C’Mon Over

     Oh, how I wish I could say that to you!  I would so dearly love to open my home and invite you all for lunch!  Wouldn’t that be fun?  In truth, I’m really not a terrific hostess.  My guests are treated quite casually and are generally served family fare.  That’s often kept me from having folks over on a regular basis.  However, after reading Lora Lee Parrott’s Come over to My House, a Christian Guide to Hospitality, I’m feeling a bit more confident.  The author, the wife of a pastor and college president, recounts the years of her married life in eighteen chapters detailing her delight in keeping her home, raising her three boys, many moves and how she entertained in all those seasons.  The last third of the book is full of terrific recipes, interspersed with the stories behind them (which I loved!).  Long out-of-print, but available quite inexpensively  used, this was an easy, lazy afternoon and evening’s read.  (* * * *)  

      A special thank you to my friend Brenda for sending this book my way!

     Please read this post and this post for more information and to understand why I think it is so vitally important that you are reading!

God bless you as you look well to the ways of your household!
Proverbs 31:27

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12 comments to C’Mon Over

  • Hi Cheryl~I serve family fare also when we have friends over.  I am very casual by nature and I want people to feel that they are part of our family and loved when they are here. 🙂  I also have the book that you mentioned and I love it.  It has been reread many times over the years.

    Be blessed!


  • Hi Cheryl~ I am a very casual entertainer also but haven’t entertained or shared hospitality in awhile.
    Thank you for this post and for the book recommendation!
    Wishing you a blessed day and week ahead…

  • Hi Cheryl~ I am a very casual entertainer also but haven’t entertained or shared hospitality in awhile.
    Thank you for this post and for the book recommendation!
    Wishing you a blessed day and week ahead…

  • I’d love to come over .  We too are casual entertainers.  I tell eveyone that Our Home is Your Home.  I want my guests to feel free to go to the fridge for anything they may want.  I’m going to order the book you recommended, as it sounds like something I would enjoy.  I too love to read.  It’s one of my greatest pleasures.  I am never without a book.  Have a blessed day.

  • Folks prefer good home cooking, and far prefer a homey comfortable environment over a stuffier more formal affair.

    That is why folks loved coming to my ‘old house.’  They said they were immediately at ease mand felt at home.  I am still trying to find that feeling for this new big house.

    They know the food will still be the same though

    Even though I have the ability and skill to cook an elaborate formal dinner, folks still prefer my country home cooking.  I had a dinner party for Christmas evening.  After dinner, folks wanted to know where the turnip greens and fat back were, and they dug into the fridge and warmed it up in the microwave and chowed down after eating the ‘other’ dinner

    They are there for your friendship and fellowship, not what you are serving on the table.  Make them to home, and they will have a grand time.

    In the south, we say “Ya’ll Come!”

    Have a blessed day,

  • I think hospitality is simple, just being ourselves and not having to do something out of our on rim. I would love to come on over as a nice comfortable visit would do real good right about now…..

  • @hmsclmom – @gardencottage – @buana – @Divine_Diva_in_NC –   Casual entertaining really is the way to go, isn’t it?  It’s what I’ve most always done. I think that when the hostess is comfortable, her guests are comfortable.  At least I hope so as we have a family joining us for the afternoon and supper today!!  We used to tell folks who’d visited in our home more than once, “You’re not company, you’re family.  Help yourself” and they most always did!

  • @Mymanyblessings – And I’d love to have you over for a sweet chat.  The hospitality would be simple, but that just means we could kick our shoes off, share an ottoman in my parlor, and visit over a cuppa something hot and delicious. 

  • A good word my friend.  : )

  • I’ve had that book for years and years and reread it often.  I also have used quite a few of her recipes.

    Then there came the day I knew it needed to bless another with its’ warm and cozy prose and terrific recipes.  🙂

  • Hi Cheryl,

    I just wanted to let you know Dave’s dad passed away about 3 hours ago. I will talk with you soon. Right now things are crazy and fast here.



  • We’re really very casual people so that’s how we entertain (which we really don’t do enough of). Sounds like a very interesting book – I’ll look it up on Amazon.