How We Celebrate Everyday Life Wins

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Frozen Chicken Florentine

My parents have been traveling a lot back and forth from where we live to where my sister and her family live. I know that they don’t mind the back and forth at all (they actually love being able to be a part of both of our lives,) but the miles were adding up on their cars. So when my mom and dad visited us a couple nights ago driving a new car, it was a reason to celebrate. Actually, just being together was a reason to celebrate. 

I could tell that they were hungry after their time at the dealership so I offered to whip them up a delicious meal. They happily accepted and in the time it took for everyone to go outside to admire the car, I had a meal ready for them and waiting on the table.


It helped that when Pete and I were doing our weekly grocery shopping trip that we had stocked up on Bertolli Frozen Chicken Florentine and P.F. Chang’s Frozen Beef and Broccoli for an occasion just like this. It is easy to grab them quickly from the freezer section at Walmart as we are getting everything else we needed for the week.

Pete used to joke with me that my preparations were overboard for everything in life, but now he does the same. The way I see it, I’d rather have too much of something than not enough. Since we tend to be short of time anyways, I love knowing that I have everything on hand to celebrate all the good in our everyday life. That way, we really are celebrating and I’m not creating more work for myself. That would definitely put a damper on the celebration aspect!

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I ended up stocking up on a couple different meals for my parents’ visits. My dad loves Bertolli Frozen Chicken Florentine, their version of the classic Italian favorite. It has farfalle pasta cooked up al dente with grilled white meat chicken and tender spinach, prepared in a luscious sauce made with white wine and Parmesan and Romano cheeses. 

My Mom’s favorite celebration dinner is P.F. Chang’s Frozen Beef and Broccoli. It is a simple meal with fresh ingredients that bring out the bold flavors of a traditional favorite. She also enjoys the marinated beef and crisp broccoli drizzled with savory garlic soy sauce.

With both of these frozen meals, I can have dinner on the table for them in just about 11 minutes from start to finish. That is just about enough time for Emmy to tell them all about her day at school, or Maddie and Ash to talk them into seeing a movie the coming weekend. We are so lucky to have grandparents on both sides that live so close by and want to be a part of our girl’s lives.

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Both of these Meals for Two are so easy to make and enjoy and I love knowing I have them on hand to celebrate whatever I feel like celebrating with my parents!

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Chicken Florentine

Be sure to stock up at Walmart so that you always have Bertolli and P.F. Chang’s on hand for impromptu celebrations too.

What are some recent reasons to celebrate in your home?

Heather Reese
the authorHeather Reese
Heather Delaney Reese is the storyteller and photographer behind the lifestyle and family travel blog, It's a Lovely Life®! For the past decade, she has vacationed over 150 days a year with her family. She is a vegan, and loves being by the water, spending time with her children, husband, 2 Shih Tzus and Cat.


  • We just had some awesome parent teacher conferences, so that is always a reason to celebrate.

  • I cannot tell you how much I loved that bowtie pasta. My kids loved it and I made garlic bread. Then my husband found out his blood pressure was on the bubble and I had to cut out prepared foods with high sodium. I make it myself once, but it wasn’t the same. Its delicious though.

  • Food always brings the family together. Hand wash dishes some night with the kids instead of using the dishwasher, then you’ll have a chance to talk and learn how school went or about their friends.

  • I appreciate the suggestions. I’m not able to spend long times cooking in the kitchen. Quick meals are a must for me. Both of these sound delicious and easy.

  • This sounds so yummy (and easy to make)! I think I need to make this for dinner tomorrow night. I am always looking for new ideas and this has definitely inspired me!


  • There’s nothing like celebrating life with good food! I agree with stacking up on food rather than not having enough especially when an emergency comes up.

  • I think it’s nice to have frozen food at home, it’s perfect for lazy nights and in case you’ll be having guests over that you weren’t prepared for. It’s good to celebrate life like this, with good food and family!

  • We love to celebrate everyday with particular dinner,even if there are no special occasions!
    We don’t always have so much time,so some freezed food like this would be useful!

  • This is making me hungry! Love the recipe and it looks also pretty easy to follow! Also looks cheap to make as well, if you are a student on tight budget1

  • Bertolli Frozen Chicken Florentine and P.F. Chang’s Frozen Beef and Broccoli look delicious. These meals are great to make when we have little time in our hands.

  • Love he idea of meals that get ready in minutes. I don’t have these brands available in my part of the world but there are other frozen ready to eat ones that I do enjoy with my family. And yes for me too any occasion where the entire family gets together is a moment to celebrate.

  • I love frozen meals, they come in handy when there is an emergency or if I’m not in the mood to cook.!

  • This looks so delicious!! I have seen this in the store but I haven’t tried it yet. Now I have to!

  • Whenever I visit my parents back home, I always make sure I have their favorites too. My Mom most of the time are some kitchen wares and her favorite shade of lipstick. And for my Dad his favorite Cognac (which is oh so expensive but I think he deserves it).

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