Sunday, February 23, 2014

Back to Work!

I hope you’re all doing well. I’ve been lax in posting for the past couple of weeks, but have a good excuse! Plans and preparations for a big birthday party for my husband pretty much took over my life and every waking hour! First there were a couple of weeks of menu planning, list making and shopping. It’s hard to finalize a menu when considering all the different dietary issues and likes/dislikes of people, isn’t it? Thursday was house cleaning and decorating. Friday was a full day of prep and cooking. The party was yesterday, and we had a house full of family and friends. We had folks eating at 4 different tables in the dining room and sunroom, with others managing to hold their plates in their laps while eating. And we had so many cars that we “borrowed” one side of our neighbor’s driveway - with her permission, of course.

Most importantly, I think Hubby enjoyed his day very much. Everyone seemed to have a good time eating and visiting and laughing. Ages in the group ranged from 3 1/2 months to 91 years! And I’m certainly hoping no one went home hungry. Here was the menu:

Assorted dips & spreads, cheese, salami, crackers, pretzels and peanuts
Lasagna (2 pans)
Ranch potato casserole
Green beans
Corn pudding
24-hour salad
Parkerhouse rolls, mini sour cream biscuits and garlic bread
Birthday cake (bakery), cupcakes and Pumpkin Pie Dessert

One bonus is that I won’t have to cook dinner tonight, even after sending goodies home with several people and taking some to the neighbor to say “thanks” for the use of her driveway.  We do love leftovers!
Now that that big undertaking is over, I’m hoping to get back to my regular schedule and bring you some new ideas and information.

Please check back for the new Herb of the Week – this week it’s basil, my very favorite!
Your comments and suggestions are always welcome. Thanks for reading!

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