Making Mom’s Visit Easy

My mom came to visit for Levi’s birthday a few weeks ago, and we really packed in the activities. We went to the state fair, took Levi to the zoo, had his birthday party, went to the park, and basically never sat still the entire weekend.

Family Photo

I love this photo. That’s my mom, my dad, Levi, and myself, all in one room. How cool is that? (My mom lives in FL, so I only see her about once a year. My dad’s local, but we usually only see him once a month.)

Having so many activities going kept us busy and I knew I wouldn’t have much time to spend on meal prep or cooking. Plus, my kitchen is torn apart right now because I decided to tear out some of the cabinets. Luckily, I planned ahead and visited Let’s Dish the week before my mom arrived. I’m still patting myself on the back for that. I was able to make all of my meals ahead of time and have them ready to go in the freezer for my mom’s visit.

I forgot to grab a photo of my stocked freezer from this dishing session, but here’s how it looked the last time I went:

With a freezer full of meal options, I was set to handle my mom’s visit. She was super impressed when I put on my apron and presented a huge pan of homemade cannelloni for dinner.


The next night we had pretzel-crusted chicken fingers with honey-mustard dipping sauce and cheesy mashed potatoes.

Pretzel Crusted Chicken Tenders

My mom got a kick out of Levi waiting at the table, ready to dig in.

Levi ready to eat

Not having to worry about planning dinner definitely made our visit more enjoyable and gave us more time to spend together (instead of in the kitchen). My mom was impressed by my mad cooking skillz and couldn’t stop raving about the cannelloni.

Anything that gives me more time for moments like this is well worth it in my book.

Mom LaughingNext time my mom visits, I think I might take her to Let’s Dish with me so we can “dish” together while spending quality time.

I received a discount on my dishing session from Let’s Dish. All opinions are 100% my own.


  1. I need to do more freezer cooking! I have only done it once in my life and it was such a help. It looks like you guys had an awesome visit. Thanks for reminding me to take the time to plan ahead 🙂

  2. What a great picture of you and your family…and I am impressed with your pre-made meals! They look yummy!

  3. I think you were pretty proactive in crossing the hurdles for your Mom’s visit! That gave you more time to spend with her. I wish we had a place like Let’s Dish around here. I don’t like to spend time in the kitchen while everyone else is in the other rooms.
    Being a grandma myself I know your Mom wishes she could see Levi (and you of course) more. That is a great family picture of the four of you even if it is not the ‘typical’ family situation.
    Good Job!

  4. Nena Sinclair says:

    Wow, your meals look amazing! You’re so smart to plan ahead like that! I wish we had Let’s Dish in Canada, what a great concept!

  5. It looks like the visit went very well indeed. I bet Levi and the adults all slept very well every night. We always have one longer visit each year with the grand parents on both sides and it is always well worth it.

  6. I have never heard of Let’s Dish! Sounds like it would be a fun girls night out activity – killing two birds with one stone! Very neat! Glad you enjoyed your visit with your mom!

  7. MaryLou Sakosky says:

    There is not enough time to do all you want with your parents.Spend all the precious moments you
    can when you and them get on in there yrs .The memories are wonderful and make you feel warm all
    over . I love you mom and miss you terribly.. I envy you. and was there with you both ..Great story and a wonderful memory God Bless you and your family

  8. awhhh thats awesome!!!! nothing better!!!!

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