Sunday, April 8, 2012

Thank God for little brothers!

I asked Joe's family with 5 adult appetites to Easter dinner a few weeks ago. Unfortunately they had already been invited elsewhere. Ok, so then I plan for Allison's 5, my mom, Jim's nephew Bruce and myself.

I decided to make turkey with cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, and that strawberry pretzel salad. Allison offered to bring coleslaw and a relish tray. Mom decided to make homemade buns and a German chocolate cake. Yum!

Thursday morning, Joe texted me and asked if they were still invited Sunday. Their host family got the flu and cancelled their dinner. I told him of course they were still invited and could he please bring a card table and chairs. He said he'd be happy to and they would also bring the deviled eggs and a ham. Fantastic! So, I added buttered corn to my previous menu and called it good.

I got busy in the kitchen early this morning, frying bacon and getting the cornbread stuffing together. That done, I pulled the turkey out of the frig, unwrapped it and started to wash it only to realize that it was too old. The color was off and I couldn't risk making my company sick by cooking it. Into the trash it went. Now what? We're supposed to eat at 1:30.

Now Joe & Shari always make waaaaay too much food so with bated breath I called Joe at 8:30 this morning to ask what size ham they had. Thankfully they again overbought and got a 9 pounder. SAVED!! Joe called back a few minutes later and said he'd be happy to make a roaster full of his homemade meatballs and brown gravy as well. Niiiice! Now my mashed potatoes will have gravy and we'll have another meat option :)

The moral of this tale is to always invite people who think nothing of bringing furniture and providing the food for your dinner :)

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