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Barber Foods Dinner Party w/Teens 
Oct. 29, 2011 7:59 pm 
Updated: Nov. 4, 2011 12:19 pm
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 say that's that easy part. The hard part is putting the items in the boxes, in spots we just haven't figured out yet.
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. 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 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.
Dinner Menu:
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'
I am an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador (a voluntary position) and I’m not compensated for my work with Products received from advertiser are only used for experienced-based reviews on Barber Foods Dinner Party w/Teens. The reviews, content and opinions expressed in this blog are purely the sole opinions of Melissa Goff.
Oct. 29, 2011 9:11 pm
Hi, we had so much fun with our chicken. And you're right, the chicken is very good, moist and very easy to prepare.
Oct. 29, 2011 9:35 pm
What a wonderful blog!! That was so sweet of you guys to buy them a package and give them a coupon to help out. I know the families greatly apprecited it.
Oct. 29, 2011 10:01 pm
Wonderful blog 7Up! That tip about the foil boats is Awesome! Flowing cheese all over the cookie sheet does not a good dinner make. You have solved the riddle! Glad you are settling into the GNW! You are in good company up there:) Thanks for sharing a good if not pricey meal idea.
Oct. 29, 2011 10:11 pm
How fun! Thank you for sharing your evening with us! How sweet of y'all to share the extra packages and coupons with your guests! So good to have you around again! You were sorely missed!
Oct. 30, 2011 5:28 am
What a fun evening you gave those girls! I love the looks of those eggs....
Oct. 30, 2011 5:56 am
What a nice way to christen your new home. It sounds like it was a great evening.
Oct. 30, 2011 11:07 am
You really made Emily's first dinner party memorable. I always made sure my kids and their friends were comfortable hanging at our house, even if it killed my grocery budget. I figured it was a cheap way of keeping tabs on them. Thanks for sharing with us.
Oct. 30, 2011 1:05 pm
We did enjoy it very much. And my pantry is almost always stocked to make something. We figured...seeing how, this is where she's going to go to high school from start to finish...we need to know the kids. ;-) TY y'all.
Oct. 30, 2011 2:54 pm
Nice spred mis7up, very nice! I love the photos, especially the ones of the "eye-of-newt." And, how lucky are those kids? You're very smart to get them over to your house to get to know them. Way to go!
Oct. 30, 2011 2:56 pm
BTW, how generous of you to send them home with coupons of their own.
Oct. 30, 2011 4:17 pm
Great job Mis7up. What a lovely spread. I'll bet those kids never forget their special dress up dinner at your house. Funny how memories are frequently made over the simple act of breaking bread together :)
Oct. 30, 2011 4:33 pm
What a perfect way to try out the Barber Foods chicken. I really enjoyed reading about your teenage dinner party. So sweet!
Oct. 30, 2011 4:52 pm
That was such a great way to meet the kids and try out the new food! What a wonderful idea!
Oct. 30, 2011 8:17 pm
thanks y'all. I remember those kind of things growing up with my mom. The little dress up parties and so forth...I just spoke to one of the kids parents tonight before Emily went to a haunted house in the park...And the parents said how Cassie just raved and raved about the that made me feel good. I explained to her parents one of the reasons WHY I did it and she was like. That's a great idea and thanked me for a great time and everything. So I know they'll love the chicken too.
Oct. 31, 2011 2:03 pm
Sounds like the girls had a great time! The eggs turned out awesome!! I wish my family would eat them if I made them, but they'd take one look at that green filling and say EWWWWW!
Nov. 2, 2011 8:22 am
Will you adopt me Missy???
Nov. 2, 2011 12:19 pm
hehe Anissa I sure will ;-) Keri...I'm glad when making stuff, if my kids see me do it, their fine, if they don't see me making stuff...they have reservations. Or more apprehensions then anything. But they are so used to me making weird stuff...they get on board a lot faster these days then 5-6 years ago.
Nov. 2, 2011 4:08 pm
how kind of you, mis7up, sending them off with a coupon and a box!
Nov. 4, 2011 12:19 pm
thanks Lissa....and trust me, in this area. It was something we felt was nice to do. My advice to others. Pay it forward when you can.
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