2nd Sunday DinnerAre you terrified with all the shootings, bombings and such going on? It IS terrifying, but not a reason to hide in our homes and be afraid of strangers – which are hopefully just friends we haven’t met yet.
Stan and I started holding 2nd Sunday dinners in our homes in October of 2012 and did them every month for 25 months. We enjoyed doing it and had anywhere from 30 – 85 people come each time. We never knew how many would show up; just hoped someone would. People we didn’t know came every month, but what a joy it was and is.
I prepare all the food. It’s my way of showing our friends and neighbors that we want them to come, they are welcome and to just relax and visit.
We stopped for 20 months, then felt recently prompted that it was time to begin again. So, we put the word out in the neighborhood, to our church congregation and the neighborhood FB page that we would like anyone who would like to join us, to please come, and bring a friend who lives here also, so people can meet, make new friends and strengthen our community.
To get ready, we also deep clean the house each time the best we can. Stan wanted to really get the outside clean, but by the time he had a chance, it was a downpour. That didn’t stop him, lol. Can you see how hard it was raining and yet there he is, undaunted, power-washing the outside of the house, the lawn chairs and such so people could enjoy what we do have to share, in as clean a state as possible. That’s my man!!!
Meanwhile I was making cakes – more about this later…..it’s ok if everything isn’t perfect:)
For our first one to start off I decided to make my delicious SWEET PORK for our guests to have the choice for Pork Burritos, or on a Salad.
It takes 2 days to make this AMAZING recipe which you can find HERE
Anyway, you cook it and it comes out like this: Now I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these BEAR PAWS that Stan bought for me a few years back. I have tons of arthritis everywhere, and my hands are no exception. The beauty of these ‘claws’ is that you can grab them and in must minutes have shreds with little effort at all!
Seriously! The meat is beautiful and the perfect shreds for this recipe, or any you want shreds for and it doesn’t tear at the meat and make it tough by destroying the fibers or ribbing it to pieces. You can get to the link HERE if you are interested in them.
Now, back to the cake. Can you see the back one? I don’t know why, but it fell in the middle AND I was distracted and added TOO much milk! WHAT? It was a mess.
So, I went ahead and made up the one, salvaged what I could from the ‘other’ one, by cutting of the outside and putting it on a plate so that IF we needed it and now you know that things just happen. Even when they do – just plug along.
Here was the menu for 2nd Sunday June, 2016:
Sweet Pork Burritos or Salad served with lettuce (from my neighbors garden, isn’t it beautiful!), shredded monterey jack cheese, black beans, chicken garlic flavored rice and a fresh tomatillo and cilantro (also from her garden) sauce. Recipe HERE
Homemade Refried Beans – recipe HERE
Chips & Salsa – recipe Sams Club or Costco, lol
Fruit & Orange Jello Salad – the recipe for the Orange Jello Salad is in my Cookbook, Carrie’s Cooking for Keeps HERE
Tres Leches Cake – recipe HERE
Mexican Brownies – HERE
We had a GREAT time and appreciate all who came which was about 45 people.
So what could 2nd Sunday’s possibly have to do with all the chaos and commotion going on in the world?
In years past people needed each other to build their home, to work together to build a community, for safety and support.
Due to our culture today, we are more splintered as a society and are not as cohesive naturally; it requires effort.
That is why we are making this effort, using our resources, committing time to cleaning and shopping, all in the belief that it provides the opportunity for strangers who live in the same area to meet and become friends. Neighbors will then watch out for each other and their children, because they know each other a little after chatting even briefly. This is our goal and prayer.
Have a wonderful week!
Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2016
Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today.