October #DinnerEffect

At Dream Dinners, our mission is to grow great kids by promoting the family dinner. We are working continuously to strengthen American families by bringing the homemade meal back to the dinner table. For more than a decade, we have work to change the lives of our guests with our Homemade, Made Easy offerings.

Halloween Week Dinner Ideas

Need a little help with meal planning this week? We’ve planned a week of easy dinners perfect for busy nights that include, recipe remixes and festive Halloween-themed meals. Be sure to follow our Fall Favorites board on Pinterest for even more ideas. Monday: Looking to add a bit of holiday flare and excitement to your…

Get Your Kids in the Kitchen

Did you know that kids learn about food and eating at a very young age? That getting your kids involved in the kitchen can help shape their eating habits for the rest of their lives. Positive experiences about food early on in a child’s life may help them develop healthy eating habits in the future.

Introducing Our March Throwback Menu

You asked, and we answered with March’s throwback menu! In honor of our anniversary month, we’re bringing back five of our most requested meals from past menus. These old favorites are only available for a limited time, so make sure to add them to your March order.

Who Eats with Your Kids?

At a signing for our book, The Hour that Matters Most, one mom shared her transforming story about one simple dinnertime change that made all the difference with her daughter. Because her husband worked a late shift, she always fed her toddler dinner early while she bustled about in the kitchen.  Later, when her husband arrived…

Dinnertime Ground Rules

While visiting from out-of-town, Grandma (my mom), was having breakfast with us when her cell phone rang. This was a predicament for the kids who turned to me wondering what I’d do (knowing we don’t allow cell phones at the table). Since Grandma has disregarded our house rule before, I thought it a good time…

Are you a Skillful Listener? Learn to O.W.L.

Would you like to really know how someone feels or what they’re thinking? We ask the question, “How are you?” all day long, but do we really know how a co-worker, spouse, or even our children are doing? Just Observe, Wait, and Listen (OWL), it’s that easy! We adapt this approach from Speech Pathologists who…

Making Dinnertime a Priority

I remember well, my years spent at the Snohomish Soccer Fields. Both of my kids played and their staggered practice times not only cut into our family dinnertime, but bulldozed right over them. Even the weekends were affected since my son’s games were on Saturdays and daughter’s on Sundays. Eventually, I realized, “This isn’t working!” Sometimes…

Developing your Kids’ Conversation Skills

Can your kids keep an interesting conversation going? My young adult son and I were recently noticing other people’s inability to hold a conversation. Perhaps you’ve observed conversations that fizzle once you no longer carry the dialogue by asking inquisitive questions. My son works in an industry with a lot of adults, and although younger…

What Does your Food Speak?

Potlucks at my work are the best! From homemade tamales to quiche and fruit, we’ve got it covered. The dishes we share with each other hints of our heritage, hidden talents, and favorite indulgences.  Potlucks are hospitality ‘group style.’ They’re a chance to say, ‘You matter to me.’  Who knew food could speak so much?…

Dreaming the Dream 12 Years Later

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…

St. Patrick’s Day History Fun

How are you celebrating St. Patrick’s Day? Why not have a green-themed dinner party? On the back of each guest’s place card, write a trivia question using these fun facts below about St. Patrick. Go around the table and have each guest share their question and see who knows the most about the holiday. Need green…