Post-partum gift basket and meal delivery

This year not only did God bless us with our own baby boy, but my sister also had a baby giving me my precious niece who was born on New Year’s Eve! Brooke is just two months younger than Luke and I know they will be best buddies. He is so much bigger than her! She was born at just under 6lbs and my tubby boy is already 15lbs!

big-baby-little-baby-homemakerchicMy sister has notoriously easy births and this one was no different. She had a very short labor and Brooke was born after one push. I got to be right there with her to support her through her first natural delivery.

Since I just had a baby there were lots of things that I knew my sister would need for her post-partum recovery, so I put together a practical gift basket for her. This is a great gift for a baby shower, or to bring to the hospital. My dear friend Kelly made a similar basket for me and it was so helpful!post-partum-basket

Here’s what I included:

  • Heavy Flow Maxi Pads
  • Stool Softener (that first post birth poop can be daunting, and the stool softener really helps!)
  • Advil
  • Iron Supplement (for blood loss)
  • Lip Balm
  • Mother’s Milk Tea (to support breastmilk supply)
  • Summer’s Eve Intimate Wash
  • Tucks Pads
  • Coffee & Chocolate (In limited amounts if breastfeeding)
  • Nipple Cream
  • Washable Cotton Breast Pads
  • Flushable wipes (to help stay fresh)

After Luke was born, I was blessed by some very sweet friends from church who brought over meals for us. So i decided to pay it forward and bring some meals to my sister (and her family of 7!) I took the idea of a very sweet friend from my bible study who made up some Chicken pot pie filling and brought some pie crusts. All I had to do was pour the filling into a pie dish, unroll the crust onto the top, and pop it in the oven. We also put together two crock pot ready beef stew bags that can be stored in the freezer. (The beer is for the stew)post-partum-meals postpartum-meals

Here are the recipes:

Chicken Pot Pie-

Makes 2 pies

  • 3 Chicken Breasts- cubed into 1cm pieces
  • 2 cups of Carrots- thinly sliced
  • 2 cups of Celery- thinly sliced
  • 1 cup of Onion- finely chopped
  • 2 cups of potatoes – cubed into 1 cm pieces
  • 2 cups frozen peas or green beans (my sister hates peas)
  • 1/4 cup Madeira wine or Brandy (optional)
  • 1 tsp tarragon
  • 2 tsp parsley
  • 1 tsp celery salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 3 T flour
  • S&P to taste
  • 1 box of ready-made pie crust

In a medium soup pot cook the onions in 1 T butter and a little chicken stock. When they are translucent, add the spices and the chicken and cook until chicken is done. Add carrots, celery, and potatoes and 2 cups of stock. Simmer until potatoes are soft but not fully cooked (about 80% done). There will be a little juice left. In a small saucepan make a roux by melting 2 T butter and whisking in the flour. Cook on med-low heat until it thickens and the “floury” smell subsides, about 5 minutes. Slowly add the Madeira and cook for another 2-3 minutes until the alcohol is cooked out. Pour the remaining juice from the pot into the roux. Add the cream and remaining butter and whisk for 2-3 minutes until the sauce thickens. Pour over the chicken and vegetables and mix well. Allow to cool then divide into two large freezer bags. When it is time to prepare, instruct the New Mom to pour one bag into a deep dish pie plate, unroll one crust on top, and bake for 20-25 minutes on 350. If she wants, she can do a top crust and a bottom crust, and also do an egg wash on top. If you plan for her to do a bottom crust, be sure to provide her with two packages of pie crust.

“Scarborough Fair” Crock Pot Beef Stew

Makes 2 Stews

  • 2 lbs Stew Beef Cubed
  • 4 cups small carrots
  • 4 celery stalks
  • 2 small red onions
  • 4-5 medium potatoes
  • 2 cups mushrooms quartered
  • 2 Bottles of Dark Beer
  • 2 tsp parsley
  • 6 fresh sage leaves
  • 4 tsp crushed rosemary
  • 2 tsp thyme
  • 4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp pepper
  • 4 T Olive Oil

This one is easy. Chop the veggies into uniform 1 inch pieces. Divide everything evenly between two large freezer bags. Shake. When it is time to cook instruct the new mom to dump one bag into a crock pot, pour one entire beer over top, fill the bottle with water and add that to the pot as well. Stew for 6-7 hours. For a thicker stew- mix 2 T flour into half cup cold water. Pour into stew during last 30 minutes of cook time.

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12 thoughts on “Post-partum gift basket and meal delivery

  1. allygillotte

    When you say these recipes make two meals each, do you mean two meals for your sister’s aforementioned family of 7, or for the family of 4 that recipes tend to assume?

    Reply
  2. Becky

    5/25/15 Beef Stew :list of ingredients you don’t list potatoes, but in the photo it looks like you have red potatoes. How much? Also, did you add the meat to the veggie bag or provide it seperate? Have you frozen second bag? If so, any special instructions? Were the results as good?

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    1. Homemaker Chic Post author

      I updated the recipe with potato quantity. As shown in the picture everything goes in one bag together, including the meat. I’m not sure I understand your question about freezing a second bag?

      Reply
  3. Lisha Lynn

    Silly question: Are there potatoes in the stew? I think I see some in the bag, but they’re not mentioned in the recipe. Either way I think I’ll add some, but I figured I’d ask. 🙂

    Also, the pot pie is AMAZING. I didn’t use any brandy, and I don’t know why I’ve never thought to make it from scratch before, but this recipe is delicious!

    Reply
  4. Jennie

    HI! Do you have instructions for how to prepare the bag once its been frozen? Just defrost in the fridge? Thanks!

    Reply

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