I will be the first to admit it. My family is over scheduled. My husband works full time as a graphic designer/social media specialist and then does free lancing on the side. I work pretty much full time, am heavily involved in my daughter's school and watch our girls during the day. I have never wanted my girls to feel like they can't do things because mom works and so they are regularly enrolled in ballet, swim lessons, soccer and summer camp. It makes life crazy around here and you know what? It works for us. We love lazy days, but we love to be out doing things too. It makes some things kind of stressful. For me lately that has been dinner. I just haven't felt like cooking. It is a lot of work, a lot of mess and a lot of clean up. Although I love cooking, most nights I would rather be chasing the kids at the splash pad or reading a good book. Dream Dinners has been my rescuer this summer.
We are a HUGE believer in family meals, but when you don't feel like cooking that can be a big problem. Dream Dinners has literally rescued our family dinners this summer. I spend one night a month at a Dream Dinner location and assemble 12 meals for my family. At home we look at pictures of the dishes available that month and decide which ones we want to try and then select the meals and the day we want to prep them.
With Dream Dinners meals in my freezer, we have eaten out less and had good family dinners more, even in the middle of our hectic summer. I desperately wish I would have had these meals right after my last baby. It would have made life SO much easier. We have recently tried Campfire Pork Chops, Penne with Chicken and Peanut Sauce, Charhouse Chicken Sandwiches on Pretzel Buns and they have all been delicious. Our favorite things we have tried have been the Key Lime Corn and the Thai Peanut Chicken. AMAZING!
I love to have a simple dessert to go with our Dream Dinners meals, these simple Freezer Cookie Dough Balls are meant to be eaten raw and are kept in the freezer for a quick snack after a delicious meal.
Freezer Cookie Dough Balls (to eat raw)If you love cookie dough as much as I do, but feel the guilt from eating it when you know you shouldn't, then you are going to love this quick freezer snack. I make a whole batch of these and then keep them in the freezer for whenever I have a sweets craving.
You will need:
- 2 sticks of butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
- chocolate chips
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups flour
Mix the first two ingredients for a couple of minutes, until well blended. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix. Roll into balls and place on a cookie sheet. Place the cookie sheet in the freezer for about an hour. Remove the cookie dough from the cookie sheet and place in an airtight container and return to the freezer. Pull them out as a snack after a Dream Dinners meal and eat cookie dough with no guilt!