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A Welcome Home Dinner for my Hero. 
Jul. 22, 2010 11:01 pm 
Updated: Jul. 29, 2010 9:08 pm
It had been a long tiresome day – no plans for dinner.....no plans at all, other than hitting the sack early.

The phone rang at 4 PM....

Hello, Auntie ?a familiar voice sounded.

Well, I'll be darned, how are you? I've missed you.” I respond, thinking he is calling from Iraq or Afghanistan or who knows where the Army had taken him.

I'm on leave and would like to come by to see you.” he says expectantly.

GREAT – when can you come?

We can be there in a couple of hours – can we spend the night?”

Sure – great! Plan on dinner.” I volunteer excitedly and hung up with joy in my heart.

Now – let me say – I might be dead tired but my favorite solider is on his way home – I am pumped up beyond belief! I was only 13 when he was born – he has always been special to me and now my Hero was coming for a visit!

The guest rooms were already made up and the bathroom is clean. (thank God)

But dinner – hmmmm – I just invited him to dinner.

What is for dinner? I draw a blank. Did he say “WE” ? - Yes, I believe he did....hmmm – I wonder how many are coming?

The half a chicken, left over from last night will not do. I hunt the refrigerator to discover salad makings & assorted vegetables. A search of the pantry turns up numerous possibilities – all which seem overwhelming and far to time consuming.

This is a man who has traveled the world, speaks 5 languages and who has eaten every cuisine, he is coming home.  I should have a special meal for him.

He is HOME – and coming to my home for dinner – oh dear, what to make? Then, it hits me – make a home cooked meal that screams HOME.

Spaghetti – perfect! I find several quarts of home canned sauce in the pantry – dig frozen Italian sausage from the freezer and set them to defrost.

I have just enough time to make a French bread loaf. The Kitchen Aid is pressed into action.

Yeast, water, flour, salt and olive oil are all whirled together. The dough is soft and silky – ready to rise.  (French Bread with the Kitchen Aid)

Now, to set the table. But for how many? I don't know. Better make it a buffet.

I hurriedly make the salad and a couple of salad dressings. The bread is ready to shape. Wonderful, I am on schedule! The dough is shaped into two long french bread loaves and the oven is set to preheat.

I am on a roll!

DRINKS! Shoot – drinks, 'Do I have drinks?' – check for beer, only a couple of cans- darn! Time to call in the troops. A phone call brings the Calvary to the rescue. Eldest daughter is dispatched to the market to return with beer and an assortment of other drinks. Of course that means additional dinner guests.
Shoot – more salad. I have not cooked the pasta yet – good thing, I will just add more & surely I have another jar of sauce.

DESSERT! Yikes – we don't normally eat dessert but they will probably want some! Another call to the Calvary – “BERRIES! Lots of berries please and whipped cream too” I yell into the phone.

Red – White and Blue for our returning American solider.

6 PM – the bread is ready to go into the oven.

6:10 – the Calvary (AKA eldest daughter) arrives with drinks and berries and an assortment hungry & excited children. The berries and are cleaned and hulled – excitement buzzes throughout the house.

The kids head to garage to find the American flag to wave in honor of our returning Hero. They wait, with great anticipation for their Hero to arrive.

6:30 – Our Hero pulls up the street – greeted by screaming children – waving a rather battered flag. There weren't many dry eyes. But there were lots of hugs and kisses.

Our Hero was home and brought with him his beautiful & charming fiance.
We all piled into the house, everyone talking at the same time.

Dinner was simple & wonderful – because our Hero & his fiance were home to share it with us.
Spaghetti, salad and bread....a home cooked meal for our Hero.
Spaghetti Dinner for my Hero

Berry Dessert in a hurry!
Berry Desert – in a hurry!

