We were invited to a potluck dinner party in a lovely home overlooking the sea. All of the participants were asked to bring something to grace the dinner table. I wondered for days what to bring. I thought about going to the chic market down the road with an assortment of ready-made items of elegance that looked perfect for a Pot Luck Dinner Party at the home with the sea view. The days rolled along, and I did nothing to decide.  The day of the party, I knew there was the market food option, but I also knew I had all of the ingredients to make one of my Humdinger Casseroles, so I did.

WE arrived at the lovely home, casserole in hand. We were ushered into the home and told to put the offering on the table. So we did. We joined the festivities and enjoyed the conversations. As you may remember, I am training myself to look behind me as well as in front to gain access to more information about the surroundings, therefore, hopefully gain twice the knowledge.

There was a mirror behind me and I turned to face it fully. I gasped at the table image presented and all of the most elegant offerings. I gasped again when I spotted my dingy looking, well-baked casserole among the stately offerings on the potluck table. My face turned red and I wanted to hide. Oh frickin’ “mirror, mirror on the wall”, how do I get out of this one? I would not be able to eat anything. My life was over for the moment.

The eating began with standing in line for the offerings.  Time went by; I mustered all of my nerve and went up to the table late in the eating game. Nothing looked so elegant anymore after the birds had picked through it. My Humdinger Casserole was gone. No the dish was not gone, all of the food in it was gone and everyone was raving about the Humdinger, wanting the recipe, wanting to know how long to cook it to get the well-baked look. Oh happy me.  So you see, sometimes in your difference you do shine.

The blessing here is, do not fear your difference and your independence; embrace it for it may be the next Humdinger Casserole!


8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sheila Clapkin
    Dec 04, 2013 @ 08:43:55

    So cute and I know how you felt. I once made a cake with a pudding filling. I took it to a party and some how it did not get refrigerated. The layers began to slip when I saw it presented on the table. Everyone felt so sorry for me that they ate it all up before I could even taste it…..

    So I too need the humdinger recipe.


  2. Sheila Clapkin
    Dec 04, 2013 @ 08:44:48

    Thank you for allowing me to post your comment. I love it and the Humdinger recipe is on its way.


  3. Sheila Clapkin
    Dec 04, 2013 @ 08:46:37

    Liked the humdinger story. It looks terrific in the photo. Nice to see you are working on your “radar” ears. Mine can swivel. J.


  4. Sheila Clapkin
    Dec 04, 2013 @ 08:47:44


    I am intrigued with swiveling ears. I have been practicing all day, hard, contorts your face…gotta work on a smooth transition,


  5. Sheila Clapkin
    Dec 05, 2013 @ 08:11:46

    Leaving this comment for “J’ far, far away.
    Am dying to know what the ingredients of the casserole were. Do tell. It looks lovely. People are so fed up with all the pretty chic and perfectly bland readymade shit; When I eat, I want real food. I see you feel the same way. Bravo.


  6. Sheila Clapkin
    Dec 05, 2013 @ 08:13:37

    Oh how fun for you to ask. They sell ready made crepes, stop laughing in the super markets! I bought ten of them and put in a mixture of drained chopped spinach, egg, feta cheese and whipping cream, & seasonings in between layers, then topped it with more cheese. Just delicious. Important to put the whipping or cream on each layer because store bought crepes, still laughing are you, need moisture to soften magically.


  7. Sheryl
    Dec 05, 2013 @ 19:51:42

    The casserole looks great. I also tend to take “classics” that I know won’t fail when I go to pot luck dinners.


  8. sheila Clapkin
    Dec 07, 2013 @ 10:07:51

    Sheryl, Honestly, I think I will go to Whole Foods and get one of those fancy lettuce lined goodies next time, if I can actually get myself to do it. Made another casserole for a little family dinner, much different from the first. Finally, ooos and ahhhas. Many variations on the same theme is good for our creative side. Today I am off to make Gingerbread Houses with granddaughters. This is a first for me. Love firsts!


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