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Sometimes it’s good to get out of our everyday routine and add SPARKLE to our week. Our little familia does this on Family Day. Family day is what adds pizzazz, connection, fun and laughter to our weekly mundane routine–allowing us to create a positive family culture amidst the chaos and busyness.
As I’m sure with most of you, we are greeted every Monday morning with a list full of things to do and most of the stuff are not fun: meetings to attend, grocery shopping, cleaning house, doing laundry, finishing that dreaded deadline I’ve been putting off, going to work…
So on the weekend we have fun as a family. Usually Saturday is what works best for us but sometimes it’s Friday or on Sunday afternoon after church. Just figure out what day works best for your family even if it’s during the week or in the evening and set that as your family day. It’s a way to create lasting memories, to strengthen your family and add sparkle to your busy work week.
We have enjoyed many family day activities from Karaoke night, game board night, hide and seek outdoor game, biking, s’mores, making homemade ice cream and a slew of other activities you can find here but my favorite was this one–
Family Day Activities: Making Ravioli with the kids!
Find your favorite ravioli recipe, we used Teresa DeSanctis’ recipe on Food Network,. Go there to get all the details.
For the Ravioli dough, you’ll need:
- 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
- 1/2 cup water
- eggs, plus 2 eggs, beaten for egg wash
And then you fill it with whatever you want. We filled ours with ricotta and beef!
We put the dough in the middle of the table so we could all really get into the mixing of it.
Then everyone had fun taking turns mixing it.
Once it was all mixed up, we kneaded it until it was elastic and smooth and then we wrapped it in plastic for 30 minutes.
I had to tell myself ahead of time it’s going to be messy and it’s okay. So we all had a great time mixing and rolling.
Then cut the dough in fourths and roll out.
Once it’s rolled out thinly you’ll start stuffing it with your filling. Sometimes we had to go behind the kids and roll it out some more because it was too think. We don’t have a pasta making machine so we had to do it all by hand. The kids didn’t seem to mind.
We tried different ways to stuff it the form shown above and also cutting out each individual piece separately and then stuffing it but the above method seemed to work faster for us.
Line them up on wax paper and brush egg wash over them. This is also the time to run a fork around the edges or pinch them to ensure they are secure.
Finally, you boil them for 10 to 15 minutes. The ravioli will float to the top when cooked so be careful not to overcrowd the pot. Lift the ravioli from water with a large strainer and place on a plate.
We topped ours with a simple butter sauce, peas and parmesan cheese. And to add a bit more sparkle to your meal wash it down with some Canada Dry.
It was such a fun family experience and delicious! A six pack cost only $3.33 and here’s a coupon you can print: a $1.75 off coupon and a 75 cents. What a deal!
And if you are wondering where I found the Canada Dry Sparkling Seltzer Water, I found it at Walmart located by the carbonated water. I didn’t realize they had so many different flavors to choose from.