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A Good Old Fashioned Sunday Dinner 
Oct. 31, 2010 5:36 am 
Updated: Nov. 1, 2010 6:19 pm
As many of you know, I had pneumonia  and it really knocked me for a loop!  I was down for almost an entire week, and then another week of not feeling so good, but well enough to go to work.  Yesterday was honestly the first day that I managed to do all my Saturday chores, cook dinner and stay up past 9:30 pm.  I think I'm back to normal; well as normal as I can be.

So,  I stood looking at my coffee pot that didn't make my coffee this morning. That's a whole other story, just suffice it to say I only got about a cup of coffee and the rest of the water is gone.  Don't know where it went.  Anyways, as I looked at the coffee pot I realized I felt really good and I also realized we hadn't had a good old-fashioned Sunday dinner in a very long time - three weeks at least, maybe longer.  Growing up my mom always took special care in making Sunday dinner.  That was the one meal we all had to be in attendance for.  Our friends were welcome as well.  During the week Mom just sort of threw together quick, easy, filling meals.  We were all very busy and involved in sports and other extra-curricular activities.  We all ate together, sometimes it was late, sometimes it was very early.  But Sunday dinner was always at 5:00.  There was always a special dessert - a cake, cobbler, maybe a pie.  Dinner was either a roast or chicken.  There was homemade mashed potatoes or scalloped potatoes.  Dinner rolls instead of just plain bread out of the bread bag.  When my kids were born I carried on that tradition of Sunday dinner. 

The kids are grown and married or away at college, but I still make Sunday dinner for hubby and me.  And, sometimes the kids are able to make it home.   So, tonight we are finally going to have a Sunday dinner - one my mom would approve of. 

We're going to have buttermilk fried chicken, garlic mashed potatoes, buttery sweet corn, homemade biscuits or rolls, and my husband wants me to also make stewed tomatoes.  I haven't decided about that yet.  Then, we're going to have apple crisp with vanilla ice cream for dessert.  I'm hungry already!
Oct. 31, 2010 6:25 am
I am so VERY glad you're feeling better. In the old days in the UK, we had "licensing hours" which were the times the pubs were allowed to be open for trade with the public. On Sundays, we as a family always had a latish brunch and an early dinner - so when the pub was open at lunchtime (10.30 to 2) all our friends had to leave and go home to eat at lunch time, but we didn't, then we would go and play or watch sports or play cards or Monopoly at home and return to the pub after our dinner and again watch all our friends have to leave the pub to go and eat dinner. They soon caught on, and their mothers thanked my mother because that way, they only had to cook 2 meals in the day and not 3 - AND they got to have an evening free for themselves!
Oct. 31, 2010 6:51 am
I also do Sunday dinners most weekends. Somehow, I find it comforting to prepare a nice meal with gravy and maybe some extra sides topped with a treat for dessert. This Sunday, being Halloween, we will have homemade burgers. But tomorrow I will pretend it is Sunday and bake a ham with all the Sunday trimmings. We just have one son (18) still at home, but I remember when all five were little. A big cooked breakfast was usually followed by dinner at 3 or 4 and then a nice dessert about 7pm. I imagine I will continue with this also when my last one leaves. Dh is Welsh and well, Sunday just isn't Sunday to him without a roast and pudding after :)
Oct. 31, 2010 6:54 am
Happy to hear you are feeling better Ann, continue to take it a bit easy as your body rebuilds strength!
Oct. 31, 2010 11:39 am
Happy Sunday Mother Ann, glad to hear you are feeling better. I had a Flu shot yesterday and I felt like I was getting it afterwards! My eyes were as red as a stop sign and I had a scratchy throat. Apparently, these are mild symptoms of the shot. I love the idea of Sunday dinner but never implemented it in my own house. My hubby and his mom(who lives with us) have Sunday morning Menudo so they can catch up with each other about their week. I am lacking imagination today, still feel out of sorts. I started the Bill Clinton Lemon Chess Pie from here. That's as far as I've gotten. Your dinner sounds Wonderful! Have a Terrific day :):) Thank You for sharing a treasured part of life in your part of the world.
Oct. 31, 2010 12:39 pm
Good Afternoon Mother Ann! So glad to hear you're feeling better. Have you thought about getting the pnuemonia shot. I got pneumonia 3 years in a row, so this year, I got the shot. Sunday dinner is something that's hard to get out of your system. We always had Sunday dinner at our house when I was a kid. And, like you, attendance was MANDATORY! Some of the best family conversations were around the Sunday dining room table. DH had the same experience. We continued that tradition and of our 5 grown children, at 2+family always show up. We eat at 3pm and a movie generally follows. Love me family, love our traditions.
Oct. 31, 2010 12:42 pm
Hi Miss Patty Cakes.... sorry to hear you had "flu" systems from your flu shot. DH got his a week this past Friday and felt like Cr@p all last week. Also, my nephew's wife is Hispanic and they always have Menundo on Sundays. Is that a Hispanic tradition? BTW, they live in Moreno Valley.
Oct. 31, 2010 12:45 pm
I'm glad you are feeling better. My dad is recovering from pneumonia too. It really makes you weak. Your Sunday dinner sounds great! I grew up with them. My husband isn't really into that so we don't do it now. I miss that.
Oct. 31, 2010 3:10 pm
Candice: I've thought about the pneumonia shot now that I was so sick from it. This was my 3rd time having it and by far the WORST. I don't get the flu shot because I know so many people who get sick after getting it - and I normally do not get sick; the last time I was sick was March 2003. Iceemama: I'd do a few Sunday dinners and see what your hubby thinks about it - he might just decide he loves the good food and good company! Thanks everyone for stopping in and wishing me well.
Nov. 1, 2010 2:14 am
Wishing you better days soon. Don't rush it! I had my flu shot last week, always get one. Also had the pneumonia shot last year. I am at the age where I like to get all my defences up for the winter months. I remember Sunday dinner at Grandma's a fond memory. Fresh baked chicken she would catch and dress herself, with all the trimmings, potatoes and gravy, veggies from the garden. Homemade bread or biscuits.I learned many of my basic skills from her. She was a natural in the kitchen.
Nov. 1, 2010 5:53 am
Mother Ann, I am glad to hear that you are feeling better. I hope your Sunday dinner went well, even if it was just you and hubby. Have a good week and take it easy; )
Nov. 1, 2010 1:21 pm
Dinner did go well. I was planning on eating the leftovers tonight as hubby was supposed to be out of town. Well... those plans got changed so now I'm looking for something to make for dinner tonight.
Nov. 1, 2010 6:19 pm
I have been doing the larger half of the cooking in this house but Sunday dinner is the chosen territory of my wife. That is hers alone!
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I've been married for 33 years, and live in Ohio. We have a daughter who is married and lives nearby. Our son graduated from college and moved to South Dakota. He has his own place but still goes to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have dinner with them occasionally. We have two black labs that get to go duck hunting with dad and two cats. We own a Mexican restaurant and are learning alot about the food industry. I love to eat, go camping, read, spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and drink wine; not necessarily in that order.
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When I was first married we had my grandparent's-in-law over for a pot roast dinner. The meat came out great, but the potatoes and carrots were still half raw. My husband's grandfather went to cut his fork into a carrot and it flew off his plate. He looked at me, winked, and said he loved his carrots that way!
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