Panna Cotta

Quick, easy, delicious….the three simple words every hostess wants to hear!  Panna Cotta fits the bill if you want something that hits all three marks.  It’s a no-brainer if you know you’re going to be rushed for time but you need to impress the guests.  Let’s get started! Here’s all you’ll need: 1 envelope of […]

All American Cheesecake Pie

This easy All American Cheesecake Pie is perfect for Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day, or July 4th Celebrations…really it’s yummy for any day of the week!  Your friends and family will love it! The ingredients: 1  8oz block of cream cheese, softened 1  can of sweetened condensed milk 1/4-1/2 cup fresh lemon juice* (to taste) 1  xl […]

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 […]

Tahini Hummus

The first time I tried hummus….YUCK!  It was gritty and lumpy and not appealing in the least.  The second time I had tried hummus….it was creamy and nutty and delicious.  What a difference technique and tahini paste make!  Here’s the recipe that mostly closely resembles Tahini Hummus from my favorite local restaurant. Here’s what you’ll […]

Coconut Syrup

I tried this coconut syrup on ice cream for the first time at my friend Jodi’s house.  She created the recipe and has generously agreed to let me blog it.  It is wonderful on ice cream, pancakes, waffles or topped on brownies. Here’s what you need: 1 (13.5 oz) can coconut milk 1 TBS corn […]

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. […]

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 […]

Chalk-Painted Mason Jars

I love painted mason jars!  Not only are they beautiful, but they are also affordable. And adorable.  And super-cute.   I was looking for some affordable centerpieces for a volunteer event as well as a gift idea for the ladies to take home.  A trip to my garage provided mason jars, paint and Plaster of […]


“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 […]

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