Bringing Families Back to the Dinner Table with Family Foodie and American Family Insurance #FamilyDinnerTable

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by Isabel Laessig (Isabel Foodie) · 7 comments

in Inspiration from my Kids, Sunday Supper

I am a firm believer that there is nothing more important than time spent around the family table. It is not only where our family is nurtured, it is where dreams are born. 

As a mother of four, I have always known this to be true, but I don’t think I truly understood the impact our family meals had on my family until the day my oldest left for college.   When asked what she would miss most about home, she responded ~ “the time we spend together in the kitchen.  I can’t imagine not being home on Sunday for dinner.”  Her words had such a profound effect on me.  At that moment I realized that time around the family table meant as much to my children as it did to me.

We love shopping together at the farmer’s market and coming up with new recipes around seasonal ingredients.  In fact, it is our favorite thing to do on a Saturday morning.  Shopping, planning recipes, cooking together and ultimately conversing around our kitchen table has become a tradition that our family looks forward to. Witnessing how our meals have shaped my own family, inspired the Sunday Supper Movement. Our mission is to bring back Sunday Supper around the family table in every home.  It starts off as one day a week, but soon becomes a way of life.

Think about it, what does Sunday Supper mean to you?  Does it bring back memories of your childhood?  Does it make you remember your Nonnie, Vo-Vo, G’mom or Mom-Mom? Does it bring back memories of your favorite meal? Is it Meatballs, Macaroni and Gravy or Pasta and Sauce?  Maybe it is a Pot or Pork Roast? When you think back to your childhood, where do you remember your family gathering?  I often wonder if Sunday Supper is more about the food, or the memories that are made.   These special memories involving family meals last a lifetime, and the only ingredient required is love!

I am honored to partner with a company that is as passionate about the family meal as I am.  American Family Insurance understands the importance of family meals and the impact they have on our families. 

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American Family, is focused on building a community of dreamers. They believe that building the next generation of dreamers starts at the family dinner table. That’s the inspiration behind the Back to the Family Dinner Table campaign. Through Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter, we’ll be sharing family favorite recipes and the stories behind them. We’ll also give your family tips for getting organized and suggestions for involving everyone in meal planning and cooking.

The best part about it,  American Family is creating an e-cookbook to inspire families to come back to the table, and we need your help! Share your recipes for your chance to be featured in the cookbook by submitting a family favorite recipe here.  You will be entered to win one of six $100 Williams-Sonoma gift cards. One lucky entry will win one valued at $500! When the e-cookbook comes out later this fall, you’ll be among the first to receive a copy.

This week’s #SundaySupper is all about Favorite Childhood Meals.  The Sunday Supper Movement Contributors will be sharing their favorite recipes and memories that bring them back to their childhood.  Come join the #SundaySupper fun Sunday at 7pm ET on twitter.

I’m so excited and would love to have you “hang out” with me at American Family Dream on October 13th.  I will be sharing savvy tips for stocking your pantry to time-saving techniques and recipes, during a live demonstration and google+ hangout. Rediscover the pleasures of eating together with the ones you love.

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Nicole September 11, 2013 at 11:21 am

Sunday Supper brings back memories of family time. It was a time where you’d never eat a meal on the go, or anywhere than at the family table. I have worked hard to instill these same values in my own 5 teenagers and they are always home on Sunday night for supper. (Many times throughout the week as well).
It’s important to place value on family, and this is just one of the many ways this is possible, while creating life long memories.

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Run DMT September 11, 2013 at 4:27 pm

That is so wonderful! I remember wonderful Italian meals like lasagna or real handmade meatballs on Sundays. My mom would cook all day and the house would smell amazing.

My kids love the Farmer’s market too and enjoy help planning meals. Meals from the planning to the eating are important to share as a family.

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The Ninja Baker September 11, 2013 at 4:38 pm

So well said Isabel. Delicious food adds to fond memories but ultimately the heart tugs are about the people we call family and friends.

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Barbara | Creative Culinary September 12, 2013 at 4:01 pm

I guess I’m lucky that I have friends and family that look forward to family dinners; we have made them a practice for our families as a tradition started when we were kids and wanted our own children to continue with us and their family in that tradition. Truth is I hold family meals in high regard; we had family dinners almost every single night…outside events could wait but time together could not.

When I see the friends of my children who are new to this concept, I’m most concerned that another consequence is also prevalent in that they have never been taught to prepare even the simplest meal for themselves…my mission with them is to bring back home cooking! It has been heartwarming to see how much they want to learn and to even be a part of something special. I helped my daughter’s 28 year old fried make her first cake to take to her Dad’s birthday…it was a simple yet momentous moment for everyone involved.

I’m sharing a favorite that I have loved since I was a little girl; Pineapple Upside Down Cake. I remember first making one with a box cake mix and some canned pineapple and I don’t recall that those were bad…just that segueing to one made using all fresh ingredients makes for incredible! Of course the rum doesn’t hurt either…

http://www.creative-culinary.com/pineapple-rum-upside-down-cake/

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FamilyFoodie September 12, 2013 at 10:29 pm

Barbara, What an amazing mom you are. I think I can smell that Pineapple Upside Down Cake all the way over here… it is one of my favorites too and can you believe I don’t think I have ever baked one. I must look up your recipe on your blog!

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Karen Hoyt September 12, 2013 at 6:00 pm

I loved this blog! There were four of us, just like in your home. All of the siblings were together last weekend talking about how much fun we had at the dinner table. So many memories were made there. Remembering how we dropped liver and onions a bite at a time so the dog would get it, our baby sisters long prayers, and fighting over the chicken drumstick had us rolling in laughter!
Although the kids are grown now, we still sit down and eat at the kitchen table. Thanks for sharing this! I tweeted it and hope that a few followers were influenced to prepare a meal and sit at the family table tonight.
Thank you!
Karen

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FamilyFoodie September 12, 2013 at 10:26 pm

Karen, you have no idea how your comment touched me. I hope that one day my children will sit around the family table chatting about all the fun they had growing up. Thank you for sharing.

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