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Month: November 2009

Where I Shop

Where I Shop

This is all we had in measly Portland, Oregon. And what is that, you might ask? That is Oregon state’s solitary Decorette Shop, all 300 square feet of it-don’t let the upstairs fool you! And, don’t believe what they say on the ‘about page’ about […]

Thanksgiving Pie

Thanksgiving Pie

I presume most of us start eating dessert early Thanksgiving morning; I know I do. This tradition started as a child – I remember watching my Mother every Thanksgiving Eve rolling out pie dough on the huge black countertop in my parent’s home. There were […]

Easy Peasy

Easy Peasy

Don’t lie and tell me you haven’t noticed the quality of my photos have taken a drastic turn for the worse. It’s depresses me; who wants bad pictures of food? It just looks like bad food.

I wanted to give you a whole month of Thanksgiving desserts, but instead you only got 1 week. I wanted to give you German Chocolate Pie, Pumpkin Shortbread, Egg Nog Ice Cream, Tollhouse Chocolate Chip Pie, Peppermint Bars, Pumpkin Chiffon Pie, Gingerbread Brownies, Pumpkin Ice Cream, Candied Cookies, Creamy Lemon Tart, Peppermint Ice Cream, Layered Orange Shortbread with Cranberry Mousse; but I went and dropped my camera down an embankment and into a waterfall and it eventually quit on me. (I know! You are sick of hearing about it – well I’m sick of living it!)

What I can give you, however, is a review.

Dream Dinners
845 N. 100. W #105
Orem, UT   84057
Hours By Appointment

The concept of Dream Dinners is a modern answer to the dinner time dilema.

  • Step 1: Once a month make an appointment, or even better, once a year make an appointment for a revolving date for 12 months.
  • Step 2: Hang out at Dream Dinners for a few hours and simply prepare meals for an entire month.
  • Step 3: Seal them in a plastic ziploc, adhere a plastic recipe tag, and take them home to store in your freezer.
  • Step 4: Once a week transfer all your weeks meals to the fridge to thaw
  • Step 5: Each night – pull a meal out of your fridge, cook, serve, enjoy

Dream Dinners has all the ingredients, spices and items you need to make all your meals right there in their kitchen with easy to read recipes and instructions. By the time you leave you will have all the dinners you need for the whole month ready to go in your freezer, and in just a few minutes at home you can present your family with a delicious dinner.

Danielle Mahoney and Jean Colarusso were great hostesses. They sent me home with three meals to test out: Kentucky Pork Chops, Lemon Chicken Piccata, and Savory Honey Grilled Chicken with Sesame Honey Butter – the Honey Grilled Chicken was my favorite. Each meal was simple to prepare, equally easy to store, and fabulously convenient.

While I do recommend Dream Dinners the prices were a bit steep for me, personally. My three meals, three servings each, retail at $30 for entrée only. Adding the convenience and ease, in conjuction with the peace of mind knowing that dinner is always taken care of is something that definitely offsets the price, but naturally would have to be evaluated by each individual. Consider also that while you are preparing the meals in the Dream Dinners Kitchen, you are cooking them at home – so while you escape the mess of prep, you can not avoid the mess of cooking or eventual cleanup.

One of the perks, is that Dream Dinners has a Menu Launch Party each month for customers to preview eight dishes on the menu before blindly deciding on meals, a service that is free provided by the kitchen. Upcoming launch is Wednesday, December 2 @ 4:00 pm.

Another great perk is that the menu offers a veritable selection of choices, not to mention changes each month so you aren’t eating repetitively. Also, because the kitchen is open by appointment only, you aren’t sharing the kitchen with strangers whose habits you don’t know. Moreover you can get together with friends and prepare your meals together for the whole month; something I was able to do on our review night which I can attest is a lot of fun!

The best news is that you can win a Session Sampler, valued at $75, by visiting the Orem Dream Dinners blog! (Contest was scheduled to be up on the 24th, so keep checking in!) If you don’t win, or can’t wait for the annoucement, mention Fahrenheit 350° and get 5% off your first order.

Take a Bow

Take a Bow

Yes… it’s that time! It’s time to announce the winner of the Fahrenheit 350° Blogiversary Celebration Giveaway! This person loves:Evan’s Red Velvet Cake Lisa’s Peanut Butter Mousse filled Puff Pastry Janet’s Vanilla Bean Cake Pamela’s Chocolate Lovers Cookies and… Tracy’s Pumpkin Bundt Cake This person […]

Sneak Peek

Sneak Peek

Grab a coupon, and hurry over to Tom and Lucy’s! Today 9:30 am – 9 pm Tomorrow 9:30 am – 6 pmMap A sneak peek of what you will find: Twilight Forbidden Fruit: Caramel Apples Caramel with Milk Chocolate and Coconut Caramel with Milk Chocolate […]

Tom & Lucy

Tom & Lucy

It’s the Best Boutique in town!
Tom and Lucy’s Art Shoppe
Boutique Location:
Ivory Ridge Swim and Tennis Club
32 East Clubview Lane
Lehi, Utah 84043
Boutique Hours:
Thursday: November 19th, 4 pm – 9 pm
Friday: November 20th, 9:30 am – 9 pm
Twilight Night Friday Night! Prizes, Merchandise, Party Galore!
Saturday: November 21st, 9:30 am – 6 pm
And just for my favorite readers: a coupon to use at the Art Shoppe!
No limit!

