Cooking Dinner Every Night: Is It Always an Epic Fail?

“You don't have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces - just good food from fresh ingredients.”- Julia ChildDisclaimer: This post is therapy for me, so if you have suggestions, please, pretty please, add them in the comments.I’m struggling with weeknight dinners.During the week, I fail at dinner....more
JLS320 Great recipes!! Thank you so much.more

Eggplant Rollatini or not . . .

 Recently, during one of my internet recipe forays, I came across a link for a wonderful, lower fat eggplant rollatini. Since I am always on the lookout for healthier versions of recipes I love, I decided to try it regardless of the fact that I am the only one in the house who likes eggplant. Despite the chorus of moans and groans at the very mention of the empurpled vegetable, I was determined that it would indeed be on the menu that night!...more

Do You Eat Dinner Together as a Family?

Eating Dinner Together as a FamilyOn December 17, 2013, in Crazy Stuff, ...more

Ghosts of Thanksgiving Past

The holiday season is upon us once again. This time of year often makes me nostalgic for times gone by. Thanksgiving celebrations with my family that are dim memories but still enough of them remain to make me smile. This is one of many stories, I would like to share with you....more

5 Reasons I Won't Make "Kid Food" for Dinner

Top Five Reasons I don't make "kid food" It costs additional time and money to prepare multiple entrées. All the food we eat is suitable for children. My job as a parent is to teach my child how to become an adult. "Kid Foods" are often not the healthiest options It is my kitchen and I don't want to!...more
@emilyguybirken You are doing what you think is best so it most likely is.  Sometimes is tough eh?more

"I'll Pray for You"

How often do we tell a friend that we will pray for them and then it slips our minds?  Do you, like me,  find yourself, in the midst of a task, when a friend comes to mind and you feel terrible that you haven’t remembered to pray for her during a time of suffering? Image: paul david (busy running!) via Flickr ...more
I recently tweeted a comment about this and it is so true.  One of the most impactful moments of ...more

Back-to-School Tradition: A Fancy Dinner

Our Fancy Back to School Dinner allows us to come together as a family to enjoy a meal and pray for the upcoming school year. We call it a “Fancy Dinner” because it gives us a chance to set the table for a multi-course meal with real dinning ware, get dressed up and practice our manners....more

What Mom Taught Me About Getting Dinner On The Table

When I was a little girl, I had dinner with my family—my mom and whichever older siblings were still at home—every night. I don't remember my mom ever making a big deal about it, and as a divorced, working mother running a daycare out of our home, she certainly didn't spend a ton of time in the kitchen. But it was an accepted fact: at 6:00 PM, dinner would be on the table, and we'd all be sitting around it. In the midst of my fairly unpredictable and disjointed childhood, family dinners came to be something I could rely on, a ritual that shapes my memories of growing up. ...more
Love this post. I can totally relate. I'm often frazzled at dinnertime, and we do have the ...more

TO JUICE OR NOT TO JUICE

I saw my mother struggle with weight her entire life. She made impassioned –albeit short-lived— forays into nearly every diet fad –Jenny Craig, Atkins, and the Summer of Fat-Free (a quasi-national movement that took place around 1995).  These diets never made her particularly happy.  One evening, when I was rather small, she did battle with a piece of steamed fish (while we undoubtedly ate Hamburger Corn Casserole)....more

Best Picture Dinners: The Tree of Life

I'm going to admit it right up front: Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life is not my favorite, by far, of the nine Oscar Best Picture nominees. It's a complicated, often allegorical film, at times beautiful and poetic, at times, to my eyes, utterly weird. The movie examines the inner life of a family in Waco, Texas, and the bonds between them, whether those bonds are spiritual, tenuous, tender, or all three at the same time....more