When they got home yesterday they quickly jumped in to help prepare for our company. Emily made her wonderful brownies and Lindsay vacuumed. I had already been very busy...why I do things in such a crazy way, but I decided that I needed to finish the weeding in all the flower beds...well it was a bigger job than I anticipated! duh! Tim helped me finish up, and then I made bread.
Ah, heavenly bread! I used to make bread a lot, many years ago. Then I wanted to do it again, so we bought a bread machine. Used it till it died...it was going to cost more to fix it than buy new, but it wasn't in the budget at them time, and we had a Pepperidge Farms outlet near us with very good bread, for very little dough...(ha ha ha get it very little dough).
Over the last year friends in the blog world, jAne, Becky, and Karen have been showing wonderful homemade bread...and I was hooked again. Yesterday with company coming I decided to use Karen's "Sweet French Bread" recipe. It is an easy recipe and it turned out divine! My husband was impressed and loved it - our company - a husband and wife that Tim works with - couldn't get enough. In fact, I had made a double batch of the bread and tried Becky's tip of making smaller braided loaves instead of two larger loaves. I was able to send a loaf home with them! I told them that Karen says it is her favorite bread for making French Toast.
Our guests were happy campers when they headed home! They had full bellies, we had had good conversation, the kids delighted them...it was a great evening.
I have to brag about my kids just a bit...I am so impressed with them. They fully participate when we have guests. Lindsay and Emily stayed at the table with us and joined in the conversation...they even told stories about their weeks running the store...the little ones offer hospitality by offering cheerfulness. Sarah and Rachel took our lady guest outside to see the horses....Kyle showed off his "bridge" he built and then learned to spin a penny! He had such fun, too. Sarah joined us as we walked our guests to their car...Kyle joined us too.
I am off to make some breakfast, perhaps some delightful french toast with the yummy bread....hmmmm.
What kinds of things do you like to do when you have dinner guests?