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No One Eats at the Table Anymore

In the 1950s ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s we all sat down at the table to eat at dinner time.

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What is the difference between dinner and supper?
Supper is a light evening meal – served in early evening if dinner is at midday or served late in the evening after an early-evening dinner. Either way, it is regarded as the last meal of the day. Dinner is the main meal of the day, served either in the evening or at midday.

Faithfully I tried to have dinner on the table every evening for my family but life happened. Husband worked late, kids at their games or a friends, and it disintegrated from there. We ate later or the kids weren’t hungry as they ate at their friends. Finally Husband just took his dinner when he got home from work and everyone else ate when ever.

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Messy Table

The kitchen table became the dumping ground for mail,keys,phones,and whatever else needed a place. Once a week it got sorted to use for Sunday dinner.

 

My own children today don’t eat at the table in their own homes. Sad really because it is such a wonderful time when the family is all together we can laugh and joke and tell each other about our day. Instead I found myself having to talk to my children and make sure they ate which of course took more time. Not that I’m complaining but I was busy too.

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Sunday Dinner

On Sundays I would have a sit down dinner. Went to a special effort to make a good meal with dessert for everyone to enjoy. If anyone dropped by they were invited too.

Picture above from The Practical Cook

https://thepracticalcook.wordpress.com/2011/06/28/a-case-for-sunday-night-dinner/

Unless you’re entertaining no one really bothers with dishes or silverware. All my children know how to use a knife and fork and know how to set a table but it’s become old fashioned. They will however have this skill if ever needed and maybe they will impress someone.

Gone are the days of everyone sitting at the table together.

Heart Mobile DIY

Love the use of the buttons and beads in this mobile.  This is a DIY from Paper, Scissors and Superheros.

http://scrapbookgirl.typepad.com/paper_scissors_and_superh/2008/01/whos-ready-for.html

She has a template and instructions you can download located near the top of her page. OR The pdf includes a template and instructions which you can download HERE .

Hearts

 

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February is for Lovers

Lover’s, whether it’s a favorite aunt, uncle, grandparent, mother, father, spouse, boy/girl friend or your children, time to give them a boost and let them know you love them. I like February because I know spring is right around the corner.

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A simple Valentine treat.

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You will “love” simple white chocolate popcorn recipe for Valentine’s Day!
Prep: 10 mins Total: 10 mins
Ingredients:

12 ounces white chocolate
8 cups popped popcorn
1/2 tsp. salt
sprinkles
(optional) conversation hearts

Directions:

Heat chocolate in the microwave or a double boiler until melted.
Place the popcorn in a large bowl, and pour the melted chocolate over it. Then use a spoon to toss the popcorn gently until it is evenly coated with the chocolate. Spread the popcorn out evenly on a baking sheet covered with parchment, wax paper, or aluminum foil. Sprinkle evenly with the salt, then sprinkle with as many sprinkles and conversation hearts as you would like.

Let cool for 10 minutes or until the chocolate has hardened. Break up into small pieces then serve or store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

From Gimme Some Oven

http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/

Wedding Inspirations

 

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You can get married in the morning, afternoon or at night. You can be married in a church, a hall, a yard, at the beach, on top of a mountain. You can have a tea, a dinner, a brunch or a wiener roast. It’s up to you which style is your very own. There are celebrity weddings, country weddings, beach weddings, formal weddings,casual weddings and weddings in the snow. Me personally I like informal. I don’t believe in spending the bank on a wedding. It’s a day to celebrate for sure but your friends and family are all you need.

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
– Lao Tzu

With that said here is a wedding DIY

Cup cake stand

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DIY cup cake stand

Lots of great ideas and inspiration on my Pinterest board “The Wedding Files”

 

Appetizer Roll

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This is a make ahead appetizer is adaptable to many occasions by just changing the ingredients of the filling and the colouring for the dough design part.  In this recipe I’ve made it adaptable for St. Patrick’s Day. 

Preheat oven 350 F

Ingredients dough:

  • * 6 eggs
  • * 6 tablespoons oil
  • * 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • * 6 tablespoons flour
  • * 3 teaspoon baking powder
  • * salt

For the filling:

  • * 300 g cream cheese
  • * 3 tablespoons cream
  • * 4-5 bunches of broccoli cheese
  • * 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • * chopped dill
  • * 5 g gelatin

Method:

Separate eggs, in a bowl whisk together the 6 egg yolks, 6 tablespoons oil, salt,  then add 3 tablespoons of sour cream, 6 tablespoons flour and baking powder.  The egg whites beat in electric mixer at on high until nice and foamy and fluffy. Gradually incorporate the egg & flour mixture into the egg whites.

Line a large flat cookie sheet or jelly roll pan with baking paper. Size preferably rectangular, is 28×40 cm.

Add the design into pan first. Mix 4 tablespoons of dough mixture and put green food coloring until desired color is achieved. Pour on to baking sheet and swirl or create a design of your choice.  Pour remaining batter over. Bake in 350 F preheated oven for 15-20 minutes.

Use soft cream cheese, Philadelphia type. Mix cream cheese with sour cream and grated cheese, add chopped dill and season with salt and pepper to taste. Boil broccoli florets in steamer. Can put them in a colander over boiling water. Steam until cooked but still firm. Add cooked broccoli to cream cheese mixture.

Add 5 g of gelatin, first hydrated in water and then heated until dissolved.  Cool gelatin mixture 5 min before adding a tablespoon of cream and mix in gelatin, mix into the rest of the filling mixture.Make sure to mix well.

After removing the pan from the oven turn cake out on a damp towel. You will see the design. Let cool for 15-20 minutes. Flip cake over to the side without the design and spread cake with cream cheese  mixture.  Roll up and wrap tightly in plastic wrap.  Refrigerate for a 2 hours. Cut and serve.