Farm Fresh Strawberries

All American Berries – for our Hero


French Bread with the Kitchen Aid http://allrecipes.com/PersonalRecipe/62212293/French-Bread-with-t
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Jul. 22, 2010 11:16 pm
Oh BN, You make my heart sing and my eyes water!! No wonder he called you:0 He knew to call his Rockin Auntie!! Your DD was just as much to with the success, those berries are Gorgeous! French bread that fast? It would take me all day and not ure it would turn out at all! I am soo happy about your Hero and his safe return to his family! Thank you for sharing a wonderful part of your life. God Bless.
Jul. 22, 2010 11:27 pm
I loved your blog! I don't know anyone in the service so thanks for sharing your familys experience with me. My eyes got teary when I imagined the kids with their flags; the pride and emotions you must have felt seeing him pull up... I'm impressed you were able to throw that all together at the last minute! Great job and I'm sure you made his home coming wonderful! :)
Jul. 22, 2010 11:29 pm
Thank you Patty - yes fresh bread in 2 hours is possible & yes my DD (the Calvery) is fabulous! She is wonderful! As is my American Hero! I am so blessed!
Jul. 22, 2010 11:31 pm
Thank you Traci - I am so proud of him. I just had to share it with the world.
Jul. 23, 2010 12:31 am
BN, I loved your blog! Just reading this has made my day! It was so heart lifting. Even though he has traveled the world and eaten many different cuisines, yours will be the one that he will remember for life! Great family, friends, and food, you can't get any better than that! God bless all of you!
Jul. 23, 2010 1:51 am
What a wonderful blog - well done indeed!
Jul. 23, 2010 2:24 am
You welcomed home a special guy in such a wonderful way! Tell him "Thsnks!" from me! I'm glad you had the opportunity to have a hero's treat with him!
Jul. 23, 2010 2:35 am
Salutations and congratulations! Well done tribute with love. He and his bride to be will remember that welcome forever. Thank you for sharing!
Jul. 23, 2010 4:39 am
No dry eyes here either.... wonderful story!
Jul. 23, 2010 4:45 am
This was the first thing I read this morning and I'm crying! What a wonderful story, BN!! Thank you for sharing and thank your hero for me. ♥
Jul. 23, 2010 5:01 am
Beautiful blog from the heart. You're so fortunate to celbrate his home-coming and engagement. He must be one great guy. That was amazing dinner to pull together so quickly--and did I mention beautiful?! Now I better go wipe my eyes.
Jul. 23, 2010 5:24 am
BN, what a perfectly wonderful greeting for your hero and his fiance'. Your blog was a joy to read, a little blurry from the tears. Please thank your hero for us, for his service!
Jul. 23, 2010 6:06 am
Beautiful. <3
Jul. 23, 2010 6:27 am
BN, that was such a beautifully written, love inspired thing to read. I too imagined myself peering out the window keeping an eye on the kids waving the flag and seeing the anticipation on everyone's face. Like the others already said, your dinner is the one that will be remembered not only by "America's hero and fiance", but by all of you. A simple spaghetti dinner will mark the time of his homecoming. Nicely done and a great way to start the day and weekend. Thank him for me for his dedication and service.
Jul. 23, 2010 6:28 am
Thank you all so much for your wonderful comments. Yes, he is a very special guy. I am honored to have him in my life. - I will pass along all your thanks.
Jul. 23, 2010 6:40 am
BN, that was awesome!!!!! Please tell your Hero Thank You !!!!!! Nothing like having a cup of tea and a happy cry to start the morning!! God Bless you and your family!!!
Jul. 23, 2010 7:14 am
That's a great story, Baking Nana! And wow...you are one organized woman to pull that off. I am doubly impressed both with your wonderful nephew's service and you and your cavalry. Very well-done!
Jul. 23, 2010 7:14 am
Beautiful, just beautiful.
Jul. 23, 2010 7:27 am
What a wonderful blog, brought tears to my eyes.. what a good auntie you are!!
Jul. 23, 2010 7:51 am
Again, Thank you all. Lynna - it helps that I have been baking bread for so long that I could probably do it in my sleep. To not have fresh bread baking for "my hero" was not an option!
Jul. 23, 2010 7:55 am
What a great blog! A spaghetti dinner was perfect! Those berries look great. So glad you had such a wonderful time!
Jul. 23, 2010 8:25 am
So wonderful!!!!
Jul. 23, 2010 8:29 am
It just goes to show you that a wonderful dinner doesn't have to be full of mysterious ingredients - just full of love.
Jul. 23, 2010 8:40 am
Aww... that is the sweetest story ever!!!
Jul. 23, 2010 8:51 am
What a wonderful blog! >>>>> Looking for kleenex..
Jul. 23, 2010 9:11 am
Great blog, you must be thrilled to have him home.
Jul. 23, 2010 9:25 am
I am thrilled beyond words and I can't tell you how much I like his bride to be. She fits right it as if she already knew our crazy family. He has choosen well - but then I he knew he would!
Mrs. C 
Jul. 23, 2010 9:32 am
Heartwarming homecoming. You provided the perfect celebratory meal! So happy for you, your family, your Hero and fiance!
