Take Dream Dinners to Your Next Outdoor Event

From Portland’s Blues Festival to Central Park’s Summer Stage, communities all across the nation offer free outdoor events during the summer and August is the perfect month to take your family to an evening concert on the lawn or outdoor movie event. Shake up your regular summer routine and spend some quality time with your family by enjoying a warm evening outdoors, some new music or a favorite movie, and a picnic dinner.

Slow Cooked BBQ BeefOur Slow Cooked BBQ Beef with Rustic Country Rolls travels easily from your kitchen to the park. Just cook in a slow cooker, unplug, and take it with you. Then fix the sandwiches and serve with a salad while you are waiting for the entertainment to start.

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August is Family Fun Month

There’s no better time to focus on having fun as a family than the last few weeks before kids go back to school. Spend a day at the beach, lake, or pool. Organize a family baseball game. Take one last family vacation. However it is you choose to take advantage of the last summer month, your whole family will benefit from a little extra time spent having fun together. Here are some ideas for 20 activities to do with your family from Parents Magazine. This sand castle scrapbook would be a fun craft to help kids to put together at the end of the summer to remember all of the fun times they had!

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Family Fiesta Fun

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Recipes | April 19, 2012 | By

Plan a fun, family fiesta easily this May with a few Dream Dinners menu items. Your party menu can include our Arroz Con Pollo and Rio Grande Chicken Fajitas. Just add salad, salsa, sour cream, avocado and tortilla chips for a winning combination. Need a little more? Invite the neighbors and add Dream Dinners Steak Salsa Verde to the menu! A little music and your favorite party drinks can turn a regular meal into a special dinner. Plus you can

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Friday Night is Pizza Night

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Family Pizza Fun Night! Deep dish Chicago; thin crust New York; stone baked; meat lovers, vegetarian, cheese only – Pizza tailor made by you, for you. Making Dream Dinners pizza at home may seem daunting, but it’s actually just simple  fun the whole family can participate in.

The following are a few tips for making this the most of your Dream Dinners Family Pizza Night:

Step 1. Make sure to thaw the dough in the refrigerator. About an hour before you are ready to make your pizza,

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Family fun carving pumpkins

If you’re looking for a great pumpkin to carve this Halloween season, the best place to look is your local pumpkin patch. The best varieties for carving are Connecticut Field, Howden and Baby Bear pumpkins.

Be sure the pumpkin you choose is symmetrical enough to rest squarely on a flat surface. Pass over any with bruises, cracks or broken stems, because they tend to deteriorate quickly and try not to carve your pumpkins earlier than a day or two before Halloween.

Here are a few tips:

  • Flatten a spot in the base of the pumpkin for the candle but avoid digging too deep because the pumpkin becomes prone to rot.
  • Make sure the flame is not too close to the top of the pumpkin.
  • To prolong the life of the jack-o’-lantern, seal in moisture by coating all cut surfaces with petroleum jelly or vegetable oil, or cover it with a damp towel when not on display.
  • Consider giving smaller children stickers, tempera paint, or markers to decorate their own pumpkins.

For  a full list of great carving tips check out:

Perfect Pumpkins on FamilyFun.com

Holiday Cookies to Share with Family and Friends

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Christmas, Holidays, Recipes | December 14, 2009 | By

This time of year, baking cookies is a tradition appreciated by so many moms, and sharing with loved ones makes the experience that much sweeter.

Whether you enjoy serving Christmas cookies to your family, like surprising friends with a plateful delivered to their door, participate in an annual exchange with other moms, or are a hostess with a passion for entertaining, these sugary treats bring a smile to everyone’s face. What a delicious way to express your love and care for others!

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Make the Most of Mealtime with an Attractive Dining Area

Family Dinner | November 23, 2009 | By

Eating together as a family is your priority. But does the look and feel of your dining space reflect that commitment? Does it enhance the connections you’re trying to nurture?

Here at Dream Dinners, we, like you, believe that sharing meals goes far beyond what’s on the dinner plate. Instead, gathering around the table allows you to build the bonds that are the very foundation of family life. Creating an attractive space allows you to make the most of precious moments together.

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