One afternoon last week, Chris miraculously made it home before 6:30. He found us sitting in the front yard playing with sidewalk chalk and bubbles that the Easter Bunny brought last weekend. It is such a rare thing for Chris to be home early enough to hang outside with us. Normally, we are already inside cooking dinner by the time he gets there. As we played, we were joined by a little friend. A duck casually waddled into our front yard. Now, we’ve seen this duck before. She and her boyfriend have been hanging around in our yard quite a bit lately. Probably because the first time they showed up, we fed them bread. I think that’ve been disappointed in their subsequent visits that we haven’t offered them food again. But, they don’t complain, and they keep showing up. On this particular day, it was just the female and she was in a moseying mood. She sort of sashayed into our yard and kind of made herself right at home.
Gracie named her Neighbor, which we thought was kind of funny and weird. But, actually, it’s an awesome name. “Hideeho, Neighbor!”
“Here comes the Neighbor!”
“Don’t scare the Neighbor!”
The kids thought it was the best thing ever. Neighbor never got TOO close to them, and if they came too close to her, she would quack and waddle farther. Even when they got their cars out, though, she still hung around.
It was such a funny afternoon. The kids were having so much fun and Chris and I were laughing so hard the last thing I wanted to do was stop and go inside to cook dinner. And then I remembered that I had a Stouffer’s Lasagna with Meat & Sauce
in my freezer! I quickly ran inside and threw it in the oven for 70 minutes and – voila! – dinner was ready!
Having small kids, unexpected adventures come up all the time. Things like ducks hanging out in your front yard become monumental memories, and I love having some store-bought help from a company that was made for me to love so that we can still have dinner at home even on nights when we don’t want the fun to stop.
I like Stouffer’s products because they are made with quality ingredients like freshly made pasta by hand, real mozzarella, and vine-ripened tomatoes. We normally get their Lasagna with Meat Sauce and just keep it in the fridge for days just like these. But they have a new lasagna out that I can’t wait to try – Meat Lovers Lasagna
! And I am definitely a meat lover. This lasagna is made with Italian sausage, ground beef, and pepperoni. Which is just how I happen to love my pizza too!
Mostly though, I like Stouffer’s frozen entrees because my family likes them. After a long day of fun outside, it’s nice to come in and know there won’t be any dinnertime battles to ruin the day.
Even Chris, who normally isn’t a fan of frozen meals, helps himself to a plate of Stouffer’s Lasagna with Meat and Sauce
. He even took the leftovers for lunch the next day. Gotta love a frozen meal that you can get TWO meals out of!
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