Saturday, February 9, 2008

Sunday Dinner, February 10, 2008

I know I'm a little late getting my Sunday Dinner post done this week, but there were extenuating circumstances. More on that a little later in this post.

After much thought I decided that I am indeed cooking Sunday Dinner again this week. As soon as I get this posted I'm going to cook a big pot of speckled butter beans and have them ready to reheat tomorrow when I get home from church at noon. While they're reheating I'm going to fry some pork chops and make a skillet of PAN BREAD, and then make cream gravy from the pork chop drippings. Maybe not the healthiest of meals, but a hearty Southern dinner for sure.

What's on the menu at your place? Going out to eat? Just share your plans in the comments if you want to participate this week.For those of you who were interested in what I cooked for my church's Valentine's banquet, I fell back on an old standard here at my place. I made a double batch of my TEXAS HASH and then put it in a 15x13 baking pan lined with nonstick foil for easy cleanup, then sprinkled shredded cheese over the top and put it in the oven to melt and brown just a touch. Voila, instant hearty casserole. There's just about a cup full left in the pan. The rest was snarfed up in no time flat! There was plenty of different foods to choose from and a good time was had by all.Now the extenuating circumstances that caused this post to be late. Jessica and Jason are in the process of moving again as I type this. Yes, at night and through the day on Sunday if needed. They had planned to do it all during the day on Sunday and Cecil was going to bring Emmy to church with her and keep Emmy for Jessica and Jason while they moved.

Due to some unforeseen circumstances with their soon to be former landlord they're now being forced to move out overnight. I know I'm being vague, but this is not my story to tell and I'm being careful not to overstep my bounds in sharing Jessica and Jason's business. I will share that they are NOT skipping out on paying their rent or anything shady like that. It's strictly a bad landlord thing, not wanting to carry out promised repairs, etc. and Jessica and Jason didn't sign a lease. You can probably figure out the rest.

So....In the middle of the Valentine's banquet my cell phone buzzed. Jessica shared about them having to move out overnight, and asked if I would keep Emmy for them tonight so she wouldn't have to spend all night in her car seat, back and forth. Actually, I had volunteered earlier to keep Emmy, but Jessica said she would be fine, thinking that they would be packing tonight and moving on Sunday. With the change in plans she and Jason decided Emmy would rest better here with Grandma and Grandpa, and then Cecil will take Emmy with her after church in the morning, giving Grandma a much needed break.Jessica and Jason will be moving into a newer mobile home in better part of town. They'll have a small yard, some trees and the trailer is in much better shape than the house they're moving from. The bills and rent will be about the same for a place that's almost new and in much better repair, and it's a lot bigger than the house. They even have 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths, and the trailer has central heat and air, which the house didn't have.

All in all it's just a better place and we think they'll be much better off in the trailer than they were in the house. The trailer is in a trailer court but the trailers are spaced out with large lots and good lighting and the grounds are well kept. Here's hoping this is the last move for a while!Emmy is asleep but is restless. She's already woken up several times and I had to soothe her back to sleep. She's used to her own bed and her own routine at home. Hopefully Jessica and Jason will have everything all moved and set up so that Emmy can sleep in her own bed on Sunday night.

I'll have to take my shower here in a bit and get everything done tonight that I can in preparation for church tomorrow. Since I'll have to feed Emmy and get her ready in addition to my usual preparations for myself, I'll have to get an earlier start than usual.

I don't mind taking Emmy, but glory be at all the STUFF you have to lug with a baby! Car seat, diaper bag with extra, extra everything, and then my purse and Bible and my walking cane. I think Lamar is going to church with me in the morning to help carry everything, thank the Lord, plus I think he may want to spend a little more time with Miss Emmy. I have a few awards I need to acknowledge and I'll try to get to those in my next post. One of my sweet blogging friends sent Emmy a package with some of the cutest clothes you ever saw and we received the package today. I'll also try to post pictures of those next time.

Right now I need to get this posted and get busy cooking butter beans, showering and a half dozen other things!But before I go, I want to wish everyone a very Happy Valentine's Day!

Y'all have a blessed Sunday and tell someone you love 'em.

May God bless you with all you need and may you have enough to share.



