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May 13, 2011
Day 228: What Small Act Have You Done That May Have Changed the World? 10 Small Acts Here!
May 15, 2011

Nicolas with his Grandmothers

It struck me today that I do something almost every single week to give and I don’t even think twice about it. Do you do something in your life to give without realizing it?

It’s the simple things that make such a difference. It only takes one person to create positive change in the world and by giving something simple it may inspire another to give as well.

Day 227: Give 227

I like to call this the Friday night special! Every Friday night I cook a special dinner for my family. Some people do it on Sunday nights but for our family it has become tradition to have a “Grandma’s Dinner” every Friday night. At just around 5 pm my mother-in- law drops in (she lives just a few blocks down the street), my mother comes up from her suite downstairs, my husband comes home from work and we are guaranteed sit and have a meal together. With life so busy and everyone running at top speed in different directions some days we forget how important it is to sit together as a family and share a meal. Some of my fondest memories as a child are sitting around our big family dining table (6 kids in our family) and eating one meal all together. I learned so much as we debated world issues, shared stories and challenged each other at every turn. It helped to build my character,it taught me to have a voice and stand up for what I believe in. Great life lessons that have stayed with me my entire life.

I never thought of Friday night dinners as a “give” until yesterday. I put a lot of thought and effort into each meal I create to make it special and yummy! I also realized the importance of the dinner together for all us – especially my son. It gives my son a chance to interact and have time with both his grandmothers, it gives us all a chance to catch up on each others lives, it gives a sense of family and tradition. I also try to go out of my way to make something different and tasty each time. I will do one more give to along with this and give you one of my favourite fish recipes that is easy and soooo tasty.

Just remember not all “gives” have to be huge. You don’t have to give money or hours of volunteer time. It can be as simple as giving a gesture of love to your family.

White Wine & Dill White Fish in a Garlic Butter Sauce

4 pieces of your favourite white fish ( I used Basa for this recipe)
3/4 cup butter
3/4 cup white wine
1 cup fresh dill
1/2 squeezed lemon
1 tsp garlic
Salt & pepper to taste

In a large frying on pan a med/high heat, melt butter. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant. Add lemon and wine. Cook for 2 minutes to meld the flavours. Add dill, salt and pepper and stir. Add fish and cover. (no flipping needed. Cook for 7 – 10 minutes until fish is flaky. (do not cook to death – fish should be soft!)

You should have a nice sauce to pour over top of the fish. I served with a potato carrot mash and a fennel, beet & leek compote. (let me know if you want either of these recipes and I will shoot them over). Healthy and delicious for the entire family! Even my 3 year old loved it.

As a mom I do a lot in my day to give to everyone I love and this type of giving is just as valuable as any other more traditional giving. Even if you don’t think you have done anything remarkable in your day to give back, you mostly likely have without even knowing it.

I would love to hear your every day give! Send us a note, make a comment, tweet or facebook. It’s time to recognize the small acts that make such a difference.

Time Commitment: 1 hour to make dinner

Cost: Cost of food

4 Comments

  1. Heather says:

    Sounds a lovely treat to be cherished by all!
    Knowing your mum in law you all have a treat…can’t wait to see her here in the jungle!
    Great blog,well done!

    • admin says:

      Thank you Heather. Great to hear from you! Your site looks great as well. Love the pics! Thanks for checking in! So appreciate the support!

  2. Kate says:

    I’ve started applying the Woody Allen maxim “80 percent of success is just showing up” to my friend and work relationships. It would definitely be easier to stay at home some nights, but I know how meaningful it is to me to have a friend (especially someone I don’t see often) come out to show their support for a special occasion, or make that little extra effort to spend time together.

    Now, even if I REALLY don’t feel like it, I’ll drag myself out the door to and make sure I get to friends’ parties or events. Even if I don’t stay long, it’s a good feeling to know that putting in some friendly face time is a meaningful thing. I’ve found that its always a better feeling to have attended than skipped out.

    • admin says:

      Thanks for the comment Kate. Agreed it is always easier to stay home but great to show support to friends and family. Giving of your time and energy is huge and like you said showing up is half the battle!

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