Monday, July 28, 2008

Fun At-home Ideas (featuring food, of course)

It costs money to raise a family. Having fun doesn't have to though what with a little creativity which can be helped with lack of sleep. I seem to get my best ideas when I am tired. The thought process would leave you scratching your head, but the end result is good.

I like to come with ideas to make dinner time a bit more fun not that it isn't interesting enough with 9 people around the table. It is about laughter and creating memories. One of those is our Sunday Sundaes. The kids love that new tradition. They will let me forget to have them do chores, but not the sundaes. Since we eat a late lunch on Sunday, we just have sundaes for dinner. How good is that?

Did you know that August is Brownies at Brunch Month? It is also Catfish Month and Peach Month. The second week in August is Apple Week. National Mustard Day is the first Saturday in August.

My point is you can take some of these fun days and run with it. August 2 is National Ice Cream Sandwich Day. Why not have a dessert first meal and serve up some ice cream sandwiches? On August 6th you can enjoy some root beer floats with your cook-out for National Root Beer Float Day. My 11 year old Kalynne is looking forward to August 19th as it is Potato Day. Potatoes are her favorite food. She is calling for a potato bar featuring all types of potato dishes (i.e. potato soup, chili-cheese fries, tater tot casserole). By the looks of it with National Soft Ice Cream Day, Peach Pie Day, Lemon Meringue Day, Cherry Turnover Day, Banana Split Day and S'mores Day, it isn't a diet friendly month.

August 1: National Raspberry Cream Pie Day
August 2: National Ice Cream Sandwich Day
August 3: National Watermelon Day
August 4: National Lasanga Day
August 5: National Waffle Day, National Oyster Day
August 6: National Root Beer Float Day
August 7: National Raspberries in Cream Day
August 8: National Zucchini Day, National Frozen Custard Day
August 9: National Rice Pudding Day
August 10: National S'mores Day
August 11: National Raspberry Tart Day
August 12: Julienne Fries Day
August 13: National Filet Mignon Day
August 14: National Creamsicle Day
August 15: Lemon Merignue Pie Day
August 16: Bratwurst Day
August 17: National Vanilla Custard Day
August 18: National Soft Ice Cream Day
August 19: Potato Day, Hot & Spicy Food Day
August 20: Lemonade Day, National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day
August 21: National Pecan Torte Day
August 22: National Spumoni Day, Eat a Peach Day
August 23: National Sponge Cake Day
August 24: National Peach Pie Day
August 25: National Banana Split Day
August 26: National Cherry Popsicle Day
August 27: National Pots de Creme Day, Banana Lovers Day
August 28: National Cherry Turnover Day
August 29: More herbs, Less Salt Day; Chop Suey Day; Lemon Juice Day
August 30: National Toasted Marshmallow Day
August 31: Eat Outside Day, National Trail Mix Day

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