The Trier and Jen said...

oh I dont like bad landlords
next Monday the 18th we go into tribunal with our old landlord
Im a bit nervous already

their new place sounds nice
hope it is
and their landlord is better

have a good week my friend

Anonymous said...

Wow, never a dull moment in your world, Miss Diane! Well, more precisely in J&J's world, but you're involved, too. I really hope that they can settle into their new place for a good long time now, and feel like they have a permanent home. It sounds lovely, and a whole lot better than what they're leaving. Modern mobile homes are gorgeous.

I know what you mean about not wanting to talk about too much of their business. I'm the same way with Stephanie. People often ask me why I don't talk about her as much these days, but she's a 21-year-old woman, and her personal story is hers to tell now. Even when she tells me to go ahead and talk about personal stuff, it still feels like I'm intruding on her space.

Have a happy Sunday, and a great week ahead! A very, very Happy Valentine's day to you, too, my friend! :)

Lots of love,
Eleanor xxoo

moreofhim said...

I'm so glad your daughter and her family will be in a better place. It's hard when you have a bad landlord, but maybe this move will be for the best. The home sounds better. I live in a mobile home and I love it. They are much improved over what they used to be.

Your Sunday dinner sounds delicious as always! Hope you have a wonderful and blessed Sunday!

God bless you - Julie

Karen H. said...

Good Morning Diane,
Your Sunday Dinner sounds good. I haven't had speckled butter beans in a very long time. Who can resist Pork Chops? LOL. Not me. I have some in my freezer that I think I will let my DH cook on the grill this coming weekend. Me and the girls will be having left-over Cheeseburgers and Hot Dogs that DH cooked on the grill yesterday afternoon. Ain't nuthin' wrong with some good ole Southern Food. I do hope Jessica and Jason are more happy in their new place. It's always bad when a landlord doesn't do what they say they are going to do. I know Grandma loves to keep Miss Emmy, but I do know that Grandma needs a break as well. I so remember the days of when our girls were little and having to take nearly everything in the house except for the kitchen sink. LOL. If I could have fit the kitchen sink in the diaper bag, it would have went too. LOL. She is growing so fast and soon she won't be needing the diaper bag. Hopefully Miss Emmy will get to sleep in her own bed tonight. Your Texas Hash sounds good. I may have to check out the recipe sometime and try it. I have put Aluminum Foil in the bottom of the pan before and done some cooking. Alot less clean-up for sure. I can't wait to see the new clothes that Miss Emmy received. They make some of the cutest little girl clothes. "HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY" to you as well. I finally put up a new post this morning. Hopefully things will get back to normal since my DH left for work. Take care my friend and have a great day. May God Bless You and Yours.

Love & Hugs,
Karen H>

Lynne said...

It's a shame that Jessica and Jason have to spend all night moving things, but hopefully the new place will be much better suited for them.

Sunday dinner? Don't have a clue. Shelby is working, so it's just the 2 of us. Sounds like a Healthy Choice from the freezer kind of night!

Sammy said...

I'm so sorry for the stress Jessica and Jason must be going through, but it does sound like the new home will be great. Praying for a quick, stress-free move for them! And from the point of view of someone who lives in a NYC apartment, a mobile home sounds wonderful! And spacious!

Your Sunday dinner sounds so good! I'm pretty unfamiliar with Southern food, but it sounds delicious. I think we're just going to have leftover taco soup and maybe some salad. Sundays are busy around here since I have to prepare lessons for tomorrow, and we go to services on Saturday.

Have a great week, Diane!! :-)

Myrna said...

Well, It's impossible to be bored at Diane's Place! Always some action!

I hope the move has gone smoothly for Jessica and Jason and that Miss Emmy will have her bed tonight!

Be sure you take care of yourself!

Tammy said...

I've got a nice roast in my crockpot along with baby carrots new potatoes and sliced fresh mushrooms...I've got some Sarah Lee rolls to go with it later. It will hit the spot here as the temps have plunged and the wind is a howlin'!!

My Hubby and I just love your Texas Hash and I always add a handful of shredded cheddar to the skillet and it makes a good hearty and filling meal. I am suprised you had any left at all!!

As you know, I know about evil land lords. The new place sounds so much better...I just hope they have a safe place to go when the bad storms hit.

