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.
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.