I got a phone call from Mama saying she and my uncle were coming up.
I wanted to serve lunch, but of course, all I had put on my menu was leftovers since I knew my daughter wouldn't be home. I wanted to offer something nice, but I was determined to pull from what is on hand to create a simple meal. Since everyone is going to be here my sister is swinging by on her lunch break.
My uncle is having surgery in a few days and is on a clear liquids diet. I have the bone broth from the chicken I cooked -- perfect!
Keeping with the theme of soup I pulled out a jar of my home canned sweetcorn, two potatoes, and some frozen onions and bell peppers. This became a quick corn chowder. (I'll puree a little of it for thickener.) I already had coffee cake so dessert was easy.
I pulled together a quick pitcher of sweetened tea -- a Southern staple.
Since I had already had some buns, I decided to just butter and toast them.
To make it look a little more planned -- presentation does go along way -- I set a pretty, but functional table. (We've taken the leaf out since there are usually only two of us and I am enjoying the change.)
My crocheted placemats and the soup mugs my daughter in law gave me for Christmas work perfectly. I added one of my favorite candles and I'll remove it when we sit down to eat so I can put the bread in the middle of the table.
As things progressed the time table changed. My daughter made it home early.
She and my sister ate the leftovers I had planned anyway.
Having company over doesn't have to break the budget and I think everyone enjoyed the visit.