Thursday, November 13, 2008

A Lunch Visit

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me--practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:8-9)

Nana & Papa brought the twins {Summer & Seth} and a delicious lunch! My D~I~Love, Laura came for a week day visit and we all had a lovely time.

Nana and I worked on getting the food from the kitchen to the table and we laughed, talked and just enjoyed our time together.
When Laura arrived, she and Papa got a rare chance to talk at the table and then she and I went outside and hung two loads of clothes on the line. She was reminded of spending time at her grandmother's when she was growing up and helping her hang laundry.

We were gifted with this delightful menu:

Homemade Vegetable Soup brought in Glass Jars
French Bread
Chocolate Chip Cookies & Cookie/Peanut Butter Sandwiches
Apple Pie
Sweet Tea

Anytime Nana brings food, she has it wrapped in sparkling clean jars, tied in bows, ribbons, or string and/or neatly stacked in top rolled bags. She can use wax paper, parchment paper and/or freezer paper better than most magazines. I've tried for years to get my food packing and storage to look as neat as she does but have yet to arrive.

This lunch was no exception!

We heated up the homemade vegetable soup and it made the entire house smell as cozy as a fireside on a cold day. While it was heating, she threw the French bread in one oven and the apple pie she brought from my sister in another. The bread got too hard but we solved it by rubbing fresh, peeled garlic cloves all over it and spreading butter over the hard crust. Mom also slathered some butter between some of the slices and this bread was delicious!

We filled our bowls with steaming soup and had a small glass bowl of sour cream with parsley sprinkled over the top on the table. Glasses were filled with ice and chosen beverage and we ate our meal while we watched leaves falling outside the dining room window.

The chocolate chip cookies came from a bucket of cookie dough Mom found at Sam's and they were SO easy. Half were made into peanut butter cookie sandwiches by spreading peanut butter on one bottom and pressing another cookie bottom to that.

The apple pie was one my sister bought at a local store's bakery and it was really good as well.

My mom told me how to follow the directions off the back of the REAL Lemon juice we buy from Sam’s for the easiest and most delicious lemonade recipe! I have a husband and at least two sons (Michael and Braxton) but maybe all of them who LOVE this beverage.
So easy.
Add 1 cup of REAL lemon juice to 1 cup of sugar and mix well with 6 ½ cups of fresh water. DELICIOUS and lovely. Lemon slices could be added like my mom suggested. Also, cherries, strawberries, raspberries and so on can add a pretty touch.

We drank our coffee and watched the kids play outside for awhile and then Nana & Papa left with the twins.

Lauren, my teenage daughter, took her five year old brother out to play while Laura and I watched a movie.

When the movie was over, Laura was leaving and our oldest son, Michael was walking in the door with his family. Right before they left, my sister, Lynda from out of town came in. It was a fun, filled, and favorite kind of day...

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