Monday, August 15, 2011

Dinner party success.

Thankfully my funk that was following me around on Saturday slowly started to disappear and I am now feeling a bit better. Still twinges of sadness and bitterness, but I'm offering them up for my prayer buddy in hopes that some good can come from this.

Moving on...

So, what about this dinner party success?! Well, my husband really wanted to have his parents over for dinner especially since it's been quite a few months that we've been in our new home. We planned a few weeks ago for yesterday and my dh wanted the menu to be a surprise. The menu, a German feast. Which I've made one other time about a year or so ago, but that was just for my dh and I so this time I knew it would take a bit more time with the four of us.

Well, the four of us turned into 5 when we realized that his older brother would be leaving for school (he's in the seminary!:)) this week and was still at home so of course we would invite him along as well.

But then we realized that my husband's other sister, husband and nephew usually head over to his parents on Sundays for dinner also, so we decided to invite them as well.

So now our dinner party of 4 was a dinner party of 8.

And I wasn't just making a casserole or throwing some chicken in the oven, I was making this German feast. I thought about changing the menu but my dh was so excited about this and was bragging about how delicious everything was going to be...

All I could think of was, " pressure!"

Anyways, they were scheduled to come over at 7 and so I started prepping around 5 thinking I would have more than enough time. I'm working on preparing the spƤtzle because I knew that would take the longest. Well, one thing led to another and I was just about done with it and getting started on the Pork Schnitzel and the doorbell rang.

It was already 645 and there I was in the kitchen with no bra on, no makeup done and a messy bun piled on the top of my head. I thought surely by then I would have everything started and then had time to get ready.

Oops...I'm cooking for 8 not the usual 2...

Anyways, I rushed off to throw on a bra and a swipe of some mascara. I mean I don't really think it's appropriate for me to be bra-less in a tank in front of my seminarian brother in law, who was the first to arrive!

Thankfully my husband helped me bread the Schnitzel and I had everything else ready to go. All I had to do was cook it-which with two pans and 12 pieces, took longer than expected but we all sat down and enjoyed a nice dinner together and everyone seemed to like it.

My favorite part of all of it-seeing how proud my dh was of me and how proud he was to have his family over at our home for some food and fellowship.

Anyways, this story isn't that grand, but I was mighty proud to have accomplished this so I thought I would share. Besides, I was ready for my last post to not be at the top anymore.

Thanks for the kind words by the way. Also thanks for the reminder that there are times where things just aren't pretty and you have to let it out. Life is most definitely not all lollipops and laughter...there's bee stings and stubbed toes also!

Hope y'all are having a wonderful Monday!

"The best thing to hold onto in life is each other." (Audrey Hepburn)


JellyBelly said...

I'm sure that your dinner was super good! You're so ambitious!

God Alone Suffices said...

Yay! I'm so glad it went well! My mouth is watering thinking about your German feast! Would you be able to post recipes? :)

Lisa said...

MMMM! Way to go!! I always forget how much longer it takes to cook for parties, too. :) I'm typically frosting a cake and begging everyone else to sit down and eat. lol

Hebrews 11:1 said...

Go you!! That is awesome! You are my new hero. :) I'm still too scared to host a dinner party here yet. Haha!! Glad the funk is going away. Two things in life are certain--there will always (unfortunately) be bad phases, and you will always be strong enough to beat them!! :) I don't remember where I heard this, but this quote is one I remember to this day: "If the heart knew no weeping, it could not laugh. If the soul felt no sorrow, it would not grow. Believe in the dawn and the night will soon be over."

Donna said...

Yum! Sounds like both the dinner and the evening were a resounding success. Way to go!

Made For Another World said...

Sounds grand to me!! And yummy ;)

Anonymous said...

Good job!


Faith makes things possible said...

Thanks ladies! I was quite proud! ;)

Here's two of the links for the recipes...I used Tyler's Ultimate:

However for the spaetzle, I didn't do the mustard and mushroom part, instead I did a brown gravy with sauteed mushrooms...since that's what my dh likes.