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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Dream Dinners, An Anniversary Celebration

    I wanted to talk a little bit more about how we celebrated our anniversary because it was just really memorable and fun.

 Tim bought me a gift card to a place called Dream Dinners. I wasn't exactly sure what it was at the time, but it involved us and food and cooking so I was already on board.

     As it turns out, Dream Dinners involves attending a session at one of their locations,  fixing several meals at once, and freezing them for later use.

     We had a Saturday Morning wake-up call at about 8:15 (which is EARLY for us) so we could make it to our session by 9:00.  (sidenote: we jammed to MC Hammer's Can't Touch This on the way, that helped).  

Here's how it works: 

      You use their online form to select your meals. Once you arrive, they give you an apron and your set of "recipe" cards (we had 6). Each station is labeled with the meal and “recipe” or list of ingredients. Once you arrive at your station, you simply follow the instructions on the card to put your meal together. Once you've finished all the recipes, they package it all up nicely (with the baking instructions), and you place it all in the freezer.

      Even though this was super fun and convenient, we both agreed it is going to be something we reserve for birthdays/anniversaries/Christmas. We were able to use their introductory offer, but in the future it will cost about $150-$200 for 36 servings (12 meals of 3 servings). While I budget $100 a week for us, that also has to include cleaning supplies, toiletries, and other household items not to mention breakfast and lunch items (and produce)!

Plus I LOVE grocery shopping (it's weird, I know). I also love meal-planning so it just doesn't make sense for us to do it on a regular basis as a family.

     I could not believe the number of locations they have (7 in Ohio)! If you can find a Dream Dinners location near you, I'd definitely recommend this for a gift, girls outing, or fun date (if you've got money to spare)!

     We spent the rest of the day looking at estate/yard sales and working around the house. We finished the evening off with chicken sandwiches on yummy pretzel bread (from our Dream Dinners date)!  

Here's a really terrible recent photo of our shrimp with parmesan risotto.  On paper plates, cause we' fancy like that.

Love & they have you put garlic in everything,

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