We try to have the missionaries over for dinner once a month for a variety of reasons:
It brings the spirit into our home
Let's us get to know themThey feel more comfortable asking us to do things
We feel more comfortable working with them
Hulk gets to interact with them
Our local Elders are awesome (we don't have sisters but I hear a set of Chinese speaking sisters will be assigned to the area in February). They are patient, helpful, and really sweet to Hulk - he loves playing with them.
We always let them pick the dinner time (they're schedule is more important than mine, they have the gospel to spread). My biggest problem with having missionaries over for dinner is deciding what to cook. Really. Lame, I know. So in preparation for this month I called my recently returned sister for her missionary dinner insights. She gave no opinion (but after some prodding suggested veggie burgers). *Please note that I always ask the Elders what they would like to have, or what they've had too much of recently, and they never give an opinion either. Double lame.
So I went to my favorite place in the world: google (physical locations excluded)
I found some pretty hilarious websites including this one, a wikihow on making dinner for Mormon Missionaries. I've always had great respect for wikihow (saved my butt a few times) but to have a page on dinners for Mormon Missionaries is awesome.
Here's an abbreviated version of the steps:
1. Set up an appointment
2. Start planning your menu
3. Buy all ingredients in advance
4. Turn off the TV and radio
5. Great the missionaries
6. If dinner is not quiet ready, direct the missionaries toward your sitting room
7. Start dinner with a prayer
8. Keep the mood light
9. Have dessert
I have a few disclaimers: I usually forget to buy ingredients but I've become a pro at substitution. Example: I've been out of baking soda for several days, didn't stop me from making some awesome goodies. Here are some of my favorite substitutions:
Baking soda --> 2x required amount as baking powder and omit any salt
Butter/oil --> apple sauce, banana, pumpkin, or yogurt
Eggs--> apple sauce, banana, pumpkin, or corn starch (if egg is the binding ingredient)
Also, this website is amazing
One day I plan on making pumpkin muffins by substituting every other ingredient for pumpkin.
I also don't cook with wine. Yes, I've heard it cooks out but I'm super righteous. If you want to be as righteous as me I recommend this website.
|Smiling and waving despite the blood |
ps. That's a spoon in his left hand
I'm convinced that this was a more traumatic experience for me than it was for him.
Last disclaimer: I never serve dessert to the missionaries. Ever. I figure everyone else is feeding them dessert and car missionaries don't need dessert every night. Sometimes I'll have cookies in the kitchen because I randomly felt like making cookies one week but I don't bring them out. This last time I had apple cake in the fridge. I'm so lame, I know, and I don't even feel bad about it.