Hello again, friends. AKD came "home" for a quick visit this weekend, bringing along 3 buddies. It was so good to see them. While preparing for their visit, for which I was given about 12 hours notice, I realized that I love feeding people. I mean, it's not all that surprising, is it? I love to cook (don't love to clean up), and I think about food almost all the time, but it's not like I can eat all that food. I miss the days when I could make brownies and send them in to work with Sawblock. I miss making coffee cake and scones for my Bible study friends. I miss bringing treats to the elementary school teacher's lounge (I mean, maybe they'd still take homemade treats? I don't know).
In true #shelftember fashion, I put together meals from things we had on hand. But it was a challenge. I don't actually keep a lot of food on hand. I don't have go-to quick meals that I always have the ingredients for in the house--not ones for eight people, anyway. I plan meals (as you are well aware, if you've been here for any length of time), and I buy ingredients for those meals, based on the number of people who will be eating each meal. And then I use the ingredients for the meals. Which means I don't have a lot of extra food around at any given time.
How do people do that? How do they always have a snack or hors d'ouevres or meal or drinks or dessert ready for guests? I would not be a very good 50s housewife, that's for darn sure.
It was a gloomy day, so I went with Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup minus the celery (and now we're out of homemade turkey stock), Taco Bean Soup (and now we're out of beans), and homemade rolls for supper. Soup is pretty easy, and feeds a crowd, so I think it was a good choice. But I would really like to have a list of meal ideas for when/if this sudden guest situation happens again. What's your go-to meal for guests?
And now, without further ado, here is my carefully planned menu, for which I will purchase just enough groceries for the four of us who are currently living here (the list is probably $25 minimal this week):