I recently wrote a series of posts about why I cook with my children. In that series I explained that it all began when we spent several weeks with my in-laws right after Maurene was born. During that trip I fell in love with the idea of eating together as a family as often as possible and that is the focus of the #SundaySupper movement.
It was also during that trip that I learned how amazing fresh corn on the cob can taste and how to easily cook it to perfection.
First a picture of Audrey during her first summer at the lake enjoying the taste of fresh corn. She was too little to eat the corn whole but I did let her gnaw on the empty cob.
|Baby likes corn, August '08 .|
|Salad, August '09|
The next summer we were fortunate enough to make two trips to the lake. During our first visit we spent a great deal of time outside enjoying the house and the lake. It was a little cool because it was May in Minnesota but we did get one warm day to get out on the boat. The second trip was warmer and was filled with dinners of family favorites and Minnesota sweet corn.
|Playing outside, May '10|
|First boat ride, May '10|
|First time to drive, May '10|
By the next summer the girls had learned to help with the corn. I set up the corn and they would get it ready to boil. When the corn is fresh we eat as much as we can stand to hold us over until next year. We buy local corn from where ever we are but we do love Minnesota corn.
|Learning to shuck, July '11|
|Picking her own corn, July '12|
|Paying for her corn, July '12|
|Enjoying her selection, July '12|
- fresh corn on the cob
- 1 tbsp sugar
- enough cold water to cover plus 1 inch
- a large pot
Peel the corn and place it in a large cooking pot. Fill the pot with enough cold water to cover the corn plus 1 inch. Add the sugar and wait to cook until 20 minutes before dinner. When you are 20 minutes out turn the burner on high and cook the corn until the water comes to a rapid boil. Remove from the heat and use tongs to pull the corn out of the boiling water. Let sit on a plate to cool for a few minutes then butter if desired.
Fresh sweet corn does not need much to make it taste amazing but we do tend to enjoy ours with a little butter. Add salt or pepper if you feel the need but you will lose a little of the fabulous taste.
A family meal is best appreciated after a family evening spent enjoying the summer. We love to go hiking, swimming, and biking. That goes perfectly with the #SundaySupper theme this week of bringing communities together through food and activity.
We are fortunate enough to have a sponsor this week that understands the need for families to play together and eat together. Merrell staff get outside and know what activity can to for the body. They are not only providing us with a gift certificate but a giveaway of a pair of shoes for the child of a lucky reader. I posted the purple color but they have many other colors to choose from.
Merrell is an awesome company making footwear and clothing to encourage families get back outside. The shoe we are giving away is from a line called Barefoot and allows the wearer to have the protection of a shoe while not adding a lot of weight to their step. Merrell says it better than I ever could and the pictures of the shoes are so cool so you really should just click the link and take their word for it.
Get connected with Merrell on Facebook and Twitter or just check out the website for all of the fabulous products they offer. Now you want to know how to win these cool shoes.
Leave a comment here telling me what #SundaySupper means to you and also your Twitter Handle. At 7pm EST we are having a Twitter chat and you will need to participate by responding to one of the questions and include the hashtag #SundaySupper. The chat lasts for an hour so you have plenty of time to join in. I like to use Tweetchat for twitter parties because it makes it easier to focus on the party. These parties can move a little fast so just jump in when you can.
Be sure to say hello and enjoy the party. I look forward to hearing what #SundaySupper means to you. This giveaway is open to US Residents only.
And check out the other blogs listed below. The first ten are all having a giveaway of different type of Merrell products. We were selected to hold a special children's giveaway for good reason but others are giving away adult products.
The woman who started the #SundaySupper movement and group, Isabel, wrote it this wonderful post. She also lists the blogs participating and information on how to enter the giveaways if you did not understand me:
Just like #SundaySupper, Merrell is passionate about what they do and it shows. I love that they Think Outside. ”Outside is more than a place, it’s our history and inspiration for the future.” This week our talented group of bloggers are sharing with you what #SundaySupper means to them and their lifestyles.