Sunday, July 26, 2009

Granny Gathering

I'm back from my "bloggy break" of last week. We had VBS in the evenings at church and I watched the twins so my daughter could teach in the art room -- we both had fun! Then this weekend I was preparing for a "Granny Gathering" at my home Sunday for lunch and sharing of pictures of all the grands. We had such fun! I had a Granny luncheon about 2 1/2 years ago when several of us from church had grandchildren all around the same time and invited some other grannies as well. It was such a fun celebration that I planned to do another one after the twins were born last August and never seemed to be able to find a great time to do it -- so I decided to wait until this weekend when it seemed that the next round of grand babies arrived. (we've added 5 new grand babies and 3 new grannies to the group since our last granny gathering) I'll be posting the tablescapes on Thursday but in the meantime - I thought I would share the fun and food. I was so busy preparing the food right up until the last minute that I didn't get any pictures of the food - but I'll still share the menu and recipes.

Here's a photo of five Grannies at our baby boy table. We started out with a choice of beverages: Iced tea (sweet and unsweetened), lemonade or water and an assortment of salads: "Italian" garden (romaine, cucumber, tomato, celery, black olive, green pepper, green onions and Parmesan cheese; Spinach, with strawberries, walnuts and red onion - dressings: poppy seed, Greek or oil and vinegar. Frozen fruit salad: recipe -

2 cups sour cream
1 small can crushed pineapple
3 tablespoons chopped maraschino cherries
3 bananas diced
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon salt
3/4 C. sugar

I froze this in muffin tins - made 1 dozen.

We also enjoyed an assortment of finger sandwiches. Homemade chicken salad on mini croissants; homemade pimento cheese on whole wheat bread, a spread made of cream cheese, crushed pineapple and chopped pecans on raisin bread, and tomato on white bread.

Pimento Cheese recipe - it's a little "zippy"
8 oz. block of sharp cheddar - grated
8 oz. block of extra sharp cheddar - grated
small jar (2 oz) pimentos with juice
splash of Worcestershire sauce
4 drops of Tabasco sauce
a few shakes of cayenne pepper (told you this was zippy)
enough mayonnaise to make this creamy

Chicken salad recipe -
boil whole chicken - then chop in food processor - (when I use all breasts I boil them in chicken broth for extra flavor)
2 stalks celery chopped finely
2 tablespoons pickle relish - I've used sweet and dill whatever I have on hand
pepper to taste
enough mayonnaise to hold everything together

For dessert we had an assortment of sherbets: orange, lemon, lime, raspberry and pineapple, with cookies and a sprig of mint for garnish.

Four of us shared the baby girl table. After we enjoyed the meal - we all had a great time of sharing photos of all the grands. Lot's of oooohs and aaaaahs.

Here's our group of happy grandmothers.
Front row: Grandma Sue (2 grandboys and 1 grandgirl), Grandma Dixie (1 grandboy), Grammy/Gi Gi Beverly (2 grandboys); Second row: Grandma Sharon (1 grandboy and 1 grandgirl), Gamm Sandra (blue print sleeveless) (2 grandgirls and 1 grandboy); Nana - (me) (4 grandgirls); Third row: Grandma Barbara (1 grandgirl); Grandma Brez/Grandmamama Brenda - (3 grandgirls); and our "top granny" Nammaw Jane (1 grandboy).

I just realized posting this that I'm the most "granny" of us all!

See ya!


  1. Oh Martha! I wish I could be one of your Granny Friends...You all had a nice time and I can see why. Very pleasant event and I believe God was smiling down on you all.
    I have gone to a few of these fun luncheons and I sure do like them. Great Fellowship, smiles and food.
    Was fun to visit you today,

  2. Hi Martha,
    Looks like a really fun gathering, and the recipes sound wonderful. Seems that you should be running one of those fancy li'l tea rooms!
    Thanks for stopping by and leaving the nice comment.
    bye for now,

  3. What a great idea for a party! I don't have any grands, except the dog, but consider my sister's 4 my own. She is moving to Nebraska soon and I will step up the duties of being their for them when she moves. I may have to do this with a group of friends. There aren't any new ones on the way, but this is a great excuse to get together and discuss the kids and my sister would love a gathering about her gkids and photos sent to her.

  4. It looks like just a lovely time Martha, and you look so pretty standing in the group. It's nice to see that picture. I would have eaten too much, but the menu sounds scrumptious. Great job!


  5. Looks like such a fun time! And you are really making me hungry! I wish I could cook. I do know how to make a strawberry/spinach salad that I love. Now I know what we are having with dinner tomorrow!

  6. What a cute table, I am a new miemie, I would of love to come to this party!!