Wednesday, November 9, 2011

We NEVER eat in there....

Last week Scott came in and asked
"Can we have Miguel over for dinner next week?"

(heart skips a beat...)


Miguel is Scott's boss from California.
He was going to be in town for the week
and Scott thought it would be nice to have him over
for a home cooked meal while he was here.
They travel so much that I am sure eating out gets old.

Once the shock wore off,  I calculated how many hours
it was going to take me to hide all of the toys,
laundry, sweet up the dust bunnies and decided on a menu.

Scott kept telling me not to stress,
that this was not like the BOSS coming to dinner,
but just a dinner with good friends...
that made me feel better,
he's such a good husband!
He even helped me hide a dust bunny or twenty!

Once the plan was in place I decided that this would be 
a perfect opportunity to break out the "good" dishes
and play a little.

As we were picking up on Monday night, Austin told Scott that 
we needed to put the leaf back in the kitchen table, cause
we would not all fit in the kitchen, and guests were coming.
He paused a minute and said,
"Or we could eat in there...but we never do that!"

Well sonny...times are a changin' around here!
Not only was he going to eat in the dining room,
which we do use...Austin is just usually at the kids table in the kitchen.
I decided to totally blow his mind and let him eat off of 
our Wedding China, too!

Out came the dishes and the table was set.
I call this my Wedding China, but I actually had 
this before I ever even met Scott.
My mother worked at McRae's for several
years when I was in high school and she bought
a new set of fine china for both of us using her 
employee discount.  She also used that little discount on 
several pieces of silver too!  

So when we got married, I registered for Christmas china'll get to see that in a few weeks!
(I can't wait for the holidays!)

I didn't have much time to think about a centerpiece
or try and get really creative,
I was trying to hide those dust bunnies, remember?
I had recently found these woven pumpkins at Target.
They were on clearance and I think I got them both for
less than $15.  I placed a candle in the middle of them and
had to say, "That will have to do"

I also didn't have any nice napkins on hand so I ran to
Tuesday Morning and grabbed these after I picked Austin up from school.
I didn't think my Bounty paper napkins would do the trick.
(No offense to the makers of Bounty)

We even used the "fancy glasses"
They are made by Gorham and are
the Cherrywood pattern...

Here's a little close up of my china.
It is Chandon Gold by Noritake.
I think it has now been discontinued.

I love the scalloped edges and delicate lace pattern.

 On the menu was
The Pioneer Woman's Pot Roast
you can find the recipe here
Fresh Green Beans
Sweet Potato Casserole
Sister Shubert's Rolls
Peanut Butter Pie for dessert

Dinner may not have been a show stopper,
but let me tell you...this dessert was to die for!

I served it in my individual trifle bowls
from Crate and Barrell.
This is soooo good!
I found the recipe the other day on 
Pinterest and thought I needed to keep it because 
Scott loves anything with Peanut Butter in it.

In case you are a Peanut Butter-a-holic too,
here's the recipe
that I found on Pinterest
or you can read it below

For the crust:
16 Oreo cookies
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

For the Filling:
1 cup heavy cream
8 ounces cream cheese
1 cup creamy-style peanut butter
1 cup confectioner's sugar
1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Place Oreo cookies into a food processor and pulse into fine crumbs. 
 In a small bowl, combine cookie crumbs with melted butter and stir. 
 Evenly divide crumbs between your individual serving dishes 
and press into the bottom to form the crust.  In a stand mixer, beat the heavy cream until stiff peaks form.  Transfer whipped cream to a small bowl and place it into the refrigerator while you prepare the rest of the filling.  Place cream cheese and peanut butter in the mixing bowl and beat on medium speed until smooth.  Reduce speed to low and gradually add the confectioners' sugar until well combined.  Add in sweetened condensed milk and vanilla and beat on medium speed until creamy and smooth.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.  Stir in 1/3 of the whipped cream into the filling mixture.  Use a rubber spatula to fold in the reaming whipped cream until well blended and no streaks remain.
Evenly pipe or spoon into the serving dishes.  Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving.  If desired, garnish with whipped cream and chocolate curls.


At the end of the evening, all of the dishes had been washed and dried
and my china had survived my two little men.
I can trust Scott with the "good dishes"
but Austin and Jackson are my work in progress.
They tried to use their best manners but I have to admit...
Austin was so excited to be using crystal that he tried to 
make his glass "sing" in the middle of dinner....
and immediately after that Jackson announced to our dinner guest

"I can go Poop in the Potty!!!"

Manners....yeah, we are still working on that...
I could have just crawled under the table and died with Jackson's 
announcement.  While we are very proud of his recent accomplishments,
we would prefer to keep that one away from a dinner table conversation.

Our honored guest was a trooper,
having raised two boys of his own,
he jumped right in there and said
"Hey, that's great, you are a Big Boy now!"

The night was a success...
good food and good friends
eating on the good china,
and good memories that you can hold over your 
children's heads FOREVER!!!

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  1. Thanks for visiting. Your china and crystal are just beautiful. Great deal on the pumpkins. Seems like everyone I know got to Target after Halloween but me! I love your sons names, too.

    Robin Flies South

  2. This is a fabulous post.. I can remember my little two that young.. So glad you let them use the good stuff, it doesn't really hurt them or the china cause they try so hard. Your china is lovely. I too love the edges.. your table looked great. I am sure the gesture was well received. thanks for dropping in. xo marlis

  3. I agree totally with Marlis.. this is a wonderful post.. A DAY IN THE LIFE....real life!!!! your two little guys deserve a BIG hug for keeping it real...
    I especially love your Cherrywood crystal.. that was my choice too when I was married over 40 years ago and I still love it!!! I am keeping your menu.. sounds wonderful for when the BOSS comes to dinner...take care

  4. Your table looks great! Very pretty & elegant. Love your classic wedding china too.

  5. What a great post...nice to go "behind the scenes" for an event!! Your china is just gorgeous and a great reason to get it out. Can't wait to see the Christmas china!! Love your crystal too! Dinner sounds like it was delicious (and pretty funny with your boys!!) and dessert...well...what to say!!

  6. Your dessert looked so delicious! Everyone must have loved it! So sweet of you to open your home to others.

    Thanks for entering the giveaway, good luck!!

  7. My son is so old (33) that I had kind of forgotten what a challenge it can be putting on a formal dinner with small children. I applaud you and your husband for your greqat aplomb, and further kudos must go to the boss for his understanding response to a familiar situation. Sounds like the dinner was an all round success! The kids will indeed fondly remember that first time they got to sit in the adult dining room and use the "good stuff." LOVE that china!!! Noritake has such beautiful patterns! You did a wonderful job with your "on the fly" centerpiece, too! Very appropriate to the occasion.

  8. Thanks for visiting my little table. Your table is pretty and the dishes are gorgeous.

    Cooking for the boss is stressful but think you are ready for Thanksgiving.


  9. Oh that is just hilarious!! Having three children of my own, I can totally relate!! What a pretty table you set, and I'm sure the meal was delicious!! Thanks so much for stopping by!!