Spring sports are in full swing (think baseball, mowed grass, and lots of time in a lawn chair on the side lines)! What spring sport(s) do your cheer on: baseball, softball, track, tennis, lacrosse, girls’ soccer, golf, swimming, and/or volleyball? Who knew there were so many options? Although wonderful and meaningful, they impact our schedules more than ever.
The novice parent has little foreknowledge of just how much life is going to change when junior joins the team or how challenging it will be to have family dinners together again. Maybe after they graduate!
My children are older now so the change in seasons doesn’t have the impact it once did. Back in the day I struggled to juggle work, family responsibilities and the never ending sports schedule.
The challenge of getting dinner on the table for a busy family Continue reading
Beat the cold winter blues and throw a party for kids or adults. No Slope Style course or Half Pipe? No problem, use what you have and join the competitive spirit.
Start by grouping couples or families into teams each representing a different country and let the competition begin! (You can have them draw the country from several you pre-select). Designate a judge to vote for game winners and to keep the games moving. Make a music play list to add to the competitive mood. Have fun!
Your first game: ‘Our Country’ Internet Challenge
Use their smart phones or computer and find: 1.How to say, “We’re number one!” in their Country’s language. 2. Sketch and color their Country’s flag. 3. Find names of athletes from their Country (one for each team mate). Limit the time to about ~10 minutes. Each team takes turns presenting itself, stating their Atheletic ‘name,’ holding their flag, and saying, “We’re number one!” Let the judge decide who wins (i.e. first team ready or most funny).
More Game Ideas: Compete in Sports you Already Love
Pull out your family’s favorite games and turn them into a competition. Set up a rotation all over your house with two teams in each area. Give them score cards to track wins and losses. The team with the most wins after completing all the rotations wins.
Try: hockey in the garage, a slam dunk contest, ping-pong, X-game skateboarding course, Wii games, Minute to Win it challenges, a puzzle assembling race, etc.
Conclude with an Awards Ceremony and recognize teams with medals and prizes. Have fun!
Thursday, January 16 is National Hot and Spicy Food Day. It is the perfect opportunity to combat chilly weather with food that will heat you from the inside out.
Warm up with our Buffalo Ranch Chicken, Sweet Chipotle Chicken Cavatappi, or Outlaw Chicken Sliders from January’s menu. The great thing about celebrating spicy flavors with Dream Dinners is that you can make your dinners as hot or as mild as your family likes. By adjusting the spices to fit your family’s tastes, you can rest assured that your kids will still enjoy all of these family-friendly meals.
You can also ramp up the heat on any of these dinners and invite friends over to help you celebrate. Just be sure to serve these Cream Cheese Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Jalapenos as an appetizer!
We know the holidays can often come with a long to-do list. We want to help simplify your life this month, so you can spend less time checking off tasks and more time creating memories with your family.
Our December menu has three family-friendly dinners that can be made in 15 minutes: Penne with Chicken and Peanut Sauce, Creamy Tortellini with Bacon, and French Onion Turkey Burgers on Pretzel Buns. Whether you’re running kids to afterschool activities or have fun plans for the holidays, these meals will ensure that you can get a delicious dinner on the table even with the most hectic schedule. For an even more hands-off approach to busy weeknight dinners, try making our Honey Chipotle Pork Roast or Old Fashioned Pot Roast in the slow cooker. Continue reading
The Saturday after Thanksgiving is Small Business Saturday, a movement that has been inspiring people to support small businesses across the country for the last three years. Sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, this nationally recognized day is dedicated to giving back to the people and places that have given their communities so much. In honor of Small Business Saturday, we’d like to share a little bit of our history and recognize the hardworking franchise owners in your communities.
Dream Dinners evolved from the homegrown practice of co-founder Stephanie Allen, a working mother who had been making fix-and-freeze meals for her family. Stephanie enlisted the help of long-time friend Tina Kuna and, together, they hosted the first series of meal assembly sessions in March 2002. Three months later, they opened the first Dream Dinners store and by early 2003, they had received national media attention as well as thousands of unsolicited franchise inquiries from potential owners across the country. By the end of 2003, Stephanie and Tina had signed 35 new franchises. Now, Dream Dinners has assembly stores representing all regions of the country.
Here, Tina and Stephanie share a few memorable moments from the very beginning:
“The first few months before we had our own location, we would haul all of our food into a catering kitchen that we rented by the evening. There was no refrigeration and we would set up stations around the kitchen on long counters. At the end of the evening, we would have to wash each dish by hand (no dishwasher) and then haul all the food back to a warehouse where we had stored a few freezers. We’d crawl into bed at about 2 a.m., then get back up at 6 a.m. and start the day all over again.” Continue reading
Our customers already love our turkey and now we’re giving them one more reason to love tackling Thanksgiving Dinner with Dream Dinners. This November, when you order our turkey and two of our holiday sides, you’ll get a third side free. Enjoy a stress-free holiday by choosing any of the sides below to complement your turkey.
