Memories Are Made Gathered Around The Table

memories are made gathered around the tableThere’s something special about sitting down to share a meal with family and friends. Just about everybody I know loves a good meal, and a meal is even more special when it’s surrounded by love and laughter (and good wine!).  Some of my favorite meals have taken place at my sister Angie’s house…

My sister Angie loves to have people over. If you’ve been reading here for awhile, you know how important my family is to me and that there are A LOT of us. I have four siblings and we have 12 kids, with one on the way. So just getting my parents, siblings, and our kids together is over 20 people. Throw in some other friends we consider family and a small get together is over 30 people.

What I love about having meals at my sister’s house is that we usually do it buffet style. Everybody brings something – a side dish, appetizer, or dessert and we lay out our spread for all to enjoy. Trying out new recipes is encouraged.

We (try) to put the kids  all together at one table or feed them before we all try to eat so that we can enjoy a (kind of) kids free meal. When the adults sit down, two things are guaranteed to happen: there will be a lot of sarcasm and a lot of laughter.

olive_garden_logo One gift that I look forward to every Christmas is getting a gift card from my mom and dad for a restaurant. My siblings also usually get one, and we all try to make a night of it by going together. I think restaurant gift cards make a perfect gift because they never expire and if you know the recipient well, you’ll know their favorite restaurant…and then you know you’ll be giving them a gift they’ll love!

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Two of my favorite family friendly restaurants are Olive Garden and Red Lobster. You can never go wrong with Olive Garden breadsticks and salad or Red Lobster’s cheese biscuits (I even have a copy cat recipe for them that taste exactly the same!)

darden_gift_card If you are thinking of holiday gifts that everybody loves to receive, why not give a Olive Garden gift card or one to Red Lobster, or LongHorn Steakhouse? For a limited time this holiday season, you can receive a $5 bonus coupon for every $25 gift card purchased at Olive Garden, Red Lobster or LongHorn Steakhouse restaurants. That makes it an even better gift and a better deal!

Pick up a gift card or two and create memories over meals this holiday season…my family definitely will!

Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Darden. I received a promotional item as a thank-you for participating.


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