IF YOU HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR A SOLUTION TO FAMILY DINNERTIME: PLANNING, SHOPPING, COOKING, ETC. LOOK NO FURTHER.
This is a complete treat for us to be showcasing the FOOD NANNY and her amazing cookbook, The Food Nanny Rescues Dinner, on thecraftingchicks.com. This lovely lady not only has an amazing cookbook, but also has her own TV show where she rescues families from dinnertime disaster. When you meet her in person, which Brooke and I separately have had the opportunity to do, you just know that she is a true believer in her system and the ability it has to bond families together through consistent family dinnertime. She recently did a presentation in my area and everyone left with 2 or 3 cookbooks each. It’s brilliant.
As the Food Nanny, Liz Edmunds helps families with her theme-night solutions and strategies for successful family dinnertimes:
- Get past the “Yes, buts…” that are keeping you from cooking
- Plan meals the easy way: a template, pantry list, shopping advice.
- Involve family members in the preparations.
- Fill your home with the aromas that convey caring, safety, and comfort.
- Engage your kids in dinner conversations.
I don’t even know where to start with my new-found obsession with her system. Who would have thought? Now remember I have a 6, 5, 3 ¾, and 2 year-old and have way too much going on in my life. Up until 8 weeks ago, when I met the Food Nanny, I had been looking for a good “system” to make dinnertime and everything that revolves around it more doable. I bet most of you could find a little bit of you in me, I was officially the dinnertime TROLL:
- I HATED dinnertime, seriously.
- I didn’t like shopping for it.
- I didn’t like planning for it.
- I didn’t like anxious feeling that revolved around choosing what to make. This is the complaint I hear the most from my friends.
- I didn’t like making it.
- I didn’t like cleaning up afterwards, BOO. I needed a total paradigm shift. Does any of this sound familiar?
THEN, I met Liz.
I met her in her booth at Swiss Days in Midway, Utah over Labor Day weekend.
This cute lady has more spunk in her smallest toe than I will even have in my WHOLE life.
I walked by her booth, and wanted to see what all the hype was about. I stopped. I TOLD HER I hated dinnertime with a passion. It was true, I did.
She told me the WHY’S of making dinner and dinnertime wonderful for your family: Studies show that children who have regular meals with their families typically-
- Eat healthier
- Are less likely to use drugs and alcohol
- Get better grades
- Are more likely to discuss serious issues with their parents
- Are less likely to have eating disorders.
This is when I said, “YES PLEASE, I’LL TAKE SOME OF THAT, and I bet our readers at thecraftingchicks.com will LOVE you too.”
I bought her cookbook. This is how I now feel about dinnertime with the knowledge in the back of my mind that my family is growing closer together as I do this:
- I am having fun planning what to eat for each theme night. The themes for each day of the week really take the guesswork out of meal planning. YES!
- I have a better idea of how and when to shop for all the foods needed to make the dinners.
- I am trying new recipes and learning more about cooking because her cookbook has the best tips and tricks.
- I have a newfound appreciation and respect for dinnertime, which fuels the whole process.
- I am actually enjoying it all, and it’s made my life so much easier. Systems are the only way to make a whole bunch of things happen, this is a perfect one.
I’m thankful to say the least, to have met her at just the right time in my life. Leave a comment here on our site and be entered to win a SIGNED copy of her cookbook. You want this, I’m telling you. If you aren’t lucky enough to win this contest, go give her some love over at thefoodnanny.com where you can purchase cookbooks and learn more about her system. Thanks again Liz.
QUOTES from the professionals:
“Liz…takes key ingredients of life-friends and family-and makes them into a daily tradition of mealtime. These are vital nutrients to keep family and mealtime thriving.”
-Debbie Fields, Founder, Mrs. Fields Cookies
“I recommend this book for every family-especially those who think they don’t have the time or talent to cook great dishes.”
-Dr. Laura Schlessinger, International Radio, Talk Host and author
Liz Edmunds, the Food Nanny, consult with families one-on-one about meal planning to help them create a consistent family dinnertime at home. She and her husband raised their seven children outside Park City, Utah, where they now regularly welcome their growing brood of grandchildren with their parents for family meals of all kinds. Visit her website at www.thefoodnanny.com.