Bring Romano’s Macaroni Grill home with you (Giveaway time!)

With the new line of dinner kits inspired by the chefs at Romano’s Macaroni Grill, you can now easily make four classic Italian meals at home. With quick and easy preparation, a Romano’s Macaroni Grill Restaurant Favorites meal is ready to eat in about 20 minutes.

I was given the opportunity via My Blog Spark to try out one of the new dinner kits by Romano Macaroni Grill. They sent me the Creamy Basil Parmesan Chicken & Pasta and I made it for lunch today. It was very easy to throw together and it was VERY creamy and tasty! The box says it makes five 1-cup servings, so that would feed about 3 people in this family. Of course, I get the rest of it all to myself tomorrow for lunch leftovers. If you want to learn more about this product or download a coupon for it, visit Restaurant Favorites at Home.

The folks at My Blog Spark have generously offered up THREE “What’s For Dinner” gift baskets for giveaway. The gift basket is pictured below and includes a box of the Creamy Basil Parmesan Chicken Pasta variety, a colander, serving spoon and cheese grater.

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TO ENTER:
1. Must be a resident of the U.S.
2. Leave a comment telling me about dinner time in your family. Is it hard to get everyone together? What do you talk about around the table, etc.?
3. You may leave up to one comment per day during the giveaway period.
4. Giveaway ends Friday April 24, 2009 at midnight.

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I know I’m on an blog break, but I gotta enter this!

We manage to get the family around the table 5-6 times a week. The older they get, the more interesting the conversation gets. Lately we’ve had fun talking about school days and friends well after everyone’s done eating.

YUM! How have I managed to not hear about these meal kits yet? Looks like an awesome giveaway. I could honestly use everything included in the giveaway package. Fun!

We do eat all our dinners together at the dinner table, but often it’s like pulling teeth to get the kids to try something new. That always frustrates me- all that effort, following a new recipe, and they won’t even taste it!! And, more often than not, we spend the entire meal telling the kids to stop tipping their chairs, stop scraping their forks on the table, get *back* to the table until you’re excused, etc., etc. There’s usually not much room for real conversation. It’s a little sad, honestly, that we use up so much energy on guiding the use proper table manners, and don’t get any real bonding time in there. I’d love to change it to a more positive atmosphere, but I honestly don’t know how. I’m not willing to ignore the tipping chairs (it’s slowly causing our chairs to break), or the fork-scraping on the table (there goes the smooth tabletop), or the leaving the table to play (they always want to eat at 8pm when they do that… no thank you!). So if I’m not willing to ignore all of that, how can I make dinner time more fun and loving?

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So…I’m trying to ease myself back into active blogging…a bit…and what better way to do it…then to enter this yummy giveaway.

Dinner time in my family? It’s a time to get all together and talk about the day. I try to ask the kids what their favorite part of the day was and what the worst part of the day was.

Some days I have a hard time getting dinner on the table - when I get busy and forget to prepare ahead, but with time that is getting easier and easier because I am learning more and more how to just throw things together and know what things will taste good together. I love to cook new and different dishes for us to try. Most of the time this is fun, and successful!

Thanks for hosting this fun giveaway Summer and thanks for sticking with me during my blogging drought! :happy:
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I am a working mother with teenagers. We all seem to be going in different directions. I insist on two family meals a week. We used to go out for one of those meals but we are trying to save money. These new restaurant style meals sound like the perfect thing for a busy family trying to maintain a strong family connection and communication.

It is not hard to get everybody together b/c we are not in the afterschool activity age and dh is home at reasonable hr. Basically we talk about the day and make sure that the TV is off. Thanks!

We usually have a big lunch in the afternoon, since my husband works evenings. My boys are 4, so it’s never quiet around our table!

Yum…!! We have dinner together as a family just about every night, but since our oldest is almost two and our “youngest” isn’t due for another couple of months, that’s relatively easy. =) Some nights we (my husband and I) talk more than others - kind of depending on how our son is doing sitting at the table. As our kids get older, we definitely hope/plan to make dinners together as a family a key part of our day!

We talk about the weekend coming up! Lots of fun; scg00387 at yahoo.com

dinner is difficult trying to balance nurtition and something that my pre-schooler would eat. (:

My family tries to make time to have dinner together a few times a week. We usually talk about what we did that day. Thanks for the giveaway!

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This looks fabulous! Dinner time is a trying time because my kids are so picky … but we are working on that!

