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The home is where we gather strength. It’s the center of life for our family, a place where we can create an atmosphere of love.

The other night, I pulled out an heirloom that my grandmother left me, 4 little green parfait dishes, and I made a yummy dessert for 4.

We’re on a “make-your-own” granola kick, lately, because it’s so much healthier knowing exactly what goes in to it. And it’s easy to make!

There’s really nothing quite like fresh homemade granola.

But back to heirlooms.

I like pointing out to my kids, “these were your great-grandmother’s dishes,” and a little insight about a wonderful woman.

Your great-grandmother was loving, compassionate, non-judgemental, played the piano beautifully. She was also nervous and shy. Her house was perfectly clean, she lived and dressed with simplicity, but she also bore a lot of pain in life. If my grandma were here today, she would have loved you dearly – no matter what.

So wanting to make a family-friendly dessert for the family, and having one son who only eats lactose-free products, I whipped up some yogurt berry parfaits, using a locally made Lemon Meyer marmalade.

Great recipe for easy, last-minute entertaining.

Pretty to serve your guests.

And what I’ve learned with parfaits is that people of all ages love them.

Everyone makes them so differently, and we’ve especially enjoy the freshness of late summertime berries.

I love easy entertaining ideas and enjoying warm autumn evenings with a hint of coolness in the air.

And that special feeling when you pull out those special heirloom dishes.


Do you like using heirloom dishes when entertaining? How does it make you feel?


Recipe: Green Valley Lactose-free Yogurt Berry Parfaits {ReluctantEntertainer.com}


  • 2 cups Green Valley Lactose Free plain yogurt
  • 4 Tablespoons marmalade (I used Harry & David’s Lemon Meyer Marmalade)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups granola
  • 1 cup fresh berries


  1. Mix yogurt, marmalade, and vanilla until smooth.
  2. Assemble parfaits in glass parfait dishes or wine goblets as follows: a generous spoonful of granola, a layer of yogurt mixture.
  3. Repeat layers and garnish with fresh berries on top.
  4. The parfaits can be eaten immediately or refrigerated for a few hours.

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 4


(You can read more about Green Valley Organics and Redwood Hill Farm, here. To create their lactose free products, they add the natural enzyme lactase, which breaks down the lactose into easily digested simple sugars, glucose, and galactose. No chemicals are used. This post is sponsored by Green Valley Lactose Free Organics; but as always, all opinions are my own.)

Day 1. Autumn.
Day 2. Health.
Day 3. Entertaining.
Day 4. Sunshine.
Day 5. Fresh.
Day 6. Heirlooms.