You take care now and have a wonderful day!

Lucy Stern said...

Diane, Miss Emily is very lucky to have so much family around to help take care of her...Hope the move goes smoothly and they get settled in soon.

I've got two cornish game hens in the crock pot right now. I put half an onion and two cloves of garlic into each one of them and seasoned them and placed them in the crock pot. I did not add any liquid as they will make their own juice. Tonight, we should have a wonderful dinner. I am also making a chocolate pudding pie, salad and a steamed brocklie/cauliflower mix. Yummmmm!

I'm going to check out your hash recipe. Talk to ya later.

mer said...

Hi Diane,

For dinner we're having leftover pizza from my son's birthday party yesterday. Very creative, huh? It's delicious though!

I am sorry J & J have had a hard time with their landlord. I'm thankful that they have a nice place to move into, and such a wonderful mom to watch and care for Emmy! Sometimes I really hate living so far away from my own mother. My kids miss out on so much grandparent bonding time!

Hope your Sunday is a good one! Enjoy those butter beans. YUM.

Barb said...

For them to be given so little notice to move tells me about all I need to know about that landlord. How can anyone treat a young couple with a baby like that!

Boy, I hear you on all the stuff you have to lug around with a baby. I thought I was done with all that. Here's a news flash - nanas have to carry just as much stuff as moms. Silly me.

Roast beef, a real treat these days. And even better, leftover roast beef for the next few days.

Hope you have a blessed new week Diane. I'm off to help Krissy organize all the gazillion baby gifts she's received. I plan to take a photo of the mountain before I start helping her tear it down. You won't believe how blessed she's been by her friends.


Hope said...

Hi Diane,
Sunday dinner sounds soooo yummy!! My mother use to make bread like your pan bread but she called hers "blanket bread"! I have no idea why!! :)

I hope you've enjoyed your time with Emmy. Two of my grandkids spent the night last night. They are all big enough to take care of themselves pretty much but they want me right there doing everything with them! I always said that the Lord knew what He was doing when He put women my age through menopause!! LOL I'll be babysitting Josie some and I'll have to get use to a little baby again and all that stuff that comes with them!!

Have a great Sunday!

Love and Hugs,

Dawn said...

I hope they really love their new place and the neighborhood. Sounds like a much better place! I hope the new job is working out well, too.

We got home from our trip around noon and went to Quizno's for lunch - no food on hand at the moment!

Linda said...

With so much going on, that sunday dinner is going to be very welcome Diane. I hope the kids will be settled quickly and that this will work out well for them. You are such a blessing to them.
Thanks for the fun email - I did laugh!!

Betty said...

Speckled butter beans, my favorite. I wish I had read this soon so I could come for dinner. Tonight for supper we had home made beef veggie soup and a salad. I always try to fix something ahead that will be quick to warm up when we get home from church on Sunday nights.

Hopefully Emmy is sleeping in her own bed tonight. I know you are glad you could help, but I can well imagine how it must have worn you out.

Take care, Diane, and have a good week.

Bev said...

We'd planned to grill out and for the very first time ever in our marriage of 27 years he said it was just too cold! (4 degrees last night) so we went out instead. Steaks, baked sweet potato and salad with warm rolls. Came home to a hot bath and pjs - it's just too cold to do anything outside. We'll save the steaks we were going to grill til it warms up - a lot!

Jo said...

Bless your heart.....

It seems to me that you are the glue that holds your family together. They are so lucky to have you.

I hope the kids are happy in their new home. It seems as if more and more landlords are like the one they just moved away from. I don't know how some of them sleep at night.

Big hugs and Many Prayers.

Pearl said...

Well I just can't imagine how rushed those poor kids felt having to move out overnight. Hope they love their new place all the more and can get Emmy comfy right away.

Glad you got your package. Just a little surprise for a little baby who has a beautiful smile.


Andrea said...

My daughter (who's 11 and a half - the half is very important to her :) decided she wanted to cook for us. I helped a little. She made shake and bake pork chops, stuffing and steamed broccoli. She did really well!

Glad Jessica and Jason have somewhere else to go - that's the blessing in all this. Hope you enjoyed your time with Emmy! Oh, and that you managed to make it to church with all that stuff. I am so glad my kids are passed the time when we need ALL.THAT.STUFF!!

