Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Sunday Dinner

Growing up, we always had Sunday Dinner
sometimes at our house, sometimes at an aunt's and sometimes at Grandma's.

No matter where, 
it was always in the dining room
there was always a white tablecloth on the dining room table
And damask napkins
A centerpiece
And real dishes

And the meal was served "family style"

Sunday, I recreated those Sunday family dinners
like we had at Grandma's
when my brother and I were little

For he was a guest as was one of his daughters and a granddaughter
as well as his friend, Brian

The big lace cloth, damask napkins in silver rings and the Spode Blue Room for the table.
Iced tea -- because that was what Grandma served!

Dinner was traditional!

Roast beef
(from The Butcher Block)
A chuck roast cooked low and slow

Mashed potatoes
(dressed with paprika and a pat of butter
and yes, there was gravy)

Oven roasted glazed carrots

Aunt Pearl's Orange Jello Salad
(a favorite of my niece)

Mom's chocolate cake for dessert
(otherwise known as Texas sheet cake)
updated with the extra dark cocoa

My niece surprised me with

A mum full of buds in a cute wicker pumpkin basket.
A much needed touch of fall to the north side of the house!

A lot of memories were shared at dinner on Sunday.
Memories of Grandma and Sunday drives, memories of roast beef or fried chicken
Memories of Grandma, Uncle Clinton and Aunt Pearl

Instead of an after dinner drive, we took Doogie (and my brother's dogs) and headed to the dog park
It was a beautiful day and a great day to be outside!

It was nice to have an old fashioned Sunday dinner again!


Thickethouse.wordpress said...

How lovely to have your brother as a guest and share memories! Have you read Russell Cronkhite's A Return to Sunday Dinner? I grew up having Sunday dinners like that too...But it was often pork roast, dumplings, dempf kraut and some kind of pie for dessert.

Bernideen said...

What a wonderful table and delicious food!

Corgi Lady said...

I, too, have wonderful memories of Sunday dinner in the dining room after church. I would love to have the recipe for Aunt Pearl's Orange Jello Salad if you would consider sharing. Her "Potluck Jello Salad" is always a huge hit whenever I take it somewhere.

Angela McRae said...

What a wonderful meal and memory you created! And looking at all those luscious photos makes me wish we were related!

Cindy Lou said...

I love old fashion tradition!

Fox and Finch Antiques said...

Oh how wonderful. I loved the tradition. Church, family meal and the Sunday drive. I do feel, honestly, that its disapearence was due to my generation. We got it in our heads that going to church was nothing more than a bunch of people judging each others clothes and hats. And, as teenagers we had places to go on Sunday afternoon. And, oh, how I wish the tradition had continued. Now what is left of the family rarely sees each other. Oh, the mistakes we made! I am so glad that you continue it and you have my highest regard.

Lottie said...

When my husband and I were first married and we moved away from family, my husband really missed his Sunday dinners with his parents because his Mom was a great cook! He said he would only request one thing for me to do for him and that was to cook something special for Sunday so he could look forward all week like he did as a boy. I have been doing that for him for forty-two years and I'm happy to make him happy.