For the past couple of weeks I've been busy planning to have company over. Of course, I've had a few friends come to visit and see our project, as well as my parents, but we usually keep it to one or two people at a time. Just last week, my dad came over while my mom had an event to go to and I served him roasted chicken with vegetables. I always want things I make in my kitchen to turn out well, but usually don't stress much about it.
For my in-laws, that's another story. My usual one or two guests turned into five. My husband's mother, Carie, lives in New Albany, along with two of his high-school age sisters, and this is honestly the first time I've ever made a meal for them. These people are serious food people! They make a ton of food for every occasion. Carie makes the best sweet potato casserole (the one that actually taught me I DO like sweet potatoes!). They spend so much time in the kitchen preparing meals, while I have a cherished book of "Dump Dinner" recipes that promises food for the whole family in "minutes!" Needless to say, I was pretty nervous to host the three of them as well as Alan's other sister and her husband.
I went back and forth about what I would serve at the dinner party, alternating between fairly simple things I've made a couple times and ones that showed that I could actually cook. Unfortunately, Saturday kept creeping closer so I finalized the menu on Friday evening and crossed my fingers that the meal would turn out as planned.
Saturday afternoon was spent shopping for last minute ingredients and scurrying around trying to vacuum up all the cat fluff that easily and quickly accumulates on our floors. I got the salad put out and the table set, then started on the main course: shrimp and lobster ravioli. I discovered this delicious gem a few weeks ago. It comes pre-packaged and only takes a few minutes of boiling to be ready. I decided to go with what I know, and I know that this ravioli is good! I warmed up some pasta sauce and baked a couple loaves of garlic bread. It was a simple meal, but everyone seemed to enjoy it. I lucked out in the dessert department because my oldest sister-in-law, Vicky, offered to make a cake for my mother-in-law's upcoming birthday.
All in all, everyone seemed to have a good time. It was nice hearing their thoughts on how much the house has changed. Alan's family helped with some of the demolition and various jobs along the way so we definitely appreciated a few hours with those who know how much work has went into our home.
Stop by my blog again soon to see what kind of project we get into next time!