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As a kid growing up, my parents made dinnertime as a family a priority, and I’m thankful for the example they gave me. :biggrin:

There is just my DH and I so far, so when he gets home from work…dinner is ready. We talk about our day and if anything interesting happened.

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Love the butterfly look Summer!

Dinner is a big priority at our house. We all eat together. We just talk about the day usually. What the boys did at school, DH’s day at work. Whatever. It’s important to me that dinner time is family time.

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We are a family with two children. We always eat dinner together at the dinner table. Sometimes when I can tell that we are all tired, I bring out a deck of index cards that I made with interesting questions on them. For example: If you could live anywhere, where would that be? or If you could make any flavor toothpaste, what would it be? Everyone has to answer the question and has fun with the interaction.

I’m back … can you tell I like Macaroni Grill :) ?!

I enjoy hearing the conversations we have around dinner time, though I also look forward to the day my son learns to stay in his chair better :) !!

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Dinner time is always special… it is me and my hubby… and we love to relax and enjoy each others company while eating dinner… we talk about whatever is on our hearts for the time… family, prayer requests, work, anything!
Thanks,
Elizabeth

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We eat dinner together almost everyday. My problem is that I run out of ideas for dinner menus.

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Last night at supper (we have homemade pizza on Friday nights), our little guy kept saying, “Hannah! Hannah! Doors.” At the children’s museum the other day, he had been careful not to slam some little doors on his friend Hannah, and apparently that made quite an impression on him! :tongue:

Ours our just little, so we always have dinner together, unless my hubby has to work late, which doesn’t happen too often. My 3 year old is a chatter box, so there is always a lot of noise!

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It is not hard to get everybody together. My boys are hearty eaters. We usually talk about school and make plans for the weekend.

In the evening around dinnertime, my four year old son always likes to know what is on the agenda for the following day. It is actually kind of nice to sort of lay out the next day the night before.

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Around the dinner table we try to talk about things that happened during the day, except work. We try not to bring work to the table.

Thank you!

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…the reality is, that though we have dinner together most nights, there are times when we each kind of do our own thing, like last night, when my hubby took a plate of leftovers downstairs after the little guy was in bed and I was on the computer…such is life. :unsure:

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Dinnertime is the most important part of my family’s day. We never fail to eat together, and I try to cook all 7 nights of the week, sometimes we do pizza.

During the winter, dinner is pretty much at the same time every night, but when spring comes along, it’s hard to plan when to eat and in summer, anything before 9 PM is out of the question. My SO immediately loses ambition after eating so, if there’s work to be done outside, we pretty much wait until it’s dark.

We have 2 little guys so it is hard to get the timing right so everyone eats at the same time

From the time my son could barely talk, I would prompt him to tell his dad about his day while we are eating dinner. He’s gone from saying one word answers, to being able to tell stories.

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I try to cook a homemade meal 3 times a week, and we sit together as a family, either in the dining room or in the living room
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Hi!
Our family dinners are a little bit crazy. Let me explain: I have 3 year-old and 7 month old sons as well as a sweet husband to feed. Add in to the mix my absolute aversion to cooking and washing dishes, my values of feeding my family foods that are healthy and not spending too much time or money on preparation, as well as my love of creativity (I hate copying a recipe exactly- I always add or change something) and you get one crazy family meal.
Lately, I have been doing the planning and some prep and then my husband throws the meal together while I put my feet up, chase the kids, or do all the other chores that need to get done. He is really sweet about helping out with this. I have been trying to save money and be healthier, but that takes a lot of work so it has been good for my husband to help out with the actual cooking and we split the cleanup work.
We try to eat early, but we’re not on a schedule, so if we decide the whole family needs to take advantage of a nice afternoon outside, we’ll postpone dinner or whatever. We all sit around the table and my husband and I try to share some meaningful conversation with each other while one of us feeds the baby and the other one helps our older child. It is a little bit crazy, but I am trying to enjoy this stage in our lives and appreciate my kiddos.

At dinner we usually discuss our, the news or what new movie is out.

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During the week it is hard to get everyone together. Also it is hard to make something that everyone will eat together without having to turn into the short order cook. We llvoe to talk about their school work, future goals and their frineds.
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We talk about whatever tickles our fancy at dinner, whatever happens to be on our mind.

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With just two of us dinner is usually pretty uneventful.

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