Jul. 23, 2010 11:08 am
Thanks for sharing such a personal story. You can add me to the list of cryers! The hubs leaves for a 6 month deployment in Kzyrgistan in a few weeks. I know I will be just as crazed prepring his welcome home dinner as you were. LOL! Your nephew is very lucky to have such a special auntie who spoils him.
Jul. 23, 2010 11:10 am
Jul. 23, 2010 11:11 am
Wow - thank you so much for sharing that. **sniff**
Jul. 23, 2010 11:14 am
Not a dry eye here! Beautiful story!
Jul. 23, 2010 11:22 am
Mi$$drea: Thank you so very much for your sacrifice and for your husband's service. It takes a special person to be married to a solider.
Jul. 23, 2010 11:24 am
Wow. What a great story and wonderful heartugging Blog. Thanks for sharing. I admire your ability to be so orgainized!! How great that he wanted to spend time with you on his leave. My daughter arrives home from a stint in Kzyrgistan in mid August--about 2 weeks before my son leaves for his first deployment in Afghanistan :( I've been feeling so sad, so this blog really lifted my spirits! Godspeed to your precious solider.
Jul. 23, 2010 11:30 am
Oh Jena! Bless you and your children. There are no words to express how much their service is appreciated. Thank you for raising your children to be selfless enough to serve our Nation.
Jul. 23, 2010 11:33 am
HOw wonderful! ... its amazing you can rake up all that in a few hours! Great job,really!!!! ...........
Jul. 23, 2010 11:36 am
What a touching and emotional story. Thanks for sharing! Also thanks to your Hero for his selfless service to this great Country!!!!
Jul. 23, 2010 12:07 pm
You are such a doll!!! Thanks for the story.
Jul. 23, 2010 12:17 pm
I just felt like I was there! Thanks for sharing your story with us and thank you to him for serving our Country!
Jul. 23, 2010 1:42 pm
I just loved your blog. You must feel very blessed to have your special nephew home for a visit and he must have been delighted to tuck into that feast! I guess that was one of his favorite welcome home gifts...
Jul. 23, 2010 3:25 pm
What a wonderful story. I can see why you are his favorite auntie. I hope he will be home for good soon, he is a hero.
Jul. 23, 2010 3:29 pm
Thanks so much everyone. Patty - He is deciding on whether to re-up again. I know that he will make the right decision - what ever that choice is.
Jul. 23, 2010 4:56 pm
What a tear jerker, Nana! Thanks for sharing with us. And thank your hero for me for his sacrifice and service.
Jul. 23, 2010 5:14 pm
Thanks Paula - I will let him know. It was an emotional reunion. I still find myself 'fogging' up. I am so very proud of him.
Jul. 23, 2010 5:30 pm
Nana what a wonderful day that had to be! Got me crying too! To everyone out there that loves any soldier, thanks so much for all your sacrifices too! And, yes, Nana, he knew just who to call for his good home cooked family meal!
Jul. 23, 2010 5:40 pm
thanks for sharing BN! got me crying too!
Jul. 23, 2010 5:57 pm
I never remember crying after reading a blog, but I did today. God bless him for his service, and what a lovely meal. :)
Jul. 23, 2010 6:58 pm
Beautiful, delicious meal ~ & a good read! Admittedly, I did chuckle at your references (typo) to "our Hero & his finance".
Jul. 23, 2010 7:43 pm
Nana, you're a terrific aunt. What a homecoming!
Jul. 23, 2010 9:13 pm
Thanks Rhianna - corrected!
Jul. 24, 2010 5:09 am
Excellent blog! Also excellent that you worked so hard to welcome one of our national treasures. I am very proud of todays military and proud of those Americans that give them much needed support.
Jul. 24, 2010 5:50 am
Thanks Mike. Glad you are home and on the mend.
Jul. 24, 2010 6:17 am
I hope you gave him the biggest hug and a big kiss as a thank you from me. This was very heartwarming story and menu prep story.
Jul. 24, 2010 12:42 pm
Baking Nana, I really relate to this story, my Grandson is in GTMO Cuba for a year, Bet I can get a Homemade Meal done for him in record time. I loved the blog, still teary eyed. Give him hugs for me too.
Jul. 24, 2010 1:06 pm
BN, I think you have reduced most of the RE to tears. Big thanks to him from my family, and to you for sharing this very warm story.
Jul. 24, 2010 1:35 pm
I felt a little silly with tears pouring down as I sat in front of my computer--that is until I started reading the comments. I'm glad I'm not the only one. (This is the first time I've cried over a cooking blog.) What a cute, heart-warming blog. Loved it!
Jul. 24, 2010 2:21 pm
Texas Patty - thank you and thank your Grandson for me. @ BSM - for me they were tears of joy - so proud of our selfless young men and women. @ Oh Tammy - you are not alone. Although, that wasn't my intent - I thought I would be the only one crying. Thank you all for your kind comments.
Jul. 24, 2010 5:41 pm
Thanks for sharing your story and those great pics. I'm always envious of talented and organized folks like you. During Our Hero's deployments in Iraq, he couldn't get enough bacon or pork chops when he was home! Big hugs to you and yours!
Jul. 24, 2010 6:29 pm
Loved it!
Jul. 24, 2010 6:32 pm
yeah.....ok....that made me cry. absolutely beautiful evening :)
Jul. 24, 2010 6:46 pm
