good life with si foster
Part of cultivating a good life for me and my family is making Sunday dinner a homemade event!
When our children were young, we started a tradition of gathering our family each Sunday evening to eat dinner. This tradition has become a long standing invitation to our kids each week to come home and share a meal at the dinner table.
While our kids were growing up, a family member (or two) would often miss sitting down to dinner due to ball practice, piano lessons, work, or church service. Sunday is the one day each week that rarely conflicts with a family meal. It is a constant in our home. We have been able to set aside this day to gather and enjoy a meal in the evening, no matter how busy we are during the week. The meal is always homemade. Nothing off-the-charts spectacular as far as gourmet cooking goes but always lots of good food prepared with love. Sunday dinner is a little more special than our regular weeknight dinners.
Our traditional first Sunday of the month meal often consists of tender, slow-cooked roast beef, creamy mashed potatoes with pan gravy, roasted carrots and onions, a crisp green salad with homemade dressing, buttery homemade Lion House rolls, freezer jam, and a variety of cakes, cookies, or pie for dessert.
We treat the meal a little differently — starting with the way we set the table (cloth napkins) to the food made. We always offer a blessing on the food before the meal, and after the meal is over, my husband Grant takes the opportunity to give us a gospel message. This message ties into something we have studied in the scriptures recently, learned in church, or sometimes an issue we have dealt with as a family. This has become a chance for Grant to teach the family principles that are important to us as a family group around the dinner table.
When I started blogging 9 years ago, my purpose was to share recipes I made at home and, in turn, help people understand that good memories begin with good meals. Abountifulkitchen.com has developed into a place online where I can share my love of cooking, family, and memory making. Meals don’t have to be complicated to be delicious! A little time and a little effort can yield huge benefits to those we love most: our families! As time goes on, I hope the memories my kids have made at the dinner table on Sundays will stay in their hearts forever and help each of them “cultivate a good life” in their own homes!
a note from becky
Oh my goodness, raise your hand if you’re ready to show up to Si’s house next Sunday?? That’s certainly how I feel … and that’s how I felt the first time I met Si. In fact, I’ve had the pleasure of eating her prepared-with-love food and this woman walks the walk and talks the talk. But also — Si is a beautiful example to me and so many others. She serves. She loves. She has compassion. She goes through life with grace but not without struggle. And all of this is who she is. All of this is what she chooses. Si certainly cultivates a good life and some day I hope to have the opportunity to help her through a little Project Photo Rescue (something the two of us have talked about for a while).