Sunday Dinner by Bonnie T.  Barry

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Remember when Sunday dinner meant something more than the drive up window at McDonald’s? After church, families would gather at grandmother’s for dinner (which today we call lunch). Fried chicken, buttery mashed potatoes, string beans fresh from the garden with big chunks of hickory smoked bacon, creamy cole slaw, and of course a big slab of pecan pie and a tall glass of homemade lemonade would round things off.

Some might not relate to such meals, but that’s the way it was done in the South (and still is).

I thought about that when I visited Laura, a Creole Plantation, in Vacherie, Louisiana, on the famed Mississippi River Road. For over 80 years, this sugar cane plantation was run by women, an oddity in pre-Civil War days. I can imagine the hustle and bustle in this dining room as the family gathered for Sunday dinner. I can almost hear the chatter and clink of silverware on china. McDonald’s can’t hold a candle to it in my opinion.

I took this photo with a Nikon D700 camera and a Nikkor 24-70mm lens. I used existing light. If you look through the door on the left side of the picture, you can see kettles and jugs in the pantry just off the dining room.


  • Yool
    Yoolover 4 years ago

    This is just beautiful Bonnie …..and love how you write about it :))

  • Thank you, Mariola! I appreciate your kindness.

    – Bonnie T. Barry

  • jesika
    jesikaover 4 years ago

    Why don’t you join us for the Girls’ Night In Posh Frock Dinner Party, September 17? DiAnne is flying in from Georgia 5 weeks from today, but I’m NOT counting LOL. How on earth am I going to fit everybody in my tiny space? Who cares, we’ll eat, drink, laugh and have a wonderful time. And then DiAnne & I will be officially VERY Old Ladies.
    That’s a most beautiful dining room, Bonnie, maybe you should send it over for me.

  • I wish I could come, dining room in my suitcase, but I’m afraid the cost of extra baggage would bankrupt me! I wish you could film the Girls’ Night in Posh Frock Dinner Party; I know it will be a smashing success as will be Dianne’s visit! Thank you for the invitation and thank you for the kind comments about the plantation photo.

    – Bonnie T. Barry

  • Sandy Stewart
    Sandy Stewartover 4 years ago

    Very nice perspective of distance to this very inviting dining room! Love the feel of this and can imagine enjoying a Sunday dinner in this most inviting room! : )

  • Thank you, Sandy; what a nice, well thought out comment. I really appreciate that. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if some day there could be Sunday dinner for all our Red Bubble friends? We could share a meal and get to meet each other in person! We can dream, can’t we?

    – Bonnie T. Barry

  • Sandy Stewart
    Sandy Stewartover 4 years ago

    That would be cool for sure! I would have to bring my camera to that dinner! lol : )

  • I imagine there would be lots of cameras! Would look like the Academy Awards with all that equipment flashing and clicking and focusing!

    – Bonnie T. Barry

  • UnEasy
    UnEasyover 4 years ago

    Wonderful image and story. For us it was dinner with the family. Always roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, beans almondine and home made biscuits.

  • Thanks so much for sharing your observations and memories; I appreciate that!

    – Bonnie T. Barry

  • Olga
    Olgaover 4 years ago

    Ohhh…. it looks so stylish and perfect. Just have to image the good ol’ folks into it.

  • Thank you, Olga; you’re right! The people sitting at the table would be the crowning touch!

    – Bonnie T. Barry

  • TxGimGim
    TxGimGimover 4 years ago

    A beautiful room, well done.

  • Thank you very much!

    – Bonnie T. Barry

  • Ree  Reid
    Ree Reidover 4 years ago

    What a lovely setting for the family Sunday dinner, I can just taste the bisquits with jelly as well as the main course. This has certainly brought back memories. Nice work Bonnie!

  • Thank you, Ree; now you’ll have to get out the old family recipes and whip up a batch of those biscuits!

    – Bonnie T. Barry

  • Sandy Woolard
    Sandy Woolardover 4 years ago

    Lovely…well done!!!

  • Thank you, Sandy; I appreciate it.

    – Bonnie T. Barry

  • Nancy Stafford
    Nancy Staffordover 4 years ago

  • Thank you, Nancy; that is good news!

    – Bonnie T. Barry

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