Our Holiday Family Favorite Side Dishes all cook at the same oven temperature to simplify your Thanksgiving dinner. We even have your Thanksgiving cooking timeline ready to make planning even easier.
Combat the chill in November’s air with good-for-the soul comfort foods that will make your whole family eager to gather around the dinner table. All of these dinners simply bake in the oven for about an hour, giving you enough time to curl up on the couch with a blanket and a good book.
Outlaw Chicken Marinara is an Italian-inspired dish layered with crispy chicken, seasoned marinara sauce and three kinds of cheese. This is a kid favorite! Continue reading
Not only is pasta the perfect comfort food on a cozy fall day, it’s also the foundation for an easy family dinner. Both of our pasta dishes from this month’s menu can be taken straight from the freezer to cook in the oven for an effortless dinner the whole family will enjoy.
Layered Ravioli Bake is a kid favorite. Cheese ravioli layered with seasoned marinara, mozzarella cheese, Italian sausage, and fresh mushrooms make up this one-pan dinner.
Creamy Chicken Florentine Tortellini is a complete dinner all on its own with 31 grams of protein and a full serving of vegetables. Dinner doesn’t get any easier than that!
What is your favorite pasta dinner?
Did you know that the average American eats 137.9 pounds of potatoes each year? Or that potato products are the second most consumed food in the U.S. after milk products? It’s hard not to love potatoes and September’s menu gives you many options to enjoy during “National Potato Month.”
Try our Old Fashioned Meatloaf with Twice Baked Potatoes, Cattleman’s Pie, Fully Loaded Chicken and Potato Soup or Pecan Crusted Pork Chops with Garlic Mashed Potatoes for creamy goodness that’s perfect for fall.
Wanting your potatoes golden and crispy? Pick up some fries from the Finishing Touch freezer to pair with our family-favorite Crispy French Onion Chicken or our mouth-watering Steak with Garlic and Herb Butter.
What Deal can Dream Dinners make on CBS’s hit daytime game show, “Let’s Make a Deal”?
Wayne Brady hosts the show that gets the wheeling and dealing going full steam on CBS. Check your local television listings to see if anyone wins a bounty of Dream Dinners. The show is very popular receiving two daytime Emmy nominations. Though it’s a little hush, hush, we can tell you to watch on May 23rd to see the fun cooking.
Giving the gift of less stress is super easy with a Dream Dinners Gift Card! Waiting until the last minute, just send an easy, instant eGift card.
Mom’s never tried us? Check out the $74.95 Introductory Offer! Dream Dinners is perfect for any mom who needs more hours in the day and new ideas for family dinnertimes.
Perfect dinners for Mother’s Day may include some classic favorites like:
- French Tarragon Chicken with Redskin Potatoes. Comfort food that is super easy to fix.
- Glazed Turkey Medallions with Garlic Asparagus Spears. Give your mom a four-star restaurant experience right from home.
Who knew? While National Frozen Food Day is probably not a holiday marked on your calendar, there is plenty to celebrate when you’re a Dream Dinners customer. Because, in the course of your session, you have harnessed the power of freezing freshness without the preservatives, high sodium and fat in those old fashioned TV dinners.
Today, as the nation’s leader in the meal assembly business, we pride ourselves on being the best in the fix and freeze dinner business. We’re proud of the same kinds of dinners that make most mom’s proud because our company was founded by two busy moms. That pride is based on knowing that you made something with your own hands and put it on the table for your loved ones to eat. Continue reading
If you ever wanted to grab a few friends to drop into Dream Dinners with you, this is the way to do it!
Since the first “get together” at our Dream Dinners founders’ homes, friends have called more friends. The concept just exploded from there. Busy moms loved it! We’ve just debuted our new private, $24.99, Dream Taste event which gives you the ability to invite your friends to a little get together of your own and let each guest take home (9) servings for only $24.99. That’s a 50-dollar value. Continue reading
February is American Heart Health Month. Staying heart healthy can be challenging with all of the high calorie, high fat and salty foods readily available as mealtime solutions for you and your family. This month we have 7 heart healthy* dinners and 4 of those can be served in 30 minutes or less. Continue reading
We have 9 menu items this March that can be made with a soy chicken stand-in, plus 3 delicious seafood dinners. These dinners are great for families following a vegetarian diet and families observing Lent. Check store for soy chicken stand-in availability prior to ordering.
- Pub Style Chicken with Mashed Potatoes
- Southwest Pulled Pork with Confetti Cornbread
- Sherry Cream Chicken
- Beef Tip Stroganoff over Egg Noodles Continue reading