Meet my Guest:
Paula from Hopes Fulfilled
When I saw this post on Paula's blog, I just knew it was a perfect fit for 4RE! It reminded me of theThursday Night Dinners our family was blessed with, although ours were a bit different. I asked Paula if she'd share, and she said yes!
Here's Paula's story ...
I love coming over to 4 Reluctant Entertainers. I have been inspired on many occasions by Sandy's humble spirit regarding entertaining as well as her focus on people. My little post today is about a special lady that reminded me of the importance of traditions, specifically meal traditions. We all have them. We grew up with them.. We pass them down. Well, for our family, this particular tradition will always remind us of a very special lady.
at our house is Spaghetti Night. Because of this lady ...
I have worked with Doreen for over ten years. She started out as a part-time typist and is now the office manager. She is British and she is oh so funny! She is 73 years old and walks over five miles every morning! She loves the Lord and always makes my time in the office fun. I only see her a few times a month since I am not in the office very often, but when I am, she makes it a day I can look forward to..
Over the years, when I am at the office we ask each other "so, what are you making for dinner tonight?" If it is a Thursday - I already know. Its Spaghetti Night at her house and she will likely get company. Widowers in her neighborhood, her son, her sons friends from high school (now adult men who are hoping her spaghetti is still there) and people from church.
She has a huge pot that has been cooking for days.
Of course I had to inquire about her famous spaghetti. At first she was very vague. I kept bugging her and she finally caved - sort of. I attempted to make it for a few months - and served it , but I was never sure I was getting it right since I had not had hers.
Recently I got a call from her, inviting our entire family over to her house for Spaghetti dinner - even though it was a ! She had never really met the kids and so it was an added bonus that she get to know my family.
Here is Matt setting the table
Nate cutting the garlic bread
Here is the sauce
It was delicious! She packs in meatballs and . Other ingredients are standard - cans of tomato sauce, crushed tomatoes, bay leaf, lots and lots of garlic, peppers, hot pepper flakes (not too much), basil, salt and pepper. I was expecting the sauce to be tasty and it really was. But, she also made . It was the BEST apple pie any of us had ever had.
So, our family has Spaghetti Night ( come over you want) and everyone is happy with making my sauce as close to Doreen's as I can - but we all love her and know that its the lady not the sauce that we will always remember!
Well....and the apple pie.
Do you have one night a week where you serve the same dish to your family?