Friday, April 10, 2009

Being the Youngest of 12

Sunday we will have our annual family Easter dinner after service. As usual, my older sister called me this morning to remind me that I am to bring sturdy plates, cups, napkins, utensils etc., for some 60 people. I jokingly asked if she was sure she didn't want me to bring the roast this time. She assured me that that would not be necessary; the others had all been given the delight of bringing such. "What are we having," I asked?

The Menu

Glazed Ham
Maple and Mustard Glazed Salmon
Turkey Salad
Green Bean Casserole
Mac and Cheese
Garlic Potatoes
Roasted Asparagus
Turnip and Mustard Greens (cooked)
Homemade Rolls
Banana Pudding
Apple Pie
German Chocolate Cake

Many of you know that I am the youngest of 12. But what you might not have known is that my older brothers and sisters are all great cooks. The only problem is that through these many years I too have become quite the gourmet chef. Maybe they will never know this. Four times a year I get the call of what to bring and each time I laugh, as if I didn't already know. It has been the same for the last 20 years every Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter and New Year.

Perhaps this year on just any old day I will have the whole family over to my place for dinner and cook a large gourmet meal all by myself; they can each bring the sturdy plates, cups, napkins, and utensils. What do you think?


Laurie said...

I like your being posts - my first visit. It's great.
Best wishes
Laurie (England)

judith ellis said...

Welcome, Laurie. Thanks for your kind words. I'm happy you like the posts and glad you popped in. Do come again.

Steve E. said...

Well, Juith, Hello! You've been in my 'hood a few times recently, and it's high time I walk around the corner and visit you.

Wondering if you have ROOM for 60 at a gourmet dinner? If more sure could not make much difference.
Maybe two--I got a wife, ya know. But I don't wish to spoil her with home-cooked gourmet stuff. She could eat with the children.

Joking, of course...I don't believe she reads you yet.

I'll be back. (The joke punchline is, "I'll be Bach!")

judith ellis said...

Hey, Steve! I grew up in a seven-bedroom house with enclosed sun porches in the back on the upper and lower decks and a full basement. But that wasn't big enough and it really didn't matter, the more the merrier.

We always had many guests during the holidays and on weekends. People popped in and out all day. My siblings have large homes and we can most certainly have others as is typical. So, you and your are most welcome to come for dinner Sunday or any day. :-)

Khaled KEM said...

Happy Easter to you Judith and to your family. I do not have a big family as yours. It's just me and my sister.
I can imagine how nice it would be to meet with all brothers, sisters, cousins and relatives for an Easter dinner. Enjoy it!

Wish you all the best.


judith ellis said...

Thanks, Khaled. I wish the very best Sunday for you too. I guess to be fair to them, I have been away from home as an adult and have only been back in Michigan for the past few years. But I did try to make it home for every major holiday. Often I was traveling and often very far away. Tomorrow will be a beautiful day filled with love, laughter and the memory of our blessed Savior.

The Write Girl said...

This Easter dinner sounds delicious. I think you should impose yourself on the next upcoming holiday and wow them with your cooking. I like the idea of not having to cook though : )

judith ellis said...

Truth be told, The Write Girl, I think I like it to. :-)

Cynthia said...

I agree with Write Girl, the next
holiday or maybe the first Sunday of any month invite the family over
and impress all with your cooking

Happy Easter glorious Lady!

judith ellis said...

Good suggestion, Cynthia. Thanks! I will do just that!