Entertaining Tips

scenes from the past couple weeks + mason jar picnic

Lovely, lovely, lovely spring days. Time with family and friends, time to work, time to read and sip rosewater lemonade, time to play, time for a Friday night riverside fish fry, time for blossom-peeping walks around the neighborhood and time to relax. We’re planning a little getaway very soon and I can’t wait to hit…

classic layered salad {in a mason jar}

Here’s my first post about salad in a mason jar! I’m working on a series that will include about 40 different meals and desserts in mason jars (approximately 15 of these will be salads.) I’m so excited to get started and to share these yummy, easy recipes with you! Mason jars are wonderful for when…

four refreshing summer picnic beverages “to go”

Today is the beginning of a much anticipated four day weekend “staycation” for us! We have all sorts of fun things planned, and among them… a picnic, of course! Packing picnic fare into coolers and picnic baskets is one of my favorite things to do. It’s so fun to develop a picnic menu days before…

blueberry cheesecake jars

Hello Lovelies! Are you all excited for Christmas? Oh my. So much preparation and baking and gift wrapping around here these days it’s beginning to look like Santa’s work shop. We enjoyed an awesome weekend. Saturday was spent going “over the river and through the woods” to Grandpa Grape’s (Greg’s) house. We brought appetizers and…

cranberry orange poinsettia coffee cake

A lazy, lazy day here at our house. After the flurry of decorating and cooking yesterday, I’m taking a break. Lots of tea sipping and reading under a blanket while a fire dances in the fireplace. Tonight’s dinner… leftover turkey soup with rice, crock pot roast, a simple baby spinach salad… and if anyone wants…

frosted cranberries

We’re not venturing out as much as we were even a couple weeks ago. The temperature has dipped below zero a few times, and it would seem that hibernating season has officially begun. I love this time of year because it causes us to focus on home. Our little nest. We’ve been slowly but surely…

chicken chablis dijon

Tonight I’m making a big batch of homemade Irish Cream and we’re decorating our Christmas tree. I just love this festive time of year, being inside our cozy little cottage, snuggled around the fire, while the snow falls outside. These are bread baking, soup simmering, candle lighting, cocoa and tea sipping, quilt cuddling days. How…

savory apple stuffing chicken

This is one of those dishes I’ve never shared because it’s so easy I just assumed everyone already knew about it. It’s loosely adapted from a recipe I got off the back of a Stove Top Stuffing box. I played with the recipe, doctored it a smidge, and made it my own. If you’re in…

rose petal salad

Today Gracie and I strolled downtown to do some antiquing and we found a few awesome treasures. I promise I’ll share photos soon. We popped into the little Mexican grocery store on the corner of Plum and Main to order the ingredients for fresh tamales. (I can’t wait to share my recipe with you…) and…

ginger chicken phyllo cups

Happy TeaTime Tuesday! Here’s a recipe I promised you a loooooong time ago… from  a Mad Hatter Tea Party I hosted back in 2010 . These little teatime savories are the perfect addition to a tea tray, and a good way to use up any leftovers you may have when you make my Hawaiian Cold…