Sunset Supper with Ricotta with Lemon, Basil, and Honey Bruschetta

Ricotta with Lemon, Basil, and Honey Bruschetta

Enjoying an outdoor dinner party is exactly what we did last weekend when our friends came over on a hot summer’s eve. Our good friend, Judy, brought Martha Stewart’s Ricotta with Lemon, Basil, and Honey Bruschetta for an appetizer, and it was so fresh and scrumptious! The secret is...

Setting an Elegant Table with Yellow Billy Balls and Daisies

Yellow Billy Balls and Daisies

Setting an Elegant Table with Yellow Billy Balls and Daisies is the perfect summer tablescape! Last weekend we hosted an outdoor dinner party and I set a simple, elegant table with yellow billy balls and daisies! To me, yellow is the essence of summer, inspiring me when I set...

3 Kinds of Hospitality with Black and White Cherry Brownies

Black and White Cherry Brownies

If you are a brownie lover and a cherry lover, this Black and White Cherry Brownies recipe will knock your socks off. It’s gooey, rich, and chocolatey, with sweet giant cherries, all mixed together. Your guests may beat down your door the following day to get access to the...

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...