Minutes before I headed out for the Super Bowl, I got an email about the “Supper Bowl” – perfect timing, and a great project I wanted to let you know about. Dream Dinners, a meal assembly franchise, hosted wives of NFL football players for a cooking competition. The ladies made more than 150 family meals for the Ronald McDonald House, and the winning wives received $15,000 to support their favorite children’s charities.

My son cooked some meals at the Ronald McDonald House – it’s such a great organization, and they provide housing and meals for families with children in nearby hospitals – truly a warm gift.

What a great combination of food, charity, and football fun! I asked their representative for some MomTini tips around the dinner hour. I especially liked their “Getting to the Table” tab tips including…

Say no to distractions. Turn off the TV. Don’t answer the phone. Declare this time interruption-free.

Say yes to each other. Make this a time for family. Let your family know that they are expected to show up, and that they are expected to eat together.

Set the tone. Take pleasure in each other’s company. Give everyone a chance to talk, and then listen respectfully.