Thanks for sharing a wonderful story sure wish I could be as organized as you. Home cooked meals mean a lot to the soldiers when they come home speaking from experience. My son was in the marines.
Jul. 24, 2010 8:41 pm
That is AWESOME!!!
Jul. 24, 2010 10:32 pm
Love love LOVE that story!! Thanks for sharing. :)
Jul. 25, 2010 12:41 am
I loved this story !!! Thank you so much for sharing it, I'm a military wife and the support that you show just melts my heart !!!
Jul. 25, 2010 4:32 am
jennafur77 - it takes a very special person to be a military wife. Thank YOU for your sacrifice and thanks to your husband for his service.
Jul. 25, 2010 8:45 am
I too have a favorite hero. Like a few others here, he is deployihng to Afghanistan soon. My dear SIL, father of my sweet granddaughter. Very inspiring blog entry.
Jul. 25, 2010 9:12 am
hi bn! i live in an army town. the only reason i'm married to the love of my life is because she was dragged here by her father. i miss her father, he passed away this past year. may god bless " your" solider! great blog...brought tears to my eyes to feel the love in your words.
Jul. 25, 2010 9:22 am
great blog BN sounds like a fabulous night...
Jul. 25, 2010 9:23 am
Excellent blog and what a wonderful "Welcome Home" you gave your soldier! He'll have that love and warmth to carry with him and he can pull it out whenever he feels homesick. Let me tell you...he's not just your hero, he and others like him are a hero to all of us! Please tell him that I send a huge "THANK YOU" to him and his entire unit!!
Jul. 25, 2010 10:11 am
Thanks BN, For me, and I expect a lot here, these are rare remarks that I would like to see stepped up. Somebody's Dad, Son, Brother, Uncle, Cousin, Mom Daughter, Sister, Sister, Niece or Dear Best Friends they all need to be uplifted and encouraged for whatever reason they are doing it. Thanks, you make my heart sing!
Jul. 25, 2010 1:11 pm
WOW! As you might well have noticed I am rarely rendered speechless - but here I sit, tears in my eyes reading all the wonderful comments. I can hardly wait to pass this along. May I suggest to anyone who has an "Hero" serving - please pass this along to them. The support and admiration from all of you goes to every solider, past and present serving this great Nation. Bless you all.
Jul. 25, 2010 4:22 pm
What a great story! You are awesome Nana! I am not surprised in the least that your nephew made your house a priority stop on his trip home! Congrats to him on his engagement and to you for pulling this off successfully. Please be sure to pass on a heartfelt thank you to your nephew for his service and his sacrifice from the Koehler family!
Jul. 25, 2010 5:46 pm
I was just sitting here browsing for something to make for dinner and came across your blog. What a great read and a great story. I served 10 years in the Navy and even so, I found myself watering up just a bit reading your blog. Congrats to your nephew and his fiance, and my personal thanks to you, for sharing such a wonderful story. God Bless.
Jul. 25, 2010 6:04 pm
wow! yeah made me cry too tears of happiness my boys my hero's too I have one on each coast of the us and have been lucky they haven't gone to any of irag or Afghanistan so far.... thank you to your nephew for doing that and meal sounded wonderful!
Jul. 25, 2010 6:46 pm
Hurray! Thanks for sharing how you put together an incredible celebration. I am filled with joy just hearing about the reunion. God Bless You and your entire family!
Jul. 25, 2010 8:08 pm
Jul. 25, 2010 8:44 pm
Dear BN, I too have my dearest Grandson coming home in late Aug. I have been anxious to fix the ultimate dinner for his homecoming. After reading your blog it's all about his safe return and family get together.That is what he missed and you provided that and so much more. God Bless You and your precious Nephew. He and all that serve to protect our country & lives.
Jul. 26, 2010 11:29 am
Brought me to tears. My husband just came home from Iraq, so I can relate.
Jul. 26, 2010 1:34 pm
*Wipes tears from eyes* I remember when my husband returned home a few months ago after a 15-month long deployment to Iraq. I was so excited that I didn't even consider cooking a welcome home meal. Luckily, my older sister and her best friend came to the rescue and surprised us when we walked in the door of our home. She even had my niece and nephews make Welcome Home signs and hang them up around the living room. It was certainly one of the most heartfelt moments of my life. I can definitely relate to how ecstatic you were about your hero coming back. You did an amazing job with your presentation on such short notice. We thank him for his commitment, and hope that he returns safe in future deployments. Best wishes on his marriage as well!
Jul. 26, 2010 2:01 pm
Get me a tissue STAT!! That was great, Nana!!!!!
Jul. 26, 2010 8:55 pm
Meagan621 - the message of thanks has been passed along - thanks for your support.
Jul. 26, 2010 9:00 pm
Taranis - thanks to YOU for your years of service. kate d. - you must be very proud of your children - good job Mom! @ DOLORES9 - Blessing to you & your Grandson - give him a big hug and thank him from ALL of us.
