A Terrarium Workshop Birthday Party

Okay friends, settle in. This post is a little longer than usual. I wasn’t planning on having a birthday party for my son until he turned about five or six years old, a time I thought he’d either care to have a party and/or would likely remember it. I changed my mind for his recent third birthday and held… Read More

My Easter Brunch Fiasco

Julia Child once advised, “if a dish goes horribly wrong…never apologize.” She thought such admissions only drew attention to one’s shortcomings and “only made a bad situation worse”. She also considered it unseemly for a cook to twist her/himself into knots of excuses and explanations. ”The cook”, Julia firmly said, “must simply grin and bear… Read More

Becoming the Perfect Guest

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. – Maya Angelou In my last post, L’Art de la Visite: Being the Perfect Host, I shared a few etiquette tips and ground rules for the art of the visit–ensuring… Read More

L’Art de la Visite: Being a Perfect Host

The ornaments of your house will be the guests who frequent it. – Author Unknown This holiday season, many of us are likely to either play the role of host, guest, or both at some given time. As it has been a while since my previous post on etiquette, I thought now would be a… Read More

Celebrating Simple Gifts

Thanksgiving dinner and other meals over the holiday weekend provide an opportunity for people to connect with one another by participating in centuries-old communal tradition: giving thanks together over a joyous meal. Thanksgiving is a beloved American holiday. It’s a celebration of foods, flavors, and customs that often evoke happy memories of good times enjoyed… Read More

Pumpkin Bars

Moist and soft, pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting are a great way to welcome the fall. One of my all time favorite pumpkin recipes is pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting. For nearly 15 years, every fall I have been making pumpkin bars to rave reviews. As the official start of fall begins tomorrow,… Read More