Creating Family Memories

August 9, 2018

Creating Family Memories featured by popular California life and style blogger Haute Beauty Guide

Creating Family Memories featured by popular California life and style blogger Haute Beauty Guide

Creating Family Memories featured by popular California life and style blogger Haute Beauty Guide

Creating Family Memories featured by popular California life and style blogger Haute Beauty Guide

Creating Family Memories:

Family dinners were one of my favorite family memories as a kid.  It was the one time a day we were all together.  I want to continue that tradition on with Olivia.  Who knew it was so hard!?  My husband is a total work-a-holic, I run two businesses and take care of Oliva with help from my Mother-in-law one day a week.  It is tough to cook dinner let alone get things set up and grocery shopping is a CHORE with a baby.

If you’ve read my blog for a while now you’ve seen me post about Plated before but we got a delivery earlier this week and the recipe was such a hit so I wanted to share it with all of you – especially you mamas who have a new baby and find it hard to cook a good meal, grocery shop and take care of your new little one! On the menu was Beef and Grape Tomato Ragù over Summer Squash Noodles.  We love pasta and I really love squash so I thought this recipe would be perfect for the whole family. It was super tasty and filling plus really simple to make.  I paired it with some field greens and bread I had left over in the fridge!

With these warm Summer months coming to an end we started having dinner outside.  I love creating a chic vacation-like vibe and creating family memories.  I set up the table like when were in Italy and we enjoyed our Plated meal out by the pool.  Olivia fell asleep just as we were sitting down so I popped her in the crib and grabbed the baby monitor.  It was so nice to have a quiet meal and chat about our day.  We were able to enjoy a fun date night and didn’t even need to hire a sitter!  If you are headed out on holiday just have your Plated delivery sent to your AirBNB or vacation home!  It is so easy; we have totally done it before and loved eating in instead of going out every night.

I know we all know how much I LOVE meal delivery services; I have tried every brand on the market.  My original love started with PLATED way back in like 2011 or 2012 I don’t even remember now!  It really started my love for cooking. I was off at college and tired of walking a half a mile to get some crap fast food.  Plated popped up on Google or Facebook and I decided to try it.  I even had to go out and buy pans and utensils! Fast forward several years and I am still one of their biggest fans.  Now that I am a Mom Plated makes meals even simpler.  I don’t know what I would do without it.  It eliminates the need to plan my dinners for the week, go grocery shopping and still allows us to have a yummy home-cooked meal together!

What is your favorite dinnertime routine? What are your best family memories?