Home For Dinner

November 14th, 2015


Dr. Anne Fishel, co-founder of the Family Dinner Project has written the most thought-provoking book entitled Home for Dinner.  The reading is conversational and so interesting as she shares comments from her private practice in Family Therapy.  She says often she will tell a family to go home and have a meal together as this will benefit them more than sitting in her office for a session! Is that powerful or what!  Who would have ever guessed the power of family meals.  For years, family and child specialists have proposed meals together, but recently, the research is finally in that backs this recommendation 100 %.


One conundrum now is that many young adults/parents have no clue how to plan and prepare meals at home.  Reared on fast foods and drive through meals, they are clueless when it comes to preparing a meal with more than one dish.  Fortunately, with access to the internet, help is available.  A simple Google, Bing or Pinterest search will yield more than enough information to get started.  Local Family and Consumer Sciences Cooperative Extension faculty often teach classes in preparing and shopping for healthy food.  Many are no cost.











Dining in with long time friends in their new

“ retirement home” in Atlanta.  Three generations left to right, Shirley, daughter, Dawn and  her  son, Quentin and Bob and Joyce Miles.   We don’t feel any older, but we remember the day Quentin was born!!  We so much enjoyed the peaceful atmosphere eating at their lovely new home.

Dining In Resources

November 14th, 2015



If you had any question about whether family meals were worth the efforts, this article is very convincing.

Web resources for meal planning as well as grocery shopping are many and varied. Planning and preparing meals for the family every evening is a daunting task and numerous people have posted tried and true recipes that are sure to please even the pickiest eaters. 

http://weeklymeals.eatathomecooks.com    The author for this website actually charges for her meal plan, but there are many others who do not charge.

http://www.bestmealsathome.com    This website is from Publix grocery store.  Even if you don’t have a Publix in your neighborhood, these ideas work in any community.

DINE IN on December 3

November 14th, 2015

Once again it is nearing time to celebrate Ellen’s birthday.  The American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences is sponsoring the Dine In campaign in her honor.  Last year, 100,000 people signed on to commit to Dining In on December 3.  This year we hope for 200,000. 

Dining In is a healthier way to eat for families and not just for the food aspect.  Healthy conversations can result, too.  Research has proven that children who eat meals with their families at home perform better in school, have fewer drug and alcohol incidents and far less incidence of childhood obesity. 

      What is there not to like!!!






Sign in at the above website and register to Dine In.







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“Keep children involved in the conversation.  It’s OK for parents to talk to each other, but don’t turn the family dinner into adult conversation time.  Consider having adult time after the meal over coffee” 

            William J. Doherty, University of Minnesota

Celebrate FCS Day

November 19th, 2014

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This website has many ideas for celebrating FCS Day and also Dining In activities.

Family and Consumer Sciences Day Honors Ellen

November 19th, 2014


As many people know, December 3 is Ellen’s Birthday.  She was born in 1842, the only child of Fanny and Peter Swallow.  In her honor, the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences ( originally American Home Economics Association, which Ellen founded in 1909) is honoring Ellen by declaring December 3 FCS Day.  This year, the focus is on fighting obesity by “Dining In”


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New video clip about Ellen Richards

March 6th, 2014

Browsing around through the Internet, I found a short clip from MIT about Ellen:

New Exposure for Life and Legacy Video about Ellen Swallow Richards

February 5th, 2014

Several years ago at AAFCS Annual Meeting one of our speakers mentioned that the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Division of Family and Consumer Sciences was going to develop a Master Family & Consumer Sciences Volunteer Program, which includes a 13 lesson series for training volunteers as well as a website. The Life and Legacy video of Ellen Swallow Richards was offered as a means to teach volunteers some of the history of our profession. Today, this website is live, and with this link you can visit the site as well as view the Ellen video. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to see the video.


We sincerely thank Beverly Samuel, CFCS, National Program Leader, Housing and Community Living, Division of Family and Consumer Sciences for her efforts to make this a reality. The more people who read about our history, the more support we will have for the value of our profession.

Ellen would have loved this article

June 22nd, 2012

In a recent MSN Money piece epidemiologists proposed that being poor was part of the problem causing obesity.  The end of the article was priceless as Dr. Adam Drewnowski,  Director for the Center for Obesity Research at the University of Washington in Seattle, said  “Bring home economics classes back to schools. It would do more for obesity prevention than any other thing.” 

We need to get this man on our side!  He gets it.  Here is a link to the article.


Celebrating Women’s History Month

December 20th, 2011

Women’s History month isn’t until March 2012, but Ellen and AAFCS are ahead of the game.  We are advertising our Life and Legacy DVD in their Women’s History 2012 Gazette.  This will take the story of the founding of Home Economics over 100 years ago and its founder Ellen Swallow Richards to an entirely new audience.  We know others need to know our story.  Don’t forget that March is an excellent time to feature the history as well as feature all the things that Ellen is credited with to make the lives of  families and individuals better.  image

Holiday Gift from Jamaica Plain

December 20th, 2011

My friend, Gretchen Grozier,  from the Jamaica Plain Historical Society has sent me the most fabulous MIT fleece jacket.- to keep me connected as part of the Boston-.MIT family.  Ellen would have thought it a most practical gift and so do I.  Usually our North Carolina mountain weather is such that this jacket would cover me every single day.  However, here it is the 19th of December and our temperatures are at 60 degrees.  Who would have guessed it.  Two years ago at this time, we had 10 inches of snow and were housebound for days. Thanks, Gretchen.  As always, I have a wonderful time in Jamaica Plain and this time celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the JP Library was indeed a great experience.

Joyce and MIT shirt                                            





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