Meal time can be rough, particularly for busy, working moms. Give the gift of an evening meal to a friend or neighbor who’s stretched for time, with this rainy day meal printable and gift idea.
It’s common in my church for congregation members to bring a meal to those in need – someone caring for a newborn, recovering from surgery or suffering from a death in the family. A meal train is a wonderful service that probably takes place in your neighborhood as well.
I’ve been the recipient of such service and it didn’t escape my notice that the week meals were brought to my house was the best I’d eaten in months.
The truth is most American families rarely eat homemade meals together anymore. In fact, the average American eats one in every five meals in the car and spends as much on fast food as they do at the grocery store. These changes have an affect on childhood obesity rates, school truancy, academic performance and drug and alcohol abuse.
The driver behind the change in family meals? Time. Today 70 percent of mothers with children under the age of 18 work. They simply don’t have the time to get the same type of meal on the table as their mothers and grandmothers did.
So while meal trains are invaluable to those going through a serious life change, I think there are times the gift of a meal would benefit a busy, working mom just as much.
I created this rainy day meal printable and gift idea to share with some of the ladies in my neighborhood. I hope you will take a minute to do the same!
Rainy Day Meal Printable Gift Tag
I know that getting real food on the table in the midst of busy weeknight activities can be a real challenge. That’s why most of the recipes I make take 30 minutes or less, like this simple taco soup recipe.
Taco soup is the perfect meal to pack up and deliver to a friend, because they can either pop it in a pan straight away OR save it on the shelf for another (rainy) day. Simply print out the rainy day meal gift tag and deliver!
What you need to make this meal printable:
I have provided a direct affiliate link wherever possible so that you can easily create your own gift tags! Most of these tools listed below are great basics – I use most of them daily!
- Rainy Day Meal Dinner Printable Gift Tag (Download Below)
- Color Printer (I use a Canon Pixma Pro)
- 80 lb. Bright White Cardstock
- Fiskars Paper Trimmer
- Fiskars Scissors (I use this pair on EVERY project.)
- Xyron Create-a-Sticker
- Ribbon + Gift Bag or Meal Tin
- Dinner Items (I like to use this eight can taco soup recipe)
How to recreate this rainy day meal gift idea:
Download the Rainy Day Meal printable at the bottom of this post.
Save the printable.
There are two different sizes available. Select the size you desire and print it on your personal color printer at home or take it to a professional printer.
Note: I use a Canon Pixma Pro for all of my printable gift tags and art prints. I find that often it prints a cleaner, clearer image than if I took it to a professional printer. The printable will look best printed on bright white 80 lb. cardstock.
Trim the gift tags to size. I do not design my printables with cut lines to allow for flexibility in sizing.
Note: I use this Fiskars trimmer for all of my projects. It’s substantial enough to cut through multiple sheets, while remaining safe and easy to use.
Attach the rainy day meal printable to your meal container. I ran the tags through my Xyron Create-a-Sticker and adhered them to the bag, which would also work well for the top of a disposable meal tin.
The rainy day meal gift tag could also be attached with a bit of washi tape or a ribbon.
Note: I use my Create-a-Sticker all the time. It’s one of my favorite crafting tools to have on hand. You can see it in action in this holiday neighbor gift project or this thank you gift post.