Right click on image to open in new window, print.
If the coupon won’t print (sorry!) just mention it when you come to the shoppe! 
This year I made some treats for Edward:

Blood Red Caramel Apple Pecan Log
Forbidden Fruit: Caramel Apples
and… Chocoately Fudge that would satisfy any vampire!
See you there!
6 hours & 12 minutes

6 hours & 12 minutes

We live exactly 6 hours and 12 minutes from Las Vegas, by car. I’m not really a big “Vegas” fan, but the sound of a weekend vacation and an all you can eat buffet really had my ears ringing. We even almost booked a hotel […]

Blogiversary Giveaway Finalè

Blogiversary Giveaway Finalè

At this point, I’m on the verge of regretting this whole giveaway smörgåsbord – especially today… because I want everything that one of you lucky characters will soon acquire! But, seeing as I’m sooo generous, and the show must go on, without further adieu I […]

The Day After

The Day After

What’s behind door #Friday?


Just what are Lisa’s main interests? You got it: Baseball & Food; redolent, delectable and exciting masterpieces on and off the field! I met Lisa just over one year ago when I joined the Daring Baker’s. She was the first person to welcome me to the group and the first to comment on my inaugural challenge. I’ve come to learn that my first impression of Lisa was spot on, she is genuine, thoughtful, and of course incredibly talented.

Lisa’s tagline is: “A whole lotta food with a side of baseball’. Ultimately Lisa plans to open an adorable bistro/patisserie, but has been sidetracked by an unfortunate injury to her knee. Though the injury has put a halt to her Grand Opening – surgery, the use of a cane, and immobility didn’t stop her from baking. She simply improvised using a fondue pot as a stovetop off the couch. Now that is dedication!

Are these not the most gorgeous macarons, you’ve ever seen, and pumpkin macarons at that? Yes please! Move over Tartelette!

Admire this tuile inspired lemon meringue pie! It is mouth watering with layers of lemon curd, meringue, and tuile cookies fashioned after a napoleon!

Lisa is donating her personal favorite dark chocolate peanut butter chip cookies and chocolate chunk brown butter cookies and a surprise treat revealed to the winner only upon arrival of the prize package! Are you expecting the recipe too? Of course she is donating that: Levain Bakery Copycat Cookies.

At this point, you are wishing her bistro/patisserie was a reality – I know! So… to enter this giveaway head over to Parsley, Sage, Dessert and Line Drives and send Lisa some well wishes so she can get up, get better, and get moving! We need a Lisa Michele patisserie! Then come back and comment here, letting me know what you would purchase at her patisserie!

Violà! We are just one day away from the final reveal of the 2009 Fahrenheit 350° Blogiversary Giveaway. Here is a recap of what you could win:
Door #Monday; Chocolate Buttery Toffee from French Knots
Door #Tuesday; Pumpkin Muffins from Sugar Crafter
Door #Wednesday; Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies from Buttercakes
Door #Thursday; Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti from LaDue & Crew
Be sure to enter everyday to increase your chances of winning every single door prize! Remember – ONE very sweet winner will win everything featured this week! That could be you! You, could win everything! Get lots of extra entries by reading and following the extra large fine print below!
Door #Saturday is going to be huge!

Extra Large Fine Print:
  • As always, followers automatically get 5 extra entries! (but! you have to leave a comment on the giveaway for validation)
  • Commenting is required, but will also earn you one additional entry per giveaway (look for instructions on each individual giveaway)
  • Facebooking about each giveaway will earn you one additional entry per giveaway (mention in comment)
  • Tweeting will earn you one additional entry per giveaway (mention in comment with #handle)
  • Commenting on the Featured Blogger’s Blog will give you one additional entry per giveaway

First time here? All week I am celebrating my blogiversary with prizes and treats and bloggers and giveaways! Everyday something new will be up for grabs, and everyday you can enter to win! The last giveaway will be posted on Saturday, and you will have until Tuesday, November 17th to enter each and every giveaway. ONE very sweet winner will win everything featured this week selected by! That could be you! You, could win everything!

**Giveaway closed! Winner announced soon!**
Happy Blogiversary To Me!

Happy Blogiversary To Me!

Now… what does that cute little button on the right sidebar say today? “HappyBlogiversary!(to me!)” We’re going to celebrate and have a good time! Today is my official blogoversary/blogiversary! I’ve really been looking forward to doing this:One year ago: Under The Sea, Mermaid Cupcakes!It’s the […]