When I was a kid, going out to dinner was a rare treat. As a matter of fact, I distinctly remember going to a fast food restaurant called Burger Chef, where they served the burgers in these little plastic bags, and I loved those burgers. If I had to eat one of those hamburgers as an adult, I would probably choke. However, it was a novelty, so that made it that much better.
Today, my kids know every fast food restaurant there is, all too well. I try my best to pack dinner in a cooler to take along when I know we will be out at dinner time for a sporting event. However, sometimes I am not home ahead of time to do the preparing and packing of the food. So, restaurant food is not a novelty for my kids unfortunately. They also would probably turn their noses up at a semi-wet hamburger served in a plastic bag.
This leads me to my point for the day of why I so much prefer to eat at home. Besides the fact that I am so sick of eating out (Spring is our busiest time of year), there are so many benefits to eating at home, such as:
- The menu is healthy- the kids are not subjected to choices like overly breaded chicken or a hot dog.
- I have a great time cooking with the family, and the kids are learning some valuable skills that they can use their whole life.
- I know what I am eating. There are no worries that my vegetables are laden in butter and salt. I know that I washed all the vegetables well (including the lemon in my water). I also know that my hands are clean when I prepare the food.
- There is no frustration with bad service. If someone runs out of water, they can get another glass themselves.
- I don’t eat 3 loaves of bread while waiting for my meal like I will at some restaurants because I am starving.
- The quality of the meal is generally pretty reliable, unless I am trying a new recipe!
- There is plenty of room for our family of 5. It is great to just sit around the table and chat in a nice quiet, comfortable environment. And, there is no rush to give up your table because you know other people are waiting.
- Eating at home is way cheaper.
On the flip-side, there is definitely still something nice about occasionally going out to dinner. Not having to run to the store for last-minute ingredients or having to clean up a big mess is obviously nice. However, I am excited for when life settles down a bit and eating out is a novelty again, that can be appreciated and enjoyed.