Archive | April 2008

Dinner is Done! (in advance)

Dream Dinners being assembled

Last night I attended a “sneakpeek” preview of a new business in town called Dream Dinners.  Maybe you’ve heard of these places where you assemble dinners for your family in a party type atmosphere and leave the mess and clean up behind!?  What a beautiful store!  15 or so of my friends and I came and donned our aprons and head scarfs to assemble a dinner entree to take home.  The best part of the evening was that it was FREE (and, well, the great wine that Renee brought!)  The concept behind this business is that you quickly put together meals in their kitchen, no mess at home, and easy prep on your busy nights when a home cooked meal is called for.  We live in a crazy metropolitan area here in metro Washington D.C.  People commute 1 – 1 1/2 hours to and from work each day.  Working women don’t have time to come home and cook.  At-home working women deserve a convenient alternative to cooking every night of the week!  I can definately see the market for this here!  Watch this video to see what it’s all about! Dream Dinners How To

Over the course of the evening we were able to taste test two of the available dishes, Country French Chicken and Peach Glazed Pork Chops.  Yum!  Both were really delicious and very healthy! In less than five minutes my dish was prepared.  I brought it home and placed it in the freezer for future use.  I’ll be relly glad to have a meal all ready and set to go on a busy night, and in a family with three teenagers, our home is always busy!  As with any convenience food, the cost is certainly higher than if you shopped and prepared everything yourself (about double for entree costs – average $25 for 6 entree servings) , but for many it is well worth the time, hassle, mess and headache saved.    Besides, you have a lof of fun and time with your friends in a relaxed, clean and organized kitchen setting.  For the nearest location to you, and to view sample menus and get all of your questions answered,  go to

A SEA OF SOCKS – laundry outa control

PLEASE! Someone come help me fold these socks! Better yet, let’s make a matching game for the kids on the ping pong table! I counted one day and figured out that over 200 socks come out of my dryer each and every week! Between the kids socks, my husbands and my work out socks, my husband’s work socks, the kids work socks (three have jobs now) ,
the kids soccer socks and church socks, well you get the idea! So one day I layed them all out and called the kids down to do a matching game and see who could pair their socks the fastest! This worked when they were 7 years old but now that they are 15 to 18 years old, it just aint happenin’! I told my family I do not fold socks anymore. The white ones go into one basket and the dark or colored socks go into another. (You don’t even see THOSE in these photos!) I’ve suggested they sit in front of their favorite TV show and fold just their own socks for the whole upcoming week. Nope! They still go to the laundry room every morning, sometimes in the frigid cold basement, and pull out a matching pair, which can sometimes take a while to find!, and only get that pair for that day! How did I raise kids like this? HELP!