A cup of peppermint tea in one hand Ice on my knee and my back I rest.
Beauty and I made butter slivers/curls with a cheese cutter. By setting out all you'll need, delegation of tasks is made easy, and your not digging in drawers with a full kitchen.
I did not have the Sterno burners I needed so I boiled water in the micro wave to keep the pans warm once they came out of the oven
I cooked the gravy for almost an hour and made a gallon of it. With the veggies on the stove. I use care to make corn (traditional ) and a green veggie for those who do not like corn. I am a purest so I keep it simple no heavy sauces in the beans. Being allergic to cow mile my son and I were able to eat anything we wanted except two deserts that were brought. In the oven were the baked potatoes the two mettle flats of stuffing and mashed potato and in a paper bag with a wet paper towel the rolls.
Last night at midnight I thought I should try to move the table over to the other and make on very long one. I am disappointed that I did not. It was strange us three elders sat on the other table. I got my numbers off and so it was strange. That is what I get for setting the tables at midnight. However I know there were many unseen guest :)
I had the parents serve the children first. When we all were seated DASH, then another young boy and then a third offered the grace and prayer. Hearing three boys under 7 years of age bless our meal was astounding "Daddy Man" was speechless! her said' I think that covers it, thank you boys...Lets eat!" that was so COOL!
After the kid ate we excused them to go play.
We all had our meals and seconds and gradually moved the sitting circle into the kitchen/sewing studio.
One couple left for a photography appointment and then much later returned, another was able to come very late in the afternoon tho join in (they had been out of town and made great efforts to attend)
I pulled them in around 7:30 and called them to circle had a story time. I wonderful book I had read earlier to Dash. His library book the spider and the fly. It was a cautionary tail of not listening to evil counsel. It was marvelous! I had them do the HEAR NO EVIL-SPEAK NO EVIL- AN SEE NO EVIL, covering the ears,mouth and eyes. OH it was so fun!
Then I had Daddy Man put on a DVD and we pulled the couch over for them to calm down and have some smarties (a candy). Then they had carrots (they were watching BUGS BUNNY)
10:45 Good night.
Thank you for your prayers