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This is a place to learn, celebrate, and share stories about inviting our family, friends, and community into our homes, and into our lives.  It’s about gathering people around our tables to nourish bodies and souls through good food and authentic connections.  

Let’s explore how to offer the much needed gift of true hospitality – transforming 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 INTRODUCE PEOPLE GATHERED AT YOUR TABLE

August 11th, 2016|4 Comments

For someone who is building a vocation around developing community at my table, it might surprise you to know how much I dread introducing myself to a group of my peers.  I never know what [...]

HEARTISTRY – THE ART OF WELCOME

July 29th, 2016|2 Comments

I am in love with HEARTISTRY. It is a lovely site about inviting people into the beautiful space that we create at our tables so that we can affirm others value and worth. I feel [...]

NOT GROSS: A STANDARD OF CLEANLINESS

July 24th, 2016|6 Comments

"Check the bathrooms and make sure they aren't gross." That was my request to my husband - as well as my household standard of cleanliness - last Sunday evening when we hosted a gathering for [...]

HOW VICTORIES ARE WON WITH COMMUNITY

July 14th, 2016|4 Comments

One of my favorite Old Testament stories is found in the Book of Exodus.  It is a story about a great victory that is won through faithfulness and community. In Chapter 17 the Israelites are [...]

FEATURED POSTS

TIP#3: THE BLANKET BASKET

May 18th, 2016|0 Comments

As I nourish community around my table, the blanket basket is a simple provision that fosters an atmosphere of intimacy and literal warmth. Blankets, like food, represent being cared for and loved.  They are a [...]

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 [...]

MEET CARLA

February 29th, 2016|0 Comments

"I was raised in Idaho, in a small town of 2,400 people.  I don't want to move back," Carla laughs, "but as I made my home in San Diego I missed knowing people in my [...]