Alert
Close

Think you know AARP? What you don’t know about us may surprise you. Discover all the ‘Real Possibilities’

Highlights

Open

SEARCH RECIPES

Enter an ingredient, course or keyword and get cooking!

 

AARP Real Possibilities

 

FREE FUN!

AARP Games - Play Now!
Car buying made easy with the AARP Auto Buying Program

Contests and
Sweeps

Safe Driving in 2014 Sweepstakes

Learn how AARP Driver Safety can help you stay safe—and enter for a chance to win $1,000. See official rules. 

most popular
articles

Viewed

Planning a Family Reunion?

Simple menus are key to making any big gathering fun for all (even the cooks)

pam anderson family reunion salted toffee bars recipe

These easy salted chocolate toffee bars are an ideal dessert for a family reunion. — Photo by: threemanycooks.com

Family members tend to scatter for afternoon activities so we make bagged lunches — sandwiches, chips, fruit, drinks (we take turns making the lunches).

The second night a local barbecue restaurant caters the dinner. In addition to ribs and chicken, the meal includes baked beans, corn, cornbread and slaw, all of which creates a meal for the meatless crowd. Our last night we order pizzas — veggie and even cheese-less are easy — and make big, fresh salads.

But the first night we gather, everyone's been traveling. Whether we've flown in or made a road trip, we're craving a simple homemade supper. Here's one of our typical opening night menus.

We offer “Grown-up” Sloppy Joes for our mostly carnivorous crowd, but we also make a batch of Lentil Sloppy Joes. There's corn on the cob, which requires very little preparation (and completes the protein for those eating Lentil Sloppy Joes). We make a big salad, too, and carb watchers can skip the bun and top their salad with either of the Sloppy Joe mixtures.

The Salted Chocolate Toffee bars are the perfect little first-night dessert. They travel well, making them easy to pack. Except for vegans and dieters, everyone loves them. You can put out some fresh seasonal fruit, but in the end most everyone nibbles at the bars. Who can resist the irresistible?

Enjoy this year's family reunions. With a little thought and preparation, it's easy to take care of just about everybody in the family.


Topic Alerts

You can get weekly email alerts on the topics below. Just click “Follow.”

Manage Alerts

Processing

Please wait...

progress bar, please wait

Tell Us WhatYou Think

Please leave your comment below.

Discounts & Benefits

From companies that meet the high standards of service and quality set by AARP.

Pepperoni Pizza, Papa Johns Superbowl promotion for AARP members

Members receive 25% off regular price menu items at Papa John's

Outback Steak

Members save 15% Mon-Thurs & during weekend lunch at Outback Steakhouse.

McCormick and Schmicks (McCormick and Schmicks)

Members save 10% every day when dining at McCormick and Schmick's.

Member Benefits

Join or renew today! Members receive exclusive member benefits & affect social change.