How to Spice Up your Dinners

In the current society, the simple things have since lost their importance and value. One of the most important yet simple tasks is the family dinner; in a busy world of career, business, and parties. It seems that family dinners lack importance compared to all other things. However, dinners are important your child and family.

The table is where we mark milestones, divulge dreams, bury hatchets, make deals, give thanks, plan vacations, and tell jokes. It is also, where children learn the lessons that families teach: manners, cooperation, communication, self-control, values. Following directions. Sitting still. Taking turns. It is where we make up and make merry. It is where we live, between bites.

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It is easy to ignore family dinners, who knew they had such importance in a family. Values such as self-control and good manners lack in most of our children, maybe not having family dinners is one of the causes. Luckily, there is always light at the end of the tunnels; ahaparenting.com discusses some solutions.

Naturally, as your kids get older, they will be the ones having a date night. But if you open your doors to your kids’ friends for dinner, tweens and even teens often enjoy a delicious free, home-cooked dinner — and are willing to engage in an interesting discussion, if you don’t embarrass them — before they head out to a movie or party. That may seem hard to believe, but my children’s friends have commented that they love hanging out at our house because the conversations are always so interesting. With some discussion ideas in mind and a little energy, you can create a dinner hour that will have the teens almost wishing they did not have to head out. (I said almost.)

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Considering your adolescent’s and teenager’s schedule is one of the most creative things you can do; you want a family dinners, and they have a meet up with friends, why not invite them over. Now what is left is to make intriguing meals and desserts that keep your children and their friends at the table; rd.com/ has some suggestions;

>When you taste a dish and wonder what is missing, the answer is usually acid.
>Always cook more spinach than you think you will need.
>The juiciest limes are the small ones with thin, smooth skin.
>Improvising with herbs or vinegar? Yes. Improvising with baking soda or baking powder? No.
>Dessert should be cake.
>Being cooked for in someone’s home is one of the finer pleasures in life.
>Horseradish in the mashed potatoes.
>Cinnamon in the chili.
>Herbs in the salad.
>Resist the urge to apologize when you are cooking for people. Most of the time, your dinner guests will not notice anything is wrong unless you bring it up.
>There is no more fun question to put forth at the dinner table than “What would you do if you won this week’s Powerball?”
>Kitchen chairs should be red. Or at least fun.
>It is not wise to store your drinking glasses on a shelf above the dishwasher—the shelf that will not be accessible until you shut the dishwasher.
>I have said it a thousand times, but it bears repeating: Freeze soups and stews flat in bags, so they thaw more quickly under running water.
>As far as I can tell, instructing your children to “Please, Dear Lord, use your napkins” every night for ten straight years is not the best way to get your kids to use napkins.
>It’s counterintuitive, but the sharpest knife is the safest knife.
>Note to those entertaining: Chicken is a bummer.
>When you use a knife to scrape food off a cutting board, use the dull side, so you do not ruin your blade.
>When someone says they drink “one to two” glasses of wine a night, you can pretty much assume it is two.
>Throw shrimp into lightly boiling water, and give it exactly three minutes to cook.
>If you are going to use store-bought pizza sauce, Don Pepino is the one to buy.
>without some crunch (nuts, celery, snap peas, radishes), salads can reach only half their potential.


Sourced from: http://www.rd.com/food/fun/family-dinner-25-ways-to-have-more-fun-at-the-table/