Monday, October 3, 2022

Sometimes Monday ...

 ... looks like a day for meal planning. 

Ryan's birthday is on Friday and since he's now local, I'm making dinner for him. He lives by himself and even though he enjoys cooking, it gets to be a bit of a drag sometimes. My grandmother always said that food tastes better when somebody you love makes it for you, and I definitely think that is true. So I wanted to make him some good things, but not necessarily difficult, complicated, or fancy. I looked through my recipe box for inspiration and here's what I arrived at. 
  • Swedish Meatballs
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Green Beans (from the garden)
  • Watergate Salad (from John's mother)

  • Mrs. O'Neill's Pound Cake - she was Ryan's 7th grade English teacher and one of the best bakers I know. I feel very lucky that she wrote the recipe out for me one day, and once I confirmed that she had forgotten a few things, it was perfect.

The pound cake is the best if it's made a day ahead of time, so that's what I'll be doing on Thursday. 

I can hardly wait to taste all these. They are some of Ryan's favorites (and if I'm honest, mine, too)!


  1. I think my favorite part of that pound cake recipe is "beat to death!" Sounds like a delicious meal -- I'm sure he'll love it!

  2. What tastes better than a mother's love? Nothing! And I think it is so rewarding to cook for someone who really appreciates it. So this sounds like a win/win to me. I hope Ryan's birthday dinner is just as enjoyable as you wish. Happy Monday, Bonny.

  3. The menu sounds delicious. Isn't it amazing how simple, but delicious pound cake is. You can do so much with it. Happiest of birthdays to Ryan.

  4. What a fabulous birthday menu! And you're so right . . . food tastes better when it's cooked/baked by someone who love you. XO

  5. What a fun birthday menu, Bonny! I am in agreement... food cook by someone you love does taste so much better!

  6. That sounds like a perfect dinner for a birthday celebration!

  7. He is going to love having dinner now that he's a local :)

  8. That sounds wonderful! And your grandmother was right!

  9. Yummy menu! He will really enjoy it.

    1. Thanks, Suzanne! Some of these items might also be favorites of mine. :-)

  10. Sounds like a perfect menu! and a beautiful gift (will you get to enjoy it with him?)!

  11. Oh my gosh, I had forgotten about Watergate Salad. My Mom used to make that. I find I enjoy planning a special meal much more than the usual weekday menus. Happy Birthday to Ryan. And - I think your grandmother was right.


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