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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Join Me For Family Meal Night At Huffman’s Market!

Do you ever have a hard time getting a family meal on the table?  Are you tired of your kids eating junk?  Do you get home from work and wonder, What am I going to feed everyone for dinner?

You’re not alone.

Today, at Working Mommy Wednesday, we’re answering the question:  “You know you’re a working mom when….”

In my world, I know I’m a working mom because I just can’t seem to get my act together to make everyone a healthy dinner.  And food is important to me.  I mean really important.

I grew up in a family that ate meals together.  Every night.  We weren’t allowed to miss dinner – but even more importantly, we didn’t want to miss dinner.  Dinner was sacred.

Besides the fact that we all loved my mother’s cooking, we also loved being together.  Family meals helped us connect and reconnect.  And the dinner table was always filled with drama and laughter.

So what’s a modern family to do?  Most moms today – whether or not they work outside the home – can’t spend hours during the week planning and preparing family meals.  And bulk cooking is great if you have the time, but sometimes I just can’t squeeze another minute out of my schedule.

The answer?  Chasing Superwoman and Huffman’s Family Meal Night!

Let me explain.  I’m teaming up with my neighbors, Tim and Glenda Huffman, to support the Ohio Grocer Association Parents’ Week at the Huffman’s Market.   (For those of you who live out of town, Huffman’s is our locally owned and operated grocery store.  And among other things, they specialize in affordable, nutritious, pre-made family meals.)

On Friday, October 1 from 3:00 to 6:30 p.m., we’ll be celebrating food, wine, and books at the Huffman’s Market.  I’ll be signing books, AND I’ll be making my mother’s homemade sauce (some of you have seen the recipe in the back of my book).

Most importantly, we’ll be having lots of fun.  I just can’t wait for this event!   Some of you know that my neighbors are a pretty wild bunch, so we’ll have lots of blogs to post and tweets to share.

What about my online friends who can’t come to the event?  Don’t worry, we’ll be doing something extra special on the blog for you next Friday.  So please come back on October 1!

Now, I have to get busy buying the ingredients for my sauce….


Rachel M. said...

Sounds like we had the same childhood, meals every night. I don't know how my mom did it except she was a teacher at the same school we attended so we all went home at 3:30 whereas I get home at 6!

Looking forward to your update on the 1st!

Sarah said...

I am just getting into the habit of meal-planning, but I make sure that we have a family meal every night. I can't say how healthy it is, but I love being able to sit down with everyone!
Stopping by from WMW.

Jennie said...

This is absolutely awesome! How I wish I were even remotely near Ohio. ;)

What a fabulous way to pull it all together for the benefit of everyone. I completely agree, and family dinner is equally important at our house. Though, I do confess to having the occasional corndog night. (ick!)

Cannonball14 said...

I know the feeling...I try to have us eat as a family most nights, even though my son just turned a year old. But some nights, like tonight, it just ain't happening, so Jacob will eat a grilled cheese and then I'll put him to bed while hubs is grilling a pork tenderloin. Then we'll actually get to have an "adult" meal!

Miss. Candy said...

Wish I wasn't at the top of Ohio...three hours away!!! Best of luck to you in this, it sounds so fun!! I really need to do better with dinner on the table every night, it is such a tough thing!!

Julia said...

oh man... i wish i was there!!!!!!! would totally bring my book to have you sign!!! ;)

and that sauce recipe looks amazing. (yes, i skipped to the end to read it.)

Funky Mama Bird said...

I'm both looking forward to and dreading the days when my son is awake long enough to have dinner with us. I love preparing dinner alone after he's in bed, but miss the fact that he has to eat separately from us.

Of course, this means I also lose the hour of quiet work after he's in bed as well!