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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Cooking For A Crowd - A Big Crowd!

Janelle from Comfy In The Kitchen is guesting posting with us today!  She writes:

Twice a year I get the pleasure of making lunch for our church's new member and guest luncheon. It is typically a pretty busy weekend for me and my family...I grocery shop for a ton of food, pile everything in my kitchen (it feels like Christmas!!!), cook the night before and the morning of and haul everything over to the church! Then, our Pastor is there to greet us with a crew of volunteers ready to help unload and set up. Call me crazy, but this is actually SO MUCH FUN for me!

Here is a sneak peak into my weekend. I wish I would have gotten more photos, but I was bussssyyy!!!

(I had 60 people to cook for today- we have had up to 120)

I made 2 of these huge salads. Lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, cucumbers, olives, and croutons.

I really like the containers at GFS...these are about $2 and have lids. I can also reuse them! 
My son "getting in on the action" crushing Heath bars for "Better than a Hug Cake"
My semi-homemade dressing. I like to use Good Seasons All Natural with olive oil, red wine vinegar, and sugar to taste.

Line em up!

Some things got a little "frozen" lol...long story. But it all worked out!!!!

The lemonade takes on the color of the berries...pretty isn't it? Very nice for Spring and Summer.
(recipe below)

My son watching me make a simple lemonade punch

 The kids area had PB and J, chips, carrots, silly cookies and juice boxes

My hubby, Pastor and friends!
My husband cutting "Better than a hug Cake"- I am VERY blessed to have such a supportive husband. I thank God for him every day.

Meatball subs- I placed them in sauce in the crockpot until ready to serve. Then we sliced fresh hoagie buns and loaded them up while people were in line. 

Chicken Salad Croissants- These I prepared before we got to the church. 

"Better Than a Hug Cake" in slices for easy serving. 

"Pineapple Pretzel Fluff"- this is ALWAYS such a huge hit! Very easy and economical.

My Pastor (Courtney's Brother-In-Law!), me and my dear friend Christina getting our picture taken by my son :) 


Chicken Salad on Croissants 
Meatballs Subs with Mozzarella 
Tossed Salad 
Berry Lemonade
Iced Tea
Water bottles

For Children:
Juice Boxes

Lemon Berry Punch

Lemon Berry Punch
Servings (12)

1 container of Simply Lemonade 
1 bag frozen mixed berries 

Pour together and enjoy! 

This was SUCH a blessing for me to serve our church today in this way.  I am very grateful, honored, and humbled to be part of this amazing church. 

"Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fevor, 
serving the Lord"
~Romans 12:11 

Keep serving your families and others Ladies! 
Thanks for letting me share my day with you.
Love to you, Janelle 

Walk with the King!

If you are looking for more recipes or have one to share - visit Janelle's new link-up today!
You can follow Janelle on her own blog Comfy In The Kitchen or on Facebook and Twitter.
I am participating in Titus 2sdays, Tempt Your Tummy Tuesday, and Balancing Beauty and Bedlam recipe exchanges. I am also linked up to Raising Homemakers Weds. link up and Works For Me Wednesday! For more blogger recipes go to these links.

And please remember to take a minute to vote for Women Living Well (and Comfy In Your Kitchen! AND your other favorites - you can vote for more than one once a day through June 8th!!) here: Circle of Moms Top 25 Faith Bloggers.



Blogger Don and Shelly said...

The salads would have been my favs... they looked fantastic!

May 19, 2011 at 8:00 PM  
Blogger Kirsten said...

That looks amazing!

May 20, 2011 at 7:30 AM  
Blogger Charolette said...

What a blessing you are to your church family.

May 20, 2011 at 9:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Courtney!!
This question doesn't relate to this post, but seeing all this yummy food reminded me that I've been wanting to ask you this.

How do you fit in exercise each day? I am having a hard time juggling QT, exercise, homeschool, homekeeping, etc. What does a typical day look like for you in getting all this in??


May 20, 2011 at 9:55 AM  
Blogger Courtney (Women Living Well) said...

Shari - let me be honest - it just doesn't all fit...I struggle to stay balanced. I do have a schedule I follow - but it's gotten very loosy goosy I can't say it's today's schedule. But here's what it was lol!

My quiet times are a fixed feature of my day - I am always up before 7am and in the word - Good Morning Girls helps that...but exercise...well I'm struggling. For years I have exercised after the kids were in bed and it has worked - I tried to move it to the mornings and it did not work...blogging has interfered with my I do it less frequently than I ever have in my life! I'm hoping to change that this summer when homeschooling is off my plate for a few months ;-)!

Hang in there you are not alone!


May 20, 2011 at 11:28 AM  
Blogger LeAnn said...

Wow, you are one busy lady. Enjoy the moments and blessings to you!

May 20, 2011 at 2:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you, Courtney!! Sounds strange, but it makes me feel better knowing that I'm not the only one who struggles getting exercise in!! LOL!!!

I've never thought about exercising after the children were in bed!! That may work!! I'll have to give that a try! Thank you!!


May 20, 2011 at 10:42 PM  
Anonymous merry said...

Hi Courtney, I am leaving a question in a post as your emails are overflowing! I attend Maranatha but am a newer member and dont know a ton of people yet. I am interested in being in a Good morning Girls group. Wondered if any group was looking for new members.


Merry Hulsey

May 22, 2011 at 6:45 PM  
Anonymous Chelsea said...

I just made meatball subs for a group of people who came over for the basketball playoffs last night. Very easy!

May 23, 2011 at 9:47 AM  
Blogger Saved by Grace said...

What an awesome ministry!! God truely has given you a servants heart Janelle! it's a blessing to see all that He is doing in you.

God Bless!

May 23, 2011 at 4:22 PM  
Blogger GLENDA CHILDERS said...

I am popping over from Rhoda's recipe party. Hope you enjoy my orange muffins (link #99.)

Nice work serving your church . . . everything looks delicious.


May 24, 2011 at 4:19 PM  
Blogger Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said...

I love these ideas for feeding a big church crowd!!! Heading over to get that cake recipe -NOW! Thanks for sharing the post and linking to TMTT.

May 26, 2011 at 5:50 PM  

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