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Have you ever had one of those weeks where nothing goes right? I had 6 out of 7 kids sick this week so seriously nothing went as planned. My week went something like this: hold a sad baby, give someone medicine, hold a sad toddler, load of laundry, dishes, hold a sad toddler, wipe preschoolers nose, dishes, hold a sad toddler (he was the sickest), hold baby, cuddle with big kid, laundry, medicine, and repeat, repeat, repeat for 9 days!!!
We have been doing this for over a week now and it is Sunday which normally means big family dinner with dessert but after the week I’ve had the last thing I want to do is spend all afternoon in the kitchen. Lucky for me I have a trick up my sleeve!!
A couple of weeks ago when we were grocery shopping at Walmart we picked up some Marie Callender’s Pot Pies and this is the perfect occasion to try them out! I haven’t had a frozen pot pie since I was a kid and I remember it was always such a treat to have your very own pot pie. My kids definitely had fun picking out the kind they wanted. I had no idea they came in such varieties! You can even check the Marie Callender’s website to find out all the varieties and check out Pot Pie Please for lots of yummy recipes to go with them!
I would have to say this is the easiest family dinner a girl could get for a Sunday afternoon. We paired it with a salad, French bread and the EASIEST DESSERT EVER!!! Check out the yumminess below!
Strawberry Jello Surprise
First off you need three simple ingredients:
A large box of Jello any flavor (We used Strawberry because Valentines Day is right around the corner but it would be perfect with green for St. Patrick’s Day!)
One container of Cool Whip, frozen
3 cups boiling water
It seriously couldn’t get any easier than that!
To make the dessert you boil 3 cups of water and then add it to the Jello.
Stir until all the Jello is dissolved.
Next add one frozen container of Cool Whip and mix until incorporated.
I used a whisk to make sure it was mixed up well.
Then pour in cups and refrigerate.
Tips: Use clear containers so you can see the cool surprise and put your cups on a cookie sheet it makes it easier to transport to the fridge.
TaDa! A delicious fancy looking dessert and a great family dinner with very little effort from one tired Mom! (On a side note I tripped on a shoe on the way to the fridge and my Jell-O splashed on the sides of my cup; yours will probably be even prettier! The kids didn’t care though they thought it was delicious!)
What do you do when you need a family dinner and dessert when you don’t want to spend forever in the kitchen? Share your ideas with me in the comments. I can’t be the only one that has weeks like this!
Christine Cuglietta saysFebruary 9, 2015 at 1:54 pm
Oh yay!!!!!! You used my jello recipe!! It’s super easy and always a crowd pleaser with the kiddos. We just bought green jello for St. Patrick’s treats that we are going to put rainbow candies into the whipped cream on top 🙂 Hope everyone on your house is on the mend!!!
Ashley saysFebruary 10, 2015 at 6:50 am
Love the real talk! (Tripped on a shoe) lol
Sarah B saysFebruary 10, 2015 at 7:26 am
So sorry that you had sick kiddos! I hope everyone is feeling better! Marie Callender’s Pot Pies are the PERFECT comfort food! That jello looks so good, I’m definitely going to try this recipe (My husband has been asking for Jello for dessert for weeks now haha) #client