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Nov. 25, 2011 11:05 am 
Updated: Nov. 26, 2011 2:08 pm
Hope everyone had a good meal and some great fellowship yesterday.  I know I did.  My kids went away to the "in laws" this year, but I was surrounded by many of my nursing friends and their family.  Wonderful day.  She had so many people (over 20) , that she used decorative, sturdy paper plates.  I think that was smart of her and was grateful when it came time to clean up..pots and pans were a chore alone.
That brings me to sharing a story.  My niece is married to a fellow who has 11 brothers and sisters.  Needless to say holiday celebrations are a big to do.  His late mother solved their dilemma of "paper or china".  She went out and bought a set of inexpensive melmac (think that's the word, you know lightwt. sturdy plastic), in sufficient numbers to serve a crowd.  They then wash them up and put them in a rolling suitcase along with any other special items only used for holidays and celebration meals.  the suitcase remains with the host of the current get together and the next person who is going to do the next meal retrieves the suitcase, or it is brought to them that day.  I know they still need to be washed, but you can kinda just slam them around.  I thought this was an ingenious idea.  I wondered what you all might   think of this idea, especially when you have hopefully just gotten through the last dirty dish and have dishpan red hands.
Nov. 26, 2011 4:33 am
I love the idea of redneck china in a suitcase, great for picnics too. I was told to pick out a china pattern when I got married-could not decide and those plates are all thick, heavy and need a cabinet or some place to store them for 2 or 3 occasions per year. Don't get me wrong, I love a beautifully set table with great china, just not in my house. So I settled on a nice set of Corelle, thin and light weight. I started using the set everyday. When my MIL realized I actually used the set everyday, she picked out another set (purple trim of course) for me and started buying me several sets to seat up to 20 people. I enjoy the thin design and they store well in their original boxes until I need them, dishwasher safe helps as well. But the travelling melmac is still a great idea.
Nov. 26, 2011 8:30 am
So glad to hear your thoughts. I think this would be especially helpful if the celebration site rotates every holiday. And in the down time, suitcase can go in the garage.
Nov. 26, 2011 2:08 pm
Traveling Melmac-what a clever idea. Saves trees, and if dinner is not always at your house--in your niece's case looks like she would only have to host every couple of years. Sounds like a great plan.
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I am a retired registered nurse. I have two fabulous grandchildren ages 10 and 7, they live only 1 mile from me so we cook together often.
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I like one pot meals, slow cooker, rustic fare. Lately, I am cultivating recipes for soup and have turned out some really good results, especially using curry seasoning. I am not a baker.
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My Italian spaghetti sauce. My famous pot roast made in an oven bag. Appetizers.
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