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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

BLOOMING VEGETABLE TART

May 24th, 2017|0 Comments

I was recently asked to bring a vegetable side dish to a family potluck.  A quick search on google led me to this recipe on Delish.com. This delightful tart meets all of my requirements for [...]

A RALLY CRY THAT WE ARE ALL HOMEMAKERS

May 17th, 2017|0 Comments

"Homemaker". It is what I write in the box for occupation. As a stay at home parent I spent my younger years rallying for acknowledgement that I too am a working mom. But as I [...]

CHILE-LIME MELON SALAD

May 5th, 2017|0 Comments

I found this recipe on Smitten Kitchen - one of my favorite cooking sites - and prepared it recently for my people. This tasty side dish really is as refreshing as it looks. I altered the original [...]

CLEANING REALLY IS OPTIONAL

May 5th, 2017|0 Comments

Hospitality and entertaining are not the same thing. "We invite people into our home to create moments that matter, not moments that impress." This is one of my mantras. I keep saying it because I [...]

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 [...]