Secrets to a Successful Dinner Party: The Holiday Meal

The chicken soup is now resting comfortably in the freezer.

What? Wait, a minute. Isn’t it only September? Yes, it is. And that means, while it is not quite Christmas yet, the Jewish Holidays are fast approaching. The holidays are, in a way, the ultimate dinner party. Everyone has their holiday favorites, there are . . . → Read More: Secrets to a Successful Dinner Party: The Holiday Meal

Dog Days of Summer

These two love to go hang out with their friends!

It is no secret that in the three years Babka has been a part of the family, FKGuy and I have become real dog people. We even added another to the mix a couple of months ago, and Latke has been adjusting quite nicely. . . . → Read More: Dog Days of Summer

Secrets to a Successful Dinner Party: The Mishaps

Mini Bailey’s cheesecakes. They taste even better than they look.

After all the careful planning, invitations, prep work and factoring in everyone’s dietary needs, even the best laid plans can go off the rails. The key, however, is to go with the flow. That is it. Don’t panic. Ever. Not even when your friend . . . → Read More: Secrets to a Successful Dinner Party: The Mishaps

Social Eating. It’s Good For You. (Sort of.)

YUM.

Several months ago, I had a conversation with my mother-in-law about social eating, getting older, and how more elderly people benefit from eating with friends. (The actual conversation was a bit longer than that…) It made me realize how much more I eat when I am with friends, which is most of the time.

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5 Rules For Being a Good House Guest

Usually, it’s as easy as plying your hosts with dessert… and wine.

We really should have installed a revolving door at the entrance to our house. We are in the midst of six weekends in a row of house guests (not to mention two of the three previous weekends, and one of the two . . . → Read More: 5 Rules For Being a Good House Guest

Twice as Nice, or Double Trouble? Are Two Dogs Better Than One?

Latke is making herself right at home.

If you have read the blog before, you know that I am obsessed with my awesome rescue mutt, Babka. She is truly a wonderful, mostly well behaved and lovable dog. Well, a few months ago, the folks at Paws 2 Care Coalition (who saved Babka’s life), posted . . . → Read More: Twice as Nice, or Double Trouble? Are Two Dogs Better Than One?

Potty Mouth

Last week I updated my Facebook status as follows: I’m glad auto correct has finally figured out that I NEVER want to type “ducking“. Thanks, phone! Combined with being on the verge of moving into a new house, it reminded me of the first house we ever bought.

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(Moving) Again

As I am driving a load of stuff from IKEA, Costco and Target down to Key West (and vacillate between thinking our lack of shopping is charming or downright absurd), I am once again reminded of how much moving sucks. It just does. Of course, moving into a house you have built, makes it a . . . → Read More: (Moving) Again

Secrets of a Successful Dinner Party, Part I

Beautiful, and fairly easy to make, desserts for a crowd.

It usually works like this: I try to make plans with friends for dinner, we all look at our calendars, and dinner is scheduled for a month or two out. Well, since it is so far out, I should invite some other people, right? . . . → Read More: Secrets of a Successful Dinner Party, Part I

Happy Birthday, Florida Keys Guy

Babka says “Happy Birthday!”

Today we celebrate FKGuy’s birthday. Happy 42nd birthday! While we do a pretty good job of celebrating and enjoying life on a regular basis, today we’ll have an extra celebration. When I asked where he wanted to go for dinner, FKGuy requested that we stay home and have a few . . . → Read More: Happy Birthday, Florida Keys Guy

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