Attention Christian gals! We need a revival in the area of hospitality. It is NOT that difficult and you DO NOT need to be Betty Crocker. Recently, our family entertained the entire Evangelist Kevin Walker clan. I found out just a few hours before they arrived that eight hungry cowhands would be eating at our home. Here’s what I did, and we had a ball!
1. Went to the grocery store. You need to have a meal you can fix quickly, not too weird, just plain home cookin’. I made fried chicken with cream gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans with bacon, sliced watermelon, and my famous chocolate cake! YUM!!!! Not a bunch of variety, but tons of it!
I also bought 2 candles, and 3 mums. This took and hour. I paid a bit extra for the candles and flowers so it was one-stop shopping!!
2. When I got home I cut the watermelon, baked the cake, and started the green beans and potatoes. This took about 45 minutes.
3. OK, my house was a dump! We had just got back from a trip and I had been sick for 3 days before that and the day before that was SUNDAY! We all know what happens to our houses on Sunday. So I walked around the house and picked up the dirty clothes and trash JUST FROM THE ROOMS WE WOULD BE USING. Then I walked around and picked up all the books, shoes, saddles, luggage (we hadn’t unpacked yet), laundry, hangers, papers, bills, etc. and threw them in the bedroom. So now the house looked all tidy... EXCEPT in the rooms with the doors closed. I figure if Loretta Walker was nosey and peeked, she deserved what she saw!!!!
Now I dusted the noticeable spots, swept and mopped. I do not have any carpet in my house- -we live in the country and walk all over the house with our boots on. This really only took about 20 minutes.
4. I needed to make sure the outside entranceway looked nice. I picked up the trash the dog had chewed up, and the shoes, and the deer leg, and the dead chicken, and threw them in the garage. Then I shovel the horse piles and threw them in the bushes, although one glob got caught on the electric wires but I do not think anyone noticed. All the animals got locked in the barn, and I swept the front walk and porch. As a finishing touch I set the mums by the driveway, and washed the dog drool off front door. This took another 20 minutes, only because the chickens escaped and the roosters were fighting like crazy!
5. Time to fry the chicken and get it in the oven. This only took 20 minutes because I used two huge frying pans. Oh, I also finished putting together the cake and this took another 10 minutes.
6. I set the table in our prettiest room, the living room. The sun was setting, it was a beautiful fall evening, and my husband could build a fire if need be.
I used real dishes, all my dishes are white, some do not match, but it looks real pretty. I lit the candles. This took 15 minutes since most of the extra chairs were in the basement.
7. Yikes, they are going to be here soon. Better get dressed. I ironed my favorite apron and used a can of hair spray to ‘fix’ my hair. 10 minutes- I am a low maintenance gal.
8. While I was in the bathroom primping, I gathered everything extra and threw it in the tub behind the shower curtain. Don’t forget to wipe the mirror and open the window a bit. This took 5 more minutes.
9. They are here!
10. Smile and welcome them in.
11. Serve dessert and coffee first- it will be a hit!
12. Serve the meal family style, it takes a little longer and the table is crowed, but it is homey, fun, and connecting.
13. Don’t be in a hurry to finish eating. Enjoy the company.
14. I usually do not like to clean up while company is here, but the Walker gals are go getters and we had a great time washing dishes!
15. We talked a bit, laughed a bunch and in general had a super evening. I will definitely do this again soon
*note, you probably have your own ‘company’ recipes- use those and adjust the time. The important thing is that you don’t get stressed out.
Green Beans & Bacon
3 bags of frozen green beans
½ pound of bacon slice very little
1 cup of water
Fry bacon in a big pot, then add green beans, and water. Cook until there is no nutritional value left in the beans. Add salt and pepper to taste. YUM!
5 pounds of potatoes
1 block of cream cheese
1 stick of real butter
Cook potatoes like normal, drain, then add the rest of the ingredients. Salt and pepper to taste. Smash everything up, but leave a few chunk for interest.
Fried Chicken with Cream Gravy
Buy enough raw chicken tenders so everyone gets 1/2 pound OR buy boneless skinless chicken breasts and cut them lengthwise yourself.
3 eggs beaten real well.
4 cups flour seasoned with salt and pepper (and parsley if you want)
1 Quart of whipping cream
Heat 1 inch of oil in a big skillet. I use olive oil.
Dip the chicken in the egg, then in the flour, then fry JUST TIL BARELY BROWN. About 5-7 minutes per side
Place cooked chicken in a 9X13 pan. You can squish it in.
Cover chicken with whipping cream and bake at 350 for one hour.
When done place chicken on a platter, then pour the cream gravy in a bowl adding a bit of salt and pepper.
Famous Chocolate Coffee Cake
Make a boxed dark chocolate cake mix as directed EXCEPT use your favorite STRONG coffee instead of the water. Make extra coffee, you will need a cup more later.
Now please bake the cake in 2 layer pans. Here is the top secret: when you grease the pans, instead of flouring them, use unsweetened baking cocoa. YUM.
Bake as directed.
When the layers are cool, pour a half cup of coffee over each layer. YUM again.
Now frost with Dark Chocolate frosting. They sell one with mini chocolate chips, that works very well indeed.
Finally sift a nice amount of the unsweetened cocoa powder all over the finished cake. Get ready for some smiles
NOTE: I usually would have had a bagged salad with this meal, but decided to have the last watermelon of the season instead. Worked fine!