Sunday, September 8, 2013

Happy to Be Hospitable

We took Friday afternoon to do some deep cleaning in preparation for our first guests of the season.  We've been rather inhospitable for quite awhile due to hubby being very busy with tornado rebuilding volunteer teams.  He did all the coordinating and much of the cooking over the last couple of years.

Last night our dear friends, Gene & Joyce and their family joined us for dinner.  The occasion was Michael's 14th birthday.  As far as I can remember, we've shared every one of Michael's birthdays with them.  The boys had an air soft war.  Lots of protective goggles protected lots of eyes.  Praise God for goggles!

So, now that we've had a terrific time with old friends, the next occasion will be my daughter Emily's party.  I hope to open our home to friends, family and acquaintances on a regular basis from now on.

Do you have any quick, easy, and inexpensive hospitality tips to share?  I need to get back in the swing. ~smile~

Now, do talk back!

Blessings,
Laura
Happy to be Hospitable

I was unable to find the original source of this cover photo.  The Housewife was a quarterly magazine around the turn of the 20th Century.

6 comments:

  1. I'm sure THAT was a fun evening!! :) We were SO glad to see that family at church today after not seeing them for the past 5 weeks! They sure are a special family, aren't they?! :)

    I'm sure the boys all had a wonderful time together. :)

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  2. Hi Miss Sarah,

    Yes, they're pretty special. They've been our dearest friends for a very long time. We've known each other since before Emily was born!

    I'd sure like to get to know your family better as well.
    Blessings to you!

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  3. What a wonderful time when one can be with good friends! One can be very busy in life.....it good to take time for family and friends! Thank you for your sweet comments...I am your newest follower...enjoyed my visit!! Blessings~~~Roxie

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  4. Hi Roxie,

    You're so very right about taking time for family and friends. We can get so distracted by things we must do. I'm coming for a visit in just a few minutes. I'm so glad you're following me. Let's keep in touch!

    Blessings,
    Laura

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  5. I don't remember how I found your blog, but I am certainly enjoying jumping around many of your posts. I haven't become a follower only because experience has taught me that I get intimidated if I get too much email and then don't read any of it. I do have you bookmarked in my favorites.

    I do have several inexpensive but tasty dishes to suggest for entertaining. Two sweets I make use egg whites. I remember that you wrote that you have chickens that supply your eggs. One is meringues that are cookies. There are many add-ins you can use, depending on what's in your pantry. The other thing is called Summer Pecan Pie which has crumbled up saltines and chopped pecans in the whipped egg whites and is baked in a pie plate and topped with whipped cream or Cool Whip. If you want the recipe, I can give it to you. Of course you can use the yolks in scrambled eggs, meat loaf, or pourable custard to serve over cake or fruit.

    The other thing is something my mama made for my brown bag school lunches when I was a kid. You use a can of Treet (located next to Spam at the grocery store). You grate the meat and make it the same way you would chicken salad. It makes a ton and tastes like ham salad. People love it. I use the Treet, 2 or 3 boiled eggs, a rib of chopped celery, and mayonnaise. If I'm out of celery, I use sweet pickle, either ones I chop or sweet salad cubes. It's something you can have the ingredients ready on the shelf and whip up if you want to take something to a family that has an emergency or a death. Kids often don't like some of the "fancy" things people bring or send in.

    These things popped into my mind, but I'll think about other items that make good company fare.

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  6. Dear annos,

    What a thoughtful note! I truly appreciate knowing that you're following me in your own way. ~smile~ I understand about getting too much e-mail. I think I'm on too many lists myself.

    I'd love to have your recipe for Summer Pecan Pie. It sounds scrumptious! Tonight my eldest son bought me my first pumpkin of the season. Joy! I do love pumpkins. One year, at Harvest Lane Farm, we had a pumpkin patch and sold pumpkins. It was so fun picking and displaying and talking with the folks that came to the farm.

    Well, it's quite late, I must go. Thanks so much for talking back. You made my night!

    May Jesus bless you!

    Laura

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Hello! I love it when y'all talk back!

I read all the comments I receive. I answer as many as I can. If you have a question, be sure I can reach you by email or subscribe to the comments.

Be blessed!
Laura