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Game night

Family | Games and Activities
By Gatherings Gal February 28, 2012

With all the technology in our life, sometimes it's necessary to unplug and get back to basics. An old-fashioned game night can be a great way to do this!

Reconnect with friends by hosting a game night. Or just shut off the television tonight and gather your kids for a rousing board game. You'll be glad you did.

If you go to your local toy store or discount store, you'll see hundreds of games to choose from. You may even have a game stash in your home. While you can choose any game you'd like, here are a few of my top picks for games.

For families ...

  • Try Monopoly for budding investors.
  • Try Twister to get moving.
  • Try Rummikub to brush up your math skills. (This is my family's favorite game.)

For adults ...

  • Try Apples to Apples for lots of laughs.
  • Try SceneIt? for movie buffs.
  • Try Cranium for something out-of-the-ordinary.

For kids ...

  • Try Chutes and Ladders for old-fashioned fun.
  • Try Candyland for sweet-tooths.
  • Try Operation to learn about anatomy.

Sound off: What's your favorite board or card game?

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Quick and simple dinner recipes

Family | Recipes
By Gatherings Gal February 24, 2012


It's 5 p.m. - do you know what your family is having for dinner?

If you are like me many weeknights, you have no clue if there will even be dinner! Between errands, chores and other responsibilities, dinner can be the last thing on your mind.

Well, fear not - here are a few of my favorite quick and simple recipes on Gatherings, based on what you have in your refrigerator or pantry. With just a little prep, you'll have a meal you can be proud to serve your family.

If you have chicken, try ...

Chicken delicious

Creamy baked chicken


If you have rice, try ...

Sausage rice casserole

Beef-rice creole


If you have pasta, try ...

Quick-n-Easy goulash

Tuna and noodles


If you have ground beef, try ...

Mexican soup

Garlic mashed potatoes and beef bake

Hamburger casserole


Sound off: What's for dinner tonight?


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