It means pertaining to good taste; elegant, chic, refined, suitable, becoming.
Wow. And here I was just going to share my menu planning for rest of 2010 and call it good.
But it sounds like it is a lot more than that! It's not enough for me to feed my family on a daily basis. That requires very little effort on my part. But presenting an elegant table, refining their table manners, teaching what things sonstitute suitable conversation, and helping them become young women and men of God is also a part of the family dining table.
So here are the goals for our family kitchen experience:
- To have dinner as a family each night (the number at the table might vary based on work or other commitments, but we try to eat together).
- To develop a consistent time for dinner each night (all too often it ends up happening so late that the evening becomes a blur afterwards).
- To eat healthy meals while we enjoy each other's company.
- To do one little thing, each evening, that makes dinner seem more like a special occasion than a necessity.
Money is especially tight over the winter months, and it gets even more costly to provide fresh foods with each meal than it is in the summer months. However, it's not impossible. To simplify my life a bit, we are going to develop a them for each night of the week and the dinner for that night will fit the theme. Please note that this next week we will be eating our way through Thanksgiving leftovers, but I will stick to this as closely as possible. Here we go:
- Sunday breakfast: eggs and homefries or pancakes
- Sunday lunch: sandwiches and chips
- Sunday dinner: soup or salad
- Monday: leftovers (usually the day that things get backed up or go wrong, so it's a night for simplicity!)
- Tuesday: fiesta night (aka Mexican food)
- Wednesday: breakfast
- Thursday: Italian (another crazy day and I'm usually too tired to want to cook, so simple is good)
- Friday: homemade pizza
- Saturday: fruit, popcorn, and finger foods (it's family movie night!)
What some might not realize is that it's not all about being the perfect homemaker or the best housewife. This, too, is an expression of LOVE for my family. I love them enough to invest my energy in planning, providing, and preparing healthy and delicious meals. I love them enough that, at the end of a tiring day, I want to make them a nice dinner and sit down and spend time together. I love them so much that I will go the extra mile to make that meal pleasant to eat, to look at, and to partake of ... and not just about food on a plate. This is one of the ways I express my love for my family, and my gratitude for God and my husband's provision in our home.