Jul. 26, 2010 9:04 pm
D. Beckham & ProudArmyWife41stFiresBDE - you both stand as MY heros - to love and support those that are giving their ALL for this country - bless you both and thank your Heros for me. Please pass along this blog to them - so that they might know the love and support that has their backs!
Jul. 26, 2010 9:06 pm
TAYLORANDERS & ALVA416, Thank you both for your wonderful comments and support of our warriors - protecting us everyday!
Jul. 26, 2010 9:46 pm
BN, I must tell you, you have made my day!! This is the only blog I have read in a while and am sitting here wiping tears and sniffling! What an amazing story and I too want to say "Thanks" to your hero. He is one of my heros also, as are all our service men and women! I am so proud of them all. Thanks for sharing this with us....Ginny
Jul. 26, 2010 9:56 pm
Thank you so much grannygigi! I will pass your kind words along! Bless you!
Jul. 26, 2010 10:23 pm
Just beautiful, thank you for sharing. You are a special Auntie. Thanking your hero for his service. God bless you and your family. God bless all our soldiers everywhere.
Jul. 26, 2010 10:44 pm
Thank you Cecilia - Amen - blessing to all our soliders! They are all our Heros!
Jul. 27, 2010 3:11 am
Great blog! Thanks for sharing.
Jul. 27, 2010 4:16 am
I am sitting here crying a 7 am reading your story. God Bless your hero and his fiance. God Bless all the troops around the world who continue to fight for freedom and democracy!
Jul. 27, 2010 7:32 am
Andee and Allie - thank you for stopping by and thank you for your support!
Chris Gascho 
Jul. 27, 2010 2:27 pm
This is such a heartfelt story it makes me wish I was an American even more! I was waiting for a photo of returning Hero also. Wish I could come to your place for supper what a treat. Reading your blog makes putting a last minute dinner more of a delight than an absolute stress. Thank you for writing this.
Jul. 27, 2010 3:51 pm
Chris: Thanks for your comments....doing a dinner like this is pure joy - no stress at all, just anticipation! No pictures of "my Hero". That is the one thing he asked me when I asked if I could do this blog - "No names no pictures of me, please." His security clearence is such that internet posting are not a good idea.
Jul. 27, 2010 9:05 pm
Really lovely...thanks for sharing:)
Jul. 27, 2010 9:12 pm
Sniff sniff! My eyes and my nose! Wonderful story, thanks so much for sharing, you made my day!!
Jul. 28, 2010 1:47 am
Well don! I work part-time in a Café and also do private catering. The Café is not too far from a large barracks. The owner of the café has tken on the policy of serving the returning heroes with free meals, but she insists as she serves them up that everyone in the Café applauds the recipient(s), and adds the words that these people (for some are women) are keeping the world free for other people to come and have options like Cafés. She has a big donation jar on the counter and it always gets extra offerings after such an event. The proceeds go to a trust fund for the treatment of wounded/damaged servicemen and women. Some regulars that come in now leave an xtra pound or two "to help cover the costs of the free meals". So your unstinting attitude and your joy are somethings I see more often than most, and I thank you for them.
Jul. 28, 2010 4:47 am
JDawnP - I love the Cafe that welcomes home our heros! How cool is that. What a great place to work. Thanks for posting.
Jul. 28, 2010 5:39 am
That was a lovely story! Thanks for sharing
Jul. 28, 2010 5:56 am
This is such a great story, thank you for sharing!
Jul. 28, 2010 7:43 am
Awesome! All our troops deserve such a warm, heart-felt welcome!
Jul. 28, 2010 7:45 am
I think you should add short story novelist to your hobbies. Great blog!
Jul. 28, 2010 9:07 am
Lovely blog...thank you.
Mrs. J 
Jul. 28, 2010 11:03 am
You have me in tears... my own sweet hero comes home in a few months and I am already planning his first meal HOME. Thanks for sharing this.
Jul. 28, 2010 12:16 pm
Mrs. J - so glad your hero is coming HOME soon! Please let him know how much his service means to all of us! So, what are you making for him?
Jul. 28, 2010 12:49 pm
Thank you for sharing! My husband has enlisted in the Army and goes to basic training in October. I can see myself in your shoes someday, only I will probably freak out too much and we'll end up ordering pizza!
Jul. 28, 2010 1:20 pm
Wonderful story, thank you for sharing. Thank you to your nephew for serving our country!
Jul. 28, 2010 3:07 pm
Mrs. Atkins - Please thank your husband for his commitment and thank you for your scrifice. It takes a gutsy woman to be an Army wife! Bless you both!
Jul. 28, 2010 3:23 pm
Baking Nana - I loved your personal story. My hero came home last September and boy do I know how much he treasured the special meals prepared for him. Almost a year later, his pants are a little tighter than he would like, but we are so happy to see him healthy and happy.
Jul. 28, 2010 3:45 pm
basta02 - I am so glad that your hero is home and being well fed! Hugs to him and to you!
Jul. 28, 2010 5:02 pm
