I will be back tomorrow with the next installment in the
summer school series.
Today I just wanted to share with you what our family is doing tonight.
This isn’t anything earth shattering or even original but it still makes
If I am completely honest, I haven’t been satisfied with our family meal times since
Carlen started high school.
High school, middle school, sports, a toddler and eating at the table most days was
not a reality.
It was definitely grab and go eating.
I even joked with a friend yesterday (at soccer practice) that we had years of carrying
a cooler in our van filled with something that resembled dinner.
It wasn’t always this way.
When the girls were in elementary school, our family was part of a meal
makeover feature during The Portland Tribune’s first year in publication.
A nutritionist helped our family and others develop a plan of healthy quick eating.
We had told her that we wanting quick meals to eat around the table.
Today our table can have a different number of place settings on any given day.
This year Caleb is older which means an additional day of soccer practice.
We decided that Wednesday would be family dinner night.
Not that we don’t eat together the rest of the week but there is a different
rhythm when dinner doesn’t come after pulling off shin guards and sweaty clothes.
Our goal is to settle in, enjoy a simple meal and breathe.
We will savor the moments to share about our week thus far and what
the rest of the week may bring.
My tendency is to make things an event which translates into
exhausting myself to the point that I lose sight of the original intention.
Today it’s hot.
I am not cooking anything.
Someone else with cook a roast chicken. Bless them!
I will make a salad early and have it in the fridge so that is so nice and cold.
I will add some watermelon and bread.
Family dinner should be about enjoying the time
with your people and it doesn’t have to be about fiddling with a lot of ingredients.
I imagine it will be three of us the majority of the time.
Tonight there will be four places set.
I know lots of you are doing family dinner nights as well.
How about the rest of you, are you spending your time around the table?
Need some help?
I bought this book when it came out in 2010.
It is an invaluable resource for families of all ages
I don’t own this book but it is another winner.
Hmmm…I might just need to make the Watermelon Feta Salad
in Bread and Wine.
We shall see.
Whatever is easy 🙂