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Friday Night with Friends

June 18th, 2011 at 05:18 am

Our friends just left. We invited them over for dinner and birthday cake. Our friend's birthday is this week and we wanted to celebrate with him and his wife.

Last night we had another friend over for dinner. It's interesting that so many folks are no longer used to being asked. I think we, as a society, overall have gotten used to going out to see friends. I wonder if that is good or not.

We spent a little more than we would have if it had been just us, but in the long run, we still saved money by eating in. We really didn't do it to save money, but because I like to cook and I like to control what goes onto my dinner plate. I made meatloaf tonight and bought a pound of beef and a pound of sausage. I sauted' onions and bell peppers and added that to the meat with eggs, oatmeal, bread crumbs, sage, and oregano. I had enough meat to make two loaves, so I wrapped one and froze it for another dinner. I baked bread using the flour our friends had given us from their trip to Michigan, and baked a cake from scratch. It was a good dinner and I think the two guys liked the meat and potatoes aspect of it, although we did have green beans and fruit salad too.

Last night we had pork roast and I fixed a potato casserole and we had a salad and some of the homemade bread. We had enough roast left over to send a slice home with our friend with some of the leftover potatoes, and enough for me to shred to make pulled pork sandwiches later on.

I know the restaurant industry would probably prefer people eat out, but it was nice being able to relax and visit and not worry about staying too long or not having good service or even the noise of other diners.

Are you inviting anyone over soon?

3 Responses to “Friday Night with Friends”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    We generally eat in with when relatives visit because it is less expensive.

  2. MonkeyMama Says:

    We never go out with anyone - but always invite people over. Dining out is just not a luxury I care to afford (rather spend that money on other things!) But we have many friends who are happy to stay in. We probably entertain less in summer though - lots of other plans the next few weeks.

    My folks love to eat our leftovers (dh is quite a chef by their standards), but my in-laws always insist on eating out. Which is kind of funny because at their house they always cook rather than eat out. But either they equate *travel* with eating out, or they don't want to put us out. All of the above. It's kind of funny if you think about it. Since MIL brags about being so frugal - and I am sure she is. But then looks horrified if we offer to make dinner. Big Grin

  3. rob62521 Says:

    Maybe MIL thinks going out is a reward for being frugal at home.

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