Wednesday, October 1, 2014

31 Days of Dinner Day 1: Kind Of A Rant

Late last summer I came across a number of articles about the act of cooking dinner, and how it was an idealized path to the perfect family.  This in turn put too much pressure (time and monetary) on moms to produce a fancy meal every night when they were already exhausted.

(Here's the original study, and follow ups from Slate, WTOP, and NC State News.)

All of the articles I read seemed to jump in and agree right away.  Family dinners are impossible, unappreciated, and a thing of the past.

Do you sense that I do not agree?

Note: yes, I am coming at this from a middle class suburban existence where I have access to many well stocked grocery stores and room in the yard to grow some veggies.

Still, I'm on my soap box, and I hope I'm shouting loud enough to hear that family dinners are not impossible!  They may not be slaved over all day; they may not be perfect; they may just be PB&J's with carrot sticks.  But they do not have to be a thing of the past if you don't want them to be!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

31 Days of Dinner: Introduction

When I first had kids I was overwhelmed with the amount of advice I got from every nook and cranny.  There were so many studies about what you should and shouldn't do.  What's worse?  Many of those studies reversed themselves between my two pregnancies.  In 2008 it was okay to drink a moderate amount of coffee.  By 2010 it wasn't.  Great.  My kids were doomed.

I decided enough was enough and I would focus my parenting on three main ideas:

1) Keep the kids alive
2) Read to them every night (shout out to A Tree Grows in Brooklyn)
3) Eat dinner together as much as possible

My 31 days series this year will focus on #3.  I'm still learning so this will be part sharing what's worked for me and part talking out loud and trying to figure things out.

Here are all of the posts in the series:

Day 1 -- Kind of a Rant

Monday, September 29, 2014


Fall!  I love it!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

This Week's Menu & Goals

October is almost here!  We're all in a Halloween frenzy -- we've been looking at Pinterest for hours to come up with the perfect costumes.  I also have mounds of squash, pumpkins, and apples to cook up.  I love this time of year!


Sat -- Turkey chili, corn bread, salad
Sun -- Roasted turkey, sweet potatoes, green beans
Mon -- Chicken & rice casserole, salad
Tue -- Salad bar, rolls
Wed -- Peking chicken, rice
Thu -- Apple chicken, salad
Fri -- Pizza, salad

Breakfasts -- yogurt, apple sauce bread, fresh juice, hard boiled eggs

Lunches -- Salad, leftovers, cheese and crackers

Linked to: Menu Plan Monday


Last week's goals:

1) Make apple sauce & freeze
2) Work on Christmas presents one night
3) Clean up garden in back & plant carrots to over winter {today is the day for gardening!}
4) Get son signed up for scouts and figure out his uniform

This week's goals:

1) Work on Christmas presents one night
2) Clean up garden in back & plant carrots to over winter
3) Ironing and laundry
4) Read at least one book that I have promised to review {I have three stacked up!}
5) Make chicken and turkey stock, quick bread, turkey chili, and French onion soup for the freezer

Everyone, have a great week!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Yogurt For Dessert!

I have bad memories of yogurt for dessert -- specifically the entire semester I studied abroad in college.  Dinner every night was some sort of frozen fish fingers or pizza paired with barely reheated frozen vegetables plus one small cup of sweetened fruit flavored yogurt for dessert.  It was a balanced meal I'm sure, but hardly nourishing.

I'm happy to say Hershey's has taken back those bad memories and replaced them with a new fondness for their Yoplait Yogurt Mix Ins.  These cups are a nice mix of not too sweet for my tastes yogurt and a nice sprinkling of candy to go one top.  That's yogurt for dessert I can get behind!

Disclosure: The information and prize pack have been provided by General Mills through Platefull Co-Op.

To find out more visit the official site or join in the fun on Pinterest!

What was the worst thing anyone ever served you for dessert?  What do you think about these mix ins?

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Save 20% On Apples!

Yesterday, I listed 10 things I can't wait to make with apples and today Savings Star comes through with 20% off apples!  Click on the picture above to get your savings!

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