I miss Sunday Dinners. I miss the ease of a Sunday afternoon spent in the company of family and friends who just want to be together. Eating until you’ve had your fill and then kicking your feet up to watch a football game or play a card game. Or sitting on the back porch watching the sun set and sipping coffee.
Sunday Dinners should be a simple meal that allows everyone, including the cook, to relax and enjoy the end of the weekend. No elaborate multi-course meals, but something simple like a pot roast or fried chicken and mashed potatoes. Comfort food at its very best!
We have lost this because even on Sundays it is a constant “Go Go Go…”
When I was a kid, we had Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup on Sundays after church. Coming in after trudging through snowdrifts and removing the layers of clothing that still were not enough to keep you warm, soup was the best solution! We have a large family (actually it is massive!) and at one time the majority of us lived in the Finger Lakes Region of Upstate New York. Sunday dinners consisted of up to 30 people flooding in through our front door to enjoy hot soup and fresh french bread. I will share my version of our Chicken Noodle Soup on another day.
I am starting a revolution! I have decided to bring back Sunday Dinners. I feel like it is important to have this time together. My Bug is now a Senior in High School. Her schedule for both work and softball keep all of us running pretty ragged. So, dinners on Sunday are coming back to this house! Time has flown by way to fast and I just want to slow it down. I want to create those memories. I want to make it last!
If you have never had Cracker Barrel’s Sunday Homestyle Chicken, GO NOW! It is amazing!!! We were making an effort to enjoy a meal out on Sundays after church. It was one of the things I loved about Sundays. But, we have decided to cut out eating out. Recent events (starting a business, hurricane evacuation, softball dues, upcoming college expenses, etc.) have made us take stock of all the little “extras.” So, I am going to attempt to make a CopyKat version of Cracker Barrel’s Chicken. I am super excited about finding this recipe and hope that it meets the expectations I have. The bar has been set pretty high!
Do you and your family hold on to the tradition of Sunday Dinners? How do you celebrate that time together? Or, is Sunday just another crazy day in your house like our has been recently? Join me in taking back our Sundays!