On Thursday, one of our Ladies Aids had a Christmas party. They used to have 3 ladies be in charge of the Christmas party, but it got to be too much work for just 3 ladies to plan a "program", decorations, games, prizes for the games, and food for all the ladies of the congregation. So they delegated parts of the party and made the food be potluck. I knew it was potluck now and I was thinking all week about what to bring. It is unlike the other churches where someone has commented that they liked it when I brought something to a potluck before and I try to always take that same dish to that church. Usually these potlucks have more sugar than "real food" so I try to bring "real food" for the Lambs. When I asked a couple of ladies what they were bringing, one was bringing a casserole and the other still hadn't decided what she was bringing. One suggested that I bring a salad. I didn't want to make an extra trip to the store so I needed to make something that I had all the ingredients. I decided to take white chocolate covered pretzels (mainly for the Lambs) and I didn't bring any of those home-they went over well for both the ladies and the Lambs.
But I wanted to take "real food" too. We still had lots of fresh veggies in the fridge from Thanksgiving so I decided to take a veggie tray. Lamb 3 is a very picky eater, but he eats anything that is a dip. So I asked Ram to make hummus while I got ready for the party. I didn't think hummus and veggies was that strange to take to a Christmas party. The ladies had to ask me what was in my dip. They were sure it was full of horseradish and when I said, no, it had garlic, I don't think they believed me. Ram even went easy on the garlic and it was really mild compared to when we usually make it. I think most of the ladies had a little hummus just to see what Ewe brought, but I brought most of the bowl home even after Lamb 3 had a big helping.
What did the other ladies bring? One casserole, ham sandwiches, cheese and olive sandwiches, one veggies with ranch dressing dip, one broccoli salad, 4 or 5 of those "salads" that are full of Cool Whip and I don't know what else because I never make them, one mini pecan pies, one cake, and a few other desserts. I was surprised that no one brought homemade Christmas cookies.
Big sigh from Ewe after the party. I will never cook like these MN ladies have cooked for 50+ years. My food was too healthy for them. I'll have to think to be prepared for next year's Christmas party with food that is more normal for them. At least I know what to make for the next Ladies Aid Christmas party next week. I'm thankful that each church has their party a different week too.