I think music with meals make the time at the table that much more exciting, memorable and dare I say 'enchanting'. Music at breakfast is quicker and alert ('Running Just To Catch Myself' by Mark Schultz), lunch is dedicated to more playful tunes ('Crazy ABCs' by Bare Naked Ladies) and dinner is calm and soft to allow for lingering conversations (even if it is just me and the two year old!). Because I have a soft spot for classical and vocal, my dinner playlists are very long. We almost never complete a playlist at a meal but I always try to get to hear 'Nessun Dorma' by Pavarotti each evening, especially if we eat Italian. That song makes my heart just melt!
So this week, try playing music during dinner and then maybe other times of the day. I honestly think it makes food taste better. And if you love the music, take the next step with fresh flowers (Gerber daisys are beautiful right now!) and maybe even a few candles. It may seem a little 'too much' especially if it's just you and the kids but there's something magical about making dinner time special. I am not promising your kids will turn into angels if you turn on some Mozart but they just might throw the food a little less ;)
Monday: Minestrone Soup (unusual icky weather here so we are enjoying a winter dish)
Tuesday: Spanish Roast Chicken with a nice spinach salad
Wednesday: King River Salmon in parchment with sauteed bok choy (salmon is slowly coming back in season!) *link includes pesto--I am omitting pesto and pasta here
Thursday: Jailhouse Spaghetti (Miley's favorite) with broccollini
Friday: Lamb Chops with Mint and Garlic; served with roasted asparagus
Saturday: Date Night (woo-hoo!) kids getting spinach and feta chicken sausage with pasta bianco
Sunday: Mother's day--a complete unknown for me as this day is completely planned by my husband and children. I'd love to go here but would be just as happy with a picnic in the park (like last year!)
For more fantastic meal plans, check out Jen at Chive Talkin' !
I am going to close with 'Nessun Dorma'. How can you not have an incredible meal with this in the background?