Superb Blog! Simply Superb! Should be in Women's Day, or Family Circle with the recipes attached. You should send it to them and see if they will publish it. Good Housekeeping may be another one to try. What a wonderful homecoming, and welcome you gave them. There are many who won't be as lucky. What a GREAT Aunt you are!!! Thank you!!!
Jul. 28, 2010 5:28 pm
love this! Thanks for sharing.
Jul. 28, 2010 7:09 pm
KathyHall: Thank you for the encouragement and for your support of our troops! The response to this blog has been amazing. Maybe Readers Digest? AllRecipes is part of the same family....hmmm, one never knows!
Jul. 28, 2010 7:11 pm
Aprilpekoe - thanks for your comments! They are very much appreciated. :-)
Jul. 28, 2010 10:07 pm
I had tears as I read about the welcome home dinner! Wow! Thank you for sharing this - sweet happenings like this are what make life so beautiful.
Jul. 28, 2010 10:18 pm
MessyMama - you are so right, these are memories in the making.....memories that last a life time. Thanks for stopping by.
Jul. 29, 2010 3:05 am
I remember the excitement when my husband would come home from the Navy. It is wonderful that he has an Aunt like you. Keep up the good work. Nancy
Jul. 29, 2010 4:09 am
Baking Nana what a great story, a great feast you prepared for Your Hero, and I am so glad YOUR HERO is Home!!! I also had tears in my eyes as I am the mother of A Nationl Guard Veteran who has served 2 tours in Iraq. Homecomings for our Soldiers, Our Heros is so joyful. You are a wounderful Auntie! GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS AND THEIR FAMILIES!!!!
Jul. 29, 2010 4:28 am
Congratulations on his return. I have a son who returned home 3 times, each time different and older in his eyes. I appreciate that you turned his impromptu visit into a hero's welcome. Bless your family!!
Jul. 29, 2010 7:20 am
Nancy, Mary & Mamjoe - Thank you for your kind comments. I know you all understand the emotion that comes into play as our heros return home. I am thankful that I was able to share this.
Jul. 29, 2010 7:26 am
very well written! the trifle looks delicious and spaghetti - yum!
Jul. 29, 2010 7:43 am
Your blog made my eyes tear up as well. My daughter is in Afghanistan and will be coming home for R&R in 10 days. I can't wait, I just wish she didn't have to go back. I live with them and take care of her 2 boys who are 4 and 2. Trying to figure out how to explain that she doesn't get to stay.
Jul. 29, 2010 8:07 am
Oh gosh Pam - I can't imagine trying to explain that to two little boys. Thank you for YOUR service by caring for her boys while she is serving. Blessings to your family.
Jul. 29, 2010 8:43 am
I absolutely LOVE this story! Thank you so much for sharing it! I am an Army Wife, and I know exactly what you mean. Even if a return is planed, the dates ALWAYS change, and it makes it hard to even just plan for a welcome home meal, let alone come up with something on the spot. I always freak out about the welcome home dinner, and I freak out even more when something isn't perfect, but reading this story, (even though your meal was divine!) Has gotten threw to me that it isn't so much about WHAT you make, its about the love and time and thought that goes into making it that really matters. Thank you again for sharing this story! Your a gem!
Jul. 29, 2010 9:17 am
What a beautiful story, I had tears in my eyes and a couple rolled down my cheeks. Your family sounds awesome.
Jul. 29, 2010 9:30 am
What a wonderful story! I, like anyone reading this story, has tears in their eyes! How wonderful to have the children out waving the flag. Can't wait to try your French bread recipe.
Jul. 29, 2010 9:42 am
My hubby is a Marine, so this post evokes lots of emotions for me!! Many good, good ones, lots of fond memories of homecomings. Thank you for sharing, and you really whipped up a beautiful meal on such short notice - I can imagine it was very appreciated as I'm sure you are!! :)
Jul. 29, 2010 12:22 pm
Loved your story! Thanks for sharing - you are an inspiration! Welcome home to your hero! You made my heart sing and eyes water too!
Jul. 29, 2010 1:13 pm
This just makes my heart melt and my eyes tear up! What a wonderful blog!
Jul. 29, 2010 4:56 pm
StrykerWifey172, SANDRA_92083 - to you, the wives that support our troops - Kudos to you. Thanks to YOU and your husbands for their service.
Jul. 29, 2010 4:58 pm
MDill, Gully, KelliQ81, happycook, thank you so much for your comments and your support. MDill - enjoy the French Bread it is a keeper!
Jul. 29, 2010 5:30 pm
Out of 130 comments only one jerk posted a hateful comment and was deleted and banned. If the blog is about me or my food and my opinions about food, I leave those. But not here - not this blog - our heros will not be attacked on MY turf! Yes, this is MY blog and MY turf!
Jul. 29, 2010 6:57 pm
What a great Auntie! I bet that he and his fiance loved it because it came straight from the heart. Glad he is home safe!
Jul. 29, 2010 9:08 pm
Michele - thanks for your comments. I am a lucky Auntie! Lucky I have a great nephew! I did nothing great, I just LOVE him!
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Baking Nana

