Let’s see…  I think there were 19 of us today.  We even got everyone around the same table.  We’re good.  It was an interesting mix of extended families.  A lot of fun.

Getting everything ready this  morning was fun.  We have a fair amount of furniture rearranging to do in order to set up a table for 20 people.  It’s utterly amazing what one can find lurking behind things that don’t often get moved.  And then I looked up and saw the fan.  How that fan could have gotten so filthy overnight is beyond me.  I mean…  I’m in that room every single day and I know it couldn’t have been that dirty yesterday!  Amazing.

And then we had two matching tablecloths that were too short for the table.  We worked around it and no one was the wiser.  When you’re good, you’re good… 🙂


And we ate.  And ate.  And ate some more.  We sat down at 3pm and finally got up at 5:45pm.

The menu:


  • Beef Tenderloin with Horseradish Sauce
  • Uncle Rudy’s Easter Pie
  • Salami
  • Pepperoni
  • Stuffed Hot Peppers
  • Mozzarella and Prosciutto
  • Baguettes


  • Baked Ham with a Pomegranate Mustard Glaze
  • Grilled Rack of Lamb Chops
  • Baked Perline Pasta
  • Chunked Scalloped Potatoes
  • Maple Glazed Carrots
  • Pineapple Bread Dressing
  • Portuguese Easter Bread (made into rolls) with Irish Butter


  • Strawberry Cheesecake
  • Flourless Chocolate Cake
  • Carrot cake
  • Cannoli
  • Asst Homemade Candies


The desserts really rocked.  The cheesecake was definitely one of my better ones!


There was such a variety.  Leah made the Carrot Cake.


The flourless chocolate cake was almost too rich after so much food. We definitely overindulged, but everything was just so good, it was hard to stop.


Joann made the cannoli.  Both traditional fruit-filled and chocolate chips.  She even makes her own cannoli shells.  She also brought the homemade candies.

It’s 8:30pm right now.  The dishes are done, the furniture is all moved abck to where it belongs, and everything is back in its place.

I’m ready for bed.