Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Book Review: The Hour That Matters Most

Do you look for ways to bring your family closer together? Do you long to create a strong family bond? In this book, the writers share tips and stories from their own families about how and why we mothers should strive towards The Hour That Matters Most.


Our world is so busy today and if we can all be home together, we often can't leave technology alone long enough to be with each other. The ladies in this book share encouraging words to help you set guidelines for that special time around the dinner table. They even share tips for keeping some of the squabbles down. (With 5 boys in the house, that was my favorite chapter!)

Through the different lifestyles of the writers they share various ideas for how to make this happen. They give many ideas through their own stories for ways to involve the entire family in the preparations of mealtime. They share tips for starting conversations as well as manners at the table.

The book does include some recipes but that is not the main focus. The focus of the book is the importance of sharing a meal together and drawing your family closer. These ladies share practical steps and stories from their own mealtimes that all of us mothers can relate too. The book is an easy read and gives you the feel of talking to your best friends.

If you're struggling with mealtime and wanting the kind of atmosphere at your table that is a blessing to each family member, this book will give you practical insight on how to make that happen.

The following is one of the recipes from The Hour That Matters Most.

Turkey Bacon Egg Strata (serves 6 to 8)
4 cups cubed sourdough bread with crust
1/2 cup minced sun-dried tomatoes
1 cup diced tomatoes
1 teaspoon dried basil
2 tablespoons dried parlsey
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup cooked bacon crumbles
2 cups shredded Swiss or mozzarella cheese
1 cup nonfat liquid egg product
2 cups nonfat milk
Spray a 9X13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Layer first 10 ingredients in the order given. Pour
egg and milk over the top and cover. Refrigerate overnight or freeze to use later.

If you've frozen the dish, thaw completely. Preheat oven to 350. Bake uncovered for 35 minutes; then
remove cover and bake 30 to 45 minutes until golden brown. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
Taken from Hour that Matters Most by Les and Leslie Parrott with Stephanie Allen and Tina Kuna. Copyright © 2011 by Les and Leslie Parrott and Dream Dinners. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.


·         The Hour That Matters Most launches September 6, 2011
·         For more information visit, www.thehourthatmattersmost.com
·         Available for purchase on Amazon and Barnes & Noble
·         Price: $15.99
(Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book to review and above is my honest opinion. I truly enjoyed this book and would love to see many young mothers read it as they start their families and 
seek to build their homes.)

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