jaclyn H.
jaquelinb@hotmail.com

Kandy Seaton Smith said...

I'd love a chance to win a book...looks like we're almost up to 8 ;)

Jennica said...

Hey,
I didn't leave my email address before. I am very intrigued by the supper swap idea.
Thanks,
Jennica
reynolds.jennica@gmail.com

Tammie from Oregon said...

This is a fantastic idea! I will be passing it on to all of my friends and family :)

Many Blessings,
Tammie

starz_us@yahoo.com

Barefoot Gypsy Girl said...

It sounds like a really great idea. I wonder if my neighbors would mind have cold cereal once a week?

Anonymous said...

I've heard about the supper swap and have wanted to try it. Hopefully, I can find some ladies who like this idea as much as I think I will!!

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to try this!!
btperkey@hughes.net

Sandra said...

This sounds like such a great idea. Would make life so much easeier.
Thanks
Sandra in ABQ
sljones95@gmail.com

Nancy said...

Love the idea, just not sure if I could find people to do it with me.
I love to cook, just get tired of doing it every night. Am afraid I would be the one cooking major meals, and would get tacos, burgers, etc in exchange.
Don't get me wrong, they are great once in a while, but I would like the same effort for the meals I would send to them.

Bas~Melech said...

Is it OK if I didn't leave my name and email on my previous comment, but it's on my blogger profile? I guess it only really matters if I win...

Anonymous said...

I need this book! Pick me--pick me!
lesleymomof4@comcast.net

Lesley

Janice said...

This is such a great idea! My friends and I tried to get together once a month and make a few recipes together but it just didn't end up working (too much chaos for one kitchen!), but I think that supper swapping would go over so well! I'd love to check out the book :)
Janice
polgara_j@hotmail.com

JustMeCopper said...

Wow, 772? Put me in. Claire Hill sewclaire@hotmail.com

CC said...

Neat idea. If I had kids i would definitely figure out how to do this. Right now, it's just my husband, my grandfather and I, so dinners are pretty easy to cook. I read an idea in one of the comments about fixing an extra portion to share with someone else in need. (like an elderly neighbor). Now that's something I could do.

Love the blog. Keep up the good work.
ConnieC
wic2turk at yahoo.com

Melissa said...

This idea sounds great. I'm not sure how to make it apply to my daily life though! The book sure would help.

=-)

Pamela said...

I've been enjoying your blog for weeks now. It's so nice to hear stories I can relate to, and even more exciting to hear about the ones I haven't experienced with our six children (16,8,7,6,4,2)...yet? Thanks for making us laugh and helping us look at the brighter side of experimental children.

A friend led me to this Infant Swimming Resource. I've never seen anything like this before and I thought I would pass it on...
http://www.childdrowningprevention.com/index.html

I could use some help in the kitchen, I've never learned how to cook and it is definitely the most stressful time of the day for me. I don't like shopping, so I thought you "My Family Meal Planner" was a great idea. I could really use a prepared shopping list; what a wonderful idea. Sending my husband to the store automatically saves us 20% or more on our food expenses.

I'd love to try supper swapping, I have a friend that swaps about 15 meals every month, with 15 friends. The meal are swapped frozen!I just don't have a fridge or freezer big enough to hold that many pre-made meals. Swapping hot meals sounds great! I try to keep things small, so life isn't overwhelming. (Everything but the size of our family that is!)

Thanks again for making us laugh!
pamelabuhler73@yahoo.com

Denese from Nebraska said...

I'm a mother of one with one more on the way in a couple weeks, you know that 10th month that no one tells you about. (I pray everynight that I wake up in early labor. LOL.) Anyway, thanks for being so "normal". I started reading your blog after being sent a link to your e-bay auction. I like this idea of Supper Swapping. I wonder if it can be incorporated into the whole pre-made freezer meal thing too. I can prepare those whenever I feel like it during the week. If I did the fresh meal thing, with my luck, that day would be the day from H E double hockey sticks that I have to do the proverbial thumb sucking, rocking back and forth and disappoint five other families with yet again spaghetti. I suppose I need to do some more looking into this though. Thanks for the idea!

Denese from Nebraska

Anonymous said...

Love the blog! Keeps me laughing... And winning a free book would make it even better! ;o)

Thanks!
Amy
amy dot summerlin at gmail dot com

Nanc said...

Hi- my name is Nancy and I am one of the other moms involved in the supper swap group with Trish. This is my second time around with supper swapping. I was in one group for a year and then dropped out - but missed it so much I'm back now. My husband works many different hours, so it is nice to have something to just throw in the oven. Otherwise he might be eating a lot of pb & j. One thing I have learned is you don't need to try to impress everyone with your cooking. Sometimes the simpilier the better. Thanks Trish!!! If you don't win her book, it is well worth the investment to purchase one.
Nancy

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for adding a little (a LOT) laughter to my day! Since I've found you, I look forward to reading about your family every day. I think it makes me feel more "normal" to see how other moms deal!!!

TArlinghaus@fuse.net
Lisa Arlinghaus

Melissa said...

I stinkin love reading this blog. I'm a single mom of 1 and well, to have 6 of him, I'd be locked up in a rubber room in a straight jacket.
Of course he's not so bad now that he's almost 11, but my gray hairs are multiplying. Why?
I just wonder if my old neighbor still thinks a pipe broke when her apartment flooded after my son flooded it. That was 1 morning when he figured out to turn the kitchen sink on and low and behold the stopper was down, and I woke up to 2" of water in my kitchen. The maintenance dept "fixed my dishwasher" that day too since they thought that was what caused the flooding. Hmmm. Never said a word to anyone my precious darling did that..I let them think what they wanted..lol

Missy
mlzeig@rcn.com

Sherry said...

I think this sounds like a great idea, it would be great to save some time.

I love reading your blog.

Sherry from Texas
sherry@theashfords.org

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