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Dinner Dilemmas Solution: Cooking With Girlfriends!

 It’s Sunday — the day when I try to figure out the menu for next week. And the day at Tatertots where we share ideas on how to make dinnertime less stressful. 
Today I have a special guest — the very cute and talented Becca from Bare Feet on the Dashboard.

hey y’all! my name is Becca and I’m from bare feet on the dashboard.I’m so excited to be joining you here on tatertots and jello to talk about solving dinner dilemmas. thanks for having me, Jen!

i am blessed with creative friends who like to cook, and really like to cook together. we recently had our second sunday girls’ cooking night, and i think it is an awesome solution to the dilemma that is dinner. this particular evening we were helping betsy get some food ready to freeze in preparation for the birth of her child. here’s what happens…
we gather at betsy’s house because she has the biggest kitchen with an island range and double oven. everyone brings their own ingredients and 4 aluminum loaf pans, 1 for each person cooking. we spend a few hours preparing our selected dishes together, catching up, and laughing a lot.

it is way more fun to cook with friends.

do you like these aprons? whitney makes them.
once the dishes are ready, everyone divides their dish among 4 loaf pans,perfect for storing or freezing, then reheating in the oven.
the great thing is that everyone goes home with 4 pans full of deliciousness for the week.
this time we had real mac and cheese, penne pasta with ground turkey and vodka sauce, mini-meatloaf, and zucchini bread. the zucchini bread was gone at my house by the next morning, but we made the rest last for several meals throughout the week.
maybe next time we’ll have a few more folks, and a few more dishes to take home. so, if you are in desperate need of a girls’ night AND a dinner solution, invite your friends over to cook with you.

Thanks so much Becca! 
Such a fun and clever idea! Here’s a button for sharing your ideas with us.
We would love to hear YOUR ideas.
What worked well for you this week — is there a special recipe you can share? Or a time saving idea? We would love to know. You can leave a comment here and also if you have something that you have posted on your blog — link up at the Tatertots & Jello Forum — it’s nice to have a place where the ideas are stored.
I am going to try to link them all over to the Tatertots BlogFrog Community soon – that way anyone who searches for dinnertime solutions can find YOUR blogs and read about what works for you!
And, if you have an idea you would like to share on Dinner Dilemmas – shoot me an email at jennifer@tatertotsandjello.com — I would love to have you guest post!
Have a great night!


  1. gringationcancun says:

    That looks sooooo fun! Now I just need to get friends that cook…

  2. AndreaLeigh says:

    great idea! i used to do something similar in college.

  3. What fun Jen!! Looks tasty too! I try to make menus, but by Monday they are out the window coz I am just too impulsive and what I thought I might like to eat on Monday the week before . . . is not what I want to eat when Monday arrives! xxoo

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  5. Nicole @ BugaBoos says:

    How fun!!! Love the idea of this :) I need to get some cooking friends :)

  6. i LOVE this!

  7. Great idea! Looks like you had a blast! I'll have to suggest this for my next girls' night!

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  9. That looks and sounds like so much fun!

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  12. Tonia of Chic Modern Vintage says:

    Great idea. That maybe something to consider doing soon. Thanks for inviting Becca over to let us know about this fabulous idea.

  13. ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com says:

    That looks like fun! Great idea!!