Who allows their children to eat dessert for dinner on a regular basis? Well, I do and what’s more, I have 5 reasons to eat dessert for supper.
Every Sunday night is dessert for dinner at the Renfroe home!
It all started on New Year’s Eve. Meeting several women who are ahead of me on the parenting journey (older teens / grown children) I listened intently as they shared favorite family traditions. One of the gals, a pastor’s wife and the daughter of a pastor, shared how her Mom never cooked on Sunday night. Instead, the family ate dessert for dinner. Her family tradition inspired a new tradition in my home!
The Lord was already tugging at my heart in the area of Sunday dinner and hearing about dessert on Sunday nights sealed the deal. Whether we eat at home or go out to eat on Sunday makes no difference — dessert is Sunday night.
Eating a Big Lunch & Leftovers
If we eat out or at home on Sunday, we are often eating much later than noon. This means we’re often still full by dinner (5 to 6 o’clock at my house). Having dessert is truly what we’re ready for by this time.
However, if anyone is hungry for something more akin to traditional dinner, there’s plenty of leftovers. Yes, I’m sneaky like that and serve weekend leftovers (I usually cook on Saturday night). Saying we eat dessert on Sunday night sounds a lot more fun to the kids than “there’s leftover meatloaf.” They have a choice and I do not stress over it.
5 Reasons to Eat Dessert for Supper
5. No one complains. It’s funny how saying dessert is for dinner takes the whine away. Even if (and most times they do) they choose to fix a leftover to go with their dessert, they don’t complain about that either!
4. It cleans out the fridge. It’s nice to start the week with all the leftovers cleared out.
3. We get to try new dessert recipes and even share the dessert making with the kids. My oldest will often be the one who makes dessert for us. We are pretty traditional in our dessert repertoire but are branching out. Some of our favorites are:
Key Lime Pie (One week I forgot the crust so we called it key lime pudding!)
Carrot Cake (I made this with traditional cream cheese icing – the white chocolate one calls for 6 sticks of butter! There’s a fun twist on this recipe – it has cayenne pepper in it!)
Fresh Strawberry Ice Cream (This is a booklet with great recipes. The peanut butter cup ice cream is wonderful!)
Peach Cobbler with (you guessed it!) ice cream. (Here’s a great apple dumpling recipe.)
2. We love dessert. Let’s face it — a good piece of chocolate cake is great! A bonus: if I make a cake, it usually lasts two days. That means dessert Monday night after supper.
1. My family is spending quality time together. Eating meals together as a family is a given in my home. From the birth of my oldest son (he just turned 21!) we’ve eaten around the kitchen table consistently. The bonding, training, and conversation has made a lasting impact. It’s one of the best decisions my husband and I made as new parents.
What is your family’s favorite dessert?
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About Kellie Renfroe
Kellie and her husband Greg have been married 32 years and have four children ranging in age from 17 to 28. She co-founded Mentoring Moments for Christian Women in 2005. Kellie is a homeschooling mom who enjoys reading, studying the Bible, writing, photography, and learning how to cook.
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