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The Family Meal

There is much research that shows the multitude of benefits that kids and families reap by eating meals together.

Most of the year, judging how much time is spent together at the table can be somewhat of a difficult task.

During the season of Advent, the family meal can easily be marked.

I remember years when I was afraid the first week’s candle wouldn’t last throughout this season of anticipation. As the kids have gotten older and we have more activities, I realized that this isn’t a major concern any longer.

For these four weeks, a visual reminder sits at our family table — beckoning us to slow down, (argue over who will light the candles), and enjoy a family meal.

They all count – breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Below is our Advent meal time – marked by the four tapered candles.

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Merry Christmas!

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Posted by on December 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Winging It

It’s not really summer – so watermelon doesn’t sound good.  But, it’s not really fall – so sweet potatoes don’t sound good either.  We are struggling with getting three kids to all activities – it’s a logistical nightmare around here.

Then it’s homework, bath and bed.

WAIT – I forgot about dinner!

That’s right – FORGOT!

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What to make?  When to make it?  Do we eat at 4:30 before practice or 8:30 after?  Neither sounds like the right choice.  Or maybe it’s a half meal or not really a meal – just a heavy snack at each time.

Is this where you find yourself during football, cross country, and soccer season?

We’ve decided that our family meal must be looked at from a different angle during this time of year.  

The goal is one weekend sit-down dinner.  Through the week we opt for three sit-down breakfasts with hot food and conversation.  If we get a sit-down hot dinner through the week – BONUS!

The rest of the time – we’re winging it!

Here’s what I’ve learned: we won’t starve.

 
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Posted by on September 6, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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I’m Scared…..

Summer break has arrived.  

I’ve compiled the list of camps to attend, places to visit and free things to do.  

We are starting to get into a daily routine, even if the day doesn’t start until after 9:00 am.

One of the new things I’m trying to implement is help with dinner from one of the kids.  They have all been very helpful with making hot breakfasts.  They can make homemade pancakes, homemade waffles, scrambled eggs and a few other items with just a bit of supervision.

But, when it comes to dinner, they aren’t much help.  So, the other night is was my older son’s turn to help out.  I was making a bunch of stuff that the kids would either complain about or not eat.  You know – real grown-up food.  It was mainly items from our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) weekly basket.  I thought by getting him involved I might have better success getting him to try things (and he’s the good eater….)

He cut onions and mushrooms into slices with the large 8 inch chef’s knife.  He learned how to de-vein kale and chop it for wilting.  He washed the lettuce in the salad spinner and cut items for salad.  

And about 1/3 of the way through, he asked a great question.  “What are we going to do with all these scraps?”  Of course, I replied “throw them in the trash”.  And as it was coming out of my mouth, I realized I was busted.  

Why don’t we compost?  

And that’s when I figured it out.  We don’t compost because I’m scared.  We live in a covenant driven neighborhood – maybe it’s not allowed?  What if it stinks?  What if it’s hard?  What if it looks awful and causes me and husband and to fight?  What if we don’t need all the soil it will produce?  What if it leaks and gets rotten?  and on and on….

Surely there are a dozen more what ifs that exist.  I’m scared.

So, I’ve been keeping track.  You may remember that I buy 15-20 fresh fruits and veggies a week.  I do recycle any packaging, but I don’t compost any waste.  We use 4 dozen eggs a week – that’s 4 dozen egg shells…  We drink a least a pot of coffee daily – coffee grounds…  Dryer lint…. And on and on and on…..

 

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Here’s what I learned: I need your help.  Educate me so that I can quit being scared and start composting.

 

 
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Posted by on May 31, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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