Category Archives: Entertaining

The Bunco Night Without Me

One of the best things I did this year was join a Bunco group.  I had never played Bunco before, didn’t even know what it was.  I thought it was a card game!  There are 12 ladies in the group and we each have a month that we host the night in our home.  My month was May.  No one likes a party better than me.  No one likes to entertain better than me.  No one likes to see people enjoying themselves while eating my food more than me.   Sadly, I missed the entire night.

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Easter is Coming!

Yesterday was my birthday and our 36th anniversary.  Thirty-six years with the same man.  Thirty-six years spending my days with the same man.  Thirty-six years looking at the same man.  Thirty-six years cooking for the same man.  Thirty-six years doing laundry for the same man.  Thirty six years laughing with the same man.  Thirty-six years going through all the ups and downs of life with the same man.  Thirty six years of being a very lucky girl!

Of all my birthday wishes yesterday, and I loved each and every one of them, this was my favorite…..hands down.

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Punks, Frittata, Macaroons, Pepper Nachos, and Cheesecake

Let me start this post by stating that it is full of recipes from my weekend with my punks.  I have all of the recipes located at the end of the post, just keep scrolling!

Last week was a bonus week for this Mama, my Raleigh punks came home!  They normally only come home during Christmas but one punk couldn’t make it this past holiday so I got a bonus!  I literally could not stop smiling last week.

This was the first of three runs to the grocery store plus a run to the seafood market.

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Valentine Dessert Roundup

I have been posting Valentine’s goodness for 2 weeks.  I have rounded all of them into one post for you.  I am helpful like that.  Aren’t you glad you are my friend?  There is so much goodness here to choose from.  

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Meet Jed

I had a vision.  It included a new loveseat, a boxwood wreath, shutters, and Jed.  I thought about this vision non stop, even in my dreams.  I finally discussed it with Sir Streusel and he said, “Get going, make it happen.”  Well, after I performed my ‘happy-dance’ for what seemed like forever, I ‘got going’!

I have brown leather leather furniture in my family room so I knew I couldn’t match the leather.  I went with a brown fabric that had texture and a darker color intertwined to give it some depth.

It took six weeks to come in and I was sweating it the entire time.  What if I don’t like it?!  What if it doesn’t match?!  What if the colors look like…..POOP!  I was afraid of the shade of brown,  very afraid.  I tried to match the legs, the shape of the arms, the back and the cushions to my furniture already in place.  I am a visual person so doing things on paper makes me nervous.  But the brown fabric matches the brown leather perfectly and I was over the moon when it was delivered!

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Game Day Food

Here is a roundup of some of our favorite Game Day food.  Football isn’t football without da food people!!!

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Scenes of Christmas

Christmas is but a few days away and I am soaking up every single minute of the time left.  I wanted to share with you some of the beautiful scenes of Christmas I have experienced this year.  It will be over all too soon and oh how I will miss the beauty of the season.

Don’t let that tongue fool you, these girls have loved the Christmas lights!

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Red Velvet Poke Cake

It’s the holiday season!  It’s party season!  It’s the season to eat!  It’s CAKE season!!  Oh my I love this season.  I had a party this past weekend, have two parties this week, and I have a party and a luncheon next week.  All of these events require a cake that easily transported.  That means…..a 13″ x 9″ cake…lots of them.  This cake will be partying quite a bit with me.

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Annual Ladies of the FOLD Tea Party

It comes every year.  It’s over too soon.  I want the day to continue forever.  Any day that I can spend with my Ladies of the FOLD is a great day. The FOLD is the name of my Sunday School Class, Following Our Lord Daily.  We celebrated our eighth annual tea party this past Saturday.  I have been working on it for months.  The past three weeks have involved setting the menu, tablescapes, grocery shopping, tea selecting, and all the extras that are involved.  It is worth every minute of planning and baking.  My home is full of tea, food, teacups, laughing, and wonderful friends.  How blessed am ?!

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Ladies of the FOLD Tea Parties through the Years

I starting hosting tea parties when my ballerina baby, who is now 24 years old, was five years old.  I would host a Mother/Daughter tea and it was so much fun to see the little girls in their best dresses and party hats come and eat tea food and sip tea.  Well, ballerina baby is grown and gone, insert me crying, but my love for hosting tea parties still burns strong.  Tea parties are just a wonderful opportunity for ladies to sit around the table eating delicious food, sipping great tea and to just enjoy the friendship that is among the group.

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