Category: Entertaining

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Food is typically a big production for me, but sometimes it's about the little pleasures. These are my favorite daily, delightful treats. 0

My Top 7 Favorite Delightful Treats

The thing I love most about food is the pleasure aspect of it. Food can be such a delight. That’s why I love feeding my family and friends so much. While food at our house is usually a big production, sometimes it’s about the little pleasures. The daily, delightful treats. That’s what this post is about. Here’s a list of my absolute favorite delightful treats 1. Effie’s Homemade Oatcakes Shortbread is definitely one of my guilty pleasures, and Effie’s Homemade Oatcakes are like buttery, tasty, whole grain shortbread biscuits. When whole grain is involved, all traces of guilt completely dissolve....

Enjoy a Lavender Mocktail when alcohol isn't an option. A non-alcoholic beverage made with lemon juice, lavender simple syrup, cranberry juice & ginger ale. 0

Lavender Mocktail {and a Hot Mama Cocktails Intro}

I’ve been making a lot of yummy beverages with my new lavender simple syrup. Even though I’m typically going to be using it in my home bar crafted cocktails, I knew I wanted to make some sort of Lavender Mocktail with it, too. About 10 years ago before I knew that “mocktails” were an actual thing (and trending), I came up with what I called “Hot Mama Cocktails.” I had 2 friends unexpectedly become pregnant at the time. We were a group of friends who went out to bars a lot, for karaoke or a game of pool. Although we...

Hosting a party and want to serve small plates? The key is to choose a couple more involved recipes and fill in the rest with simple small plates. 0

13 Inspirations for Simple Small Plates that Hardly Require a Recipe

We’re in the thick of Super Bowl party season, and the menu planning is well underway. People love to serve small plates and appetizers at parties—especially a Super Bowl party. I do it, too. But I’ve also gotten myself into a jam a few times by picking too many small plate recipes that are incredibly involved. I’ve learned that the key to doing this kinda party right is to pick a couple of more involved recipes and then fill in the rest with really simple small plates. I’m talking ideas that are so easy they hardly require a recipe. I first introduced...

Whether it's a snack, lunch, or a light dinner, here you'll find 9 recipes for serving two that are perfectly proportioned and quick to make. 0

Quick Recipes for Serving Two Created for Grace Church

I recently created a series of recipes for serving two to be posted on my church’s blog. If you ever attend a service at Grace Church, you may hear about the Way of Discipleship. It is an intentional, time-bound relationship focused on learning and embracing 11 practices essential to following Jesus Christ. It’s one person walking with another on their journey of learning about these essential practices. Two people. Sometimes, these two people like to eat when they meet together. You’ll find plenty of examples of sharing meals and breaking bread in the Bible. Eating together is a wonderful way to...

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The Ultimate Guests’ Guide for Thanksgiving

Chances are if you’re not hosting Thanksgiving in your home, you’ll be attending a dinner at someone else’s house. It can be intimidating showing up to a Thanksgiving dinner with friends. Do I bring a dish? Do I know what my host’s hospitality agreement is and what that even means? Well, fear not, friends. Here is your ultimate guide to being the best guest at Thanksgiving dinner.   Always Ask Before Bringing a Dish or Dessert-I mentioned this in my previous post, but for hosts Thanksgiving is their Super Bowl. Chefs love to determine the menu well in advance. Some...

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13 Rules to Live By When Hosting Thanksgiving

It can be a little daunting hosting Thanksgiving at your home. Will the turkey explode into a dried mess when you cut into it? Will your drunk uncle go off on a tangent about those Starbucks cups? Will people like the new chef-y recipe you came up with for stuffing stuffed artichokes? I have now hosted Thanksgiving in my home for the last three years. Here are a few rules to live by to make sure you end the day with your sanity and everything turns out beautifully. Determine Your Menu Well in Advance First, brainstorm your menu. If you...

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Peach Clementini | A Fresh Squeezed Martini

After nine months of cooking, I gave birth to our second child in August. Right before I got pregnant, I started really getting into using gin in my craft cocktail making at home. Specifically, martinis. Needless to say, my cocktail crafting went by the wayside for a while. I spent the better part of nine months looking forward to my first dirty gin martini when I was finally off the clock. That martini was lovely. Well worth the wait. (And so is baby Veda!) Soon after, I started trying my hand out at a few other craft gin martinis at...

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7 Signs You’re in a Fantastic Place in Your Life

7 Signs You’re in a Fantastic Place in Your Life A recent Today show segment mentioned that age 34 is the happiest time in a woman’s life. It was like a lighting bolt shocked me. I’m 34 right now. How does this year of my life compare to others? As I reflected on my life (the good and the bad) I realized this is the happiest I’ve ever been. But why? What’s changed? Here are a few things I’ve noticed have brought me to this fantastic place in my life. You’ve given up on the need to please everyone all...

5 Killer Ideas for Valentine's Day Dinner at Home 0

5 Killer Ideas for Valentine’s Day Dinner at Home

Valentine’s Day is on a Saturday this year. That leaves plenty of time for prepping and cooking a killer dinner at home. Lots of people go out, but it’s the perfect time to do up an exceptional Valentine’s Day dinner at home. It’s probably better to treat yourself to a night out some time after the big Valentine’s Day rush. You’ll have a more relaxing and enjoyable evening when the restaurants are less crowded. That being said, we all want Valentine’s Day to be really special. This is when we want to dust off our most impressive cooking skills and...

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101 Small Plate Ideas to Make at Home

Small plates are my new favorite thing. If they are Spanish in nature, they’re called Tapas. Tapas were essentially my first exposure to the concept of making a bunch of small plates into a meal. And I’ve been developing a love affair with small plates ever since. Now that Rob and I have a kid (and a second one on the way!), we’ve been doing more at-home date nights. One of my favorite ways to make an at-home date night feel special is to make a bunch of small plates that we can share. At first, I started out with...