Easy Dinner, Family Fun, and a summer night #DipDipHooray

Summer is extremely busy here at my house. Someone is always somewhere and we have had a ton of things scheduled. There has actually been very little down time. And I keep saying that I can’t wait for school to start, for things to settle down. Honestly, I am not sure what I am thinking there though either. School needs to add more activities, plus homework, plus Serenity is in cheer, Joey is in cross-country, and Anthony wants rides around town to his friends’ house. Add in after fall, into winter, things do not slow down here. It is all a pleasant dream, wishful thinking.

But because life is so crazy, I try to take advantage of those days that all, or at least most of the family is home at the same time. Some nights, that can be very last-minute, since plans change often, especially with teenagers.

A quick easy dinner, that they all love, that I can buy quickly, grab quickly, make quickly, and get them all running in for dinner is a great thing. Getting them to stick around for some family fun time, even better.

I was lucky enough to be able to get all the kids together, at the same time, plus a great friend who has just moved back into the area. It was a last-minute thing, since it seemed all the “biggest kids” plans seemed to fall through at the same time. So before anyone could get a call or text with something new to do, I grabbed the girls and we headed to Wal-Mart to grab a few things for dinner. Tyson Chicken Nuggets, French Fries, Heinz Ketchup, and some veggies and fruit make a super quick, easy, dinner that gets the kids asking for more.

I came home from the store to find the bigger kids getting along, and even invited the girls to come play with them while I made dinner. This is a great occurence, that I live for, and it just makes my heart soar.

My little helper got tired of the game quickly and wanted to come help me make dinner. She loves to be there helping out, sneaking a taste as often as she can, and since I love to encourage the kids to help out, and to cook, I put her right to work. Willow helped make the broccoli slaw salad, by adding in dressing to the broccoli slaw, then stirred it up. After that, she picked all the grapes off the vines to be washed.

Being a gorgeous day, no one wanted to come inside to eat, so we enjoyed our dinner outside. Tyson Chicken Nuggets, Ore-Ida Fries, Heinz Ketchup,  grapes, and broccoli slaw salad. All made in under a half hour, for some hungry, happy kids.When I was finally able to convince the kids to come into the house, Anthony was already off with his friends, but the other kids all wanted to hang out with Mom for a family fun night playing a Hasbro game. We have a huge collection of Hasbro games, including some of our favorites Battleship, Monopoly, including the new Monopoly zAPPed, Scrabble,  Life and Life zAPPED, Sorry, and Taboo, but Willow wanted to play, too, and didn’t want to be on a team, so we picked Candyland, her favorite game, and one we all love to play with her.

And, as luck would have it, look who won!

You can see the whole shopping trip at my Google Plus Album.

When the kids had headed off to bed, I was able to look into a contest I heard about. Dip Dip Hooray! The sweepstakes is so simple to enter. Just register. Then you are entered to win $1000 Hasbro Family Game Night Grand Prize, and 1 of 250  Hasbro Game First Prize. Then enter the UPCs from your Tyson chicken, Ore-Ida fries, and Heinz Ketchup products to unlock  games to play. It couldn’t be easier. Head over to Diptoplay.com to register and see the official rules.

 After visiting the Diptoplay website, be sure to connect with Tyson on Facebook or Twitter,  Ore-Ida on Facebook, and Heinz on Facebook or Twitter to stay up to date on all the current news and offers.

 I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias Tyson and Heinz #CBias #SocialFabric, but all thoughts are my own.




  1. What a great post! and what a great and easy dinner to make for the kids!
    Thanks for sharing!
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  2. Yay! What a great way to spend the evening!
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  3. neat, thanx for sharing this.

  4. CinnyBBS @Whirlwind of Surprises says:

    That looks like so much fun! I miss my family. :)
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  5. Aww, I love that the little one won..she looks so happy too!

  6. What a fun night! We played LIFE the other day and it reminded me how much fun those old fashioned game nights can be! Oh, and I am jealous that you got curly fries, we made crinkle fries the other day but now I wish we had made curly! :)
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  7. I’m going to enter that Dip Dip Hooray game. That looks like so much fun, but not as much fun as your dinner and game night looked to be!
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  8. Isn’t it great how much fun you can have with an easy dinner and board games?! That broccoli slaw salad looks yummy, btw!!

  9. Looks like a great lunch! And lots of fun, too!


  10. Awww, it looks like ya’ll had such a good time! I love the food and the games – it inspires me to have my own game night!
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  11. That sounds like such an easy dinner! We love candy land around here too! And your pictures at the store are adorable!
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  12. looks like such a fun family night! i need to get our family together and do something like this!
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  13. I’m so ready to be done with our remodel and move in so we can have dinner and game nights! :)
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  14. That looks like a wonderful family night! I think we all need more of these and less of other less family stuff. The food looked great! I might have to do this with my family soon!
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  15. What a fun evening! I’m glad everyone had a great time and the food looks delicious too. It’s always better when you have little helpers excited to assist in the kitchen.
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  16. What an awesome post. It’s great to see that you encourage your kids to help with dinner – even at a young age!
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