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Our lunch: Last-minute guest menu

Cheesy Potatoes and Chicken Vermicelli, along with some cooked veggies

Today was busy, but fun! The children and I were eating our breakfast this morning when a friend of mine called and asked if she and her 3-year-old grandson could come for a visit. Thankfully, I wasn't planning to go away or anything today, so I said "sure!" and invited them to stay for lunch, as well.

I had leftover oven-roasted chicken from yesterday, which I had de-boned and was planning to use for something. When I found out we were having guests for lunch, I started some water for pasta, and made a dish of Cheesy Chicken Vermicelli -- a quick and easy casserole that usually goes over well.

I also had some potatoes in the fridge that Joshua had cubed for me, which I had cooked and planned to use for cheesy potatoes. In a matter of minutes, I had a dish of Cheesy Potatoes to put in the oven with the vermicelli.

I cooked some canned corn and some bagged frozen peas, and rinsed off some fresh grapes that I got at the grocery store yesterday. And that was our lunch!

I did prepare most of it while our guests were here, since it was on short notice (and I spent most of that 45 minutes tidying up the house, getting dressed, and caring for the children!).

I was reminded of why I prefer to have the food already made when company comes. I am practically incapable of cooking and visiting at the same time. Is that odd? I can generally multi-task quite well (what mom can't?! ;D) but I always have difficulty entertaining guests while trying to prepare the meal. :)


I have that same problem....

but I haven't learned my lesson because I still try to do it every time!

Good job on quick notice!

Sounds like you were blessed to have something on hand to fix quickly. But I'm the exact same way - just can't think of all I need to prepare when trying to carry on a conversation with guests. Invariably I'll leave something in the fridge that we were supposed to have!


That looks so good! I have the same problem cooking while's like I need to be in the creativity zone to cook well, and that needs full attention.

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Talking and cooking

LOL! :) I often make a list of the foods I'm planning before our guests arrive, because I am prone to leaving a bowl of fruit in the fridge, or forgetting to make vegetables, until after we've eaten! :) I think my brain just kind of leaves me or someting. :)

But what's amazing is that I can actually take care of two little children while I cook! Then again, they're usually helping me and we're not carrying on any significant conversation. :)

I enjoy listening to conversation while I cook though! :) And since Joshua is more outgoing than I am, it works out great. :)

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