2nd Sunday Dinner Open House

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It was 2nd Sunday and we had one of our largest crowds ever, which made Stan and me so happy.  Neighbors brought people to meet new friends, and it was really a wonderful time.

I have been asked many times how & why we do this dinner every month, here’s a few of the reasons

  1. We feel very strongly that we are to host this dinner.
  2. Miracles happen every month.
  3. The people that come are wonderful and become friends

Here are a few of the latest miracles:

When our grand daughter was born a few days before 2nd Sunday, and struggled with life for several days, we had the energy and strength to help with the other grand kids, keep up my blog responsibilities & Stan his work, deep clean, cook, prepare and still hold the dinner.

I have a small budget set aside for this event and, without fail, miracles happen, for example –

One month I really wanted to make my Asian BBQ Chicken, but the meat alone would bust my budget. As the day came closer I felt impressed to go to a local store. Of course I did, and found they had exactly what I wanted at marked down prices!

This month I wanted to make the Beef Bourguignon I posted, but that particular cut of meat would be much more than a few months of my set-aside-funds for the dinner. Again, I felt to go to a certain store, and found the butcher was marking the meat down to about the cost of hamburger due to the upcoming marked date!

It is not an easy task to pull off every month, but it is so worth it and we relish in the feeling in our home as we get ready for and have the dinner.


Now for this month’s menu:

  • Beef Bourguignon over Chunky Masked Potatoes (click HERE for the recipe)
  • Strawberry Mousse   (I am so sorry my neighbors who I said I would have this recipe up – I forgot to take pics and write down what I did! I’ll make it again next month and put it up then)
  • Rolls & Butter
  • Green Salad & Dressing
  • Sugar Bars with Cookie Butter & Chocolate (recipe coming)
  • Stuffed Angel Food Cake (recipe follows)
  • Chocolate Cookies
  • Carrot Sheet Cake















DSC_0663Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014

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3 replies
  1. Deanna
    Deanna says:

    What fabulous pictures. It looks like so much fun – what a full house. It’s so neat that you guys are building connections with your neighbors. I’m sure everyone appreciates it (and getting to eat your yummy food 🙂 ). Love how you have money set aside for doing it. When we re-do our budget, I want to try really hard to have a category for hospitality for having people over, providing meals, etc to supplement. It would make it easier to do things more often instead of just using grocery budget.

  2. Connie Rasmussen
    Connie Rasmussen says:

    What is so wonderful about Carrie is that they do this dinner every month and never “brag” about it.
    Their dinner was Sunday and Carrie and I met in Provo on Monday and spent the day together ( I’m in the Gunnison area and she is in Layton). She said the dinner went well . No fanfare ! They do this because they feel impressed to do so !
    What do I love about my daughter, Carrie,, and her husband, Stan ,, ? EVERYTHING !!!!

  3. Diane Roark
    Diane Roark says:


    It looks like you had a great crowd. I love that you are opening your home and sharing the gifts that God has given you to brighten and encourage others. Did I miss or did you say how many people you had? It looks like a house full. You may have to eat in shifts soon. If it gets to big, try a progressive dinner. You can have each part of the dinner at someone house. I have done this a time or two and it was fun. Your food sounded so good. I look forward to the Strawberry Mousse too.
    Diane Raork
    Have a Great Easter!


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