"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 three … Continue reading PLATTERS & BOARDS
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!
Sarah Harmeyer - the woman who's story of loving people around her backyard table for twenty inspired mine - has launched a website for her "Love Mission". And it. is. amazing. Neighborstable.com offers motivation, stories, and an online store. You can even order a custom table for your backyard! If you have a … Continue reading NEIGHBOR’S TABLE – MY NEW FAVORITE WEBSITE
One of the biggest challenges to hosting a community meal isn't necessarily asking for help, but knowing how to best organize the group of people who are willing. So often doing things ourselves actually is easier than pausing every time someone comes through our front door to think through who is already doing which tasks, … Continue reading A CREATIVE WAY TO ORGANIZE HELP
The menu was Mediterranean. The potluck was DELICIOUS. The table was gorgeous. And it wasn't mine. The guest list was made up of 12 people who know each other at varying depths, from acquaintances to soul-bearing. We gathered around Matt & Lindsay's table because of our collective desire to share life by sharing food. And together … Continue reading BE A GUEST
It's one of the most common questions that I'm asked when I'm sharing about hospitality. "Do you invite different people into your home, or the same people?" And my reply is always, "Both." I believe there is tremendous value in opening our front door wide to invite people to our tables for one time affairs. … Continue reading BECAUSE HOSPITALITY IS BOTH
"I love hospitality but really dread actual entertaining. True entertaining highlights my weaknesses and feels very intimidating to me. I'm probably the most non-Martha Stewart person out there, and trying to make my home and table look 'entertaining ready' and perfect feels like a huge burden. Feeding my neighbors is different than entertaining. Feeding my … Continue reading MEET KRISTIN