Eight Reasons to Bring Your Kids Around the Table Tonight


Andy and I are working really hard to get our family around the table each night…

But why? Why is it so important to us to bring our family back together around that wooden sanctuary?

  1. Kids might learn to love veggies. A survey was found that 9 – 14 year old children, who ate dinner at the fa were eating more fruits and vegetables and not as much soda or fried foods.
  2. It’s the perfect setting to try new foods. My kids will barely sit down in a restaurant much less eat something other than chicken and fries. I would be less likely to allow them to get something they may not like and pay for it than serving it at home. I would expect them to try it and if it was not a favorite, I would not have to order another meal.
  3. You control how much they eat (portions). Restaurant portions are becoming larger than necessary. Often the kids eat too much and if they don’t eat it all, it’s considered waste. At home, you can start as little or as large as you’d like.
  4. Healthy meals mean happy kids. Studies have shown that kids who eat with their families frequently are less likely to get depressed, consider suicide, and develop an eating disorder. They are also more likely to delay sex and to report that their parents are proud of them. When a child is feeling down or depressed, family dinner can act as an intervention. You are more aware of how your child is feeling when you are sitting across a table and watching them for 30 minutes or so an evening.
  5. Family dinners help kids “just say no.”  Eating family dinners at least five times a week drastically lowers a teen’s chance of smoking, drinking, and using drugs. Teens who have fewer than three family dinners a week are 3.5 times more likely to have abused prescription drugs and to have used illegal drugs other than marijuana, three times more likely to have used marijuana, more than 2.5 times more likely to have smoked cigarettes, and 1.5 times more likely to have tried alcohol, according to the CASA report.
  6. Better food, better report card. Of teens who eat with their family fewer than three times a week, 20 percent get C’s or lower on their report cards, according to the CASA report. Only 9 percent of teens who eat frequently with their families do this poorly in school. Family meals give children an opportunity to have conversations with adults, as well as to pick up on how adults are using words with each other, which may explain why family dinnertime is also thought to build a child’s vocabulary.
  7. Supper can be a stress reliever.  If you take the time to shrug off the day, let your worries slip away and sit down to dinner with your family – you’ll probably relieve some tension and stress. Sit back and have a good time with your family.
  8. Put a little cash in your pocket. It costs less! 🙂

These are all reasons that we think bringing back the table works for us. Do you have any other good reasons? It would awesome to compile I huge list! 

Uncover your table, make it inviting and bring dinner and your family to the table. It could have a huge impact on everyone sitting around it! 

Enjoy and Delight in Your Family!


Have any tips or tricks? Leave them in the comments below. I’d love to hear them! ❤

Egg Burrito Casserole



1 pound sausage
8 eggs + 1/4 cup water, beaten
2 cups frozen hash browns
2 cups shredded cheddar, divided
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 cup sour cream
8 -10 flour tortillas


  • Brown sausage.
  • Cook hashbrowns.
  • Scramble eggs.
  • Mix sausage, hash browns, eggs and 1 cup of cheese together.
  • In a separate bowl, combine sour cream and cream of chicken completely.
  • Spread 1/3 cup of prepared sauce in bottom of a 9×13 baking dish.
  • Spoon egg and sausage mixture into tortillas.
  • Roll and place seam down in the dish.
  • Spread the remaining sour cream mixture on top of tortillas. Cover completely.
  • Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  • Cover and bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
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Stuffed Peppers


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I found my cooking of late to be completely out of the norm. Recently someone, whom I love and adore dearly, has been having some medical issues.  Put on strict dietary orders, my cooking repertoire has been expanded. With having to align my cooking with a renal diet menu, I have found myself basking in new recipes and delving out into unknown cooking waters. It has been marvelous! (My husband has loved it too!)


Stuffed Peppers


  • 4 green bell peppers
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • Black pepper
  • 2 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup of onion, finely diced
  • 1 medium zucchini
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Uncle Ben’s Long Grain Rice
  • 1/4 tsp. Chili powder
  • 1 cup of cheddar cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon water
  • Olive oil

Cut the tops off the peppers. Remove and trash the stems; set aside. Scoop out the seeds. Place the peppers cut-side up in a baking dish that will keep them standing upright.


Cook Uncle Ben’s Rice according to package directions.

Brown ground beef in two shakes of pepper on medium heat. Set aside on a paper towel to absorb extra grease.

Add 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add the onions cook 3 to 4 minutes.


Add cucumbers and garlic; cook another minute.

Add 2 pinches of red pepper flakes and chili powder. Cook until everything is heated through. Stir in the beef and cheese.


Add in cooked rice.


Fill peppers completely with mixture and place pepper tops on.


Add the tablespoon of water in the bottom of the baking dish and sprinkle olive oil on top of each pepper. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake for another 15 minutes. Serve warm.


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Easiest Pizza Dough EVER!


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This crust keeps my family from having pizza delivered! It is just that yummy and easy. All you need to do is plan ahead BECAUSE you put everything in the bread maker and allow it to do the work! Easy-Peasy! 🙂

Put in machine in this order:

  • 1 cup and 2 Tablespoons water
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 Tablespoons Parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning or pizza seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 1/2 teaspoon yeast


Select the dough setting and walk away!


After the bread maker’s dough setting is complete, punch down dough and spread onto pizza pan.



Add choice of sauce and toppings. Bake at 400 for 18-20 minutes.


We are a sausage, pepperoni and cheese family. What are some of your family’s favorite pizza toppings?

This pizza dough recipe can also be made ahead and thrown in the freezer. Be looking for my big freezer cookin’ day coming up soon!

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How do you feed them all?

That is the question I hear most often.

Now it’s funny to me because I don’t know how NOT to feed them all. I’ve done it so long that it has become almost automatic.

So how do you NOT cook for a whole herd of people? 🙂

Beginning next week, on Saturdays, I will be sharing all things dealing with large family food. There will be recipes, freezer cooking ideas and plans, recaps of what has been on our dinner plates the past week and more. You’ll never know what’s going to show up but you can be sure it has to do with food.

Eventually, I would love to begin a link-up so that if you blog and love food, you can share as well!

I hold food in a very high regard. One of the things I see as I read through the Bible is, a majority of the time, Jesus ate and nourished the stomach before He began to nourish the soul. It is my prayer that as I feed my family or have friends over for brunch I can nourish their bodies and then their spirit is nourished as well.

Does food hold a special place in your heart?