Hello! How was your weekend? We got back late Saturday night, and I’m still up to my eyeballs in laundry, suitcases, and errands. I’m going to continue to chip away at that stuff today too.
I swear…after the 4th of July, the summer just really starts to slip away. It’s already the second Monday of the month, so I’m co-hosting this fun link up with some of my favorite bloggers.
So far this year, we’ve discussed:
- Favorite bloggers in January
- Day in the life in February
- Reading habits in March
- What’s for lunch in April
- Go to gift ideas in May
- Dream travel locations in June
This month’s topic is: family food traditions.
Today, I’m sharing the first few food traditions of ours that immediately came to mind.
Corned beef and cabbage:
My entire family looks forward to March 17th! They know this means we get to have corned beef and cabbage as well as Irish soda bread for dinner. I’ve shared those recipes before, and here they are again!
I grew up on these dishes around the holidays, and I’m glad to have carried the tradition on for my family.
We are big cookie cake people. Honestly, I think we started having cookie cakes around the time the kids were born. I remember picking a double stuffed one up at Sam’s Club for my brother’s birthday in 2010. Then, it just became a thing we do for birthdays, anniversaries (sometimes), Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.
We always look forward to this sweet treat!
Like many families, we make Christmas cookies every year. Again, I grew up baking cookies, and started doing that with my kids when they were little.
The kids always loved making the Hershey kiss peanut butter cookies, and when they were little, the best help they could be was peeling off the silver wrapper on the kisses. Now, they can make the cookies without any help from me!
Years ago, I added in the chocolate peppermint crinkle cookies I found on Pinterest, and those are our two main cookies. Sometimes, the kids will use cookie cutters on sugar cookies and then ice them, but we don’t do that every year like we do the other cookies.
My mom always sends us Christmas cookies, and then when we visit KC at Christmas, we make cookies as well. We make Spritz, Pfeffernusse, and Lebkuchen cookies as well as waffle cookies using the waffle iron that’s been in our family for well over 100 years.
Back to school:
Another tradition we have is our Back to School Breakfast. I started doing this when the kids were in kindergarten. I keep most of the supplies in a box and just bring them out the night before school starts. This is a fun tradition….
…that I tweaked last year. With the start of middle school, I decided to have a Back to School Brinner the night before the first day of school.
It was a success, and I think that will be the plan this year too. Honestly, it felt weird waking up on the first day already having that traditional meal over with, but it also was the perfect time for that transition.
Growing up we had the “You are Special” red plate. My mom served us dinner on it for anything from getting a good grade on a test to passing our driver’s test!
She gave one to us maybe four or five years ago for me to carry on the tradition with the kids.
The kids get it after report card time, after a game/performance/sports season, for being extra helpful and more.
So…those are some of our traditions. I’m sure I’m forgetting some, but those were the first to pop up in my mind!
What food traditions do you have in your family? I’d love to hear!
Next month, our topic is binge watching tv shows. Considering in binged all six seasons on Schitt’s Creek in the past month, I know that will be the first on my list!
If you have a blog, we hope you’ll link up with us. There are always so many great posts to read too!
I hope you have a wonderful Monday.