I wrote this post as part of my participation in a blog tour on behalf of Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division, the makers of PEPCID®. I received compensation to thank me for taking the time to participate. However, all opinions expressed are my own.
I travel a lot.
As in, a LOT LOT.
As you may know, I moved here to Texas earlier last year, after living my entire existence in Virginia. It’s been a huge change, but one I love, and I am thrilled that I have found a life (and husband, and friends, and more family) that I get to share my life with. However, a huge portion of my life is still in Virginia – namely my son, Seven, and my parents. So, I find myself flying back and forth on a very regular basis. It’s not easy, but I manage. I’m lucky we can afford to do it, and I am very lucky Rust understands my needing to be able to travel like I do.
But this post isn’t really about that so much.
It’s about what I see ALL the TIME. Whether here, in Texas, or there, in Virginia, or places in between.
It’s families and friends, out to eat, and no one paying attention to the people right in front of them.
The kids are on their iPads and Kindles, playing games while the parents check their Facebook updates. It’s friends texting other friends versus TALKING to the one in front of them.
I know, I am guilty of it myself. Technology has made it so easy to communicate with friends afar, that we forget to converse in real life.
It’s a shame, really.
Before my grandfather died a couple of months ago, we used to all go out as a family to eat. Lots of us – often 12 or more. He was not a fan of cell phones, and out of respect, I did not use my phone at dinner or around him during family time. I wish it were more common – phones put away during meal time.
Meal time used to be such a fun and meaningful occasion. I can’t tell you how many fond memories I have of growing up, sitting around with my cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents. There were so many of us, we had to eat in shifts…and no one minded. But the laughter and storytelling, the getting to share our lives over a hot meal – it’s something I treasure. I’m afraid kids today won’t have that same opportunity.
With that in mind, when Seven is here with us in Texas, Rust and I do our best to make sure there are no mealtime distractions, such as iPad or TV. We seat ourselves around the kitchen table, and talk. Afterwards, we play UNO, or other board games, void of technology, and just enjoy one another.
One of my favorite dinner plans is breakfast for dinner – because I think it puts everyone in a happier mood. Like we are getting away with something by indulging in breakfast foods at the wrong time of day. A secret amongst us, something we can celebrate…being naughty by eating pancakes after 10am.
Seven loves breakfast foods, as do I. Breakfast, to me, is borderline dessert. Pancakes. French Toast. Popovers. Waffles. So sweet and delicious, and everyone seems to feel like a kid again. At the same time, however, I am NOT still a kid. And a plate full of waffles at 8pm can lead to well…heartburn. A bit of discomfort, from time to time. But, I have found that if I take action with PEPCID COMPLETE®, I’m fine, and the fun-filled Breakfast Night can go on without a hiccup.
So, why not serve up a favorite Breakfast staple for a family filled, giggly dinner? I promise, it’s worth it. Leave the computers off, no TV, no phones. Just you, and the ones you love. Catch up. Talk about the day and make plans for the future. Just ENJOY looking at one another and soaking in all there is to love about the people you choose to have in your life.
Your emails will wait.
Fluffy Belgian Waffles
- 2/3 cups sugar
- Zest of 1/2 orange
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 2 large eggs, divided
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 cup melted butter
- Maple Syrup, as desired
- Preheat waffle iron according to manufacturer’s instructions.
- In a small bowl, combine the zest and the sugar with your fingers, working the zest into the sugar until it is aromatic. Add in the flour, salt and baking powder. Whisk to combine. Set aside.
- In a separate bowl, beat the egg yolks slightly, then add vanilla, milk, and melted butter.
- Combine the wet and dry ingredients. Do not over mix.
- In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites to stiff peaks. Fold into the waffle batter.
- Spoon batter into waffle baker and follow manufacturer’s instructions. Serve hot with syrup and whipped cream, if desired.
More about PEPCID®
Recently, PEPCID® hosted the 100 Course Dinner in “it” culinary city, New Orleans, to celebrate that when heartburn is off the table, you’ll want the dinner and conversations to last.
Dubbed the Carpe Dinner, Chef Isaac Toups, of “Top Chef” fame, hosted five food-loving guests at his NOLA restaurant, Toups’ Meatery, where all came together to enjoy a delicious 100 Course Dinner and engage in mouth-watering conversations. They TALKED to each other! Isn’t that great? I love the idea of this huge meal, and just being surrounded by chatter and great food…things worth sharing.
The website, where you can check out the event, launched on January 9th…so go take a peek!
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Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by PEPCID® and Mom It Forward. All thoughts and opinions are my own.