Yep, EVERY Monday night Grandma Yoder (Darin's grandma) has her entire family over for the weekly meal. She brings out her best table clothe, always has fresh flowers in the middle of the table, and an endless supply of homemade bread. She used to buy bread or would share loaves that her friends would make her but over a month ago Darin made the comment that he can tell the difference when she makes her own bread.. every meal since, she's made her homemade bread. I guess hungry, bread loving grandson's get whatever they ask for. =)
The food is AMAZING!! If I can cook 1/2 as well as she does when I'm 79, I will have my own show on Food Network. The meal always consists of pork that has been slow cooking for hours, the BEST meatloaf I have ever tasted or chicken perfectly marinated. She makes the most wonderful cheesy potatoes, delish potato wedges and her mashed potatoes never seem to have the lumps in them that I always seem to make. There is always a salad.. fresh tossed, oriental or yummy broccoli & cauliflower. Of course you have to have that vegetable to make the meal balanced.. I don't even mind the peas that she makes!! (I HATE peas!! I always had to eat as many as I was old when I was growing up.. still to this day, I pick out 25 peas and choke them down.. I've given up the plugging my nose trick.) She always tells me I don't have to eat them... I can handle 25. =) Her baked beans are the best I've ever tasted and she always has homemade bread with lots of strawberry jam that she made the summer before. Desserts are usually a pie or cobbler of some sort. Now that I think about it, I've never had chocolate at her house! It's SO yummy and I look forward to Monday nights all week. My old roomies have offered money to attend Grandma Yoder's meal!!
Not only is the food excellent, but the company and conversation always is too. I LOVE Darin's family. Seriously, I couldn't have asked to marry into a better family. Monday nights is the time where I miss Jim the most. Jim is my father-in-law that passed away last November in a tree cutting accident. Jim was always early and beat everyone to grandma Yoder's. He usually sat quietly.. typical of Jim.. enjoying his food. Even 5 months after his death, there still seems like something's missing on Monday nights.
Grandma Yoder has given me a desire to have a family meal every week when Darin and I are grandparents. She has done it for YEARS and no one misses Monday nights if they can absolutely help it. Thanks for reading about my favorite night of the week. =)