grilling · hospitality · salad · Tablescapes · Uncategorized

Do Ahead Italian-Themed Entertaining Menu

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Crispy, char-grilled pizza crust, savory sauce, melted  cheese and toppings of choice were part of our menu for Apples of Gold this week! We added an Olive Garden Salad, and we finished with Brown Sugar Glazed Pineapple slices topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It was heavenly. I love this menu because most of it can be done ahead of time, so that dinner can be ready in minutes!!

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If you’re saying, “Grilled Pizza?” you’ve missed my former posts about this grilled delight!  It sounds intimidating to grill a pizza, but it’s SO simple!! As I told the ladies at our Apples of Gold meeting, you can have this finished before Pizza Hut could deliver to your door! This recipe makes 8 individual pizzas that are hearty in size!

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Sunday Dinner · Tablescapes

Father’s Day/Sunday Dinner

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How thankful I am each year to get to celebrate Father’s Day.  I am blessed with terrific men in my life that I’m happy to celebrate each June.  My precious dad and my husband have been such godly fathers and it’s a joy to celebrate them each June!

 

This year our girls were both home to attend church with us, and then have dinner.  We don’t need a reason to have Sunday dinner – it’s a given at our house, but I did go to a little more effort to decorate the table with a theme for Father’s Day.  I found this Continue reading “Father’s Day/Sunday Dinner”

grilling · outfits · refreshment at home · Tablescapes

Fun Things Friday

Happy Good Friday! 

I thought I’d give you some updates on what I’ve been doing recently!
Let’s start with some music!

What I’m singing – Jesus Thank you.
Without Good Friday there would be no Easter!  We are saddened by Christ’s crucifixion, but yet it was His purpose in coming to earth.  He came to die.  Isn’t that sobering?  Wow.  How wonderful to have a Savior Who loved us so much that He would knowingly give His life so we could have a relationship with Him and live with Him forever in heaven.  Without it we would be lost in our sin!
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Brunch · main dish · memories · Mother's Day · Tablescapes

Friday Favorites – Vacation Pics

Isn’t it amazing how fast vacation time flies by? I had an app on my phone that told me how many more days ’til vacation.  Then, woosh!  It’s done!   It’s also easy to forget everything that happened.  It’s for that reason that I try to journal each day I’m away.  I try to log what we did and what the highlights of the day were. I write down any fun places we discovered, any new restaurants we enjoyed and also special things that we shared as a couple in our day together. Then when I get home I can read back over my writings and can relive our time away!

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Dinner · Family life · Tablescapes

Family Friday- Set the Table

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I have had some comments both here on my blog and in person about struggles with setting the dinner  table and making mealtime a family highlight of the day. I’d like to offer some suggestions that might make it easier for you to accomplish this! It’s not about making your house look like the Biltmore dining room. It’s simply about putting out what will be needed for the meal – silverware, plate, glass, and napkin so the meal can be eaten and enjoyed.

The how: 

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Dinner · home · Home making · Lightened Up Recipe · Meal planning · refreshment at home · Tablescapes

My Kitchen Table – Settings & Sustenance

We all have to eat.  But what we fix and how we serve it can make a huge  difference in how much enjoyment we give ourselves and those with whom we share the meal. I can remember growing up that my mom always made the table and the food a special part of each day.  I don’t go overboard on a regular day, but I try to make the food and the table inviting.  Today’s post is just a little glimpse into how I set the table and what meals we’ve been enjoying recently.

Al Fresco Dining – Once the weather turns warm, we eat outside as often as possible!  One morning recently I took breakfast outside to the front porch where the sun was shining and ate sitting in a rocking chair.  That’s even better than Cracker Barrel! Continue reading “My Kitchen Table – Settings & Sustenance”

Easter · Home decor · spring · Tablescapes

Five Spring Tablescapes

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Spring!  I believe it is my favorite season.  Its newness reminds me of Easter and the hope Christ’s resurrection gives to dead things – like my sinful life!  How thankful I am for life in Christ!

Then spring also makes creation come alive! We can see the beautiful life as described in this passage ~

Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice before the LORD: for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteouness, and the people with his truth. Psalm 96:12, 13

Spring is also a great time to bring life inside our homes!  It can start at the kitchen or dining room table. I love making pretty tablescapes, but I love it even more when I gather all the needed items from my house and don’t have to purchase one thing!!

I gave myself a challenge to create as many centerpieces for a spring tablescape using the colors green, blue and yellow with just things I had on hand.  I set simple dinnerware on the table to give the idea of what the table setting might look like, but I focused on creating different springtime centerpieces.  Here are the results ~

#1 – I have had this silk tulip arrangement for quite a few years.  It looks so real that most people think I had a delivery from the florist!  This dressier centerpiece is high enough that it doesn’t obstruct the view at the table.  In other words, you don’t have to pick it up to have a conversation with the person sitting across from you!!

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#2 – This is the live plant from my laundry room!  I popped it into a yellow pot and that was it!  A burlap bow or ribbon would be pretty tied around the pot. This makes a good every day kind of table.

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#3 – My sister brought me this cute little felt basket when she visited recently.  It’s filled with Easter grass, treats and some plastic eggs.  The turquoise cake stand adds a little height and makes it a little more grand than if it was sitting right on the table. This would be a nice centerpiece for Easter breakfast with the family.spring 9

 

#4 – This is a live Asparagus Fern that I keep in my kitchen.  Fresh greenery is always a plus to have on hand and put to use in centerpieces!  I like it LOTS better than the silk variety! This fern and basket give a more casual look to the table.

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#5 –  Using an odd number is always wise when you’re adding decor to your home.  Here are three blue Mason jars lined in the center of the table with silk yellow flowers  spilling over to the other jars.

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Well, that was fun!  Do you have a favorite?  Which do you vote for?

I hope this inspires you to make your kitchen table pretty for spring!

Happy Spring!

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