Noshing on Easy Chili Appetizer

Easy Chili Appetizer | ReluctantEntertainer.com

The most valuable part of a meal is gathering. It’s not always the food, like some may think, but being together, being present with one another. Time is essential. We work hard on getting dates on the calendar to meet people, invite them over, and we still leave room...

Sunset Menu & Life at Storyville Coffee #Seattle #Coffee #Wine

Sunset Menu & Life at Storyville Coffee #Seattle #Coffee #Wine

Imagine starting a new, gourmet and boutique coffee company and experience in–of all places–Seattle? That would be like trying to redefine barbeque in Texas or Tennessee. You would have to do more than get the soul of the coffee bean. You would need to understand the soul of people,...

MacKenzie-Childs $500 Shopping Spree {Flower Market}

MacKenzie-Childs Giveaway $500

Contest has now ended. Thank you! I am so excited to be offering a lucky Reluctant Entertainer reader a $500 Gift Card to go shopping with MacKenzie-Childs! If you’re a fan of their stores, like I am, you will love going shopping and browsing their website {above, my favorite...

Food is More … and Peach Kuchen Recipe

Peach Kuchen Recipe

Visit with me over at Harry & David’s blog today where I’m sharing how to can fresh peaches! And then enjoy my Peach Kuchen Recipe here today, using home canned peaches! “Food is more than the sum of its nutrients and a diet is more than the sum of its foods...

Thoughts on “Time” and Tomatillo Avocado Dip

Tomatillo Avocado Dip

Using garden tomatillos, this recipe, Tomatillo Avocado Dip, is easy and fresh for summer entertaining! Since our recent trip to Africa, the sensitive subject of “time” has been heavy on my heart. I’ve found myself stopping what I’m doing, weighing if it’s “worth my time,” sometimes quickly changing my...

Weekend Brunch: Strawberry Cobb Salad Recipe with Creamy Poppyseed Dressing

Strawberry Cobb Salad Recipe with Creamy Poppyseed Dressing

Today’s easy weekend brunch menu consists of this Creamy Poppyseed Dressing with a Strawberry Cobb Salad Recipe, crunchy bread, and a light crisp for dessert. It’s fun to have friends over for a weekend brunch, but no one wants to wake up bright and early to actually pull it off. Planning...

10 Packing Tips: My Trip to Mwanza, Tanzania for Protectors Nation

Trip to Mwanza, Tanzania for Protectors Nation

My husband and I recently returned from a 3-week trip to Africa, where we brought Paul’s Freedom from Bullying program, The Protectors, to the schools in East Africa. No such trip is without its challenges, and trust me, we had those along the way. But in returning to the...

Gobble Up Olive Kebabs for Easy Appetizer

Gobble Up Olive Kebabs for Easy Appetizer

When I’m entertaining at home, I have a variety of simple appetizers that I reach for for last minute company. Some hostesses say that you need to serve a variety of appetizers for your guests to nosh on, such as something plain, and something spicy, and even something sweet...