Friday, August 23, 2013

Making It Easy to Get to the Table

Have you wondered what happened to me?
Or have you been so busy with your summer you didn't realize I wasn't posting?

That's pretty much what happened to my summer. I managed to have posts ready before our three week trip to Chile and Argentina with ECS Ministries. (If you'd like to read about our trip, here is the link to our ministry travel blog.)

But when we came home there were other priorities, like getting my husband ready for his three week trip to Africa, a trip he's still on. I'm compiling his letters for the travel blog here. And getting my daughter home from her three month missions trip to Spain (here's her blog link) and now get ready for her sophomore year of college.

But now I'm back and I plan to write once a week for now as I feel that's the best use of my time at this point. (I don't understand how those women who write every day, or multiple times a day, do it!)

I ran a seven part series this past spring called, "Making it Easy to Get to the Table". My goal was to help you actually get to the table with your family, and if you already do that, to make it easier to be a fun family time together.

We started with The Well Stocked Kitchen because you can't get a meal together if you are always needing to run to the store for one more ingredient. And if it's hard to get the meal on, why bother trying to have a family meal? So this post has a printable basic list of what you need in your kitchen to make most recipes (other than the obvious main ingredients). Print it out and get started on your way to the table!

From there we went to Food for the Soul because without the right basis for your frame of mind, no one is going to want to be at the table with you.

Part Three was Contrasts Make the Meal. This post gave ideas for coming up with a meal menu that is pleasing to all the senses because we like hot with cold, spicy with cool, chewy with melt-in-your-mouth, and sweet with salty. Not to mention red and green with white!

Ease Through the Grocery Store has all kinds of unexpected hints for making that trip as quick and pleasant as possible.

The next post has photos of me doing my exercises. Yup, I humbled myself that much to show you that to get Energy to Get to the Table you might just need to do some exercising. (Not to mention the myriad of other benefits from exercising.)

Part six is called There. Is. No. Need. To. Yell. and has eight ways to help make your family mealtime a pleasant time for everyone. It can really happen!

And the last post in the series, Your Table: An Attractive Meal Zone has eight more ideas on how you can keep your table "meal ready" instead of being the catch-all of the house.

No matter how you do it, 
bring your family together around the table tonight!

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For More Ideas and Inspiration:
Check out the book Around the Table: Connecting With Your Family at Mealtimes. You can read the first chapter at this site and order a copy of the book.

Get a Conversation Starter question each week night by *liking* the Around the Table Facebook page! 

Linking with these great blogs. 



  1. Sounds like an amazing trip. Glad to see you back.

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

    (¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo

  2. I've been quieter on my blog, too. I'm trying to live life more than write about it. Summer has so many opportunities to slow down and just enjoy the family.

  3. Love the tablescapes you do; they look so inviting!

  4. You do set a beautiful table. Just stopping by from the GRAND Social Linky Party. Hope you get a chance to do the same!

  5. this has been a wonderful series - I'll be looking for the book. Thank you for the recommendation!
    A lovely table - I like to use placecards at my table too. We have napkin rings for each member of immediate family, each one different so they serve as place cards. Always nice to come to the table when someone has given it those extra special touches.
    (stopping by from Grand Social)



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