Tuesday, September 03, 2013

A Healthy Feast and Family Theme for 2013-14

A back-to-school feast in which we introduce the family theme of "My Body is a Temple"

Yesterday was Labor Day, which for us means that school starts tomorrow!  Which also means it's time to have our annual Back-to-School Feast and introduce the new family theme.

This has definitely become one of our favorite family traditions.  The girls really look forward to it and willingly stay upstairs for a few hours while Joel and I get everything ready.

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This past year or so has brought to light several health issues in our little family.  I really should dedicate an entire post to our little journey back to health (which is only really just getting started), but let's just say that I have done a lot of research on the foods we are eating and how they affect us and the specific issues Sophia (Celiac), Chloe (vitiligo), and I are dealing with.  I have slowly been cutting out processed food and adding in way more fruits and vegetables than just the token bit that we used to eat at dinner.  We still have a long way to go.

Our theme this year is "My Body is a Temple: Healthy Body, Healthy Mind, Healthy Spirit."  I am looking forward to learning how to be more healthy as an entire family.

In light of our new, healthier, lifestyle we ate foods that are a little healthier than the norm.
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Joel made this Rosemary Lemon Chicken.  It was a big hit with everyone.

We also had a Lemon, Quinoa, Spinach, & Chickpea salad which some people liked and others were a little meh about.  Mostly it was the dressing.  Next time I make it, I won't use cumin in the dressing and we'll see what they think.

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There was gluten-free banana bread and for dessert we had some Paleo Chocolate Pudding.  Again, mixed reviews on this recipe, though it was mostly because it was too dark for their taste.  Less cocoa next time!
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Their "crowns" were pretty simple this year since I totally left everything to the literal last minute.  I made them about ten minutes before we called them down for dinner.  But I had to make them SOMETHING because they are so into the tradition that everything would have been ruined without a headdress of some sort!

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And now for some less-than-stellar photos of the school girls.  It's always too dark by the time we eat to get super great photos, but c'est la vie.

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Can you believe this child is going into the freaking EIGHTH grade?  'Cause I sure can't!

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Fifth grade for Chloe!  Her very last year of elementary school.

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And this little cutie is going to be a big second grader.  She is so excited for school to start tomorrow!

After dinner and a nice discussion on taking care of our bodies, minds, and spirits, we broke to the Living Room where Joel gave the girls their Father's Blessings.  This is something we do every year to start school off on the right foot--with a lot of great advice, love, and peace from above.

And now for school to actually start!  I do think, despite all my protestations against the arrival of fall, I'm ready.

Bring it on.

More Back-to-school Feasting:
Feasting Like it's 1862
A Romanian Feast

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Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. I just love your family Lara. You and Joel are good parents. :)

  2. Amazing! You may have noticed via instagram but our little family is eating way less meat and a lot more quinoa, farro, and fruits and vegetables! The girls grumble all the time but it has been since the first of the year and there is way less grumbling now. Other than the snotty "are we VEGAN!?!" comments from Elodie! ; ) We do have meat on the weekends and there are still some treats thrown in too!

    Love everything you did. And I am going to go nutso trying to figure out the typo in your printable! I can't find anything wrong with it! PLease tell me so I can sleep tonight!