Last year, I met an amazing British couple from London, England, Adele and Ed Mahoney. I know that in my busy world “call me and we’ll get together” usually doesn’t happen. So I started making sure I call right away and set a date to have people over. That one change is bearing so much fruit. It is extremely difficult for us to get out with our daughter Willow. She has Autism and runs…and I mean fast and far. We can’t relax at other people’s houses. It means a little more work on our part: we provide the clean house and the main course but it means we can visit:) I was so excited to have them over I kept telling them I was going to cook them some “comfort food” and I poured through every cookbook I had. I was pulling out all of the stops for my British Friends. Then something unexpected happened…my extended family had a crisis and I was away from home for a couple of days. I returned home to a sleep deprived husband and 5 clingy kids. I took one look around the house and I knew I was in “damage control” mode. I also changed my Pioneer Woman Lasagna and Olive Cheese bread to spaghetti and freezer garlic bread. Our guests arrived and I was in a frazzle. My head was someplace else and I burned every single thing I tried to cook. Even the garlic bread they brought:( They were so gracious. Adele made comments like (insert British accent here): “I don’t think it looks burned. Just take it off the top. We don’t care!” and “Don’t worry about it!” I know nothing about life in the UK but apparently manners are a big deal. I
begged told them I wanted to have them over again and to cook for them. Shockingly, they said yes. Only Ed cooked hamburgers in my backyard. Nothing was burnt. It was delicious. Yesterday I found this cute apron that I am planning on wearing when I cook for them the next time. I wear black everyday so it was perfect;) You can find the apron at Kay’s gifts in Broken Arrow.