Sisterly Fun & Entertaining Extended Family
We had 20 family and extended family members over for dinner last night. It had been a long time since we had all gotten together and we had some birthdays to celebrate. Life gets so crazy with everyone’s traveling schedules and busyness with kids. We planned far in advance to get this date on the calendar.
Delegation is my secret weapon for larger group parties. And delegate I did! I made 2 kinds of salmon, my yummy mandarin orange green salad, and my favorite crowd-pleasing Creamy Potato Gratin from one of Nigella Lawson’s cookbooks. You can make this up a day or two early as it heats up quite well. The longer it sits, the longer the garlic flavor comes out (RECIPE BELOW).
The rest of the meal was delegated out to the guests and it flowed beautifully.
A sister is a forever friend. ~Author Unknown
My sisters and I always have fun and share a lot of laughter when we are together.
You can tell by these silly pictures that my hubby snatched of us! We are each so different, but we share that common bond of being family. I always wonder how people make it through life without a sister?
The kids swam for hours as one-year old Gavin entertained us with his cuteness, and our conversation was lively and fun.
I wish we did it more often!
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CREAMY POTATO GRATIN
4 Â½ pounds all-purpose potatoes
2 cups whole milk
2 cups heavy cream
2 onions, peeled & sliced (I use sweet)
6-8 cloves garlic, minced
1-2 T salt
Â¼ cup butter
Pre-heat oven to 500.
Peel potatoes and cut them in Â½ inch slices. Put in a large pan with milk, cream, onion, minced garlic and salt. Bring to a boil and cook at a robust simmer or gentle boil until verging on tender, but not dissolving into mush.
Use some of the butter to grease a large roasting pan (15×12) and then pour the almost sludgy milk and potato mixture into it. Dot with remaining butter and cook in the oven for 15 minutes or until the potato is bubbly and browned on top. Remove and let stand for 10-20 min.
I actually make the night before and cook the next day, uncovered at 350 for 1 hour.