Hello! I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend. If you remember I had planned an Easter casserole this year instead of our normal ham and twice baked potatoes menu. This was our first Easter dinner without extended family and friends (and hubby was working as well) so I wanted to create new memories with my family rather than remember old ones. Unfortunately the Mother’s Ham Casserole recipe wasn’t so much of a casserole but more of a stoup (stew/soup). Wasn’t quite what I had in mind but once you got your mind wrapped around calling it something else it didn’t taste too bad :)
I’m not sure what happened either. This was a contest winning recipe on Taste of Home and I followed the directions exactly (as I typically do the first time I make a recipe). Oh well, I think God knew I needed a bit of a distraction and something else to focus on other than missing my family and friends so I’m thankful for that.
I’ve never thought of myself as a hospitable person but not having entertained this holiday has made me miss it for sure. It’s easy entertaining family and friends though because they love you despite all your shortcomings. Inviting new friends is a whole new story and something I’m a little more hesitant to do. Someone who isn’t afraid to entertain ever is Sandy from the lovely blog, the Reluctant Entertainer, and the author of the book by the same name. If there is anyone to inspire you/me to get past the things that hold us back from entertaining and opening our homes up to guests it’s Sandy. She is an amazing woman and her book is gorgeous!
You can read my original review here if you’d like and today I’ve got a SIGNED copy to giveaway to one of you. Simply leave a comment on this post prior to April 28th at 2:00 pm EST letting me know you are interested. If you’d like to go ahead and purchase a copy for yourself or Mother’s Day you can do so here.
Have a wonderful week everyone. I’ve got a number of giveaways coming up this week so be sure to come on back and check them out :)
Here’s what we’ll be eating this week:
Monday: Sassy Potato Corn Chowder (missed from last week)
Tuesday: Beef and Vegetable Stir-Fry
Wednesday: Slow-Roasted Rosemary and Garlic Chicken (loved the tip for the drippings) served with mashed potatoes and carrots
Thursday: Leftover buffet
Friday: Quick Homemade Pizza
Saturday: Chicken Caesar Wraps
Simple Supper Sunday
WHAT’S ON YOUR MENU THIS WEEK?
Menu Plan Monday guidelines and banner selections are here.