Saturday, we celebrate the birthday of Milady's mother. The matriarch turned 92 this week and we're all gathering at our house this year for the celebration. A joyous event, but because we're hosting, the house must be spotless, immaculate, well ordered. God Forbid that our kinfolks come over and find a spot of dust.
We've been cleaning. Deep cleaning. Taking-the-curtains-down cleaning. And re-arranging. And the phone has been ringing what-can-we-bring. Tuesday was yardwork, Wednesday was cabinet cleaning, getting down everything and dusting. Cleaning windows, and taking all the blinds down, taking them outside and hosing them off. This morning I rented a Rug Doctor, moved furniture and deep cleaned carpets. Friday will be final prepping, setting up awnings, and making sure that the patio and decks are arranged. Late tomorrow night, I'll put the meat on to cook. Saturday we celebrate.
So, what's on the menu? I'm going to cook some Italian Beef, and I"m going to make a Pulled Pork, at the specific request of the birthday girl. Milady is (as I type this) preparing Meat Pies to freeze. She'll have about four dozen done by the time I begin heating the oil. Meat pies freeze very well and they fry nicely in the frozen state. I'll fry those on Saturday morning just before noon. Others are bringing beans, and dirty rice, salads and slaws. And bread.
I expect about forty people, and I'm sure that there will be plenty for everyone to sample. Which reminds me, we need to order the birthday cake this afternoon.