If someone were driving 24 hours straight to arrive @ your house @ 11 p.m. what would you feed them?

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Posted: 11/18/2012 12:26:07 AM
Or would you just have the sheets pulled back so they could crawl into bed?

We've got guests (adults) driving here for Thanksgiving & they will be arriving around 11 p.m. or midnight. It's a 24 hour drive straight through.

Most of my family will already be in bed when they arrive since they have to get up for school/work very early the next morning. And I'm sure the guests will be beyond exhausted from the 24 hour drive.

I plan to have something ready for them to eat in case they are hungry when they arrive but, what? They will have eaten fast food, gas station snacks & whatever they packed for the past 24 hours. TIA!

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Posted: 11/18/2012 12:53:22 AM
I would have a tray of fruit and cheese in their room, with ice cold water. and some tylenol(or some other pain reliever)
I love homemade mac and cheese after a long drive.

or toast and eggs.


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Posted: 11/18/2012 12:55:49 AM
If it were me arriving somewhere that late all I would want is maybe a cup of herbal tea or water, some grapes or light fruit to nosh on a bit and digestive biscuits or crackers. Anything heavy at that time of night means that I won't sleep well.



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Posted: 11/18/2012 1:00:12 AM
Maybe some muffins, a bit of cheese and some fruit. Or toast. Toast is always good.

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Posted: 11/18/2012 1:03:36 AM
In view of how much they must love you, whatever their favorite food is?

I've been a dilettante, but I'm thinking of dabbling in something else.

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Posted: 11/18/2012 1:52:17 AM
Maybe have some deli meat and cheese and some fruit? Then they could make a sandwich or just cheese and crackers or fruit depending in how hungry they are. I'm always hungry after driving for so long.

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Posted: 11/18/2012 2:01:24 AM
I would offer them eggs and bacon or a breakfast meal. If they are hungry, I would be a good hostess and offer them soemthing quick and hot.


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Posted: 11/18/2012 2:07:30 AM
I am perplexed. Is there a reason you cannot just ask them? Are they arriving at midnight tonight? Are they already on their way? Do they have a cell phone? I guess I would just ask, but that seems so obvious to me, maybe I am missing a key point in your question.


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Posted: 11/18/2012 2:10:42 AM
I would have something prepared, of course. And then play it by ear...whatever the guests want. If they arrive and want something, fine. If they just wanna crash, that's understandable too.


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Posted: 11/18/2012 2:52:37 AM
Grilled cheese and tomato soup, or cheese and crackers and fruit, or pie. I would suggest they call you when they are almost there and you can see what would appeal to them. Trader Joes makes a great boxed tomato soup you could easily heat up.

Eta: personally if it was me I would just crawl into bed.


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Posted: 11/18/2012 3:33:07 AM
My neice did this as she got stuck in snow for 8 hours, i had mac and cheese but I said it was just leftover from our dinner so she didn't feel i had made it special and forced herself to eat it. then syrup sponge with custard. She was grateful of it all and wolfed it own lol but I didn't hang around as i thought she might feel she has to sit up and talk with me when she really wanted her bed lol.

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Posted: 11/18/2012 4:22:00 AM
VivMarina, you are brilliant, because PIE is always the answer when one is tired & hungry at holiday time!

I've been a dilettante, but I'm thinking of dabbling in something else.

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Posted: 11/18/2012 5:12:41 AM
It depends. Will they stop somewhere and eat dinner? If so, I would have some snack-y things like cheese and crackers, olives-that kind of thing. And I would have several desserts to choose from-you'll have them around anyhow for the holiday-if they wanted pie or cheesecake.

I know my relatives that travel-they would also want the option of a beer, a glass of wine, or maybe herbal tea. So a selection of things to drink is good, too.


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Posted: 11/18/2012 5:19:46 AM
I kind of lose my appetite when I drive for long, so from personal experience something snacky is the best thing to serve.

Toast, a tray of fruit or maybe slices of salty focaccia or something. Maybe you could make some good pizza before hand, to warm up if they want something more before bed.

But for me, a big glass of red wine would be preferable after a 24 hour car ride


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Posted: 11/18/2012 5:36:13 AM

This time of year a warm gooey grilled cheese sandwich and a cup of soup.

You can butter the bread and assemble the sandwiches ahead of time. Wrap them and stick in the fridge. Put a skillet on the stove and cook time will be just a few minutes for a hot bit to eat without making a big mess in the kitchen late at night.

