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They’re like a bountiful bouquet of Autumn flowers, or a basket full of colorful leaves, or an end-of-summer bucket filled with fresh, warm-picked peaches.

The more you have, usually the more color and beauty, flavor and warmth, touches your life.

This past weekend we entertained 4 other couples. I thought I was prepared in the kitchen, but then I ran out of time.

I’ll never look like the perfect hostess because I’m not the perfect hostess. There’s always something undone … always.

So I grabbed a few of my guests when they got here, and gave them each a job.

The corn.

The squash.

The salad.

Filling the water glasses. Putting the butter and salt and pepper shakers on the table. Making sure there were 10 chairs. Candles were lit … (Ha! I just noticed the soccer ball in the picture = real life.) :)

Working side by side.

Feeling the love when hearing what can I do to help?

It made me realize how special it is to just be together, to prepare food together, that we really need each other. :)

And then, time for dessert, and a little cup of espresso.

Fresh-picked peaches, still in the orchard box. Sliced to perfection.


Recipe: Fresh Peaches with Crème Fraîche {}


  • 1 large or 2 small ripe peaches, peeled and sliced
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar (light or dark)
  • 2 Tbsp. Grand Marnier
  • 1 tablespoon crème fraîche


  1. Lay the peach slices on a small plate.
  2. Sprinkle with brown sugar.
  3. Pour the Grand Marnier on top.
  4. Drizzle with crème fraîche.

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 1


Late night Autumn dinners.

We sat around the table until almost midnight. We had very gracious neighbors that night, I must say.

Sharing the common life with those in our lives.

Rich conversation.

Caring and asking.

Food and love that binds us.


Do you feel like you can give your guests a job to help you in the kitchen when you’re running behind?

If you’ve missed prior days of this series …
Day 1. Autumn. Gracious Living.
Day 2. Health. Well-Balanced Lifestyle.
Day 3. Entertaining. The Gift of Food.
Day 4. Sunshine. Lemon Bread.
Day 5. Fresh. Mini Bedroom Redux.
Day 6. Heirlooms. Yogurt Berry Parfaits.
Day 7. Harvest. Make Your Own Lasagna.
Day 8. Ambience. Atmosphere of Love.
Day 9. Simplicity. Small Gifts.
Day 10. Neighbors. Acorn Squash Basil Soup.
Day 11. Friends. Fresh Peaches with Crème Fraîche.