What to make for Easter – BRUNCH Edition: Asparagus and English Pea Tart

Easter is almost here!!  If you celebrate Easter, does your family celebrate over brunch or dinner? My family has always fallen in the brunch camp.  Until I met the husband, I didn’t personally know anyone whose family celebrated over Easter dinner.  But, I guess when the kids are grown there aren’t any eggs to hide, and time of day doesn’t matter much. As with any holiday, every family has their must haves “staple.”  Staples are the things traditions are made of….But I also love introducing new things to the mix, especially when your family is large (that would be me!) or you aren’t a big fan of all of the…

Baked Chipotle Chicken Chimichanga Burritos

I have a fantasy to confess.  Since it almost never happens, I am still labeling it a “fantasy” even though its not a terribly lofty aspiration.  On the rare occasion when the husband makes it home before I do, I want to be able to call and say, “stick it in the oven for 40 minutes at 375.  I’ll be home in a bit.”  And when I get home, dinner is READY.  As in, ready when I walk through the door.  For those of you who do 95%+ of the cooking for your family, maybe you can relate?   Or maybe you see just how unexciting my life truly is…

How to win cool points by putting a “twist” in the classic pizza party

Hosting a pizza party already earns you a hefty amount of “cool points”  – especially if there is a movie, popcorn, and possibly some sort of whip-cream-clad ice-cream sunday for dessert.  Ok, maybe I just named my favorite birthday party from childhood, and quite possibly my idea of the perfect friday night-in to this day… But lets pretend we are just focusing on the kids here. So pizza… Obviously there are roughly a million topping options.  Sauce. No sauce. Sausage. Pepperoni. Hawaiian. Not to mention the dozens of different cheese options…  You get the point.  Regardless of your pizza selecting skills, someone in attendance’s favorite combo will undoubtedly be missed.…

Girls’ Night in 5 – Roasted Pear Crumble

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. I’m jumping right in with a second post to the Girls’ Night in 5 series because the next week I’m launching into a What to make for Easter series… And as much as I love Girls’ Night, it just doesn’t jive with the overall theme of Easter brunch, carrot cake, asparagus, and english peas.  But, it will resume…

Girls’ Night in 5 – Earl Grey soaked Figs with Honey Mascarpone

This is the first post of 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. You may have seen in my post a couple days ago, that I’m attempting to pivot almostproperly.com back in the direction it was originally intended to take!    That means easy hosting friendly recipes, how-tos, and all things modern and laid-back entertaining!  (You can read more about my original vision for this page here.) So this post…
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