8 ESSENTIAL STEPS TO CREATING A PLACE OF BELONGING AT YOUR TABLE

STEP 1: INVITE! Step 1 is not cleaning your house, redecorating your dining room, or taking a cooking class. It is simply inviting one, two, or ten people to your home whom you’d like to know better.  Preparing a place for loved ones at your table begins with being willing to let people see you,Continue reading “8 ESSENTIAL STEPS TO CREATING A PLACE OF BELONGING AT YOUR TABLE”

ENTERTAINING AND HOSPITALITY ARE NOT SYNONYMOUS

Today I hosted a bridal shower for one of my Monday Night Girls.  She is also a young woman who I absolutely adore. Colorful flowers in mason jars decorated my patio, beautiful china was set on the table, and champagne flutes were filled with fresh fruit and sparkling Prosecco.  It was a delightful afternoon ofContinue reading “ENTERTAINING AND HOSPITALITY ARE NOT SYNONYMOUS”

COMMON SENSE COOKING TIPS

“When you’re caught up in a new recipe, it’s easy to forget even the most obvious cooking tricks and tips. But memorize these, and you’ll always have success in the kitchen.” – Food Network Kitchen “Always” having success in the kitchen seems like a big promise, but nevertheless there is a lot of helpful adviceContinue reading “COMMON SENSE COOKING TIPS”

PLATTERS & BOARDS

“I’ve done the research & my findings are extremely consistent: if you want to make people happy immediately upon entering your (home), put together an egregiously large cheese board. There are no rules, of course, but I usually start with three cheeses, one soft. Three pickle-y/olive-y things, three kinds of cured meats, two or threeContinue reading “PLATTERS & BOARDS”

HOMEMADE FOOD IS OPTIONAL

I love to love people with food.  And when life is too hectic to cook, I love guests with pizza delivery. The heart of hospitality is not serving great food to your guests.  It is inviting people into our homes to receive the gifts of care and belonging.  Sometimes I have the energy to doContinue reading “HOMEMADE FOOD IS OPTIONAL”