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VVDDP- 2017

Our annual dinner party has come and gone. It was so good to re-connect with friends.  The laughter that is shared between friends is something that revitalizes a person’s life I think.  This particular group of friends really does bring the laughter to my life.  I’m not really sure why we don’t spend more time together, I guess life gets in the way.

We decided to keep the dinner quite simple this year.  The first couple years of VVDDP we went the fancy dinner party route.  Although I do enjoy dressing up a table and making delicious food, as the years have gone by I find myself just wanting to go the easier path.  The few short hours with friends seems to have made it’s way to the top of the list instead of impressing them.  I think they are okay with that as well.

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The platter was my mother’s as well.

The menu was grilled butterfly pork chops, mashed potatoes, crockpot corn, broccoli, and dinner rolls.  I actually made the same dessert as I did last year, chocolate mousse and strawberry pie, only in miniature form.  I promise next year we’ll have a different dessert folks!

We started the evening out by our daughter playing a couple songs for our guests on the piano.  She also hit them up for girl scout cookie buying and they obliged! 🙂

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During the post, you might notice one of the couples looking pretty cozy while at the same time smiling in the same manner every photo taken.  This couple was not able to make it so they sent their cardboard selves to hang out! This particular couple is pretty funny and when the guests arrived I had them sitting at the dinner table, each had their own laughing gasp upon being greeted by them!

 

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I picked up a few table decorations after Christmas at Target and then went with dark pink roses.  The roses were placed in a depression glass bowl that was my mothers.

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I guess I decided without even noticing that I wanted this meal to be more like a family meal than a dinner party.  I also used yellow glass bowls from my childhood to serve parts of the meal.

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The party favors for our guests were simple as well.  There was a jar of candy, clipboard I decorated, and a “What I love about you today” notepad.  I think this is my favorite thing to do out of everything for gatherings!

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Each year we play games and whichever couple won the year before has to provide the games for the next year. S & G were hosts for games and in true form they came with awesomeness!

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THIS is harder than you think!

My personal favorite was the one where we had to work together, with our lips, to carry a tennis ball from one spot to another spot then drop it into a jar. I’m not posting a picture, it’s not real flattering but it is fun!

Then the bouncing a ping pong ball to your spouse while they had to catch it in a plastic cup, seven times high.  A few other games and the room was laughing and couples advising each other how to do better.  Thank you to S & G for a round of awesome games and prizes!  Finally after all these years Milton & I won!  So now to start planning for next year!

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Thanks to our friends for coming to our home for the evening. It brings us much joy and are grateful you are all in our lives.

If you haven’t met up with a friend or two lately, I would highly advise it! Have a super February folks!  Happy Valentine’s Day!

Julie

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Landlord Appreciation Dinner – 2016

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If you follow us on Facebook or Instagram you know that this past Saturday we held our annual landlord appreciation dinner.  This is one of the highlights of my year.  Mostly because I love to have others in our home and around the dining room table makes it even better!  We hosted eleven people, which is all our landlords, except for one.  She resides pretty far away so she will receive her “party favor” bag via the post office!

Speaking of party favor!

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The invitations I ordered from Vistaprint.  I just love the fall colors and cute little decorations available!  The funny thing is I never eat anything pumpkin! Still think they’re cute though!

I like to be able to prep the meal ahead of time as much as possible. So Friday was my primary prep and clean the house day.

Complete Menu for this Year!

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My husband cooked the brisket on our Green Mountain Grill with two different types of seasonings applied.

 

The meal wouldn’t be complete, in my books at least, until there was some sort of bread!  I used Rhodes rolls this year.  I dressed them up with some fresh rosemary, garlic salt, and melted butter!  We also served just plain ones as there was homemade jam on the dinner table!

14729399_1425378607477162_8073457834125186627_nThe mini desserts I love to create.  To be honest they are pretty simple to make and there is a huge variety out there to choose from! I use Pinterest for help, of course!

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We began this tradition three years ago for a couple reasons.   We wanted all of us to get to know one another on a somewhat personal level.  Although it’s a business arrangement we feel it’s important when dealing with farming to bring a personal side into the equation.  Farming isn’t like other businesses.  This also allowed us to show them our appreciation for their faith in us as a farm family.  And who doesn’t love to eat, right?  So hence, the dinner party was created!

Over the years we have lost landlords and gained new ones.  There isn’t a guarantee in farming that when the next generation takes over ownership of the land or the landlord sells the land, that we will be allowed to continue to farm it.  This is one way that farming is a risk. To be honest, with today’s grain prices and expenses, this is a scary reality.  Even losing a small parcel of land can bring forth struggle.  My husband loves what he does and is continuing the farming legacy by being the 4th generation of his family to do it.  We can only hope he gets to continue it as long as his father has, who just turned 88 last month!

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A lovely gift from one of our landlords!

We are quite grateful for the landlords that God has placed in our lives (past and present) .We hope they are happy with the care provide  for their family legacy.  It is God who has gifted to us these people and the land.  We know this.

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 That’s a wrap, folks!  Have a great week!

Grace is a gift,

Julie