Have a great week, Diane!

mombo said...

Praise God for the provision He's made! It was a fast and furious weekend - lunch at the local Italian place, then corny dogs and tater tots for dinner. Nothing fancy. We're having ham tonight - I've never had speckled butter beans, but I bet they're good. Back at work today. I finished a post, but haven't put it up yet. I'm debating.

MammyT said...

Can you say "Bob Evans"? Have to confess, I haven't cooked Sunday dinner in a coon's age. I'm blessed to get home quick enough to fall into bed. What with rehearsals, Sunday School and evening service, I end up spending close to 8 hours at church on Sunday. It's more like a work day. My best wishes to the kids on their move. I hope they'll enjoy the new home.

Angela (Gran) said...

Good Evening Diane,

I am so sorry that J&J had to endure such stress from that landlord. It is a blessing that the new place has more room and a nice yard with trees for Emmy to play beneath this summer.

It is a chore to carry all of the needs of a little one. I am glad that Lamar was there to help.

Try to rest as you can my precious friend. I have you in my prayer journal concerning your health issues and Jessica and her family.

Happy Valentine's Day to you too My sweet friend, Diane!

May your week be filled with many blessings, lots of love, family, friends and laughter just when you need it!

Love to you,

Mountain Mama said...

Isn't it just like the Lord to have something better for Jessica and Jason to move into. I pray it works out well for them.
I know what you mean about packing things for a baby. Things sure have changed since mine were babies. Shoot, I just grabbed a handful of diapers and a bottle and we were on our way. Not that way these days.
I wish you a lovely Valentines day Diane.
God Bless

Dick said...

Happy Valentine's Day to you and your family!

Our Sunday dinner was at the Olive Garden restaurant. Not very creative but it was good and someone else has to do the cleaning up afterwards.

Karen H. said...

Good Afternoon Diane,
I'm just dropping by to see if your staying warm and cozy today. At one time this morning it was 18 degrees. We got some freezing rain yesterday afternoon, but it didn't amount to much. It was sticking some in the high-line wires and some of the trees and vehicles, but the roads never got bad around here. I had to go pick up our oldest daughter from School this morning. The School called and said she was running a little fever. I gave her some Ibuprofren and she has been laying around all afternoon. I just fixed her a cup of my Chamomile Tea that I bought the other night. She took just a small sip out of it. She said her throat doesn't hurt. I think it may be mostly sinus junk. Take care my friend and have a great day. May God Bless You and Yours.

Love & Hugs,
Karen H.

Michael Manning said...

Happy Early Valentines Day, Diane! When you started mentioning re-heating I could hear the soundtrack from "The Godfather". Remember they'd re-heat a big bowl of Chili? :)

Karen H. said...

Good Morning Diane,
"HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY"!!!! I hope you have a good day today and all is well with you and yours. When you have time, stop by. I have a Valentine's Wreath and Friendship Banner for you and everyone on my today's post. Take care my friend and have a great day. May God Bless You and Yours.

Love & Hugs,
Karen H.

Anonymous said...

Happy Valentine's Day! :o)

Paulette said...

Hello Ms. Diane, I wanted to come by and wish you a wonderful Valentines day today!! Even though I have never met you I concider you a dear friend. Isn't it amazing how God can just give us love for one's we have never met?
I hope you have a great blessed day today and feel love!!

Hope said...

Diane, just wanted to stop by and say Happy Valentine's Day to you and your hubby. May your day be sweet!


Rachel said...

Happy Valentine's Day dear Diane!!

kansasrose said...

Happy Valentine's Day Diane!

That is awful that a landlord would treat your daughter and son in law along with their baby so unfairly. I don't understand people like that. It sounds like their new home will be much nicer and comfortable for them and baby Emmy.

All the stuff a baby requires to go with them is amazing! Did we tote all that baby stuff around back in the olden days of the 1980's? I can't remember. lol. Seems like there is more new baby stuff with every new generation. Hope you had a lovely day. Loveya, Jen ps. We have a new Valentine baby tonight... a new heifer calf! Her name is Pearl. weighs a whopping 20 pounds! Mom Dexter and calf doin' great! I'll post pics of Pearl tomorrow.