Hosting with Sanity

This is an unedited i-phone camera kind of post.  Because life isn’t always photoshopped, folks.  😉 The day before Thanksgiving is always and forever TG prep day around here.  Hosting is work.  There’s no way around it.  And type A personalities like me always want to add more and do more.  My mantra is and always has been: you can never be too prepared.  Except that when you are wired like me, you can drive yourself insane trying. Instead of driving myself into the ground, I am staying sane by building time in to take care of myself.  I’m not skipping my morning run or yoga.  As I write this,…

Girls Night in 5: Rolled Pumpkin Baklava

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. While I have always loved baklava, the notion of all those paper thin layers of fillo looked intimidating.  Until I discovered a much simpler rolled baklava technique! This technique uses only uses 5 sheets per to create each rolled baklava log!  So so so much easier and just as delicious! Since its fall, I wanted to incorporate some…

Girls’ Night in 5: Figs with Honey Ricotta

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. Figs!?  Ricotta!?  Scusami!  Its September, and my Italian side is showing! Its fico season!  I can’t help it.  Juicy little figs are only around for a few weeks.  And the juiciest of the bunch are a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it kind of thing.  Be prepared to be inundated with photos of these juicy jewel toned beauties! I am eating figs in every manner…

Girls’ Night in 5: Blackberry Goat Cheese Tarts

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. For the past week or so, there is a familiar sweet smell wafting through the air each morning on my run. Blackberries. I know that we are all supposed to love strawberries and raspberries and other things that aren’t so wild and plentiful, but I am a blackberry girl through and through. Maybe its because blackberry and stone…

Summer Salads and Sides: Peach Burrata Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette

Some salads are green.  Lots of salads are pretty.  But some salads are SHOWSTOPPERS! This salad has my whole heart! Say “hello” to a lllll of the stonefuits!  Peaches, plums, and cherries.  Plus, sweet blueberries, cherry tomatoes, fresh mint and basil leaves, and chopped almonds for crunch!  Drizzled with most amazing champagne vinaigrette – made with champagne vinegar and fresh squeezed orange juice Oh, and did I mention the GIANT ball of burrata in the center?  No?  Well, there is a giant, creamy, gooey ball of fresh burrata cheeeeeeese in the middle.  In. Heaven.   This salad is gorgeous, delicious, and packed with all of the amazing fresh flavors of…
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