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…

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…

Baby–it will be cold outside

One of the newest trends in entertaining has been the beverage bar.  It has evolved from the classic tea service, to a coffee bar, and now encompasses hot chocolate or other warm drinks for the winter season. Even though our Michigan winter temperatures have not been as cold as past years, I decided to get…

stars and stripes

July 4th is just around the corner.  Here is a cute way to celebrate with a fruit platter for your guests.  Take the time to find a small star cookie cutter and make some watermelon stars for the platter.  It is fun and easy to do and even the children or grandchildren can help with…

Easy Holiday Petit Fours

Years ago I found this recipe for easy petit fours.  This is a “go-to” recipe that can be made for just about any holiday.  It uses the standard frozen pound cake, which is thawed overnight in the refrigerator.  Then, after cubed, the pound cake squares are glazed with a typical confectioners’ sugar mixture.  During the…

gingerbread house for Halloween

I purchased a kit for a Halloween gingerbread house from Williams Sonoma and assembled it a couple of days ago.  It was a very easy kit to assemble and was so much fun to decorate.  I used a variety of decorations, some of which I purchased for the kit, some that came with the kit,…

twice baked potato casserole

The chill is in the air.  Potato season is back.  Some of the best comfort foods feature potatoes, and this recipe should be classified as an all-time comfort food recipe.  It comes from Gooseberry Patch, which is a collection of recipes from home cooks around the country featured into categorized recipe books. Twice baked potatoes…