A Sweet Moment with Peach Arugula Pasta Salad

This Peach Arugula Pasta Salad is the perfect summer salad to bring to potluck, baby or bridal shower, or enjoy on a hot evening for dinner. You can also add chicken!

Peach Arugula Pasta Salad

If life were a peach, I’d eat one every day! I wouldn’t just set them on the counter, because they are pretty to look at (and they smell so sweet!), but I’d cook with them like crazy and enjoy them and share them with my friends. And share the recipes and dishes with my friends!

Our life is a gift, and our friendships are a gift. (And today’s my birthday, so I’m thankful for all of my beautiful friends in my life.)

Getting ready to eat!

For me, there’s really no greater moment in entertaining, than right before the meal. Since we serve so many buffet-style meals in our home, that’s when we gather around the food–plates in hand–and give thanks, or gather around the table with heaping plates, ready to dig in. Everyone looks at each other … is it time?

That look and feeling makes me happy.

It’s a level of anticipation … which is a very sweet moment.

Fourth of July Easy Chili Dog Recipe

Easy Chili Dog Recipe

This Easy Chili Dog Recipe is perfect for Fourth of July entertaining, or any holiday or summer party! Friends, it’s hot in Oregon! We’re up to 108 degrees today … and I’m thankful that we have a pool. I’ve been in our pool more this year than in the last...

Delicious Holiday Dessert: Fresh Raspberry Yogurt Cake

Raspberry Yogurt Cake | Reluctant Entertainer

This Fresh Raspberry Yogurt Cake is delicious as a breakfast bread, or served as a Fourth of July or holiday dessert with homemade Vanilla ice cream. I think if I could have a love affair with any fruit, it would be the raspberry. Ever since I was little, it’s...

Smooth Entertaining and Root Beer Baked Beans Recipe

Rootbeer Baked Beans | ReluctantEntertainer.com

These sweet and savory Root Beer Baked Beans recipe is perfect for a summer party or potluck dish! What gets in the way of smooth entertaining?  Two things come to mind with me and with other hostesses that I notice: Apologizing and not enjoying myself at a party. So for...

Messy House Entertaining + Prosciutto Wrapped Honeydew with Blue Cheese

Prosciutto Wrapped Honeydew with Blue Cheese

This Prosciutto Wrapped Honeydew with Blue Cheese appetizer is a fresh, easy, delightful appetizer or salad to serve at a summer dinner party. Warmer connections come when we’re willing to take a chance. A chance of opening our homes, even when we are scared to death (it’s not hip, it’s...