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

ONE-POT BEEF STROGANOFF

This is my kind of recipe .  It was simple to make, required less than one hour of prep and cooking time, and delivered great homemade flavor. I discovered this recipe on Tastemade.com, my favorite cooking site.  I follow their cooking videos on social media (Facebook and Instagram), and through an app on my phone.  Every … Continue reading ONE-POT BEEF STROGANOFF

COMMUNITY, CELEBRATING & CUPCAKES

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

BECAUSE SOMETIMES A PAPER PLATE IS MY BEST

Paper products and leftover spaghetti.  That was the best I could do for our community dinner last Thursday. My family hit a bit of a rough patch last week.  An array of illnesses (nothing serious, but seemingly unrelenting) temporarily sucked the vitality from my home.  I debated cancelling our weekly dinner.  But decided to enjoy … Continue reading BECAUSE SOMETIMES A PAPER PLATE IS MY BEST

COMMUNITIES NEED RITUALS

Earlier this week I shared a post about the community of people who were My People when I was a teenager working as ride operator at Six Flags Magic Mountain.  If you missed it, you can read that post here.  During that time I learned a lot about developing community, even though it just seemed … Continue reading COMMUNITIES NEED RITUALS