During the crazy days of summer and even crazier days of August, when I feel like my kitchen and I no longer understand each other, I find it almost impossible to sit down with the whole family for a meal. Between my many jobs and whatever else pops up along the way, sometimes it seems like we haven't sat together for a meal in an eternity. I can't stand really eating any other way. We all eat at the same time and the same meal (except for Zev who wishes he could eat our food but instead is stuck with mush...still!) I grew up eating as a family, together, at the end of the day and Rick and I have always sat down together as well whenever we can. Now more than ever, with the kiddos here, I feel like I need to make a full dinner (or someone does-not just me!!) and we need to sit down (toys aside, no phones, books, papers, or distractions) and enjoy our food and ourselves. Tonight I felt that need and so I pulled out a special tablecloth made by Rick's BaBa. (She gifted us this tablecloth for our wedding. She passed away recently and I only got to ever meet her once. She was a sweet woman and I wish I had gotten to really know her.) I lit candles. We had a homegrown meal with homemade cornbread even though they didn't really go together. I am somewhat of a cornbread freak...like maybe multiple times a week...yikes! It is a super simple recipe and takes all of 7 minutes to put together and can be made with many variations (although I don't really vary mine). Anyhoo...we had a nice dinner with only the light of the candles. All the windows were open and a cool breeze made it almost chilly, which was pretty much like the icing on the cake for me! It is the reason I live where I do. I love the cool evenings and for me they make the rest of the summer bearable! Wow. This post was going to be about the rest of out trip to Jersey but huh...I guess tonight I felt like talking about eating (surprise surprise!). Maybe tomorrow night...or maybe not...who knows?