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Unprepared dinner hosts: A story
« on: February 21, 2007, 04:52:59 PM »
Want to hear a long-but-fun story about the time my mother-in-law invited my parents, among others, to dinner at her house?

First off, I've never seen my MIL cook, and in the 9 years I've known her I've never seen her eat anything except meat (just plain meat, mostly red) and the odd piece of pizza or cookie.  No veggies, no grains. 

Ditto for SIL, except she does eat some grains (totes around white bread, actually) and she doesn't even like most meat so it's mostly chicken for her.  I know, weird.  It's part of the story.

Now, my husband and I are used to going over there in the evening when we're in town, and it's no big deal to us (that's just how she is).  When she invites us over for dinner she'll usually be straight about saying, "there's X in the garage freezer if you want to heat that up," or one of us makes a run to the store for some easy fixings.  If we don't do this, she and SIL are content to not eat.

Again, that's just how it is there, and it's usually only the 4 of us visiting with each other anyway (the two of us, MIL and sometimes SIL).

So imagine my surprise when my mom tells me that MIL invited her and dad over for dinner.  Why dinner, I wondered?  Now, my parents live only an hour away from MIL and have had her over for thanksgiving; they were delighted. 

I told them that MIL is pretty scatterbrained and that they might not be eating for awhile, but they clearly thought I was exaggerating.  I even began to doubt my doubt, because hey, MIL also invited her own parents and SIL's boyfriend.  Total of 9 people for dinner.  She must have some preparations in mind.

The evening of the dinner, husband and I showed at MIL's house.  I noticed, of course, that nothing was cooking.  Husband offered to go to the store.

MIL protested, saying something like, but everybody's not even here yet!

Doorbell.  It's my parents, who brought mom's homemade cheesecake.  MIL thanks her for bringing dessert.  My mom hopes it will go with tonight's meal and MIL replies that she doesn't yet know what we'll be eating!

My parents look at her blankly.  Husband and I try not to laugh.  It's on.

For the next few hours, we sit around and visit with MIL, the grandparents, and my parents.  Grandpa occasionally makes grumbles about being hungry, cuss it all to tarnation, and SIL sits in the corner making out with her boyfriend like they're at the Prom.  Yes, really.   

Anyway, eventually Grandpa decides he wants something with which to take his medicine, only there is literally no real food in the house except in the garage freezer.  He can't have cheesecake for some sugar or salt reason.  Again, my husband offers to go the store. 

We cut up the cheesecake anyway (a couple of the men had pieces). 

A heated conversation (between MIL and her parents) erupts over what to get for dinner at the store.  My parents start acting like they have to leave, making goodbye noises, etc. 

Somebody suggests we order pizza and there's another rousing debate over what kind of pizza to get.  MIL wants meat lovers; SIL wants one with no cheese and no sauce.  (Crust?  She already had her white bread). 

MIL insists that my parents stay and she, SIL and GMIL finally, at length, settle on at least 4-5 different pizzas that they're ordering (all while SIL's boyfriend plays a gameboy-looking thing and I try not to shoot too many 'I told you so' looks at my mother).

Anyway.  My parents did end up leaving (politely, protesting that it's fine) before pizza.  I don't remember what time it was, but it was getting pretty late.  Ha.  My mom still brings this up. 

Pizza was hardly touched by MIL and SIL, who took over an hour to settle on what to get, and practically had pies of their own. 

SIL is now engaged to that boyfriend, btw; sometimes they still make out publicly despite repeated scoldings from grandma.  MIL hired a butcher to cater the wedding.



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Re: Unprepared dinner hosts: A story
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2007, 04:58:59 PM »
"MIL hired a butcher to cater the wedding."

That is the absolutely perfect ending to that story. 

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Re: Unprepared dinner hosts: A story
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2007, 08:09:57 PM »
Am I the only one seeing the East Coast white barbeque sauce on the meat dish and a HUGE meatloaf "frosted" with whipped potatoes for the wedding cake?
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Re: Unprepared dinner hosts: A story
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2007, 08:56:44 PM »

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Re: Unprepared dinner hosts: A story
« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2007, 12:59:18 PM »
What a great story!  Have you submitted it to the main website?  Too funny! :)

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Re: Unprepared dinner hosts: A story
« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2007, 02:50:00 PM »
Ew to those "cakes"! 

