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Dinner and a Chat

Recently, a friend of mine complained to me how hard it was to get her teenagers to talk about what happened in school that day, or what was going on in their life.

Dinner time was the best time her family had a chance to relax and talk with one another. The only problem was they rarely were talking with one another due to the i-Pods, cell phones and text messages!

I thought of my favorite, easy recipe, along with a list of questions to help her family get back on track, and communicating with each other instead of electronic devices (at least during dinner).

This recipe is quick and delicious! Most importantly, it's followed by intriguing questions that can be a starting point for conversations between you and your kids.

Quick and Easy Chicken and Stuffing


1 pack of boneless, skinless, chicken breasts
1 box or bag of dry stuffing mix
1 box of chicken broth
1 can of cream of chicken or mushroom soup
1 cup of white wine


1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Bring chicken broth to a broil over medium high heat.

3. Combine cream of chicken or mushroom soup with white wine in a bowl.

4. Add stuffing to chicken broth to desired consistency.

5. Spread stuffing mixture in pan.

6. Add chicken breasts to pan.

7. Pour soup and wine mixture over chicken breasts.

8. Bake for thirty minutes at 350 degrees.

Dinner Topics:

Donít feel like you have to answer them all at one meal. Why not have a ball cap, basket, or bowl where questions are drawn from at random?

A note to adults: For school related questions think back to when you were a student and perhaps facing the same struggles as your own kids are having today.

1. Whatís your favorite class? Why?

2. Whatís your least favorite class? Why?

3. What subjects do you consider your strength?

4. What subjects do you consider your weakness?

5. What club or after school activities do you love?

6. What club or after school activities do you hate?

7. Have you ever had a friend betray your trust? How did it feel?

8. Have you ever betrayed a friendís trust? How did it feel?

9. Whatís your favorite music?

10. Whatís your favorite food?

11. Whatís your least favorite food?

12. As a kid, what do you want to be when you grow up? Why?

13. As an adult, are there any other career paths you have considered
pursing? Why or why not?

14. Whatís your favorite sport?

15. What sport have you never tried but would like to?

16. If you could visit any place in the United States, where would it be?

17. If you could visit any place outside of the United States, where would
it be?

18. Who is someone that you would love to have over for dinner that has
never been to your house before?

19. What advice would you give to kids getting ready to enter the grade or school you are about to leave?

20. What is your favorite dinner at home?

21. What is your favorite place to eat out?

Enjoy the recipe, and enjoy the time with your family having real family conversations over dinner!

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