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),...

Double Crust Marionberry Crisp and “Great Minds Discuss Ideas”

Double Crust Marionberry Crisp

Hosting a dinner party takes a certain finesse, but it never has to be perfect. Thank God for that! But, this dessert I’m sharing today, Double Crust Marionberry Crisp, is pretty darn near perfect … I’m just saying … Dinner parties are like art. My style of entertaining begins with...

Sunset Style Salted Caramel Yogurt Dip with Mixed Berries

Salted Caramel Yogurt Dip with Mixed Berries

Today I’m participating in the Triscuit Summer Snackoff, presented by Martha Stewart, and sharing my delicious recipe, Salted Caramel Yogurt Dip with Mixed Berries. Summer is here, which means it’s time to be outdoors, to lounge around the pool, or to host a casual patio or backyard get-together. You...

#MilkshakeWeek Peanut Butter Cup Banana Milkshake Recipe

Summertime Peanut Butter Cup Banana Milkshake Recipe

Don’t feel guilty if you love milkshakes like I do. Or, if you love peanut butter cups. And bananas. A couple nights ago, I made a delicious Peanut Butter Cup Banana Milkshake with these ingredients. This week, our A/C went out on us on one of the hottest days in southern...

The Best Nacho Recipe and World Cup

The Best Nacho Recipe

Today I’m sharing The Best Nacho Recipe, according to our kids and their friends. :) Because we are a soccer family, we invited our family’s friends over to watch the USA play Belgium last week. Sadly, the USA lost, but we were so impressed with their play! Nacho kick....