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
When I was a little girl, I had dinner with my familymy mom and whichever older siblings were still at homeevery 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.
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
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
In preparing to make the up-coming week's meal plan, I asked DH to go through the freezer and inventory its contents. He found, among other things, a pork belly, a pound of turtle meat, a couple of packs of chorizo, a chunk of canadian bacon, and several bags of pulled pork that we had put in the freezer after Labor Day. Needless to say, we'll be eating out of the freezer for the next couple of weeks, starting with the pulled pork....more
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