We all joined in sharing different tips that have been tested and proven in our kitchens.
Well this weekend it was my turn to host guests.
I used several of the recipes from the new book.
I checked off my duty list diligently.
Complete meal preparation early.
Set the table in advance.
Shine the sinks.
Empty the dishwasher.
Trash any dirty dish rags.
Hang a pretty tea towel.
Those are just a few of the tips to follow.
The company arrived, and I had them sit down immediately at the table.
As they sat down, I began to put the prepared dishes on the table.
Asked them to come and sit around the coffee table.
Poured everyone a glass of punch and set out a bowl of nuts.
They looked at me and I looked at them sheepishly.
"I'm over 60 and you need to give me some slack."
"I forgot to cook the rice."
We all had a good laugh.
And just then I reminded myself, that I was the one who had made the suggestion
about learning to laugh at yourself when things don't go as expected.
It paid me back well.