Not only am I a business owner, I'm a mom, wife, aunt and daughter. I'm sure anyone who works full time would agree that juggling work and home life is nothing short of challenging. That's why I'm always looking for simple ideas I can use to help me make the most out of the time I'm spending with my family.
Throughout the week, my schedule is hectic. But Friday night is my special night to bring everyone together for a family dinner and a dessert party.
If you're imagining me cooking for my entire family, and everyone strolling in just in time to say grace - think again. The time spent around the table isn't where this begins. It starts with the meal prep, and everyone gets involved.
You can do this in your own home by choosing a recipe and divvying up different parts for each family member. If you don't have time to thumb through a recipe book and go grocery shopping for the ingredients, one thing I like to do is use a meal order service like our sponsor HelloFresh.
HelloFresh sends everything you need for the meal you're preparing, including a recipe card with detailed instructions on how to put it together. There's also a gorgeous picture that shows you what the end result should look like. I love assigning some key parts of the recipe to my mom because her final creation rarely matches up with the image on the package. I'm not sure how she does it - the steps are really so easy - but it's something we all like to laugh about!
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When we cook on Friday nights, even Barry and Ian get involved. Barry also has five granddaughters whose favorite part is the dessert party. They've even come to call this weekly dinner the "Dessert Party," I think because they enjoy it so much.
Sometimes the dessert party involves baking, but sometimes it's as simple as serving bowls of ice cream and letting them pick out the toppings. We've even turned the dessert party into a "sprinkle party," where the kids get to choose from a variety of fun sprinkles.
Honestly, Friday night dinner is one of my most favorite times of the week. After recording my show, I get to spend this quality time with my entire family. And it's so simple, anyone can do it.
Whether you're already the cook in your family, or can't tell one end of the frying pan from the other, it doesn't matter. You don't need to be a master chef to work this fun activity into your schedule.
If you're worried about starting this tradition and relying on regular recipes, I'd recommend that you start by signing up for HelloFresh so that everything you need will be delivered to you directly.
HelloFresh is a sponsor of my show, but I recommend them because I use the service personally. Each week you get to choose from a whole list of new recipes, which means you'll never wind up eating the same thing over and over. The ingredients are always fresh, and the recipes are so creative! I promise you're going to feel like a gourmet chef no matter your level of cooking experience.
HelloFresh is a subscription meal service that partners with local growers and suppliers, and then delivers gourmet meals right to your doorstep.
Whether you live alone, are feeding a family or are empty-nesters, HelloFresh has weekly plans designed just for you. And everything costs less than if you were to take your family out to dinner.
- Classic Plan, $9.99 per meal
- Veggie Plan, $9.99 per meal
- Family Plan, $8.74 per meal
So, it's almost Friday night. Are you going to give this activity a try this weekend? Don't forget: As a listener of my show, HelloFresh will give you a special discount! Click here to get started with HelloFresh and get $30 off your first box plus free shipping!