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This is a place to discover how the gift of authentic hospitality transforms our dining tables into sacred spaces that move beyond entertaining – and into a place of belonging.

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STORIES

Stories about life and learning at the table

Stories about life and learning at the table

Includes stories from my table; what I’m learning about hospitality; articles about how other people practice hospitality; and links to articles, podcasts, and videos that I find inspiring.

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RECIPES

Cooking for the people gathered at your table

Cooking for the people gathered at your table

Includes some of my favorite recipes and easy dinner menus: appetizers, breads and spreads, soup, salads, main dishes, and desserts.

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RESOURCES

Equipping you to nourish people at your table

Equipping you to nourish people at your table

Includes practical help for practicing hospitality; my best tips and advice; my favorite books, magazines, websites, and blogs about hospitality; and 8 Steps to Making a Place at YOUR Table.

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RECENT POSTS

HOW TO THROW A GROWN-UP PITY PARTY

February 13th, 2017|1 Comment

I was having a particularly bad day. I had planned on using solitary time at home to catch up on my to-do list. But I ended up laying on my bed, staring at the ceiling [...]

TIP #5 – BE A GUEST

February 13th, 2017|0 Comments

The menu was Mediterranean.  The potluck was DELICIOUS.  The table was gorgeous - and it wasn't mine. This is my friend's table, where I experienced the blessing of being a guest in someone else's dining [...]

A HELPFUL LINK FOR PRACTICING AFFIRMATION

February 13th, 2017|1 Comment

A significant part of what I do in practicing hospitality with a community of twenty-somethings is sending them with blessing into the next chapter of their story. Every time someone who attends our community dinners [...]

ONE-POT BEEF STROGANOFF

February 10th, 2017|0 Comments

This is my kind of recipe .  It was simple to make, required less than one hour of prep and cooking time, and delivered great homemade flavor. I discovered this recipe on Tastemade.com, my favorite cooking [...]

FEATURED POSTS

TIP #4: HOMEMADE FOOD IS OPTIONAL

January 9th, 2017|0 Comments

I love to love people with food, and this is one way to love guests with pizza delivery. The heart of hospitality is not serving great food to your guests.  It is inviting people into [...]

MEET KRISTIN

October 24th, 2016|0 Comments

"I love hospitality but really dread actual entertaining. True entertaining highlights my weaknesses and feels very intimidating to me.  I'm probably the most non-Martha Stewart person out there, and trying to make my home and [...]

WHY PERFECT MEANS EMPTY

March 31st, 2016|0 Comments

I love to set a beautiful table.  It makes me happy. But setting a beautiful table is the easy part.  It's a controlled environment.  I can place everything exactly how I want it. However, if [...]

WHY COMMUNITIES NEED RITUALS

March 11th, 2016|0 Comments

Earlier this week I shared a post about the community of people who were My People when I was a teenager working as ride operator at Six Flags Magic Mountain.  If you missed it, you [...]