Saturday, March 22, 2008

Today's Easter Prep




Today I'm getting all in order for Easter. Stuff for church is done, and now I'm working on home stuff. We are having 18 people here ~ us, the Mackley's, (our children's pastors) Garland's our assistant and her family), Bill (one of our board members/friends), Bobby (our "son" you've heard about many times), Alexa (friend of our boys - but also like another member of the family), and Jasmine (friend of the kids from school/friend of the fam) and then Casey (Dustin's girlfriend) and her parents are stopping by just to say hello before we eat and maybe share an appetizer. They will be on their way to another family dinner but want to stop in, as we invited them. So I will have a house full as usual!

My day has been spent so far cooking and cleaning and right now I need to sit a spell. (Don't they say that in the south?) I don't consider myself living 'in the south' although by exact location I am in the most southern United States, don't picture us being countryfied here. Tampa is not exactly baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet. Nah. We're an international melting pot here in Tampa, not exactly saying things like "come on ya'll" or having watermelon seed spitting contests or anything. Not that there's anything wrong with that. I enjoy the south! But I digress.

Right now I'm working on cooking and our Easter menu for the 18 people who will be here is...

Fruit and cheese appetizer tray (to be eaten while we're getting everything set out on the table)

7 layer salad

Biscuits (my special recipe - trust me no other biscuits compare - Tom Garland even says they 'almost' match up to his grandma's and he's never found that before - ever! Since his grandma passed away I will take it that mine are truly incomparable since she's not here on earth to make hers anymore. Trust me these are better than Cracker Barrel, Bob Evans or anywhere. I serve them with real butter and varieties of jellies.

Ham with cherry glaze (Larry's special recipe - everyone loves it!)

Hash Brown Potato Casserole (yum!!)

Sweet Potatoes

Broccoli with cheese

Green Beans

Creamed Corn (Misty Mackley's recipe - TRUST ME - NONE COMPARES - ABSOLUTELY NONE. It's un-freakin'-believable!!!

Razzleberry Pie and Ice Cream

Brownies

Iced Tea ~ Soda ~ Coffee

Alright, so there you have it, our family Easter dinner menu. No, I won't be "on program" with weight watchers tomorrow. But considering Larry and I are embarking on a 50 day fast the next day...I really don't care. :-)

Seriously, we're taking our church on a 50 day challenge! I'll blog more about it in the coming days but basically it will include a 50 day fast (we're doing a Daniel Fast but have given several other options to the congregation - Daniel Fast, Delicacy fast, or one meal a day fast). Also they are taking a 50 day challenge as far as doing devotions with us daily, increasing their Bible reading, prayer time, and church attendance. It's gonna be a great 50 days!

By the way, if anyone wants recipes, feel free to ask. I don't ever have "secret recipes". I am a strong believer in hospitality and a great encourager of people everywhere to show hospitality. I have taught classes on this and anything I can do to help people I will including giving away all my special recipes.

Love you all and have a beautiful Easter with your family, celebrating His life.

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