Delicious Holiday Dessert: Fresh Raspberry Yogurt Cake

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.

Raspberry Yogurt Cake | Reluctant Entertainer

I think if I could have a love affair with any fruit, it would be the raspberry. Ever since I was little, it’s always been my favorite berry, partly because I had to pick so many gallons of blackberries in the summertime growing up, I ate far too many and it ruined my love for the big blackberries. But my real love affair in life is with my husband, Paul. Going on 25 years now (yay – this is no small deal, folks!) we take marriage as seriously today as we did the day of our wedding.

I’ve had friends who tell me they never eat out or rarely go on dates with their spouses. I worry about that — I mean, dates don’t always have to cost money. And there are always ways to get around a huge expense, like sharing a meal, or just doing things together in the great outdoors.

Pinehurst Inn at Jenny Creek, Oregon

Pinehurst Inn.

This past week, Paul and I ventured up Highway 66, past the Green Springs, and Box R Ranch, to Pinehurst Inn.

Smooth Entertaining and Root Beer Baked Beans Recipe

Rootbeer Baked Beans |

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...

Mini Sliders with Caramelized Shallots + Win airfare for 2 {$1700 value} #ShareaCokeContest

Mini Sliders with Caramelized Shallots

These Mini Sliders with Caramelized Shallots are a tasty treat for any party, plus I’m sharing 7 tips to planning a Fourth of July Party! Friends! Today I’m sharing again another amazing opportunity for you to win vouchers for two round-trip flights to anywhere in the continental U.S., Caribbean,...

A Casual Dinner with Orange Cranberry Summer Slaw Salad

Orange Cranberry Summer Slaw Salad

This Orange Cranberry Summer Slaw Salad is a refreshing potluck, picnic, or summer holiday salad to bring to a party! The other night, our dear friends came down from Portland for a wedding, so we got a date on the calendar to have them over for dinner. We had a...