Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Tuesdays and Fridays

Since the beginning of the year I've been posting twice a week--Tuesdays and Fridays. I thought I'd take a minute to explain my plans for these two days.

Tuesdays I plan to inspire you to get your family together around the table. I just want to make it sound like such a great idea and so much fun that after reading a Tuesday post you think, "We are going to eat together tonight!"



I hope to do this through stories of my family and other families sharing around their table. I love to tell stories about conversations, games, fun meals, hospitality (successes or failures!), learning and practicing manners, teaching cooking, mealtime chores...just any story that makes you (and me) long to gather our family together for a meal.

So if you have a family meal that results in a touching, fun, creative, challenging, or inspiring time together, maybe I could tell your story here. Check out my writer's guidelines, and craft your story. Then send it to me for approval and publication!



Fridays I want to write posts that make it easier for you to get your family to the table. Up to now I've been concentrating on easy, delicious, nutritious  family friendly recipes. Some of them contain indicators for what children can do to help in the cooking process.

But I'd also like to start giving you more ideas for other ways to make it easy to get your family meal on the table and your family there. I'm planning to write in the near future on topics like:

  • 6 Ways to Make Your Table Welcoming
  • 5 Ways to Keep the Atmosphere Around Your Table Pleasant


  • Basic Kitchen Stocks to Make Cooking Meals Easy
  • 5 Ways to Attract Your Family to the Table
  • How to Save Money on Your Food Bill
  • Exercise! It Energizes You for the Table
  • Personal Devotions: Spiritual Food for the Table
  • Conversation Question Cards (this will be a free printable!)
  • How to Create an Appetizing Meal Menu
  • Hints on How to Plan Meals
  • Ideas for Cooking Ahead
  • Take the Stress Out of Grocery Shopping
Also, since our April trip back to Colombia, South America (our home for 16 years), I've been reminded how much I love to each God's Word and share what He's teaching me, so from time to time I'll get a little off topic and share some spiritual food. Perhaps I will be able to encourage or exhort you and perhaps it will give you some food for thought to share with your family over dinner that night. I pray so.

Please join me on this venture in the following ways:
  1. Read my blog on a regular basis and use the comments to let me know what posts are helpful, encouraging, challenging or inspiring to you. If there's a topic you'd like me to try to deal with, I'd like to know that, too.
  2. Tell others about my blog on the social media you use, via email, in your own blog, or via word of mouth. (There are links below that allow you to email  blog, tweet, Facebook, or Google+ respectively about each post. Simply click the icon you want and a box will appear with a link ready for you to add your own thoughts to and post.)
  3. Write a guest post. (See Above)
  4. Like the Around the Table Facebook page to get links to each new post on your home page as well as a Conversation Starter each weekday.
  5. If you are new here, peruse older posts for lots more ideas and inspiration.
Thanks for being such great friends and readers. I'm enjoying getting to know those who write comments either on my blog or the Facebook page. If you haven't started commenting yet, please start so I can get to know you and we can start encouraging each other as well!





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Remember to like the Around the Table Facebook page to get a conversation starter for your dinner tonight!

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8 comments:

  1. Meals around our table always lead to laughter - especially when Amara is here. Food and conversation does bring us closer.

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  2. Sounds like a great plan -- will look forward to your posts! Thanks so much for linking on Busy Monday!

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  3. What a great idea ... I always enjoy seeing the recipes you link to our party each week. And the amazing stories behind them.

    Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection.
    Please come back Friday to see if you were featured. :)

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    (¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo
    www.raising-reagan.com

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  4. I I think meals around the table are so important. I have so many happy memories from mealtimes.

    Thank you for linking up to Raising Imperfection! We appreciate you taking the time to link up, make sure to check back on Friday when we feature out favorites.
    Leslie

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  5. Great job you have taken on. Sitting and eating together was foreign to my step-kids but I think they learned to appreciate family a little more.

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  6. We have always eaten our meals around our table. Sometimes now that we are fewer in number we eat in the living room (gasp) as we enjoy being together in there too. It is really sort of part of the same room.

    Thanks so much for linking up with WholeHearted Home this week. I like the whole thought behind your blog. It is so needed today when families tend to be going in a zillion different directions.

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  7. This is a topic so important to me. It is the once a day time we all gather together. My mom had dinner on the table at five every night and I am the same way. Sharing a meal and sharing our lives is the glue. Great post. So glad you shared it.

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  8. I love family dinners it's such an important time. Thanks for sharing @ DearCreatives.com & have a great rest of your week. Hope to see you again soon!

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