As I have mentioned in the past, I love being one of the "go to" houses for Guppy 2 and her friends. However, since Papa got laid off, it's been tough to keep up with having them here very often. There are five to six kids in total and they move in a "pack"! LOL I have begun lovingly calling them "the Nematodes" (SpongeBob reference) because they come in the house and literally drain the kitchen of food/soda/water! Papa and I have actually gone as far as hiding some stuff to save it from being spotted. Haha!
Okay, so maybe I am being (a little) over dramatic but having an additional five to six mouths to feed snacks and dinner can really be a drain to supplies and grocery budget!
And, G2 asked for them to come over today straight off the bus afterschool! Of course I could have said "No". I totally get that. But, it seems like our house and G2's BFF are the houses they go to the most. And G2's BFF's house has been having them there a LOT lately. So, I figured it's my turn and let the BFF mom get some much needed rest! Haha
Here's what I decided on:
We are hiding Papa's cinnamon rolls and chewy chocolate chip cookies because they are amazing and would be scarfed down in about ten seconds. So, I made a standard chocolate chip recipe that made about 24 cookies.
We have microwavable popcorn as well.
Since Papa and G1 were already having salmon and G2 and I were having baked ziti, I decided to triple the baked ziti I was going to make. While it is more work than just calling in an order for pizza, it is more frugal....especially since the last time they were here and I ordered pizza, I ended up paying $40!!! None of G2's friends are big on veggies, so I will just take a loaf of Italian bread out of the freezer and call it a day.
I'm ashamed to say that I hid more than half of our stash of drinks. I left out enough soda for them to each have one. And I hid all of G1's Snapple since that was an issue in the past. There is a lot of bottled water and water from the tap of course.
I still feel kind of guilty over the whole thing.
Besides saying "no", how would you guys handle the whole snack/dinner thing?
Am I just crazy? And if I am, let me down gently! Haha