Influenced by Others and Summer Garbanzo Tomato Salad

This Summer Garbanzo Tomato Salad is delightful to enjoy or serve to guests any time of year, but especially with fresh garden tomatoes and fresh herbs.

Garbanzo Tomato Salad |
I think about the homes we are given and how they meet our needs. When we bought our current home, ten years ago, we had big dreams to entertain a lot of people and enjoy it to its fullest. I’d say we’ve accomplished that, and more. But there’s one thing that’s quite different between me and my husband. I’d entertain every night if I could, and so this has caused a bit of discord between us. Not in a bad way, because every marriage has things that have to be worked through, and we learn to come to a happy medium. My husband has been over-the-top accommodating of my desires to have party after party, and I’d say he’s learned to come on board and enjoy it with me. I’d never host like we do if Paul didn’t enjoy it as well. The one thing I’ve learned though, like last night when I texted him while up the street at Home Depot, if we could invite a couple over, is to not get upset or get my feelings hurt when he needs a break.

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Crock Pot Coca-Cola Pulled Pork Sandwiches

This Crock Pot Coca-Cola Pulled Pork Sandwiches recipe is the perfect dish to make ahead of time, before a camping trip, for a fabulous dinner! Friends! Today’s my last post with an amazing opportunity for you to win vouchers for (2) round-trip flights to anywhere in the continental U.S.,...

Celebrating the Good Life with Blackberry Almond Crumble

Blackberry Almond Crumble

A lovely summertime treat to serve your party guests: Blackberry Almond Crumble. This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds. After the dinner party was over last Sunday evening, my husband and I loaded the last dish of blackberry-stained white bowls, with crumbs and streaks of ice cream, hit “start”...

Good Conversation with Pesto Goat Cheese Stuffed Mini Peppers

Pesto Goat Cheese Stuffed Mini Peppers |

You can’t beat a summer dinner party with good conversation and these Pesto Goat Cheese Stuffed Mini Peppers for a tasty appetizer! Two of my favorite things about entertaining are seeing our guests relax and unwind around the table, and getting to know each other in a deeper way. This...

20-Minute Summer Dinner Party Cleaning with Apricot Ricotta Honey Basil Bites

Apricot Ricotta Honey Basil Bites |

These Apricot Ricotta Honey Basil Bites are a perfect summertime appetizer to serve at a dinner party. I am a compensated 3M-sponsored blogger. Opinions are my own and additional products used in the project were selected by me. #CleanFeelsGood We’re in the warm-weather groove in southern Oregon, which is the perfect weather for...