St. Patrick’s Day Fun

  Whether you have a bit of Irish in your blood or wish you did, St. Patrick’s Day can be a lot of fun to celebrate.  Every year the leprechauns visit our home and leave clues for our girls to go on a treasure hunt.  It’s such a fun game and I hope our girls […]

Mint Chocolate Brownies

This is an easy way to jazz up your normal brownie recipe.  It’s so easy I’m almost too embarrassed to post this tip…..ALMOST! Here’s all you’ll need:  Your favorite Brownie mix and a package of Andes Mints. Here’s what you do:  First make your brownies as you normally would. Then when you take your brownies […]


Greetings! It’s the first week of January 2015.  The ball has dropped and writers everywhere are sprucing up their articles on New Year’s Resolutions.  Blah, Blah, Blah. I’m almost 50 years old (there I said it!) and I’m so tired of making the same mistake every year.  I know you’ve done it too.  You’ve uttered […]

Italian Soda Party

Italian sodas add extra fun to your party.  Teenagers love them.  Kids love them.  Even adults love them.  With so many flavors to choose from, they will keep your guests intrigued for hours.  Our family loves to set up Italian Soda Bars.  We have entertained women’s groups, family, friends and mountains of teenagers with them. […]

Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball


Grilled Pasta Party

The thing I love best about hosting a grilled pasta party is that 100% of the preparations can be done in advance.  Any type of entertaining where I can stay out of the kitchen the day of to focus on other things like cleaning the house is a winner in my book. My husband had […]

Pasta Party!

One of my favorite ways to serve a large crowd is to create a pasta bar.  The beauty of a pasta bar is that there is a lot of variety, everyone chooses what goes on their plate and everyone is happy. So what makes a great pasta party?  I like to serve at least three sauces, three […]


“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” ― Leonardo da Vinci I love the simplicity of flowers in mason jars.  There’s something rustic yet elegant about them.  “Nothing is more simple than greatness; indeed, to be simple is to be great.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson  “I have just three things to teach:  simplicity, patience, compassion.  These three […]

Chocolate Dipping Party!

Whether you’re planning a girls’ night in, a party for teens, or an intimate family gathering, a Chocolate Dipping Party is always a big hit.   It’s so easy to throw together…with some basic ingredients and hungry participants your party is sure to be a success! So which chocolate is best to use? There are […]