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…

Girls’ Night in 5: Citrus Cured Salmon with Creme Fraiche

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. It seems that summer has burst onto the scene without any gradual warm-up or how-do-you-do.  I will never complain about a sunny day!  Just so long as things stay below 85 degrees.  Please and thank you. I melt into a puddle beyond 85.  That is my cut-off.  But, lets keep these low-mid 70 degree days coming!! When the…

Tipsy Palmers

I call my family “the Arnold Palmer’s.”  Not because they are all great golfers. (They aren’t.) But they all love iced tea and lemonade combo known as an Arnold Palmer.  A couple summers ago, I made the mistake of buying the organic jugs of this stuff for BBQs and other functions.  So when the weather starts to even hint at summer, “the Arnold Palmers” start requesting their namesake again. This has become a bit of a problem. First, apparently the fam’s spidey sense get tipped off when Arnold Palmer is in the house.  Undoubtedly resulting in the finding, opening, and consuming of the jugs loooong before the function they were…

What to make for Mother’s Day: Mediterranean Feast! – Sauces, Toppings, and Serving!

This post is part of the “What to make for Mother’s Day” series.  This post is part 2 of a 2 part Mediterranean feast tutorial.  You can find part 1: Moroccan Chicken and Roasted Onions here.  Now that we have our Moroccan chicken and roasted onions in the works… we can get on to the fun part!!  Because who doesn’t love a good interactive meal with lots of fixings and sauces to try?!  And, in case it wasn’t clear, I’m banking on no one. So, I strongly suggest making all 3 of the sauces!  The ingredients in each sauce overlap so its not like you need any wonky ingredients for…
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