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Dinnertime is my absolute favorite time of the day - especially during the school year. I love having family meals sitting around our kitchen table. Between work, school, after school activities, homework, and the hustle and bustle of life in general, it’s usually the only time during the day that we can really sit and focus on each other.
Dinner is the one moment in our day we can listen to the kids giggle over whatever silly thing has caught their eye, catch up on whatever events happened to one another throughout our day and simply enjoy our time together as a family.
Growing up we always had family dinners - even during the busiest of our school days. My mom always made sure we sat down and dined together. I might not have always appreciated this as I became a teenager (sorry mom!), but as I’ve gotten older and now have a family of my own, I’ve come to thrive on this special time of day.
Leading up to dinnertime though is usually a marathon. With school now in full swing, our days have switched from poolside lounging to full on jam packed moments of learning and practices. While we love being able to enjoy dinner with our family, making that dinner can sometimes seem daunting after a day filled with a million and one activities and tasks. Some evenings I want to just prepare a quick wholesome meal that I know the kids will enjoy. Less fuss over dinner equals more time that we are able to spend together, so the more convenient the meal, the better.
Recently I introduced our family to Ellio’s Pizza, a brand that's been a Northeastern staple for the past 5 decades and is now available in our neck of the woods, too. My kids absolutely love pizza and would eat it every night if I let them - so I knew Ellio’s cheese pizza would be a huge hit. I partner it with a yummy salad and some fruit for a well balanced meal and dinner is ready in just minutes. Not only are my kids happy, but I can enjoy no stress prep and savor those precious moments we have together even more.
The kids even enjoy Ellio’s as a quick afternoon snack. They are usually starving after school and instantly try to hit the pantry the moment they come home. I usually try to steer them towards something a little more wholesome - Ellio's is made with 100% real cheese and no artificial flavors - rather than eating a ton of snacks.
Funny enough, their newest favorite after school activity is watching re-runs of games from their beloved hometown baseball team while snacking on their favorite cheesy pizza. While this summer we opted out of our usual season tickets, we did manage to take them to a few games. They quickly have become baseball obsessed, and I am more than happy to indulge them with a little afternoon pizza snack and some rowdy team chanting.
Cute also informed me that it’s perfect baseball watching pizza because it’s square and doesn’t have any crust on it - just the way he and Carrie Beth’s Boo-Boo like it.
From afternoon snacks to family centered dinners, I am thankful to have a quick and convenient meal available so that I can savor these sweet moments that truly matter.
What mealtime moments do you savor?
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This is a sponsored post on behalf of Dr. Oetker USA LLC. I received compensation for this post, however all opinions stated are my own.