The Lifestyle Blog

Maintaining healthy eating habits, cooking from scratch, and sourcing high-quality ingredients can seem daunting. However, when it becomes a lifestyle, it is natural and provides invaluable rewards. These blogs provide tips on how to create the lifestyle and stay motivated to make the effort because it's worth it.

The topics I write about apply to anyone, but families raising children face unique challenges when it comes to mealtimes, such as fussy eaters, varying dietary preferences within the family, and working parents who struggle to find time to cook. You will find blogs that speak to problems that are unique to families, so you can enjoy cooking and bring your family together at the table.
March 15, 2023
The French Cheese Course

A Delicious and Easy Dinner Idea The French are renowned for their love of cheese and their mastery of cheese-making. Besides using cheese for cooking, the French have a custom of serving an assortment of cheeses with bread after dinner, known as a cheese course. In this article, I will share with you why a […]

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January 29, 2023
How to Serve Dinner to Please Your Whole Family

It’s Easier Than You May Think: The key is to serve dinner in courses—just like when you go out to a nice restaurant and order a first course, then a main dish, and treat yourself to dessert. Or if you’ve ever been to dinner at a French or Italian home, chances are they served you […]

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January 25, 2023
The Ultimate Way To Serve Dinner

You can improve your health and make mealtimes more meaningful by serving dinner in courses rather than a one-plate meal. Read the post to learn about the other benefits of eating in courses.

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January 16, 2023
The Best Conversation Starters for Kids of All Ages

A nutritious meal nourishes your family's bodies, and a meaningful conversation nourishes their minds and spirits. To keep your family dinners from being devoured quickly and everyone scurrying away from the table in five minutes, try this conversation starter. Tell a story. And watch the magic unfold at your table. Kids are accustomed to being […]

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January 12, 2023
A Conversation Starter That’s Remarkable

If you're stuck for ideas on how to start an engaging and meaningful conversation at the table, tell a story. People are used to being asked questions like "How was your day?" or "What are your plans for the weekend?" But telling a story is a real attention grabber. Read this blog for story starters to get a meaningful conversation flowing.

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January 5, 2023
Kitchen Tools to Make Cooking Easier & Fun

If you value cooking fresh homemade food for your family but don’t want to be a slave to your kitchen, having the right tools, you can cook faster and do some pretty cool things.

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December 15, 2022
The Ideal Holiday Family Menu

Elegant, Exciting, and Kid Friendly When your family delights in the same menu it creates a special experience. Food represents love, it binds us together. When your family eats the same food, you experience the same tastes, bringing you together in an almost magical way. Your body releases endorphins and "happy hormones" like dopamine when […]

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December 8, 2022
Reduce Stress & Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

Deliciously and Effortlessly With Thanksgiving behind us, the busiest time of year is on the horizon. The chaos seems to hit overnight. School holiday parties and plays to attend, gifts to buy, decorating, family gatherings, and gift exchanges. Everyone you meet asks, “Are you ready for the holidays yet?” probably hoping to have a reason […]

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November 28, 2022
Return to The Table Holiday Gift Guide

Who can put a price on family bonding, memories, and health? Give the gift of all three this holiday season with these Return to The Table family dinner-themed gifts. Give the Gift of Family Memories, Meaningful Connection, and Good Health.

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November 25, 2022
Thanksgiving Leftovers

The secret to getting your family on board with leftovers is to think of your leftovers as ingredients. Instead of serving the leftovers exactly as they are.

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November 18, 2022
A Timeless Thanksgiving

Make Your Best Thanksgiving Meal Ever There's no shortage of Thanksgiving recipes to motivate you to prepare Thanksgiving dinner. Still, your enthusiasm can fade when you get into the kitchen and realize all there is to do. I remember the first time I made a large Thanksgiving dinner. It was for my in-laws and some […]

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November 17, 2022
Thanksgiving Apéritif

The word “appetizer” is enough to spark the taste buds and get the mouth watering, but too many savory starters can sabotage your family’s healthy eating habits. At the holidays, when there is often so much variety, it’s easy to eat too much, especially when you’re hungry. Overindulging in the appetizer fills you up before […]

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