Inspiration & Tips For Grilling & Entertaining

Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop to look around once in a while you could miss it. ~ From the movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off Grilling while entertaining is one of the easiest ways as a host to enjoy preparing a feast. With some preparation you will be able to multitask both cooking and conversation while entertaining. Preparing unexpected foods on the grill is a great way to surprise your guests and create conversation and food that they will not forget. Here are some of the tips, tricks and inspiration we use here at … [Read more...]

Happy 4th Of July ~ Summer Recipe Ideas For Picnics

Photo credit to our friend, talented jewelry designer, Lisa Lehmann. We hope you all have a happy 4th of July and that you table is full of feasting and friends! We know we will be spending our time with friends and family.  Kristin's family is surviving power outages due to east coast storms that toppled trees and power lines in her neighborhood.  I see from our LoveFeast Twitter feed that Kristin's family is invited over to some friends with working A/C for dinner!  They have a great community for coming together!  Our … [Read more...]

Valentine Treats To Savor With Tea

Taking time to savor the moment with a pot or cup of tea has always been something I have enjoyed in my day. Over the years, I have enjoyed the preparation of putting out a proper cup of tea for friends, with fancy favorite dishes and small bites. Sometimes I just pop a mug, quick in the microwave to make a single cup to enjoy by myself. My family has learned I rarely make something warm to drink without a nibble on the side. They have also learned to enjoy the nurturing moments of a warm cup and a moment to chat. The … [Read more...]

Fancy Friday Halloween Party

Be on the look out for "Fierce Bunnies".  You never know where they might be lurking.  Every year we host a pre-trick-or-treating Halloween party.  There will be some critters and fierce bunnies lurking around our Teen Halloween Party - again this year again. My plan for this party every year, is to make it easy, relaxed, and flexible enough to add more guests as extra people stop in.  I have to have free enough time to be able to add the last bit of costume tweaking.  I do the same meal every year.  Walkin' Tacos - or in … [Read more...]

How To Remove Water Stains from Your Table

We had a gathering of friends for dinner.  Devon made delicious tomato soup.  But, when everyone left, there were about 6 of these water stains left behind. One of my friends recommended baking soda and vinegar, but that didn't work.  So, I googled and saw that some people recommended removing the stains with a hot iron.  I was a little freaked, but I couldn't leave these on my table. It took a few tries to get the "iron out the water stain" method to work, but here's what worked for me. *Take a thin (I used an old … [Read more...]

Velvet Pumpkin Center Piece

Chris Ann had seen these beauties in real life. She's the one who discovered them and she even brought a few home.   I had pumpkin envy.  But, to be honest, it didn't last for long!  I ordered my own set.  I went a little "non-traditional" to match my newly (in process of) remodeled dining room. As some of you know, we have been in the midst of a major renovation after our flood.  Because my life has been in renovation mode, my design bug has been in hibernation mode.  I didn't plant a single mum...or even make my front … [Read more...]

Cinnamon Bread Challenge!

A couple of months ago, as I was visiting Honey and Jam's blog, my eyes fell on a Cinnamon Swirl Bread recipe and it caused me to dream and plan ('cause sometimes it take a bit of planning to make bread with my crazy schedule).  Yes, it took me a couple of months to slide it in, but boy am I (and my family!!) glad I did!  If you've never attempted to make a loaf of homemade cinnamon bread, I encourage you to try!  Making bread sounds daunting to many, but once you get the hang of it, it really is easy and … [Read more...]