This week I decided that my family needed to eat dinner at the dining room table. The man of the house has a bad habit of taking his food to the living room and turning the television on. So, I decided that I needed to be really creative about the meal preparation so that the family has to sit at the table.
Each night I have used my every day china to set the table. The table has been covered with a really nice linen tableclothe.
As part of the meal I have prepared individual fruit bowls and placed them in the center of the dinner plates. Each setting also had a small green salad or vegetable plate that was eaten before the main meal.
The main meal has consisted of a meat; a steamed vegetable; a starch; and a bread.
The beverage has been a sugar free or lite fruit juice with ice and some diet squirt.
There has been some grumbling and finicky tastes - I warned the family that I would stop cooking if they didn't show more appreciation.
Week one down -