"This is the day which the Lord hath made;
we will rejoice and be glad in it."
we will rejoice and be glad in it."
Today I'm grateful for the gift of hospitality. We're hosting for church tomorrow, meaning we invite any visitors home for the Sunday noon meal. Sometimes this can be up to 40 people! (Our church does everything BIG, and most families are, well, BIG. We're the small family. We're 6.) I really like getting to know the new or visiting families, so this is a good thing -- having them over for a relaxed Sunday meal.
But how can it be relaxed with that many people?? It's doable! We do it by remembering that it's about hospitality, not entertainment.
Preparing ahead of time takes away a lot of the stress.
I'll be spending a few hours today preparing food and cleaning. Here's what I'll make:
2 lbs. noodles, cooked in salt water and drained
6 lbs. ground beef, fried with onions
2 pints peas or green beans
4 cans cream of mushroom soup
2 cans cream of chicken soup
2 cups milk (or more if you want it more soupy)
1 loaf bread, toasted and broken into pieces
Mix all together. Salt and pepper to taste. Bake in electric roaster at 250 for 4 hours. Serves 50.
Sounds easy enough, huh? Pauline already browned the beef for us earlier this week, and we froze it. So, just have to throw everything in this here electric roaster on Sunday morning, turn it on before church and, Wa-lah!
I'm grateful for my electric roaster:
We actually RAN OUT of food once when we had company. How embarrassing is that?? My huge crockpot wasn't huge enough. Next day, my husband ordered me this electric roaster. Great investment.
We'll also make this very easy dish:
4 pkgs. strawberry jello
4 cups boiling water
4 cups applesauce
Dissolve jello in boiling water, stir in applesauce and pop in fridge.
Children love it and it's very filling. For a nice holiday twist, use cherry jello and dissolve 1 cup red cinnamon candies in water before stirring in applesauce. Mmmmm.........
Then, all we need is a nice big salad and extra bread.
We'll also make 2 chocolate cakes. But if we don't get to it, I can always serve Peter-cinnamon rolls! And there you go.
I'm also grateful for children who like to bake. They come in quite handy.
We're very informal when we have lots of people over to eat. We set up the food around the counter, buffet-style, and people just go through the line.
We eat wherever. Some at the table, some in the living room, or some outside on the deck if it's nice. Children usually like to go outside to eat, and they especially enjoy eating on the trampoline! We can do that pretty much year round here, since the weather's mild.
It's about HOSPITALITY, not entertainment.
We don't go crazy cleaning. Pick up stuff people could trip over, make sure there's at least one clean bathroom, quick dust, sweep and vacuum and that's about it. Don't you feel somewhat uncomfortable when you go to someone's house and it's so spic and span you could eat off the floor? The first thing that goes through your mind is, "Hope they don't come to my house!" Clean and sanitary, yes. Fit for a magazine cover, no.
Again, HOSPITALITY, not entertainment. People remember smiles. They remember you being calm enough to sit a spell and chat.
they were more important to you than your house.
"And above all things, have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. Use hospitality one to another without grudging. As every man hath received the gift, even so, minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God." (I Peter 4:8-10)
manifold is when a pipe branches out into multiple pipes to distribute what's being conveyed or pumped. See:
So that sheds deeper meaning for the verse above. The grace of God we receive as a gift can be "distributed" to others by using the gift of hospitality. Neato! I guess engineering isn't so boring after all! (My husband wants you to click on the picture above and notice the people. It shows how big the pipes are. It's very exciting to him...)
Have a great weekend everybody!
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