Wednesday, July 15, 2009

On church. And food.

We haven't talked lately about the new church start-up over at Mercy Street.

I remembered this about 5:45 this morning when I woke up in a cold sweat.

Ok, I'm gonna keep it totally real for you...I wasn't panicked that I hadn't talked with you about it, I was panicked because it's my night to cook and I have absolutely no idea what to serve. No. Idea. At. All.

We have had a pretty consistent group of people coming since we began meeting several months ago. Several families from the community come with grandmothers and children in tow. We eat, fellowship, pray, sing, and hear the Word preached by the most handsome preacher I've ever seen.

Sometimes, I have to just close my eyes so I'm not distracted by the preacher's beautifulness. Thankfully, in church, it just makes me look like I'm really pious and deep in thought-contemplating the gravity of what he's saying. Or I'm asleep. Shoot. I didn't think about that one. Now people probably think I've been sleeping through all of Trey's sermons. Great.

As is consistent with the community, we have very few men coming on Wednesday nights. It's something we're praying fervently about and hopeful the Lord will draw them near. The couple of dads that are regular attenders have more impact on their kids and the other kids around them than they can imagine.

Several friends and their friends and community groups have helped provide the meals which has been a huge burden lifted. We've had fabulous dinners and I've been threatened within an inch of my life on several occasions to not show my face again without recipes.


Which brings us back to the issue at hand; I'm bringing dinner tonight and have no idea what I'm serving. Last time it was my turn to cook, we ordered pizza so I've kept expectations low. Real low. If anyone, that would be you, has any suggestions for me - say recipes for about 50 that don't involve a slow-cooker, smoker, or 48 hours of marinating in the refigerator 'cause time is kinda of the essence, I would sure appreciate it.

Like right now.



Grateful for Grace said...

I can rec a super dessert... very easy and crowd pleasing:

Dinner... would build your own baked potatoes work? what about build your own taco salad? or tacos? We have tacos a lot at church on Wed nights: just brown a lot of meat and season it; have the shells warmed; have bowls of everything else (lots of it can be bought ready). It's also usually a kid pleaser. Adults like it too because they can be healthy and just have taco salad. It's pretty easy.


Holli said...
one of my FAV!!! And SO EASY! Cous Cous is great with it two! Don't even marinade just throw together and cook!
good luck and will be praying for the men to come!
another fav...
with mexican rice that comes in a bag and you microwave in 2 min!

Henley on the Horn said...

I was going to suggest tacos too... or big sub sandwiches. Your grocery store probably sells them or you can make them yourself. You can do it!!! And let us know how that handsome preacher does tonight! Just don't fall asleep after all of your hard work....

Deidra said...

Stouffers lasagne. Works everytime.

Amy said...

how about a big pot of spaggetti and meatballs with garlic bread and maybe a salad?

Jessi said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this recipe for Southwestern Chili. I would say that the recipe feeds 6-8, but it is really easy to double (or triple...), and SUPER easy to make

1lb ground beef
1 small onion
1 packet of taco seasoning
1 packet of ranch dressing mix (the powder kind you use to make homemade ranch)
2 cans of chili beans
2 cans of black beans
3 cans of rotel (you can use mild if you don't want it spicy)
1 can of white corn.

All you do is brown up the beef with the chopped onion, then add all of the cans (without draining) add in the taco seasoning and the ranch packet and voila! It is a huge crowd please, easy, and delicious. We usually serve ours topped with shredded cheese and fritos! Mmmm!

Sitesx6 said...

How about:

Big pot of sloppy joes

Big pot of taco meat for tacos

Take a grill and do burgers and dogs


Big pot o' spagetti

Cabobs of chicken and veggies (from the grill) EASY!!!!

Make a big pot o' mac and cheese for the kids (easy)

Call McDonalds and beg for mercy-maybe they will donate Happy Meals

Make a gazillion baked potatoes (in tin foil) and then take all the fixins'

Take a bunch o' bags of chips and make taco meat and all the fixins for nachos

Fake like you have the swine flu and call it a night and ditch the whole thing.

I'm out of ideas. Good luck! your BFF-G.W. Bush and ask him to help you?? He has people.

Jill said...

I cook twice a month for our youth and it runs about 50ish... favorite is beef stroganoff. It is easy, economical, and great with a side of green beans, rolls (take or leave) and some boxes of ice cream sandwiches for dessert.

5-7 lbs. of ground beef
1 chopped onion
salt, pepper, garlic powder
2 cans of beef broth
1/4 cup of woreshire sauce
1/3 cup of ketchup
2 lg. can of cream of mushroom soup
5 bags of egg noodles
32 oz. sour cream
8 oz sour cream

brown beef with onions. drain. Add broth, soup, wor.sauce and ketchup. simmer. boil noodles and drain. add noodles to simmering sauce. remove from heat. stir in sour cream.

Green beans... I buy two econ cans, two sticks of butter, one bag of real bacon pieces, minced onions, and let boil. Serve.

Hope you have fun...sorry this is late in the day..

Abby said...

Stick ribs in the crockpot all day- sprinkled with Lawry's. Then, take them out, put them in a foil-lined pan, cover in Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ saice, pour some juice over, wrap up in the foil good- and bake for an hour at 250. SO easy.
And cornbread n honey(of course)- mmmm.

Love the update on church- amazing.

dawn said...

I agree...big pots of pasta and sauce. You can also get ready made sub sandwiches from the deli at walmart, but that would add up quick.

A taco bar would also be easy.

Lots of good choices. Hope you figure it out.

Kim said...

Everything I was going to suggest has already been covered. Except maybe a pasta bar. Have a red sauce and a white sauce. People can go for one or the other or both :-) If you're feeling real energetic, you can make additional sauces. Garlic bread on the side. Salad a good addition but not absolutely necessary.

Linda said...

I have never commented, but got your blog from my niece, Katie's blog. Throughout the years of feeding lots of teenagers in our home and mostly boys, I fixed the Mexican Stack...which by some of the comments kind of fits the tacos idea. I just used chili (ground meat with Williams Chili Mix), then would have all the following things to layer....rice, salsa, lettuce, tomatoes, guacamole. I sounds hot, but even on hot summer days like now, it is more like a taco salad, I guess. Everyone can build their own mixture to layer.

Linda said...

I forgot this item....rotel cheese dip, or grated cheese.

Best Life said...

OK, I know it's too late. But I am just wondering why you are having trouble. Your green enchilada recipe is one of our favorites. Have you forgotten your own terrific recipe?!

Henley on the Horn said...

What did you decide to do?