At the Dinner Table

Dinner tables aren’t just for meals anymore. All kinds of things happen at the dinner table, like family feuds, uncomfortable silence or confrontational conversations. You know, like on the t.v. shows Eight is Enough, the original Dallas, The Wonder Years …I’ve really dated myself, haven’t I? The most modern show I can think of that had scenes of family dinner’s is Brothers and Sisters.

Nonetheless, y’all know what I’m talking about, right? Well, my examples may be a bit melodramatic, but I do love a good discussion. It doesn’t have to be deep to be good.

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Take this week for instance. My family gathered ’round the table at a local, Mom and Pop burger place, it doesn’t even have to be the table in your home, and a fun conversation about today’s music entertainers ensued.

Who’s got real talent, who doesn’t kind of stuff. Rumors and rumors of rumors. Taylor Swift vs. Carrie Underwood. Kenny Chesney, Justin Beiber, Nicki Manaj, and the list goes on.


Then, the teen hormones took over and there were tears and for fear of it escalating, we left and went to Target to buy toilet paper before going home.

We all agreed that it was a fun evening, overall. 😉

The point of sharing all of this is that I want to share this experience with you.  Having a meaningful conversation over a meal is what makes a house feel like a home and makes a friendship feel like family.  It’s good stuff.

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So, from time to time, I will write an “at the dinner table” post, where we’ll gather around the table, and there will be food, too. We’ll pass the rolls, pour some iced tea and talk…talk about life, current events, matters of the heart, whatever is on our minds. And at the end, I’ll share a recipe from the meal that evening. How does that sound?

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Will you join me at the dinner table?

Since I didn’t cook for us today, I’ll reshare my beef enchiladas recipe that seems to be gaining some popularity on Pinterest lately.

beef enchiladas

Author: Sharon Hines
Prep time: 30 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 50 mins
Serves: 4 to 6
These beef enchiladas are simple to make and are very flavorful.
  • pkg. corn tortillas
  • 1 lb. of ground meat
  • 1 cup of mexican blend cheese
  • can of enchilada sauce
  • 1 Tbsp of ground cumin
  • 1 tsp of garlic powder
  • 1 tsp of onion powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. preheat oven to 350
  2. ~spray glass baking pan with Pam
  3. ~brown ground meat and drain fat
  4. ~wrap corn tortillas in damp paper towel and microwave for 1 minute..set aside
  5. ~season meat with cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper
  6. ~stir in a little of the enchilada sauce–just enough to moisten the mixture
  7. ~spoon meat mixture and some cheese into middle of tortilla, roll and place seam side down in pan. You should end up with make 9 – 12 enchiladas depending on how much of the mixture you use to fill each tortilla.
  8. tip: I do this in the baking dish for minimal mess
  9. ~pour remaining sauce over the enchiladas and sprinkle with cheese.
  10. ~Place in oven for twenty minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbling.

You can garnish the enchiladas with guacamole, sour cream or salsa. Serve with a side spanish rice and either charro or refried beans.


See you in class,

Mrs. Hines


  1. Wonderful post, Sharon. I am looking forward to more dinner table conversation.

  2. Sharon, I would be delighted to join you around your dinner table and participate in the conversations. I know first hand of the shows that you mentioned in the beginning, so I guess I am dating myself as well. The one thing that always happened in my family gowing up, was unless there was a scheduling conflict or we had prior permission, we all had dinner together. As we got older, started playing sports, etc. and would miss the family dinner, one of my parents always sat down w/ me at whatever time I finally got home to eat. We would discuss my day, how the game (or other event) went, and so on. I have some very strong feelings and convictions on this topic, but as not to start a debate, I won’t post them here. I will say though – I miss family dinners (I live alone) and all that it entails. Thank you for bringing back some great memories…

  3. Pat, I can’t wait to have dinner and conversation with you!

  4. Terri, my childhood was similar. We all ate together every night until sports and such took over. And even though I feel strongly about the importance of eating dinner together as a family, I’m guilty of not doing it on a regular basis in my own household. But when we do, it’s the highlight of my week. I walk away from the table feeling closer to my family and even having fallen more in love with them. I’m glad my little post was able to bring back fond memories for you. Thank you for sharing. xo

  5. Sharon, I bet it is the highlight of your week! I forgot to say I copied your recipe, and will be trying it one day in the near future – perhaps when my single neighbor/helper can come over for dinner to join me.

  6. Hi Sharon,
    When I was growing up, we called lunch “dinner” and dinner was called “supper.” That’s because it was tradition in my grandparents’ day to eat the heaviest meal midday. Since I retired, we are returning to that schedule more and more. Whenever our grandchildren are here, I make a BIG point of having our meals at the table. They are used to eating on the run or sitting in front of the TV, or snacking all day long! I just think it’s important to have good conversation along with a meal!

  7. I wish we could always have the big, hearty meal midday. Just talking about it is making me hungry. Your grandchildren are always going to remember those meals at your house. What do they call you?

  8. This sounds fun! I can’t wait to start reading these! Dinner time is always interesting when there are teens involved! lol ~Tammy

  9. I love dinner time. Glad to have you join in!


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