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I’m a great believer in family meal times. They are often the only family time our busy family gets during the week.
Studies done in the 1990’s on National Merit Scholarship Finalists revealed that all of these high achieving high school students came from families who ate meals together regularly! Other studies reveal the importance of meal times in developing secure, family-oriented (as opposed to peer-oriented) teens.

It takes a huge commitment to carve out time to eat together as a family, especially if you have children who have enough independence to be out of the home and involved in activities elsewhere.

It doesn’t take much to actually make basic good food ahead of time (although the studies say that it didn’t matter if you ordered out and ate in, what mattered was the time spent together). We strive to eat together often and, although we do it imperfectly, we keep on striving!

Here is a favorite way to prepare a beef roast and it works best with a cheap cut of meat!
Take a frozen beef roast and place it in the crockpot 12 hours before you plan to eat it. Pour a half cup of white wine over it (cheap wine is fine). Put the lid on the crock pot and turn on low.

When done, sprinkle with salt and pepper and enjoy. Beef done this way especially lends itself to beef burritos so pull out tortillas, sour cream, salsa and cheddar cheese and enjoy!