Enjoy!

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Christmas Lasagna

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Christmas Lasagna

2 pounds of Ground beef 1/2 pound of ground pork
2 cans of tomato puree (6-oz.)
1 can of tomato sauce (14-oz)
1 cup of diced onion
1/2 cup of diced green pepper

Basil, Oregano, Italian Spice, Garlic, Onion salt, sugar
2 tablespoons of Olive oil
16 ounces of cottage cheese
8 oz of ricotta cheese
2 cups of medium cheddar
2 packages of sliced Mozzarella cheese
1.5 packages of Lasagna pasta

Add slices of green pepper and cherry tomatoes to garnish

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees – 10 x 13 Pan

In a bowl combine your two meats, adding a teaspoon of sugar, a tablespoon of oregano, a pinch of basil, and a 1/2 teaspoon of Italian spice. Brown both meats in a large frying pan. In a separate small frying pan, saute’ your onions, green pepper with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 3/4 teaspoon of garlic and a pinch of onion salt. ( you can add mushrooms if you like to your sauteed mix)

Once your meat is browned, add the saute’ mix. You will need to transfer the meat mixture with the saute’ mix in to a large pot to simmer the sauce. Once in a large pot, add 2 cans of tomato puree, 1 can of tomato sauce.  Put this on medium low to heat and simmer for about 45 minutes. Add another teaspoon of Italian spice and oregano to taste.

Boil your pasta and rinse it in cold water- separating it on waxed paper. Add one layer at the bottom to get started.

Add the ricotta cheese and cottage cheese directly in to the meat sauce, fold it in.

On top of your first layer, spoon your meat sauce, followed by mozzarella cheese slices to cover the top- alternate each layer doing the same. Right before your last layer, start using the medium cheddar sprinkling it over the meat sauce or pasta. Make certain you save enough for your top layer – over the pasta.

Place lasagna on a cookie sheet in the oven at 350 degrees for about 22 minutes.  Remove from oven when done and let rest for 20 minutes.  Add slices of green pepper and cherry tomatoes to garnish to give that Christmas feel.

 The total time for making lasagna is about 1.5 hrs. Enjoy!

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Come and view more Christmas recipes on Pinterest.

A Mother’s Thanks >To Her Children on Mother’s Day

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Thank you my children for keeping me young.

It’s a simple thing really.  Maybe it’s not so simple this being solely responsible for a child. All the decisions and choices you have to make every day.  The huge learning curve you have to achieve while they are growing and testing their boundaries.

  • Trying to stay one step ahead.
  • Trying to stay on top of growing minds.
  • Trying to stay on top of growing bodies.

A goal that is never achieved as your child will always need you in some way.   Just not in the way they use to.

Through their lives we stay young.  I often think if I did not have children where would I be.  I play on line MMORPG, it’s all my kid’s fault.  I started them with Nintendo.  They just moved me to the next level.  I also want to thank them for keeping me current in my music tastes.  Imagine, I would have been stuck in the ’60’s but then they like Led Zeppelin too.  That’s my fault, I played Led Zeppelin when they were growing up.  They keep me up on trends and that’s why I have the Internet, Pintrest, Facebook and Itunes.  I know how to email, text and use my PVR.

Here I am at 60 years old doing things that I never thought I would be doing at my age. I love it.  My children have kept me young and given me new interests.  They have given back to me and encouraged me to embrace new things.  I am very grateful.

Love you, my children, to the moon and back ~Mom

Mother’s Day / Father’s Day Time Capsule

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Time capsule before and after.  Flash drive book including pictures of the Mother and Grandmother through the generations or Father and Grandfather through the generations. Print out some old time recipes and vintage photos of clothing, household items, cars. Current day children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Any Life time momentos, ticket stubs, maps, newspaper clippings and dried flowers. Place all the items in a decorated tin, large glass jar or a pretty box and review yearly. This can then move forward with the family and be added to by each person who has it.  Keep it short and sweet so it doesn’t become a burden.  Do print some of the pictures as technology tends to change over the years.  It’s easier to retrieve older technology than newer technology. This can be duplicated so each mother/daughter/Son/Father can take it with her/him when she/he has her/his own home and can add their own memories and pass on to their family. Keep warm and safe.

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Healthy Mother’s Day Recipe Idea

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Strawberry Lemon Fruit Dip

Summary: One great taste with only three ingredients can lighten up offerings for either an appetizer or dessert buffet. I made this way before there was flavored cream cheese so I know this recipe is so refreshing you’ll crave it. Must try it if you’ve never had it.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup strawberry reduced-fat cream cheese spread, from 8-ounce container, softened
  • 1/2 cup marshmallow creme
  • 1 container (6 ounces) Yoplait Original lemon burst yogurt
  • Assorted fresh fruit pieces like Cantaloupe and Berries

Instructions

  1. Mix cream cheese and marshmallow creme in medium bowl with wire whisk until smooth. Stir in yogurt. (let your cream cheese set on the counter a bit just to get soft)
  2. Pick your favorite fruit to dunk in this sweet and creamy dip. Whole strawberries, melon cubes, grapes or papaya slices are super summer choices.
  3. Serve dip with fruit.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 20

Here’s how to help keep the marshmallow creme from sticking to the utensils. Rinse the measuring cup and rubber scraper used to measure the marshmallow creme with cold water, but don’t dry them.

For Raspberry-Lemon Fruit Dip, use Raspberry cream cheese spread instead of strawberry.
Recipe adapted from Betty Crocker

Original Link

http://what2cook.net/2013/03/23/strawberry-lemon-fruit-dip/