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All Blog Posts Tagged 'dinner' (126)

Intentional Dinner Conversations

My husband and I recently participated in the Ziglar 7-Day Family Challenge from Ziglar Family. One of the challenge topics was "Communication". They shared on the practical importance of family meal-time and the importance of making daily connection really count. 

As a family we typically eat dinner together as a family 4 days out of the week.  I would have…
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Added by Jessica Briggs on June 9, 2017 at 2:18pm — No Comments

How many times will you cook this weekend?

I feel like I spend a lot of time in the kitchen on the weekends. This is probably because I cook several more meals on weekends than during weekdays: While I regularly make my and my son's lunches in the mornings, breakfast is provided at his school.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on May 19, 2017 at 6:37am — No Comments

5 Things I am Currently Craving and It Has Nothing To do With A Pregnancy

5 Things I'm currently craving and it has nothing to do with a pregnancy.



My random, strange and sometime extra out of ordinary cravings have been under the attack of questions such that suggest a perceived pregnancy many times prior to now. However, I didn't crave any of these things even when I was actually pregnant.…



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Added by Niedria Kenny on May 16, 2017 at 4:00pm — No Comments

General Tso's Chicken at Home

Not something I usually do, but I came across something I was eager to share!





I like Chinese food, but I haven't had food from a neighborhood Chinese restaurant in years. The closest I've come to enjoying some was going to P.F. Chang's last year, but it still doesn't compare. So I have been getting my fix of egg rolls from the Publix…

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Added by Ronda on April 14, 2017 at 3:13pm — No Comments

Spending time with the one you love

My husband and I try to have lunch together at least once a week. He and I are fortunate enough to work only a few blocks apart, and that Tuesday lunch is a treat. It is wonderful to see him in the middle of a busy working day.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 17, 2017 at 6:44am — No Comments

Dinner at home

As mentioned before, I am the primary cook in my family. I love cooking. And I feel secure enough to admit that the idea of cooking for my family has been integrated with what I think constitutes Mommyness for me.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on November 9, 2016 at 6:38am — No Comments

The TV isn't invited to dinner

Sometimes when my husband has to work late, I give my son a special treat and let him watch a movie while he eats dinner. It's a rare event, but one that I can justify since most of our dinners are spent around the family table, eating and talking about our days. That together time at dinner is important to me, as it is one of the best parts of my day.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on November 7, 2016 at 7:12am — No Comments

It's OK to give up on the peas

It's dinnertime, and I am preparing two meals. I find that I do this frequently enough that I question my sanity, but not often enough that I stop doing it. I would like to prepare just one meal - one that my whole family enjoys, but that doesn't happen every day of the week, so two meals it is.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on October 17, 2016 at 7:06am — No Comments

Morality is very black and white (for children)

Like most parents, we are constantly reviewing the difference between good and bad decisions with our son. This usually happens at the dinner table. "Tell me something good about today," I prompt my son. This is followed by the less well-received, "Did anything bad happen today that you want to talk about?"…

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Added by Lauren Markman on October 4, 2016 at 6:57am — No Comments

Delinking the food from the fun

"Mom, is it a dessert night?"



I get asked that question almost every night. And I am pretty arbitrary in whether or not it will be a dessert night, as it depends on a lot of factors. To paraphrase Cookie Monster: Dessert is a sometimes food.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on August 19, 2016 at 6:33am — No Comments

Please go home, Mom

Sometimes, I work late.



It's not intentional, but things happen, and I work a little later than I originally intended to. It's not frequent, as I am a huge advocate of the work/life balance for my employees, and I believe in setting a good role model for them and showing them that I don't work late (at least…

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Added by Lauren Markman on July 1, 2016 at 7:59am — No Comments

A phone-free dinner table

It's really hard to follow our own technology rules. We know that. I, for one, would consider it a win to have a phone-free dinner table. Maybe I could use a little help.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 27, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments

Dinner Party for Slackers | Slacker Mom’s Guide to Dinner Parties

I love to host dinner parties, but I really don’t like doing all the work. My husband is this huge foodie. I make a gourmet meal almost every day. To be honest, I like to eat well, and he does do his fair share of the cooking, but after a while, I’m over it! (Especially when he NEVER does the dishes, even when he cooks.) So over my many years of entertaining…

I have come up with a few tips and tricks to pull off an outstanding spread, while making my guests…

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Added by Jennifer Weedon Palazzo on June 22, 2016 at 7:51am — No Comments

Cooking at home

This past weekend, I helped my son make pancakes.



I phrased it that way on purpose, as this was the first time I let him take the lead in making pancakes while I supervised. Up to this point, I would only let him do the prep work and stir ingredients together. But this time I let him work with the batter on…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 21, 2016 at 6:17am — No Comments

Do I have to eat this?

At the beginning of every month, I plan out all the meals that we are going to eat. For the whole month. I do this for a few reasons (meal planning, to ensure we aren't getting repetitive with our dinners, and to allow myself a few nights off from cooking each week). And I am painfully aware that as I plan out the meals there will be a number of dinners my son will not want to eat. Chicken tikka masala? No way. Pulled pork sandwiches? Not…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 7, 2016 at 7:12am — No Comments

Lidia-Inspired One Pot Chicken

I opened Lidia Bastianich’s “Mastering the Art of Italian Cooking” (which is the most incredible Italian cookbook I’ve ever owned), and I was ready to prepare one of her chicken dishes. Instead, a few of her recipes inspired me to try something of my own with a few of the ingredients I have in my fridge.  The result…

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Added by Lauren Spagnoletti on February 22, 2016 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Whole Wheat Cheeseburger Pie

This recipe is an old favorite in the Betty Crocker Cookbook. My family and I have loved this for years. It was one of the first dinners that I made for my new husband, almost 8 years ago, and we have been cooking it at least once a month ever since. In the last year or so, I have been really trying to make my food a bit more “clean” and unprocessed. What I have changed about good ole Betty Crocker is making homemade whole wheat baking mix. You can find the recipe at …

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Added by Samantha Roberts on February 18, 2016 at 8:29pm — No Comments

Meal Planning for Dummies

I used to think that meal planning was for type A crazies with WAY too much time on their hands. I mean, who has the time or energy to think more than a day or two ahead about food, let alone a week or a month! But deciding on dinner has always stressed me out. Pulling something out of the freezer in the morning left my family with a very boring revolving door of baked BBQ chicken, baked shake-and-bake chicken, or (here’s where we get exciting…) spaghetti. Or I would tell my husband to pick…

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Added by Celeste on January 21, 2016 at 1:52pm — No Comments

Distracted dining hurts families

When I was little we had a simple rule in our household: No eating in front of the television. We ate our meals at the tables in the kitchen or dining room. In nice weather, we ate outside on the deck.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 7, 2015 at 6:23am — 3 Comments

The problems of a picky eater

At one point of my childhood, I stopped eating meat. It was a phase and didn't last too long, and my Mother just dealt with it by giving me lots of veggies. (Sorry, Mom!) When she tells this story today, she remarks that it was good timing because my brother was going through a phase of not eating vegetables and everything evened out.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on November 30, 2015 at 6:17am — No Comments

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