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Annual Landlord Appreciation Dinner – 2017

If you happen to follow us on Instagram or Facebook this past weekend you probably saw quite a bit of activity.  I was posting photos throughout the day Saturday while preparing for our annual landlord appreciation dinner.

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Our dinner table. I went with simplicity this year.  I made the tablerunner with fabric I bought when I visited The Mercantile Store ( Pioneer Woman)

Including our family of three we fed 16 people! We had to drag out the white six foot table to add to our dining room table to have enough spaces.  We are fortunate to be blessed with eight families as landlords and all but one was able to attend!  I love to host dinner parties and this is quite a special one to me!  There is just something about all of us sitting around the dinner table, I guess because some of my own childhood memories were made around my Mom’s table is why it means so much to me.

The menu we chose this year was…..

HamCreamy Rosemary PotatoesSouthern Style Green BeansWatergateDinner RollsCustard PieBlackberry PieCheesecake

Everyone seem to enjoy it.  The potato recipe I pulled from my Pioneer Woman cookbook, they are kind of labor intensive.  But I found that the taste of them made it well worth the work!  The green beans were found via Pinterest and they were quite delish!  I used frozen verses fresh as that was less expensive for me.

The blackberry pie was from our own blackberries I had in the freezer and the custard pie was made with farm fresh eggs.  We have an abundance of eggs right now so I made two of those pies.  My mother used to make custard pie, I never cared for it but my other three siblings like it.  Whenever I fix this recipe at least one or two people rave about it, so here is the recipe if you want to take a try at this very simple pie!  The cheesecake was a box mix by The Cheesecake Factory, I personally mixed my small piece with a piece of the blackberry pie.  YUM!  YUM! YUM!

The farmer baked the ham on his Green Mountain Grill and we served the dinner rolls you buy in the freezer section.  We kept it somewhat simple, we wanted it to feel like a Sunday dinner with family around the table.  To be honest, it was one of the most enjoyable evenings I’ve had.  We listened to stories and laughed and it lasted for almost three hours!

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Son and Father. I am thrilled with this shot from our evening!

One thing that came out of the conversation was that Milton’s father started farming some of the rented ground after he came home from being in the Army in the Korean war that ended in 1953.  So in 1954 Richard began farming the land that sits next to his homeplace to the east.  Milton and I began farming this particular set of rented acres in 2015. Sixty three years.

When one of the current landlords said “that has a lot to say”  it felt very profound to me.  I talk about legacy here on the blog and this is part of that legacy.  The point they were getting across was that their family had owned the same land for many generations and then that the family that had rented from them was still the same people for sixty three years.

That has something to say about both families, especially my father-in-law since the landlords can pick and choose whomever they want to farm their ground.  It was a proud moment and I hope the legacy continues for many years for both our families.

No one knows what the future holds for us.  One year we may lose some rented ground, another year we may gain some.  I’m proud of my husband because he has done a good job on farming, not only for his own acres but the rented ground as well.  Milton really does care for the land.  He doesn’t just throw some seed in the ground and not do the work that needs to be done to produce good crops.  There can be areas with drainage issues or weed issues.  Needless to say I’m proud of the work he does.

Our evening ended with little bags of goodies going  home with the guests!  This year we included sticky notes with our farm name and address, a seasonal pumpkin, some candies, and of course homemade jam! I hope they enjoy it all!

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A couple of the landlords brought us this BEAUTIFUL flower arrangement too!  I just love it!  Fall colors always are so lovely to work with!

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Until next year!

Julie

 


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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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