Family . . . It's what's for dinner!

Recently on my Mother-in-law's blog, she ran a post about family dinner time by Emz, my sister-in-law. In part she made this statement.
. . . Dinner matters. Family matters. Traditions Matter.
Family traditions are like spiritual and emotional cement in the foundation of a happy home. They create fond memories, and these memories bond us together as nothing else can.
Following the post, a challenge was received to share our own favorite story, recipe, or particular tradition about dinner from our own home. So here's our two-cents worth . . .

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I am a traditionalist at heart. That is easy to see if one was to simply take a gander around our house which is filled with antiques. I'm not talking expensive Antique Roadshow stuff, I'm talking familial old furniture and knick knacks, where sentimental value exponentially supersedes monetary value. As examples: Grandma's Ironrite Mangle Iron we use as an end table, my grand mother's secretary desk we use more as a lamp stand then a desk, the old family piano, my mother's china hutch, or Grandpa Orville's homemade sconce light which I recovered with a fine bit of finagling from Evie's old house.

On Sunday, we set the table with our "finest china." We follow the same tradition when we have extra family or the missionaries over for dinner. We don't have a complete set of fine china, but what we do have is a place setting or two of our wedding china, and a smörgåsbord of china plates, platters, bowls, and cups from several ancestors.

Here's an example of our family heirlooms:

Pictured clockwise from the bottom left you have our wedding china, a brown Willow from my Grandma Myrt, a depression plate (we have a few styles and colors to choose from), the Golden Wheat plate-my mother's wedding china, Royal Tettau's Garland pattern and a blue Willow plate from Grandma Myrt. You will also notice the anodized aluminum tumblers-a 1950's staple, Grandma Zelda's Franciscan Ware coral bowl and jade-green butter dish and Grandma Myrl's Edwin Knowles bowl in the Flower Waltz pattern.

Not pictured is Grandma Myrl's most precious pink Taylor Smith & Taylor, Lu Ray plate. It is the only piece we have, and Evie's favorite!

Though nothing fancy-the closet thing to expensive is the Royal Tettau plate priced at around $15-each contains memories of family. So when we sit down to dinner, we aren't just sitting down to eat, we are sitting down with their memories and binding ourselves together.

What we eat is another subject all together. But one of our favorites is this:

Using Overnight Basic Buttermilk Rolls dough--we prefer the variation style--divide dough in half and roll each section out into 2 equal 12” x 6” rectangles approximately 1/2” thick. Spread liberally with filling and stack rectangles onto of each other. Cut 1” x 6” strips from dough and place into greased muffin tins, twisting dough when placing it in cups. Bake at 375F for 12 to 15 minutes until golden brown. Cool rolls slightly before [slathering] with orange glaze.

Family Time + Orange Rolls + Family Heirlooms = 
Priceless Sunday Dinner Time

It doesn't get much better than that!

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