Dinner is such an important part of the day, don't you agree? In our home, the most common questions asked by the kids are "What's for dinner?" and "What time is dinner?" Phil and I also spend a lot of time talking about what to cook for dinner, what we need for dinner, when to start cooking, how to prep anything the day before, etc. Dinner is definitely the highlight of the day in our house. Because it takes up so much of our day to plan, shop for a last-minute ingredient, cook and serve a meal for nine each night, we try to make sure we all enjoy the meal together, and as slowly as possible.
Growing up in a family of eight, I can remember my mom finally sitting down at the table, only to have the first couple of kids already finish their plates. She or my dad would remind us that even though the meal could be eaten in a few minutes, a lot more time and love was spent creating it, and we needed to stay together at the table for a while. I think all moms understand the sentiment. On holidays, I can hear myself proclaim, "This took me all day to make, so you're going to slowly enjoy it!"