People have encouraged me to share about our Family Friday. Since this is a blog about me both personally and professionally, it does seem appropriate for me to share one of my most treasured activities: Family Friday!
A bit of history…. Family Fridays began last January when I was wearing my Family Cruise Director hat. At that point, we were all desperate for sunshine during the NW’s greyest months! Having a little family party at the end of each week was just what we needed! As a mother and avid hostess, it is the perfect way for me to channel my first loves,entertaining and my family! Not to mention, philosophically it’s important to me that as a family we know how to have fun together, as sometimes it’s easy to simply cohabitate. My greatest desire is to relate to my family on a deeper level and to do this we (heavy on the Me) must be able to kick back, get silly, and be 100% present!
Three Rules of Family Friday… (No surprise that I have rules, I am-after-all–an etiquette consultant)
1. Family Friday, first and foremost, must be about family. This means that everyone has a say in what we do–a great opportunity to work on making compromises, helping out, and keeping it simple (the latter is directed to the Cruise Director).
2. Family Fridays have to stay within our family budget – requiring creativity and a bit of McGivering (if that’s a word) once in awhile.
3. Family Friday must be easy to clean-up. I never want this to be something people enjoy but dread the clean-up! This is not about mom’s big ideas; it’s about being together!
Family Friday, February 27th
This past Family Friday had a bit of a twist…we made homemade pretzels and played Maggie’s favorite “Fancy Nancy: Big Easy Game”. Late in the afternoon, Maggie fell asleep as we were curled up on the sofa reading books. This siesta provided me and Elle the perfect opportunity to sneak away to the kitchen and prepare the pretzel dough.
Maggie is a great helper, but last time she “helped” our newly made fortune cookie batter was “accidentally” poured down the drain. We now use her “help” in other areas!
When all of the ingredients had been combined and mixed, Elle showed me how she learned to kneed bread at school. Let’s just say she may have a future as the bongo player in a Reggae band. After the bongo show, we set the dough aside to rise. We were cleaning up the kitchen when Ty called and offered to pick-up dinner on his way home adding another sweet twist to the evening!
During dinner we discussed our pretzel toppings of choice:
- Ty: Cinnamon and Sugar
- Me: Sea Salt (Lent, no sugar)
- Maggie: Sprinkles
- Elle: Sea Salt
After dinner, Maggie and I made a quick run to the grocery store as I was out of cinnamon.
This is where Mags shines. She’s great at holding items, and I find her in-store commentary quite adorable.
Once we were home and had the toppings organized in bowls, we were ready to get cookin’. We all stood in the kitchen rockin’ to Mommy and Daddy’s Middle School favorites (with a bit of editing) on Pandora Radio’s Bon Jovi Station and rolling out long ropes of dough which we twisted into a shape that somewhat resembled a pretzel.
Ty’s pretzels were by far the most impressive and if he focuses is energy he could give Wetzel’s a run for its money…
Once the pretzels were boiled, baked, glazed, sprinkled and dipped, we sat around the dinner table with “Fancy Nancy” snacking on sweet or for me savory pretzels, and laughing until we cried at each other saying the funny phrases (required by the game, of course) such as “Ooh, la, la”, “Bonjour Butterfly” & “Pinkies up darling”.
What are your family traditions? I’d love to hear about them!