Canning Cherries: Ping! Ping! Ping!

Canning Cherries

It’s after 10 pm on a Sunday night, and as I’m writing this I’m hearing a “ping, ping” sound coming from the kitchen. This sound is very exciting to a canner! This sound means my jars are sealing tight. It’s music to my ears and soon I’ll be putting...

Can You Deviate from your Menu?

Can You Deviate from your Menu?

To the reluctant entertainer, the thought of deviating from the menu could be pretty scary. But one thing I’ve learned is that it’s okay! I don’t usually stray too far, but here’s an example of my dinner party last weekend. After sharing some yummy appetizers – and putting meat...

Swap a Float for a Meal

Swap a Float for a Meal

My friend Jeannie had a great idea. She asked if she and her husband could come over for a float in our pool, and in exchange, she’d bring dinner! Who’d pass that up? Little did I know what I’d be getting in to! When the two arrived, I was...

Strawberry Pie & a Visit from Apron Thrift Girl!

Strawberry Pie & a Visit from Apron Thrift Girl!

My friend Selena (check out her blog, Apron Thrift Girl) and her family visited us last week as they were passing through town. We didn’t know how it was going to work out – but all of that worrying for nothing. She ended up coming with her family, late...

Trying So Hard to be Perfect!

Trying So Hard to be Perfect!

Do you struggle with things having to be “just right” before you will have guests over? Or maybe you’ve been that way in the past, and it’s burned out your desire to practice any form of hospitality? Well I’m offering good news for the “try so hard to be...

Don’t Forget the Men! (July 4th Party)

Don’t Forget the Men! (July 4th Party)

Last night as we were taking our traditional picture of the female cooks at our 4th of July party – truth became known. Not all the women in the picture had really done the “cooking” that night – how could we forget the men? So the men who contributed...

Delegating Flowers – and Traditional Ice Cream on a 4th of July!

Delegating Flowers – and Traditional Ice Cream on a 4th of July!

Yes, we’re having our annual 4th of July party tonight – and guess who’s bringing the flowers? When I think of delegating for a party, I don’t just think of food and drinks. I think of flowers!So when my friend Jeannie asked if she could bring the flowers for...

Zip and Ease – Simple Dinner Party Recipes!

Zip and Ease – Simple Dinner Party Recipes!

You all know me by now, that part of my entertaining mission is delegation! Delegation makes a night of entertaining more affordable and takes a lot of stress off of the hostess! Delegation means different hands preparing the meal, allowing for the addition of the guest’s cooking flare to...