Pretty spring tablescape at my mom’s house.
I grew up in a home where family meals during the holidays, especially, were occasions worthy of sitting at our grand dining room table and using the good china and silver, beautiful linens, and placing fresh cut flowers in a glass vase as a centerpiece. My mother is a wonderful cook and homemaker and she strives to make every family meal special. My older siblings and I all live in different cities and the times we gather around the table are definitely occasions to cherish.
I’ll make a confession to ya’ll, though. I do not have or want to spend hours cooking. I’m a busy working mom and blogger with an even busier husband who runs his own business and two girls involved in school activities and sports. I’ve perfected the task of multi-tasking while multi-tasking, but I don’t want to overlook the special details that make family meal time an occasion, and not just another item on my never ending to do list.
Pepperidge Farm has been a brand synonymous with quality and delicious food for me for years. We always pass around a bread basket filled with hot rolls at special family meals, but I don’t want to spend time kneading dough. Pepperidge Farm makes prepping for special occasions simple, though, with products like their stone baked artisan rolls. These rolls are ready to serve in about 10 minutes, which is my kind of speed!
I’ve been challenged by Pepperidge Farm to come up with some tips to help families enjoy an elevated experience when gathering for special occasion meals. I can’t wait to share my tips with ya’ll in a follow-up post, just in time for Easter Sunday.
Today, though, I want to hear from YOU.
How do you help take special occasion meals from ordinary to extraordinary? Do you use a special serving platter handed down from your grandmother or make a special family recipe? Let me know in the comments!
Disclosure: I received a stipend for time and materials invested in the Pepperidge Farm® Stone Baked Artisan Rolls tip challenge.