Thursday, May 13, 2010

Family Dinner

Tonight we had a fantastic family dinner. Everyone played a part in the fabulous feast. Mr. Yesteryear Acres slow cooked a big sirloin roast. He had it in the oven by 9:30am this morning and it cooked all day long. The house smelled so good the whole day. My older daughter cut 2.5 pounds of fresh Brussel Sprouts into perfect quarters. We then put them in a big roasting pan, tossed them in olive oil and season salt and roasted them in the oven. My younger daughter peeled over 5 pounds of potatoes and got them cooking on the stove ready for mashing. I made a delightful beef gravy to go with the mashed potatoes. I had homemade honey oatmeal bread to enjoy with the dinner. My father-in-law and mother-in-law came to join us for the feast. We had a wonderful evening and the conversation had us all laughing until tears fell from our eyes. My father-in-law was in the Navy for 30 years and he and my midshipman daughter swapped the funniest tales you have ever heard. We had many "Well when I was in the Navy" followed by "Grandpa, this is how we do it now" type stories. Everyone was more than entertained. My son brought out the piece de resistance for dessert. He warmed up a triple berry pie and everyone was ever so impressed by his "baking skills." The doggies also appreciated the big family feast. The puppies all got a delicious yogurt doggie kibble "parfait" which they gobbled up happily. The new mommy doggies got some slow cooked beef because they did such an awesome job bringing their new little ones into the world. They thought their treat was the best they ever tasted. It was a perfect evening enjoyed by everyone - both two-legged and four.

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