Sunday Dinner at This Lovely Place
by Charlotte Siems
Sunday dinner isn’t always fancy at our house. We often have spaghetti, because it’s simple to make and everyone likes it. Occasionally we have frozen chimichangas. Very rarely we go out to eat. But every once in a while we have company for Sunday dinner and we enjoy setting a nice table and taking extra care with the menu and preparation.
Last Sunday we invited several college students to come to our home after church. On the menu? Slow-cooked brisket, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, salad, rolls, two kinds of cobbler and ice cream.
Since I was unusually well-prepared for this meal, I thought I better hurry up and blog about it—with photos—to document the occasion. Next week’s frozen pizza won’t be anything to write home about.
The night before, we put leaves in the big dining room table, cut flowers from the yard (including peppermint roses) and set the table:
Right after breakfast the red potatoes were peeled, the frozen rolls set out on a pan, the brisket that had cooked overnight was sliced and the honey butter mixed up:
I left church a little early to finish preparations since were having a large group for dinner. The rolls were baked, mashed potatoes made, ham and brisket warmed, corn cooked, gravy made and cobblers put in the oven to cook during dinner. Everything was covered and ready, waiting for our guests:
And then we ate! Twenty-one of us, so we used the table in the dining room and the kitchen, too:
One of these days I’ll share the secrets of melt-in-your-mouth brisket and creamy mashed potatoes. And how to cook frozen pizza.