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If you've ever seen anything like this before - let me know.
I decided it was high-time that I started keeping better track of what I've served, food wise, and to whom - so that when we have guests over (repeatedly) we're not necessarily serving them the same thing over and over.
I found myself a pretty cheapo notebook. And made my own 'insert', in which you can see that is says Hospitality Journal ~ 2011- ?.
Inside, I simply list:
~ Who was here for a meal
~ What date (including if it was lunch or dinner or a play date or a blessing meal taken to them or what-have-you.)
~ What food & beverage was served
~ Anything else I found out - if the guests had/have any food allergies or aversions that I didn't know
~ Any suggestions, preferences or changes I would make about the recipes, regarding what I had served...
You get the idea.
My husband has told me that I had better start looking for another notebook - this one is going to fill up fast. I love that he loves having friends over to our home as much as I do. It sure helps to be on the same page - in the aspect of hospitality.
It's been on my heart to practice, practice, practice - hospitality. And, you know, it's easy if you always have *new faces* come into your home - you can make a standard meal and no one would know if the guests before them were served the same meal. But, what happens when you have dear, dear friends in your home on a repeated basis - due to reasons left unsaid?
I knew, I needed help to keep track of things a bit better.
Now. Does that mean I never repeat dishes? No. When I know that a particular dish is a keeper (due to what I've been told :)) - then for sure, I'll repeat something here and there... letting my friends know I care enough to make what they like... just because. :)
This is where (again) the Hospitality Journal comes in real handy.