When my son and his family moved back to this area, my daughter said we should resume Family Dinner Night. So we try to
get all the family together once a month. That sounds as though it would be easy, right? Well, let me tell you, it's not! Working around school, work, and chemo schedules has proven to be a juggling act. Add in summer vacations, and it has been even harder
this summer. But I've decided it's always worth the effort! I absolutely adore my family, and I love spending time with them, especially when we are ALL together.
We decided when we started this that we were not going to make dinner really elaborate and super hard. What we wanted was to be together, and food would be included, but it would be secondary.
So we all bring something and try to make it fairly easy. This month I decided Family Dinner night would be the perfect time to make some of the recipes I needed to make for my ALLRECIPES PROJECTS.
I usually make more dishes than the others mainly because I'm not the one trying to juggle littles ones.
I wanted to make an appetizer and chose HERDEZ
THREE PEPPER CHEESY STUFFED JALAPENOS. As you can imagine, the men really liked these. Even though I removed all the seeds, they were still pretty hot and spicy, but delicious. My husband loved them and didn't find them hot at all (but I think his taste
buds were burned off years ago :)
The weather was perfect this night. The kids were able to play and run outside all they wanted.
I decided to grill SAVORY BEEFY BURGERS as the entree. The sides
were HERDEZ CREAMY TOMATILLO AVOCADO SALSA with Roasted
Garlic and Black Bean Artisan Tostitos, Hot Corn Dip served with Fritos, Cheetos for the kids, and Watermelon.
What kid can't resist a Cheetos mustache? As you can see, Ava's hair is growing out from the radiation, and she is doing well even though she is still getting chemo.
For dessert, we had Oreos and VANILLA
ICE CREAM V. Papa let the oldest lick the ice cream paddle. That's one of the best parts of making homemade ice cream!
Mmm. Good ice cream!
Papa decided that after dinner each child should plant his own pot of flowers. We just happen to have 6 large pots on our patio, so we lined the children up from oldest to youngest. They did a
great job planting. The oldest one did his pot all by himself!
And at the end, Papa supervised the clean-up.
Family Dinner Night...with the emphasis on "Family." A time to slow down, if only for a 2-3 hours, time for cousins to play with each other, time to catch up on each other's lives, and time to
nurture each other with hugs, conversation, and good food.
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