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
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 of … Continue reading ENTERTAINING AND HOSPITALITY ARE NOT SYNONYMOUS
It’s been a long time since I posted anything on my website. The reason for my online absence is that after 20 years of being a stay at home mom, I began working as a hospice bereavement counselor in the fall of 2017. Do you know that the term “hospice” comes from the same … Continue reading HI THERE!
Last night I gathered around my table with the community of young women who have become my family. It is hard to believe how much has happened since we last met. It seemed appropriate to take a break from our current book discussion and spend the evening sharing about how we are feeling about the … Continue reading HURTING & HEALING IN COMMUNITY
Oh my. It's hard to believe that combining a few simple ingredients can elevate fresh-from-the-oven bread to an entirely new status. Warm, homemade bread is nearly perfect by itself, but the addition of sweet butter and strawberry preserves created something almost magical. So delicious that I had a hard time talking with the friends gathered … Continue reading FEASTING WITH COMMUNITY AROUND OUR TABLES
Thank you Kristen Raney for bringing these amazing cookies to bible study on Monday night! They were slightly crispy on the edges, moist and chewy on the inside, and satisfied our sweet and salty treat cravings. What seems impossible to believe is that these delicious homemade cookies only require 4 ingredients, and a fraction … Continue reading FOUR INGREDIENT PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES
I'm not much of a baker. I LOVE to create homemade meals from scratch, but my homemade baking repertoire is fairly limited. Baking requires a lot more precision and patience, and I seem to be somewhat lacking in both of those qualities. I can probably count on one hand the amount of times that I … Continue reading COMMUNITY, CELEBRATING & CUPCAKES