I've never submitted a story about my in-laws, though there are many (I guess I feel a little guilty making fun because I've genuinely liked them for awhile now -- they are just characters).  :) 

I was replying to the unprepared dinner hosts thread when I realized my post was looong and should probably be a separate thread.


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Re: Unprepared dinner hosts: A story
« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2007, 04:22:38 PM »
That meatloaf cake doesn't look appetizing to me. Of course that be that I don't like meatloaf. >:D

That is going to be a lots of meat and white bread wedding reception.

This sounds like something my mother does now. Mom was once a very good cook but now is very disabled physically and sometimes isn't there mentally. The only saving grace is my Dad. He has been known to rush off as soon as he found out Mom invited people, usually as they are arriving, over for dinner and buy fried chicken or to order pizza (which he hates) to be delivered.

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Re: Unprepared dinner hosts: A story
« Reply #7 on: February 26, 2007, 12:30:52 PM »
MIL hired a butcher to cater the wedding.



Have you ever done that silent laughing thing where you just sit and shake violently with tears streaming out of your eyes? That is the reaction this closing line elicited in me. B/c I'm at work, of course, and therefore can't LOL.

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Re: Unprepared dinner hosts: A story
« Reply #8 on: February 26, 2007, 05:57:06 PM »
That story is hysterical!  Like something you'd see on a sitcom!

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Re: Unprepared dinner hosts: A story
« Reply #9 on: March 06, 2007, 04:03:43 PM »
This reminds me of Christmases with my (former) in-laws.  Christmases were the season to overindulge in alcohol at their house.  They would start the day with an "eye opener" (bourbon Manhattan) around 10:00 and then "freshen" the drink throughout the day, until the final drink of the day, which was the "nightcap," consisting of bourbon and creme de menthe.  Ugh!  But I digress...

Anyway, they would all start drinking on Christmas morning, and never ate anything since they rarely wanted to interfere with their "buzz."  Usually I would be hypoglycemic by 1:00 or so, having had nothing to eat and too much coffee, since I didn't drink bourbon manhattans in the morning!

By my third Christmas in the family, I decided to be proactive and baked a sour cream coffee cake to bring along.  I figured that even if no one else ate any, I could have some and it would hold me until Christmas dinner at around 6:00.

I brought the cake over and it was wrapped in saran wrap on one of my everyday plates.  My mother in law promptly got one of her own plates, peeled off the bottom layers of saran wrap, and SLID the coffee cake onto her own plate, saying "great, I can freeze this for another time and take it as a hostess gift!"

CRUD MONKEYS!, I almost died.  Foiled again, I had to endure another hungry Christmas morning.   :-\

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« Reply #10 on: March 06, 2007, 04:08:02 PM »
By my third Christmas in the family, I decided to be proactive and baked a sour cream coffee cake to bring along.  I figured that even if no one else ate any, I could have some and it would hold me until Christmas dinner at around 6:00.

I brought the cake over and it was wrapped in saran wrap on one of my everyday plates.  My mother in law promptly got one of her own plates, peeled off the bottom layers of saran wrap, and SLID the coffee cake onto her own plate, saying "great, I can freeze this for another time and take it as a hostess gift!"

Oh my goodness! Goodness gracious me!, I almost died.  Foiled again, I had to endure another hungry Christmas morning.   :-\

We would have forgiven you for later getting it out of the freezer and helping yourself.  That is sort of like saying about a Birthday gift, "SoAndSo sure will like this when I regift it to them." 

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Re: Unprepared dinner hosts: A story
« Reply #11 on: March 12, 2007, 08:51:30 AM »
That was hilarious!  It seems like your MIL is a sweet person at heart, just eternally scatterbrained.  I don't know how you kept a straight face through out the evening.

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Re: Unprepared dinner hosts: A story
« Reply #12 on: March 12, 2007, 02:48:00 PM »
My mother in law promptly got one of her own plates, peeled off the bottom layers of saran wrap, and SLID the coffee cake onto her own plate, saying "great, I can freeze this for another time and take it as a hostess gift!"

Oh my goodness! Goodness gracious me!, I almost died.  Foiled again, I had to endure another hungry Christmas morning.   :-\


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