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KidsTown Consignment Event: Make-ahead meals

Drop-off Day 2! The Agricenter sure is looking pretty full... going to be a great sale, no matter what the weather is like!
Drop-off Day 2! The Agricenter sure is looking pretty full... going to be a great sale, no matter what the weather is like!
KidsTown Children's Consignment Sale at the Agricenter<br />
Open to the public Thurs - Sat 2/11 - 2/13
KidsTown Children's Consignment Sale at the Agricenter Open to the public Thurs 2/11 - Sat 2/13
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Twice a year, moms all over the greater Memphis area get excited about cleaning out their kids' closets because they know it's time for the KidsTown Children's Consignment Event! This week it's time for the 2010 Spring Sale (see the full shopping schedule on their website). Patty, Gynia, and Teresa are the three amazing women who proudly run KidsTown, and in doing so they must sacrifice an incredible amount of time and energy. During sale week, and during preparations and drop-offs the week before, it's not uncommon for them to work 15 - 18 hours per day and only eat one meal a day. They previously shared their tips for healthy, energizing snacks that help get them through these long, stressful days. Today they are sharing some of their favorite recipes that can be made ahead and served very quickly. After all, their families at home still have to eat (and the ladies really don't want their kids eating fast food take-out every day)!

Red and White Mostaciolli (courtesy of Patty)
You can use any kind of tubular pasta you have on hand. This is easy and sooo good! This recipe serves about 12. You can easily scale the recipe as needed for your family. This is delicious with a meat sauce as well; just add meat to the spaghetti sauce.

1 pound Mostaccioli
1 jar Alfredo sauce, 26 ounce size
1 jar spaghetti sauce, 26 ounce size
3 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded and divided

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook and drain pasta. In a 9x13 baking dish spread a thin layer of spaghetti sauce. Layer half the pasta, half the alfredo sauce and half the cheese. Repeat layers again with remaining ingredients. Cover with foil and bake 30 minutes until hot and bubbly.

Turkey with Stuffing in the Pot (Courtesy of Teresa)
Makes 4 servings
1 turkey breast, boneless
1 package seasoned stuffing mix, prepared according to package directions
1/2 cup water or bouillon/broth

Place the turkey breast in the crockpot with a small amount of water or bouillon. Prepare
stuffing mix and pack on or around turkey, patting down, but not too tightly. Cover and cook on LOW 8 to 10 hours, or until turkey is very tender. If the dressing gets too soggy, remove it and spread in a shallow pan. Bake in a 400 degree oven for about 30 minutes or until brown and crusty. There will be enough juice in the pot to make gravy by thickening with a paste of flour and butter (ROUX) and cooking on HIGH until thickened.

Dutchies (Courtesy of Gynia)
1 pound ground (hamburger) meat
1 Tablespoon vinegar
1Tablespoon mustard
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1Tablespoon sugar
3/4 cup catsup
3/4 cup water

Brown hamburger meat and drain off the. Stir in vinegar, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, catsup and water. Cook over medium heat for 20 minutes. Serve on hamburger rolls.

Meals as easy as these can be prepared well in advance, frozen, and easily re-heated when needed, or made early in the morning and left to simmer in a crock pot until dinner time. A perfect plan for busy families!

KidsTown consignors and shoppers, please take note: don't let the inclement weather we are currently experiencing throw you off! KidsTown is going on as scheduled! Watch for updates via email (sign up here) or on Facebook. This is the second article in a series focusing on KidsTown and its founders.

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