Get Back to the Table Month
With the start of the new school year, I’ve already started receiving the food paperwork. There’s the request to only pack healthy lunches, the list of books about vegetable eating, and the positive results of sitting down to a family dinner – your kids will be smarter, say no to drugs, have more confidence, and win the lottery (I made one of those up – can you guess which?).
I grew up in a house where the family dinner took place every single evening. There were seven people – my mother, father, grandmother, and me and my siblings. We sat down and held hands and said grace before meals, and when dinner was done, we said grace after meals and then prayed a decade of the rosary, except on Sundays, when we said the whole rosary. Ah, Catholicism.
Family dinners are much harder to pull off these days, now that I’m the one running the family, partly because Husband’s work schedule is erratic and partly because I am a lazy bum. It’s not like we never sit down together, I just don’t emphasize it as part of the daily routine. For a while, it wasn’t a big deal to me, but now that the kids are getting older, I feel a need to give them something to remember, a time the whole family can count on being together. Plus, I want them to be smarter, say no to drugs, and have more confidence.
Libby’s Vegetables and Sara Evans have launched Get Back to the Table Month, to help slackers like me get the family dinner up and running. The website includes coupons for Libby’s canned veggies (my kids like the sweet peas), recipes, and shopping and kitchen tips. You can also submit your own tips to win a chance for dinner with Sara Evans backstage at one of her shows – talk about a family dinner that your kids will never forget.
So, time to get cracking in your kitchen. Make a casserole. Bake a meatloaf. Throw everything in a crock pot and let it do the work. And when in doubt, heed the advice of this parking spot:
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