I'm an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador, and part of my activities for the month of October was to have a dinner party using their products. And it was a totally needed get together for my daughter Emily. She soo wanted a Halloween
Party. But as short notice, it was totally not possible. Rob and I just got our furniture in the prior week and are still going through all the boxes..to say that's that easy part. The hard part is putting the items in the boxes, in spots we just haven't figured
Emily is a freshman in High School now, and earlier during the summer, she sat ME down and said, "Mom, please don't embarrass me this year, I'm not in elementary school anymore and I totally want to feel like a normal teen." And
that was dually noted. Emily has not had a typical childhood. Always gone on the weekend to her dads and never really getting to do the hang out with her friends because of traveling across state lines from where we lived to see her father and other family
members. So now that we are no longer near that side of the family, she really really wants to do the typical teenage things, hang out with the girls, do make-up parties, slumber parties, chill, go to dances, the whole nine yards. So...as much as my little
girl is growing up. I still am protective.
We moved across the country and we moved to a town that is quite quaint, laid back and just down right beautiful. I hear there is only a population of around 2000 people. The town of Cave Junction is quite beautiful, and from
where we live, very peaceful but very poorly populated and in most part of the town, are families with very little income. They make do. Our heart strings have been pulled a few times by visiting some of the families of the kids Emily has befriended. And we
really have to thank our lucky stars that we aren't in the positions that others are in, however we aren't at the high in of the totum~pole either, we get by with what we have as well. But are working with in our income to provide for our family. But we really
feel very comfortable where we are at. Our home is just beautiful (the most beautifulest home we've ever had). And we are very proud it. Everyone we've met in the community are really nice, quite wonderful and our eyes have been opened to new ways exposing
ourselves to nature, gardening and really being at peace up in the mountains. But what better way to see what kind of influences in high school my daughter has is to invite them into my home.
Rob, my husband, has had Emily go with him to drop a couple of these girls off at their homes after visits to ours and has come home sort of depressed on living arrangements or living conditions that these friends live in. They really
pulled on his heart strings and mine as well. So when this challenge came up, it was easy to see what we wanted to do. So with Barber Foods. The decision was to invite Emily's new found friends over for dinner and treat them to something neat. And to say it
was a hit.
So I made this huge spread. And found out when telling my kiddo, a couple of kids, she didn't think there was a limit but there ended up being total 4 girls over for dinner. So Rob and I made a B-line back to Grants Pass (30-40
minutes away) and pick up several more boxes. What we decided to help benefit our guests and being that, a lot families here can't make the trek over to Grants Pass to pick up Barber Foods Chicken, being that's the closest place to us that has the products,
was in the next town and not at our local market. We used 5 coupons at Albertson's, they were on sale for $3.99, we also bought 4 additional packages on us. My family is 6 and guests were 4. We saved the other coupons for the guests, and presented them with
a package and a coupon when leaving after dinner. That way, they can take them home to their family, try them for themselves and use the coupons at a later time.
So the girls showed up and decided to dress nice for the occasion, kind of funny, because I stayed barefoot and in casual clothes as well as Rob and my other 3 kids. Rob, took a cardboard table, set up the extra chairs...so that
they could feel like, they were dining special. I seriously wished I had asked the parents if i could take photos of all the beautiful gals that dawned our home, because it was quite sweet. And just in case, I didn't get parents approval and out of respect.
So Emily, Anna, Cassie, Nicole & Katie all filled their plates and sat and giggled and ate.
Barber Foods Chicken Cordon Bleu, of course
Bakery Potato Dinner Rolls
Chicken gravy(via a mix~~didin't have time to from scratch)
Betty Crocker Sweet Potato Casserole(was in the pantry~~needed to use it)
Fesh veggies and ranch dip & a Ceasar Salad
Thanks to Shorecook's Mother in Law Eggs Recipes, was a hit!
And to Keri for suggesting Halloween Eye of Newt Egg Recipe
While dinner was a complete success, everyone loved all that was made but one thing. And that was the Broccoli Cauliflower Salad. I didn't realize at the time but the dressing was way to sweet
for the fresh veggies in the recipe. I had to figure out what to use to knock the sweetness out after I mixed it all together, something that wasn't going to over pepper it or over salt it...Using Celery Salt actually did the trick. And by the next day it
was better. But will not add the amount of sugar as the recipe calls for. Everyone that ate the Barber Foods Chicken Cordon Bleu, said it was moist and delish. I have to add here on this. I've made Cordon Bleu before but not this brand and I know cheese runs.
SO to avoid that. I made little foil boats and put each individual portion seperate on a baking sheet, so that the cheese and juices didn't run everywhere. And that did the trick. I also lowered the temp some because of other baking I was doing and for the
fact I'm in a higher altitude. So it took about 40 minutes, but these are rather quick and easy. For a family of 6, it's not that affordable however, on sale, it's perfect for those days when you are pressed for time. I have to say I'd like to try the other
flavors as well. So I'll be looking for the sales and stocking up.
Thank you for spending a few minutes with me, on our 1st dinner party in my new home. I hope to have many many more. From my country mountain kitchen to yours. Happy Cookin'
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