Another fine weekend filled with good food and good friends
Jan. 17, 2011 6:01 am
Updated: Jan. 19, 2011 4:19 pm
We have become friends with the owners of the local Mexican Restaurant. He is my daughter's age (well, he's 26, she's 25, but close enough) and has 3 children ages 3, 5 and 8. Their children are absolutely adorable - very well behaved. I think of them
as my "adopted" grandchildren.
Around the holidays we were talking with them and discovered they had never had an American Thanksgiving Feast. So, I promised them that after all the holidays were over we'd have them over for a turkey dinner. Yesterday was that day. I spent Saturday baking
brownies for the kids - they love them and beg for them every time we see them. They aren't anything special, I bake a pan of boxed brownies and while they're still warm I spread marshmallow creme and chocolate icing on them. They are a gooey, chocolatey
mess and a great treat to feed someone else's kids! I also made a cheesecake for the adults, and
cranberries to top it off with. I made my friend's special cheesecake recipe. If you read any of my first blogs (The Ladies of the Kitchen) I talked about the elderly lady who had been in charge of our dog club's kitchen and how the torch was passed along
to me, as well as her "secret" cheesecake recipe. There wasn't even a crumb of the crust left over!
My daughter and son-in-law and my son came for the dinner as well. I wasn't sure how it would go, the wife doesn't speak much English so she's very quiet, but her husband speaks fairly good English. The 8 year old speaks very fluently, the other two are learning.
Saturday I crawled up into my attic and brought down some of my children's toys. I found the box of Barbies and all their clothes and accessories. I knew the two girls would love them. Then, I found my son's Lego's. Wow! I didn't remember him having so
darn many of those little things! I also found some blocks and a basket full of Mardi Gras beads. I figured those things would keep them occupied and if they got tired of them, we could pull out some games and books, or a movie. Within about a half hour
my living room looked like a tornado had gone thru it. It sure brought back memories of when my kids were small. The 3 year old loved the Mardi Gras beads - she made everyone - cats included - put beads on.
Then we sat down to dinner. I had made a turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, corn, and crescent rolls. The crescent rolls were simply Pillsbury out of the can. When I was putting them on the pan to put in the oven, the 8 year old asked
what they were. None of them had ever had them before. They didn't understand what rolls were, but once they were done they loved them! Jeannette (the 8 yr. old) sat next to me and as each bowl of food came around, she would ask what it was, she knew the
mashed potatoes and turkey and corn. She wasn't so sure about stuffing, but I had her taste it. About two minutes later, she was scooping a huge pile onto her plate. She said "I have no idea what this is - but IT IS GOOD!". Her dad said they had eaten
sweet potatoes before, but never a casserole with the brown sugar and nut topping on it. He loved that and couldn't eat enough of it.
After the table was cleared and dessert was long-gone we all retired to the livingroom to enjoy the fire and chat a while. When our friends decided it was time to leave their mother told them to pick up the toys. It took them less than five minutes and there
wasn't a single thing out of place!
Dinner went well and it was so nice to see people enjoying what I had prepared. It was also nice that my kids came home to eat with us. All week my son had said he wouldn't be coming home as he wanted to save his gas, but I guess the lure of a home-cooked
turkey dinner and the chance to play with his long-lost Legos was just too much for him. :-)