Monday, November 15, 2010

Eat Together?

I am interested to know...

Does your family eat together?  Do you have dinner at the same time, the same meal ( ...not one person eating pasta, another a grilled cheese, and the other 2 or 3 having steak?), sitting at a table in your kitchen or dining room?  Do you make family dinners a priority?

Family meal time is a priority in our house.  If we are home at the same time, we are eating a meal together.  Usually that is dinner.  It is a great way to include some quiet conversation--you may be surprised by what your kids will share about their day!

There are a couple of main reasons that this is such a priority for us:
 1.  It teaches Madeleine that meals, eating and what you eat are important.  It also shows her by example, that we eat the same as her-healthy and delicious
2.  It gives us time every day to spend as a family.  Just us.  To chat, to laugh, to share.
3.  It give us uninterrupted time to enjoy a meal, to really savour the food and enjoy what we are eating.
Tonight we had Chili for dinner (the recipe has been blogged before, just check the menu :).  A good one for such a busy week ahead--we should get a few meals our of this batch! Here is a favourite accompaniment to chili, soup or stew...yum!

Quick and Easy Drop Biscuits (adapted from the Joy of Cooking)
  • Sift together in a large bowl the flour, salt and baking powder. Cut butter into dry ingredients with a pastry cutter. Add milk. Stir a scant 1 minute, until just mixed together. Drop from a spoon onto an ungreased sheet and bake 12 at 425 degrees or until lightly browned.

    YUM! --also good for dessert with a little butter and strawberry jam :)

    Tip:  for delicious Strawberry Shortcake, add t tbsp lemon zest  and 1/4 cup sugar to the flour mixture. Once cooked, cut up and top with your strawberries and whipped cream!

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