What is a family #MadeFrom?
A family begins when two people fall in love. Their love, passion and respect for one another blossoms and matures into a life long relationship. They are a couple. As a result of their union, a child or two (or in my case three!) are born. The couple becomes a family. The family becomes one working unit made of separate individual parts. If they work together, they are strong and unstoppable. Alone, they may survive and thrive, but they will never be as strong as family unit.
Family is a very important to my husband and I. When we began as a couple over 15 years ago, I never imagined we would be where we are today. Unique in today’s society, my husband and I both come from houses where our parents have been together and married for 30 odd years. They had their ups and down, but faced it as a single family unit and arose victoriously. They taught us to respect, listen and forgive and to stand together through tough times as well as the good.
After many conversations about the importance of family and family values such as respect, trust, understanding and compromise, we became a family. From the birth of our DS8 to the birth of DD2, we have tried to instill the same family values and lessons that we were taught as children.
One of the most important lessons, we learned while growing up, was the importance of family time. We try to have family dinners as often as possible, and take time to celebrate our family through special traditions. One family tradition that my husband’s family cherishes is Sunday afternoon tea and coffee cake. It is a family tradition that his grandmother brought over with her from Germany when she moved to Canada in the 50’s. It was a time for the family to sit down together, enjoy a cup of coffee and a sweet treat and talk. The tradition was so special that it was carried on DH’s Mom and something that we are thinking of incorporating into our life as well.
As we laugh, talk and renew our relationships over coffee and cake, I feel like my husband and I are on the right track to creating children that are loving, respectful and caring people. We hope that the values we have been taught by our parents are passed down to our children and creates a loving circle of what a family is #MadeFrom.
The REAL #GayLeaFoods
When I was asked to be a #GayLeaFoods Ambassador, I was excited at the opportunity to experiment and create new dishes to serve my family, from the same foods that I rely on on a daily basis. What I didn’t expect, was to find a company so rich in family and traditional values that it puts its heart and soul into every product they make!
Born in 1958, Gay Lea Foods changed the way farmers worked together. Over 1,200 farm families joined together collectively to build a better future for themselves and their families. Instead of making it competitive and a dog-eat-dog type of world, they came together and formed a community that supported one another by working together and creating products based on their core, family values. Just like a family, it takes hard work, dedication and passion to create an outstanding product. From the farmers in the field to the product team in the plant, each member is committed to produce a product that product that they would be proud to serve their own families.
This weeks recipe reflects the joining of my mother’s sour cream coffee cake and my husband’s mother’s marble cake. A union of two to create one perfect cake that is better shared among family.
Sour Cream Coffee Cake
|Food Friday ~ Sour Cream Coffee Cake||
- ⅔ cups butter
- 1½ cup sugar
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- 2 eggs
- ⅔ cup sour cream
- 2 cup flour (I used gluten free!)
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- 1½ cup milk
- 3 Tbsp coco powder
- ½ cup icing sugar
- Cream butter and sugar together.
- Mix in vanilla, eggs and sour cream until it smooth.
- In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking powder, and baking soda together.
- Add dry mixture to wet mixture. Mix until well combined.
- Add milk and continue mixing.
- Separate batter into two bowls.
- In one bowl, add coco powder and mix well.
- Line a 9×5 pan with parchment paper
- Pour ¼ cup of chocolate batter into pan and shake to spread batter out.
- Pour ¼ cup of vanilla batter on top of chocolate patter. Spread out.
- Repeat steps 9 and 10 until all batter is gone.
- Bake in oven at 350 for 75-85 mins. Let cool.
- Mix icing sugar with 1 tbsp of water and brush on top of loaf.
- Serve to your family with coffee or tea and enjoy!
Playing with Gluten free flour altered the consistency of the recipe. It appears I need a little more work to perfect this union to make it a true marble.