I had hoped that the last month with so much turmoil going on, that this month there would be only peace in our country, but it seems to be even more challenging. So, our 2nd Sunday dinners hopefully will serve a good purpose to help unite our neighborhood in positive and meaningful ways. To help strangers become friends and any prejudices be overcome as a meal is shared.
This dinner was not unlike the others in the obstacles in pulling it off; but we prevailed!
Oftentimes we are asked how we do this on a budget. This month we had probably 45-50 people (sorry I didn’t count, it was so fun visiting!) and I didn’t have a lot of extra to spare. I said a prayer over it, like I always do, and it came to my mind when my mom, Connie, had told me about a friend doing flavored waffles. I got on the computer and happened on ideas for a waffle bar.
SO, I’ll bet you can guess what we served…yup…WAFFLES!
I want to thank my son Derek and my daughter Delsi who became my sous-chefs working the waffle irons. I originally thought people could make their own, you know like at the breakfast bars in hotels? But—-I don’t have the space for that, so those two came to my rescue. THANK YOU Derek and Delsi!!!
Oh, and to let you in on a secret about the waffle irons. At Christmas time, and probably other special events also, stores like Kohls will have sales along with a rebate so that the waffle irons like the ones I have, end up being about $4.99 a piece. They are ok, but if you are looking for one NOW, that’s REALLY awesome you might want to check out THIS ONE
For the waffles I made 3 kinds for the 2nd Sunday Dinner:
My Grandma’s FAMOUS batter, and you can get the RECIPE and easy to follow tutorial HERE
I also made Red Velvet Cake Mix and Chocolate Cake Mix.
When experimenting before that day to try it out, we made Birthday Cake Mix – the one with the sprinkles in it, Lemon – which was really good, and you can do any flavor that a cake mix comes in.
One word of caution, we had to use spray release (like Pam) for the Red Velvet and Chocolate before making waffle. It could have been my waffle irons.
To go along with the waffles I had –
Syrup for the traditionalists
Frozen strawberries in sweetened syrup (thawed)
Ice creams galore
you could have sprinkles for the kids
This is how I had it set up before my neighbors arrived
I had apple juice that was approaching the date, so I decided to pull it out, but usually I just serve water.I did bring out the rest of the ice creams we had that I had experimented with, but it would be safe to get just these two for your Waffle Bar.That was 3 of the little containers of sweetened frozen strawberries from Walmart. I needed to double that.I dedicated THREE of the waffles irons and made EIGHT batches of Grandma’s batter because it’s always so popular.I made 3 boxes of chocolate cake mix according to the box instructions.
I made 2 boxes of Red Velvet cake mix. We started making waffles ahead and kept them warm in the oven so there would be waffles when the people arrived.
These are the ‘Experiments’ before the 2nd Sunday to see how it would work and taste
This was the Birthday Cake mix – you can see the sprinkles in it, Chocolate Ice cream with fudge and nuts then topped with Chocolate SyrupGrandma’s batter OR Lemon, Vanilla, Birthday Cake with sprinkles in it, or anything like that
Oops just noticed the camera strap – sorry. Anyway, this is Chocolate Cake batter with Strawberry Ice Cream and frozen Strawberries; thawed on topRed Velvet Cake Mix with Maple Pecan Ice Cream and Maple SyrupGrandma’s batter OR Lemon, Vanilla, Birthday Cake with sprinkles in it, or anything like that with Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream and Chocolate SyrupAny of the batters with Chocolate Chip or Fudge Chip Ice Cream and Chocolate Syrup
Not sure what I’ll be serving next month, but in the meantime, have you done anything to meet a new friend or bring together your neighbors? We would all love to hear your story and experience!
Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2016
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