What’s Cookin’ in the Parsonage?

This was a busy weekend with a house full of guests coming and going from Thursday night through Sunday evening. I enjoy having people here; it truly is a blessing. I wasn’t sure exactly how many would be here for Sunday dinner, so I tried to plan for a little extra “just in case.” Here’s my menu:

Roasted Turkey Breast


Mashed potatoes and gravy



Cranberry orange relish




On Saturday I prepared as much ahead as I could. That included:
    • peeling and dicing the potatoes. I put them in the slow cooker with water to cover. I cook them in the crock pot while we’re at church.


  • preparing the broccoli/Corn Scallop, leaving off the cracker crumb topping.
  • making the biscuits. I put them on the baking sheet and store them in the refrigerator until time to bake on Sunday.



  • making the cheesecake
  • making tea



  • setting the table



When we got home from church I put the broccoli corn scallop in the microwave to begin getting it warm. Then I added the cracker topping and popped it into the oven to finish heating up and brown the topping.


One of my girls mashed the potatoes and I put the gravy on to thicken while I worked on the other details of the meal.


I put the biscuits in the oven to bake while I cooked the green beans. I use store-bought green beans and cook them the way a lady in SC told me years ago. They taste just like home canned beans that have been cooking for hours. If I do two cans of beans I add one can with the liquid and one can without it. Then I add a few tablespoons of margarine and cook them until the liquid evaporates.


My cranberry relish is simply a can of cranberry sauce broken up ( I like the whole berry), a can of mandarin oranges on top of the cranberry, and about a half cup of broken pecans.


We were celebrating our daughter’s 18th birthday, so I decorated the cheesecake to commemorate the event. When I plated the dessert, I piped two large dollops of fresh sweetened whipped cream next to the cake, then I dusted the plate with cocoa powder. Adding a garnish makes it look like you’ve gone to lots of trouble when you truly haven’t.


Dinner is always better when shared with friends. Yesterday we were privileged to have an old friend, a new friend, and our daughter’s friend with us.


What did you have for Sunday dinner? Did you have guests? Were you a guest? Did you try a new recipe? Tell me about it!

4 thoughts on “What’s Cookin’ in the Parsonage?

  1. Thanks Denise. I have never commented before but here it goes.
    YUM! I actually had my mom for lunch. It worked out great, she ate well and actually called Gary and I both by name. The time was short and sweet since we wanted to go to the funeral home. It all worked out. I did enjoy being a server instead of being served Sunday Lunch.


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