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Dine In: Creating Memorable Moments

One of my favorite memories from childhood is remembering my Mother’s weekly shopping trip to our Brookshire’s store in Greenville.  As part of our weekly ritual my three brothers along with my sister and I would all help in putting away the items that she purchased.  After we put away the weeks supply then we would all start to prepare the evening meal together as a family. Mother would make the patties and fry them in a cast iron skillet while my sister and I would cut up the lettuce and tomatoes and put out all the other fixings for our old fashioned burgers. She would always brown the buns in the skillet after all the burgers were cooked. I am not quite sure what my three brothers were doing but I am certain that they were helping somehow.

In today’s world we are all trying to live more healthy lifestyles, so a new twist on this same type of family dining tradition would be to gather your family around the kitchen on a Friday evening to assemble homemade shish k-bobs and grill them as a family.  We are all looking for ways to eat healthier, have more family time, cook together more and eat out less.  So whether you are pressed for time or just looking for a fun way to kick off a memorable weekend, preparing and assembling meals together is a great activity.  While school is out for the summer it may be more important than ever for kids to learn to eat a nutritious diet while having fun. It is also a perfect time of year to visit the produce department where all sorts of bountiful fruits and vegetables are at their freshest right now.  Assemble K-bobs with a variety of fruits, veggies and proteins allowing each child t o create their own individual skewer. They will be more eager to taste the foods they helped make. Family meals are the perfect opportunity for parents to expose children to different foods and expand their tastes. A red pepper cut in small portions and pushed onto a stick may not as intimating as it would be served in larger portions.

I sincerely hope that you and your family can create some treasured memories that mean as much to them as mine do to me. Have a great summer.

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