A Royal Afternoon Tea Party

With over a billion people worldwide tuning into a royal romance and wedding this past Saturday, I could not pass up the opportunity to enjoy the moment as well.  When love is in the air, I do become quite the romantic at heart. I put together this afternoon tea over a period of a few…

Derby Day fondue

Derby Day is Saturday and menu planning should be front and center.  Everyone loves a fondue.  Here is an easy recipe for a great tasting cheesy fondue which is neither grainy nor thick.  The beer gives this dish a great taste and with all of the beer products on the market, the choices are endless. …

Slow cooker party mix

With both the Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo happening in the next week or so, here is a great recipe to have ready to serve to party guests.  We love this mix and it is super easy to put together and adjustable to personal tastes.   I have adapted a recipe over the years and…

Easy Entertaining with Hormel foods

Hormel foods provided me with a sampling of the popular Hormel Gatherings trays in exchange for a review of their product this past month. So, this past weekend was filled with many college and pro football games as well as family visits for Thanksgiving, so it was a perfect time to share with everyone and…

Summer spinach stuffed mushroom appetizer

Over the years I have shared several stuffed mushroom appetizer recipes, but this one is very different.  It uses spinach as the main ingredient for the mushroom appetizer.  The taste profile of this appetizer is delicious, and one that guests will truly enjoy.  Even though summer appetizers most often are served cold, this one could…

Cheese Board

For a busy holiday party, I find it easier to serve an appetizer or cheese board while everyone is waiting for the dinner hour.  When guests arrive, it is very easy to have many types of cheese, nuts, dried fruit, condiments, crusty and multi-seeded bread ready to go. Guests can serve themselves while they enjoy…

Air popped popcorn

Popcorn is my favorite snack food.  Over the years, I have had many types of poppers.  This one is new to my home, and it has been an easy transition into use.  Cuisinart offers this new popper which allows for no use of oil. The air popped popcorn is super fluffy and light.  There is…

Stuffed Portobellos

One of my favorite hot appetizer “go-to’s” is always stuffed mushrooms.  I have posted a few ideas on this blog in years past of those recipes.  This recipe, however, is a dinner entrée recipe that is wonderful for a Meatless Monday menu plan. Made with larger mushrooms, this recipe is terrific served with a side…

Book review: Celebrate Everything!

As a brand new grandmother, I am so excited to be able to share some special events with our new grandson in the coming years. This book, written by Darcy Miller is brimming with ideas for every occasion. As a celebrity party planner, she shares many ideas on how to personalize every event and bring…

Chicken and Tomatoes

Another great way to prepare chicken is with tomatoes.  Over the years, I have found many chicken recipes that include tomatoes from soups and stews to slow cooker dishes.  This recipe is similar to a Chicken Parmesan but is baked in the oven. I found it online at the Taste of Home website.  We enjoyed…

Thanksgiving turkey tray

For an afternoon holiday appetizer tray, I found this cute idea on Pinterest. If you haven’t found Pinterest yet, I highly recommend the website as a great way to find ideas for just about anything.  I have tried many great recipes on the site, and have saved more than 11,000 pins so far into various…

NFL referee cookies

Well, football games are on television almost every day of the week now, so I love to serve my husband some fun treats during the season.  I found this recipe on the Wilton candy website, and thought they were so cute and irresistible.  The technique requires both patience and practice, but the outcome is super…