I used to think that since I was no longer working outside the home, I would have all of the time in the world to prepare gourmet meals from scratch for my family each night. I envisioned us sitting around the dinner table each night, catching up on everything that happened during the day, just enjoying a leisurely family dinner…
Boy was I wrong!
Between my blogging schedule and local events that I am invited to, Angeline’s massive amounts of school work and after school functions, and my husband’s busy travel schedule, it can be a real struggle to get us all in one place at the same time for dinner.
Family meal time is something that is very important to me; growing up, my parents sat down with us every day for dinner, no matter what. I disagreed with a lot of my parents parenting philosophies growing up (what teenager doesn’t?), but that family dinner was always just as important to me as it was to them, and I have always been so thankful to have parents that wanted to have dinner with me every single day.
With Angeline being in high school now, I feel that our family dinnertime is more important than ever. In just a few short years, she will be off to college and then on her own – having dinner together might just seem like an inconsequential thing but this nightly routine allows us to spend time together and bond as a family while we still can!
With all of our comings and goings during the week, it can be very difficult at times to actually cook dinner and sit down and enjoy it together – especially when we all have somewhere we need to be, as I experienced this past week. We headed out to Carrabba’s for a hassle-free weeknight dinner and I walked out thinking “why don’t we do this more often?”
We started out with their delicious bread and olive oil, which makes a great starter if you don’t want to order an appetizer.
I didn’t realize when we arrived that it was still happy hour, but our waiter was fantastic and explained everything that was available on the happy hour special.
Luckily for me, the house white wine was on special and I got a small carafe for the same price of a single glass!
The menu at Carrabba’s is amazing!
Everything on the menu looked so good that I had a hard time deciding which dinner to order.
I ended up ordering the Pollo Rosa Maria and I was sooo glad that I did! It was amazingly delicious. Chris ordered the Lobster Ravioli and Angeline had the Spaghetti – but I really think that mine was the best dish.
How can you go wrong with chicken, Panchetta and cheese? You can’t!
It was so nice to be able to have someone else make dinner while we caught up and talked about Angeline’s classes and the clubs she is joining, without me running back and forth to the stove to stir dinner!
Not having dishes to clear and wash after dinner? That might just be the best part!
Dinner with my family is one of the most important parts of our day. Whether you are dinning in or ordering online to-go, Carrabba’s helps bring your family together during the week.
Tell me why you think family dinner is a priority and one of my readers will win a $25 gift card to enjoy at Carrabba’s!