Entertaining Tips

My favorite Tea Infuser

Before I start talking about my favorite way to make a single serving of tea, without using a tea ball or tea ball infuser, I have to say that the very best way to make tea is in a glass, china or porcelain tea pot. This method has not been improved upon in the last…

lollipop tea and coffee stirrers

One of my favorite ways to sweeten cups of tea and coffee is to serve them with lollipops as “stirrers.” See’s Candy makes awesome “gourmet” lollipops that are perfect for this purpose, but any unfilled lollipop will work. I like to pair the flavors of lollipop to the tea I’m serving… orange and lemon are…

house warming ~ little luxuries for autumn

~Make cider floats! Pour real apple orchard cider over cinnamon ice cream ~Harvest grapevines and make homemade wreaths for Christmas gifts…here’s a new twist on this idea. homemade grapevine wreath ~Go to a grape stomp or participate in a grape harvest at a local vineyard. ~Host a harvest party: plan a hayride, have a campfire,…

Bubbles

We bought a bubble maker and put it out on the deck… It has transformed our back yard into something magical. My friend Jana visited me last weekend. After she saw bubbles in our back yard she told me that whenever she visits my house she experiences magic 😉 Watching bubbles has become a relaxing…

Entertaining Tips

“The preparation of good food is merely another expression of art, one of the joys of civilized living” ~Dione Lucas I love this time of year for entertaining friends and family. I have a list of a few of my favorite entertaining tips that I thought I’d pass your way. I’m always looking for new,…

Creating Ambience While You Cook

photograph by Melissa Placzek Cooking the evening meal is one of my favorite things to do. I light candles, play a soothing CD, and sip a glass of wine as I cook. I like to have a fragrant bouquet of flowers of a bowl of tangy lemons on the counter to delight my senses when…