#SundaySupper and the Value of Spending Time Around the Family Dinner Table

Back to the Family Dinner TableI have always known that time around the family dinner table is the best nourishment we can give our families.

It is about so much more than just the food that is served. It is something that the entire family looks forward to. It is about commitment to each other, working together and encouragement. In my heart I know that this is the most important thing I have done for my family. The family table is not only where our family is nurtured, it is where dreams are born.

As a mother of four, getting dinner on the table has always been a priority, 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 and planning new recipes around seasonal ingredients. Whether it’s a trip to the farmers’ market, our local grocer, or stopping by our favorite ethnic market, Saturday mornings are all about planning our Sunday supper meal and setting the stage for the rest of the week.

Shopping, planning recipes, cooking together, and ultimately conversing around our kitchen table has become a tradition our family looks forward to. Witnessing how our meals have shaped my own family inspired me to start 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.

Many times when we think about the words dream and future, we immediately relate it to future generations. We think of our children and their dreams and how we can inspire them.

But dreaming isn’t just for kids.

My dream started with my family around our kitchen table. The day my oldest left for college, she inspired me to start my blog, Family Foodie. I wanted to encourage families to spend more time together in the kitchen. Beyond my wildest dreams, I could never have imagined the future that was ahead of me.

Family Foodie logoI am so excited and honored to be visiting the American Family Insurance DreamBank in Madison, Wis. Oct. 13th. I will be talking about my dreams and will host a live #SundaySupper back to the #FamilyDinnerTable cooking event with tips to plan easy weekly dinners for busy families. 

Editor's note: Join Isabel Laessig as she invites your family back to the table with delectable inspiration at DreamBank! From savvy tips for stocking your pantry to time-saving techniques and recipes, Isabel’s live demonstration will help you rediscover the pleasures of eating together with the ones you love.

Each participant will get to take home a meal for four to enjoy with their families! This event is limited to 30 food lovers, so RSVP now! Can't make it to Madison? Join the live Google Plus Hangout and watch from the comfort of your computer. Learn more on the American Family Insurance Google Plus page

For more ideas on bringing your family back to the table this fall, visit American Family Insurance’s Facebook page to submit a recipe in our Back to the Family Dinner Table cookbook contest

by Isabel Laessig on Fri, Oct 04 2013 12:32 pm
Posted by Isabel Laessig on Fri, Oct 04 2013 12:32 pm


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