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Posted: 11/18/2012 6:46:18 AM
Yes I would do something. Crackers cheese fruit sounds good.



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Posted: 11/18/2012 6:54:41 AM
I would have some flavourful soup waiting to be warmed up. Easy to digest before bed.



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Posted: 11/18/2012 6:57:54 AM
Cheese, crackers, fruit, vino.

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Posted: 11/18/2012 7:25:57 AM
We'd drive 7+hours to my grandparents house. So, what my grandmother had for us was Minnies bologna and chocolate chip cookies. No, we didn't drive as far, but it was sure good and a very fond memory I have.


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Posted: 11/18/2012 7:26:31 AM
When I get to my mom's late like that she always makes me a pizza (I call when I'm about 30 minutes out), and has fruit and something sweet.

I'd just ask them - or give them a few options and let them pick.


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Posted: 11/18/2012 9:43:04 AM
Thanks for the great ideas! We actually barely know them. They aren't family but we want to spoil them like they were. They are driving here to see other sights (not us, lol). I don't have their cell phone numbers but they have mine. I asked them what they might like to eat upon arrival & they said, "We probably won't be very hungry. Don't go to too much trouble."

Thanks again for your help!

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Posted: 11/18/2012 10:10:51 AM

I love homemade mac and cheese after a long drive.

When I first saw the thread title I immediately flashed back to when I was little and we would get to my grandma's house in Maine late at night. She always had homemade mac and cheese for us!

I was thinking I would have some kind of soup, like chicken noodle simmering on the stove if they wanted a small bowl or cup. I think hot soup is really comforting after a long trip and not too heavy.

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Posted: 11/18/2012 10:16:45 AM
lol are you sure they are adults? why wouldn't they just eat something on the road?

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Posted: 11/18/2012 10:27:11 AM
Are you planning on staying up with them? 11 pm is a bit late to eat. I travel alot and there are times that I get to my destination at a late hour. I usually just want to take a shower and go to bed.

They are going to be exhausted after a long drive. Maybe just tell them that you will have a nice breakfast for them in the morning.

Since they are driving they will probably eat along the way.


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Posted: 11/18/2012 10:27:50 AM
You could have something in the crock pot .

I would have fruit, bread, and cheese, and the option to whip something up quickly. I assume at that hour they will have eaten and will not want some big heavy meal, and that with 24 hours of driving, it is a guessing game as to exactly what time they will show up anyway.

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Posted: 11/18/2012 10:55:37 AM
Soup and toast or sandwiches would be my choice- warming, comforting and filling without causing indigestion.

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Posted: 11/18/2012 6:49:45 PM
Cold cuts, cheese and crackers, fruit and non-caf hot and cold drinks.

Shower stuff ready if they want one and sheets pulled back.

I would give a hug and a welcome and then whisper/whisk they right off to bath/bed so they didn't feel they had to be all "nice to the host" when they were exhausted.

Would suggest food in room if at all possible.

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Posted: 11/18/2012 6:53:28 PM
I would have something light to eat because they'll most likely have eaten heavy fast food on their drive over. Maybe an omelet with fresh fruit and some coffee or juice?

Or maybe have different types of cheeses with crackers with fruit and wine? (if you're drinkers)

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Posted: 11/18/2012 7:45:47 PM
Probably something really little. Who likes to eat that late at night? Maybe some club crackers and water.

I would not go out of my way to cook something because who knows if they would actually be hungry.


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Posted: 11/18/2012 8:02:46 PM
I would have some snack foods available for them, and maybe let them know what is off limits in the fridge.

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Posted: 11/18/2012 8:02:57 PM
When we would drive to my grandparents she would always make pizzas in the oven.....and break out the champagne for the adults!!

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Posted: 11/18/2012 8:11:13 PM
scrambled eggs, or an omelet, and toast
tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwich



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Posted: 11/18/2012 8:59:08 PM
I would make them a hot protein rich breakfast, something that will replenish their metabolism and let them sleep right through morning preparations.....

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Posted: 11/18/2012 11:33:58 PM
Sandwich fixings.

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Posted: 11/19/2012 12:17:59 AM
I would have some fruit and sandwich makings. Nothing too heavy as they will probably be pretty tired and ready to wind down for bed!



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Posted: 11/19/2012 12:25:29 AM
I would bake a quiche ahead of time, and also have fresh fruit. Then, offer that when they arrive and if they've already eaten or are too tired, you have breakfast ready for the next morning!

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