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I love cooking and baking for holiday gatherings. It doesn’t matter if I’m the hostess or the guest, I look forward to making special holiday dishes to share with friends and family.
At the end of the meal there is invariably a collection of dishes that get left behind. Either the contents are still being divvied up when people leave or sometimes the owner just forgets. A few years ago I came up with a fun idea to pair with the task of returning them.
Less Stress, Less Mess in the New Year
After washing all the dishes I set out on the table the ones that need to be returned. I add a collection of ingredients to the dish or pan that will make a complete meal or dessert so they will have a meal or treat that requires little to no forethought.
Empty Dish Return Idea
First, choose the food items for your dish return package. Ideas include:
- pasta & pasta sauce
- canned goods (vegetables, beans, meats)
- bottled sauces (soy sauce, worcestershire sauce, mustard)
- pre-cut fruit & veggies
- jarred spices
- cake mix
- brownie mix
- cupcake liners
Next wrap the dish with a dish towel for padding. If the dish had a lid you can use it to hold everything together; if not, use a ribbon and tie it all down. Finally add a few decorative tie-ons if you’d like and include a note letting them know you appreciated their company and wish them a stress-free (and mess-free) start to the new year!
This year I’m also adding a new Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth to each of my dish delivery food gifts. I figured if I’m giving them the gift of food, I should probably give them a way to clean up too, right?
I recently discovered the Scotch-Brite Scrubbing Dish Cloth at Kroger. It was kind of by accident; someone had left one on the shelf in the wrong area and it caught my eye. Eventually I found their correct spot between the scrub brushes for the bathroom and the kitchen. When you look for them, also keep your eye out for the in-store clip strip that has an offer for $1.50 off 2-pack.
The scrubbing dots on the one side of the dish cloth allow you to take on tough messes in the sink and across a variety of surfaces. Plus you get non-scratch scrubbing power with the wiping and drying functions of a dish cloth. They are fully washable and reusable, and come in four colors: gray, navy, tan, and mint.
Don’t forget to get some for yourself! I used mine to wash the dishes before making my dish return trips, in addition to including them in my dish return packages.