|It is great having the back yard filled with family, friends, and new friends.|
|Making the Syrup|
|Oh my, it is great.|
|Deep Fried French Toast|
|I am so glad you came.|
|Have you met......|
|The happy fryers.|
|Deep Fried French Toast.|
|Welcome everyone, Are you ready to eat?|
|The line forms here.|
|We fried over 300 of these.|
|Topped with fresh fruit, comfort food at it's best.|
|Come on in, there is still room and food.|
|Me and the boys, I love these boys. And the boys love food.|
|My two new best friends, David and Jay. They fried for 2 hours.|
I could not sleep Friday night. Some family arrived and so I tried to sleep sitting up in a chair. Every time I tried to lay down I coughed. I got maybe three light hours of sleep. The rest of the family started to arrive at 5:00 am Saturday morning. It was great fun. I fixed a big breakfast for everyone, and then we went to the farmers market. Later more family arrived and I fixed a big lunch. We all went to the mall and still more family arrived. That night we had a big pizza party for everyone. I put some pork in the smoker for Sunday lunch. We played late Saturday night, and I still could not sleep.
Sunday morning we had breakfast, and off to church for the homecoming of my son. It was great. More Family arrived for it, and we had a big lunch after church. Lunch ended and the last of the family left about 3:00. I looked at my watch realizing that I had 2 hours to get ready for Third Sunday Dinner. I said a silent prayer and jumped in to get ready. The 2 Justins arrived and my son and son-in-law set out the tables and chairs.
We ran around and were perfectly ready at 5:00. It was a great day. The food was amazing. I only did the French Toast and Buttermilk Syrup, with some fresh strawberries and pineapple. The rest of the food like magic showed up. I think we fried over 300 pieces of French Toast. It was great.
I was exhausted before it started, but as people showed up my energy returned and I was able to enjoy the entire event. That is what I have learned most about Third Sunday Dinner, to serve others is not always easy, but the end result always makes up for any sacrifice and after all is said and done I always wonder why I stress. It always turns out wonderful when people gather around food.
The entire weekend was great, a lot of work, yes. Worth the work, YES. The memories that are created around food are like no other memories. Seeing the joy on faces as they eat and enjoy each others companionship is priceless. Is what I am trying to say is that no matter what goes on or how hectic life gets, when it is all said and done, the dishes put away, the house back to normal, a couple days of rest, then we start to see the picture clearly and we remember what it was all for and we are ready to start the entire process over again, and again, and again. I love food, I love what food can do when we truly understand it's full purpose. Not only to strengthen the body, but to nourish and feed the spirit.
I hope you are making your own "Third Sunday Dinner Traditions" in your life. Enjoy the adventure. It only gets better.
3/4 cup butter
1 cup buttermilk
3 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 teaspoons baking soda
In a large sauce pot melt butter, buttermilk, and sugar together. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add vanilla and baking soda. Whisk quickly, it will bubble up to the top of the pan. Serve warm. This syrup reheats well and can be made with Xagave in place of sugar.
Deep Fried French Toast
2 cups milk
1/4 cup oil or melted butter
3 teaspoons pumpkin spice or baking spice
2 teaspoons vanilla
Oil for Frying.
In blender place all ingredients except oil and bread. Blend well. Place mixture in bowl and dip bread quickly in batter. Drop in hot oil and brown on both sides. Serve with fresh fruit, syrup, and powdered sugar.