Second Sunday Dinner

June 2nd Sunday Dinner

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It was a wonderful 2nd Sunday with a great turn-out. We had approximately 60 people come join us!  Once a month Stan and I open our home to our neighborhood for dinner, socializing and making friends.  A HUGE THANKS to our kids who also help with preparations, cooking, cleaning and during the dinner.  Stan and I were lucky (thanks to Tawni for the heads up) to get corned beef on a killer sale after St. Patrick’s Day, so I wrapped it well and put it in the freezer.  I was so excited to have the opportunity to serve Reuben sandwiches for the main course – it’s one of my very favorites. Aspen Mills Bread Company has very affordable marbled rye bread that is so delicious; and it paired perfectly with my cooked corned beef, slaw and dressing. Yes, I know that Reuben’s are served with Sauerkraut, but I decided to tweek it and serve it with crunchy slaw that is my own recipe. I love it this way.  The slaw is not too saucy, nor overpowered with the dressing and when using the broccoli slaw mix, it stays crunchy and crisp. The homemade Thousand Island dressing is a perfect fit for this sandwich. The German Potato Salad is great for summer since it does not have mayo in the dressing. I love the fresh flavors of this dish. For a dessert I made the the most decadent Brownie Cupcakes. These are not too chocolatey and do not need frosting – believe me, they are moist and uuummmmm good.

A remarkable night largely due to the wonderful Sister Missionaries –  Awesome friends seated on the couch too!

Second Sunday Dinner

Second Sunday Dinner

My sister Jody who is an incredible help every month with our dinner. DSC_1629Both of these men are in the Air Force and serve our country to keep our freedoms. THANK YOU to them and their courageous wife’s.

Left: The Daubs     On the right: The Coon’sDSC_1633The Forbush’s, the couple standing, are a huge support of our dinner’s.

The Corbett family (sitting at the table) are moving soon.  They will be greatly missed by the neighborhood but we wish them well and happiness in their new home. Second Sunday Dinner

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The menu this month:

Reuben Sandwiches on Rye bread* Homemade Thousand Island Dressing* Homemade Broccoli Slaw* German Potato Salad* Doritos Chips Red Grapes Dill Pickle Spears

Reuben Sandwich

Reuben Sandwich


Dessert – Decadent Brownie Cupcakes* Raspberry Shortbread Bars Chocolate Chip Cookies

Brownie Cupcake

Brownie Cupcake

 *Recipe on blog Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2013

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2nd Sunday

2nd Sunday 1 This 2nd Sunday was uniquely wonderful. WHY?    My daughter, Delsi spoke in our church meeting; then family and friends came to our house after the service to eat and visit.    We also celebrated Mother’s Day with  wonderful women in our life.    Later that afternoon was our 2nd Sunday Dinner.  Between the two events that day, I had a count of slightly over 100 people that came to eat with us sometime during the day.   Luckily I had angels help me prep to get it all together on Saturday (yes hairnets are a requirement for 2nd Sunday cooking) while Stan worked in the yard.

Long time neighbors and friends, Jessica and Michal came over to assist in putting together the tortilla roll-up’s, made biscuits and gravy  – basically saving me hours and hours of work. THANKS gals.2nd Sunday 3Delsi made the Lasagna Roll’s. She wondered if they would ever end….2nd Sunday 4

Stan put in our garden, then had to go back and cover the new tender plants from the extreme cold we are having here in our area.2nd Sunday 5

2nd Sunday 6I am so frustrated with myself! Instead of copying pictures to attach for the post today, I accidentally deleted them! I apologize to those who were so kind to pose for the camera and give permission for me to use your picture. 

Next month, I’ll try to get them again.   Luckily, I do have some that my son took.

MENU: Brunch for those who came after the church service –

Yogurt Parfaits

Tortilla Roll-Ups (in my cookbook)

Sausage Gravy & Biscuits (in my cookbook)

Veggies & Dip Cut Up Fruit Muffins

Thank you so much to family and friends who brought food for the morning event! 

Notice the bottle of hand sanitizer at the beginning of the food? If you have people over for a group activity or event, small or large, it is a good idea to provide this to your company. 2nd Sunday7

2nd Sunday 8

A few of the very special women in our family.

My sister Jody with one of my granddaughters.JodyMy mom Connie2nd Sunday MayMy mother-in-law MeredithMom and Delsi2nd Sunday Dinner Menu:

Lasagna Rolls Rolls & Butter Green Salad & Dressing Desserts of Cinnamon Rolls, Cream Cheese Brownies with Chocolate Frosting and Neimen Marcus Bars   

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow,  2014

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2nd Sunday Open House Dinner

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This 2nd Sunday was a bit of a challenge with my granddaughter having problems and in the NICU. Luckily Stan and Dallin were a tremendous help with the grandkids, deep cleaning the house, shopping and cooking.

We really look forward to 2nd Sundays. It is a day we open our home to the neighbors to come, bring friends and eat great food. We never know who will come, or how many will drop in, so it is an exciting adventure every month. Stan and I are always amazed and thrilled at the experience we have in our home because of this event.











My challenge is making food that is delish, affordable and easily done mostly ahead of time. This month I served:

  • Sloppy Joes*
  • Pasta Salad with Italian Dressing and Olives
  • Spinach Salad with homemade dressing, mandarin oranges and fresh strawberries
  • Pickles
  • Chips


  • Homemade Oreo Cookies*
  • Peanut Butter Bars*
  • Key Lime Poke Cake

*These recipes are in my cookbook, Carrie’s Cooking For Keeps

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Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014