Love People Well: Best Banana Nut Muffins

I do promise that the Love People Well series won’t just be a million different types of muffins.  As soon as a few more things start to ripen in the garden, I have some spicy and crunchy ideas of the vegetable variety.  But in the mean time… if I’m being truthful, muffins have been the name of the game around here.  Knee surgery? Muffins.  Family members taking solo road trips? Muffins.  Brother moving to New Mexico for the summer?  Muffins. Anyone want to guess which muffins this summer have been the summer’s most requested?  Yup, these.  They truly are the best and most moist banana nut muffins ever – almost…

Summer Salads and Sides: German Potato Salad

So, when I started this Summer Salads and Sides series… I wanted to give alternatives to the typical beige and mayonnaise laden salads and side dishes we see so frequently at BBQs.  In truth, I wanted to steer clear of the potato/macaroni salad realm entirely.  And then I remembered this zingy little number: packed with fresh dill, bold flavors, and a mayonnaise-free red onion and apple cider vinegar vinaigrette… This is no typical potato salad.  No sir.  This zestier spin on German potato salad is summery, fresh, and ADDICTING (thank you apple cider vinegar!). You guys, this is ridiculously good.  We are trading in heavy and starchy for light and…

Girls’ Night in 5: Grilled Peaches with Balsamic and Blue Cheese

Girls’ Night in 5 is a monthly “how-to” series containing Girls’ Night friendly recipes with 5 or fewer ingredients and no more than 5 minutes of active prep!  This series is part of my mission to simplify entertaining to encourage readers to invest in their community through hosting and loving people well. Summer fruit, summer bubbles, and a grill.  A grill?  That doesn’t sound like a girls’ night in to me.  But, stay with me ladies….  We are talking grilled peaches! *Cue the nodding of heads from everyone familiar with the wondrous flavor and luxurious texture of a grilled peach.*  You absolutely do not have to be grilling genius to…

Summer Salads and Sides: Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

I wish I had the olive toned complexion of a Greek or the shiny dark hair of the Lebanese. But mostly, I just wish I could eat and cook Mediterranean food every day of my life.  (Maybe with a sprinkling of sushi and Thai food every once in a while, just to mix it up.)  But in general, Mediterranean food is my absolute favorite!  The flavors and colors make my stomach growl and my eyes grow wide. Ya’ll, I eat far less meat these days than I have in the past, and there are some sad-sad vegetarian options and alternatives out there.  In my opinion, Mediterranean cuisine has the best…

Love People Well: Poppyseed Cream Cheese Muffins

The other day, I listened to an interview on a podcast.  The woman interviewed has made a point of hosting 500 people for dinner in her home every year for the past 5 years.  Meaning that she has hosted roughly 2500 people over 5 years.  Why?  To make them feel loved and give them a sense of community.  According to her, she isn’t a chef or even that great of a cook.  For her, its about the gathering of people, the building of community, and the sense of belonging it gives people to simply be invited. To say I felt convicted is an understatement.  She is showing everyone what a truly…
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