3 Kinds of Hospitality with Black and White Cherry Brownies

If you are a brownie lover and a cherry lover, this Black and White Cherry Brownies recipe will knock your socks off. It’s gooey, rich, and chocolatey, with sweet giant cherries, all mixed together.

Black and White Cherry Brownies

Your guests may beat down your door the following day to get access to the leftovers (if you have any!) of this amazing recipe I’m sharing today!

This happens to be one of the busiest weeks we’ve had in a while, when it comes to inviting people over for meals. Between hosting an overnight guest, friends stopping by, soccer kids over to watch the World Cup, our kids’ friends stopping by for a meal, it’s as though we’re living out and truly practicing hospitality with intensity—not just showing hospitality, but seeking it out, making it happen, pursuing it … feasting on life.

Black and White Cherry Brownies

Feasting on life.

I say “feasting on life” because to me, the whole process of preparing for guests–planning the meals, cleaning the house, thinking about how we can make things special–has gotten me thinking about the nature of hospitality. I think that how we pursue hospitality depends a lot on our perception of it: Whether we consider hosting to be a hardship (a pain, too much effort and work), or a joy.

An Element of Surprise with Maria’s Watermelon Gazpacho

Maria’s Watermelon Gazpacho

Today Maria’s Watermelon Gazpacho, a cold soup recipe, is packed with not only fresh vegetables, but fresh fruit and watermelon, and perfect for summer entertaining! I’m happy to share a delicous summertime treat that makes entertaining so easy, especially if you want a quick, healthy appetizer, or you have...

Backyard Novelty Lighting for Outdoor Entertaining

Backyard Novelty Lighting for Outdoor Entertaining

Today I’m sharing the details of our Backyard Novelty Lighting for Outdoor Entertaining. Enchanted evenings depend upon the magic of lighting – which is why we’ve lined our fence line with small novelty lighting. There’s just something intimate about a dinner party under the stars … and lights. And the...

Planning a Brunch with Canadian Bacon and Pineapple Kabobs

Canadian Bacon and Pineapple Kabobs

This Canadian Bacon and Pineapple Kabobs recipe is perfect to serve any season–for breakfast or brunch–a real crowd pleaser! This recipe was inspired by my friend, Amy, at She Wears Many Hats. Our friends hosted a graduation brunch with us to celebrate our childrens’ college graduations a few weekends...

Black Butte Ranch and White and Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Cake

White and Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Cake

This White and Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Cake recipe is good enough for breakfast, lunch or dinner! Awhile back, a few lady friends and I went to Black Butte Ranch, outside of Sisters, Oregon, for a birthday celebration. So many of my friends are turning 50 this year (and last),...