My mom has me beat hands-down when it comes to real food, and she sets a fine table, too!
Here are the ways she blows me out of the water:
Mom: Puts each food in a serving dish and passes it around. Puts all the serving bowls on a tray near the dining table, and passes them around again later.
Me: Puts a serving of every food onto each plate and brings it to the table. Usually doesn’t make enough for leftovers – or wants to save it for a second meal!
Mom: Makes mashed potatoes and THREE vegetables
Me: Makes white or brown rice; potatoes occasionally; one vegetable at a time – two is a splurge!
Mom: Puts homemade pickles and relishes into glass dishes and places them on the table. Serves olives in another dish. Puts the remainder back in the bottles after every meal.
Me: Buys pickled cucumbers and beets, puts bottles on table.
Mom: Makes roasted meats with gravy for Sunday dinners; serves with applesauce (pork), pineapple or raisin sauce (ham) or cranberries (chicken and turkey).
Me: Doesn’t like gravy so doesn’t make it; prepares cranberries only for holiday meals; applesauce once in blue moon
Mom: Makes bread, rolls or tea biscuits and gives each person a side plate for their bread and butter
Me: Bread is for toast and sandwiches
Mom: Uses a colourful, seasonal table cloth, and lights candles
Me: Uses plastic place mats and CFLs 🙂
Mom: Has coffee ready to pour immediately after meal
Me: At our house, we each make a different tea in a cup and bring it to another room to drink
Mom: As the piece-de-resistance, makes homemade desserts such as pies, squares, gingerbread or carrot cake
Mom, you sure know how to feed people right. You rock!