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Corona, California, USA

Member Since
Aug. 2009

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Cooking Interests
Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Healthy, Quick & Easy

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About Me
Every morning my granddaughter calls and says, "Good morning Nana. Whatcha doing? Are you baking Nana?" Hence my name, Baking Nana. I love to bake bread and never get tired of it. Yeast is additive! Visit me at BakingNana.com If you would like to contact me directly please use the 'Contact Me' on my site. http://bakingnana.com/contact-me/
My favorite things to cook
I go through phases, Asian for a while then Italian then on to something else. I love experimenting with new flavors and different spices. Some times my husband will ask if we will ever have "ordinary" food again. Once in a while I have to toss him a burger just to keep quite! Actually, he is a good sport and my favorite taste tester.
My favorite family cooking traditions
In our family if it is your birthday you get to choose the menu. We have had some really interesting meals. In March we have 5 birthdays so we do one big party - what a crazy menu that is! Christmas dinner is very traditional. Sausage rolls, Prime Rib, Yorkshire Pudding, gravy, Green beans with bacon, Mashed Potatoes (the really fattening kind) and trifle for dessert. If I were to dare to omit any of those items I would be lynched.
My cooking triumphs
Mastering really great bread is probably my biggest triumph. I am always so pleased when I create a perfect Asian dish.
My cooking tragedies
There have been a few but none so horrible that I can't laugh about them now.
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