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Tip of the Week: Father’s Day


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Faithful, fun, leader, protector, these are just a few words our Family Table followers use to describe a father. As we have built up our Father’s Day contest, it was interesting to see how people describe a father. So, I decided to ask my husband what being a father has meant to him.

Now, we are still somewhat new parents. Our oldest is four years old, so we are well aware that we have a long road ahead of us. But, in the four years of being a father my husband says that being a father is one of the greatest privileges man can receive. To him, being a father means leading and guiding your children to make good decisions and building character.

Even though my husband likes to be the tough guy, he shows our children love and affection in the tough times. He said to me the other day that even though it can be stressful being a parent, the best payment for all of the stress comes in four words, “Daddy, I love you!” I look forward to honoring my husband this Father’s Day for the amazing father he is to our boys. I have a feeling I’ll be spending this weekend grilling and making his favorite dessert.

Need some gift ideas for dad? Try making him a gift from the heart. Also, it’s not too late to enter our Father’s Day contest and win the grill with accessories PLUS a $100 Meijer gift card! All you have to do is go to our Family Table Facebook page and post one word you would use to describe a father. Hurry! The winner will be announced Thursday, June 13th.

Hannah Keith 2012

Hannah Keith, Marketing Assistant, wife and mom of 2

Tip of the Week: Easter Breakfast


Easter at our house is a big deal as we attend early morning sunrise service at our church to celebrate Christ’s resurrection. Then our family is usually involved in helping to prepare and serve Easter breakfast for the congregation. This is generally an egg casserole, toast, fruit and sometimes, sausage. Then we go home and take a nap before we, as parents, hide the colored eggs for the kids. It is great fun and a wonderful way to spend time together.

Egg casserole is very easy, can be mixed the day before and then baked right before eating. It consists of eggs, bread, diced ham, cheese, a tiny bit of onion, and dry mustard. Here is a good alternative for someone who likes French toast but does not want the mess in the morning. Grease a 9 x 13 pan. Slice a loaf of French bread in 1” slices and lay with the cut side down in the 9 x 13 pan. Beat together 8 eggs, 3 ½ – 4 cups milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg in a bowl. Pour the egg/milk mixture over the French bread. Cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight. When ready to eat, bake at 350°F for approximately 45 minutes, uncovered. Serve with canned fruit, syrup, or any other topping you would use on French toast. Enjoy!

Tell us what two items are a must have for your Easter weekend and be entered to win a $100 Meijer gift card!

Linda_Hathaway - 2012

Linda Hathaway, Program Manager

Tip of the Week: Year 1 Survey

Together, We Eat Better!

Can you believe the one year anniversary of the Family Table project is rapidly approaching?  Last September we kicked off Family Table by promoting National Family Day and again this year we will be encouraging  families to eat together on September 24, the 2012 National Family Day.

As we wrap up our first year we could use your help!  This survey will help us guide the direction of the Tip of the Week for the next year. Plus, once you’ve completed it, you will be entered to win a $200 gift card to Meijer! The winner will be drawn September 21st.

We’ve received so much feedback on the Tip of the Week over the last year and we’d love to hear from you – give us your feedback and ideas!

This weekend, my family – adult children and little children, will be going as a group to the Johnny Appleseed Festival. It’s one of our favorites.  When we get home, this hearty chili will be waiting in the crockpot for us.  I’ll serve it with some homemade cornbread topped with honey we get at the festival – I can’t wait!

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