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My husband, John, and I often have overnight guests at our home. Here's what I've learned: First of all, we think preparing for houseguests has many similarities to our travel business. Just as with a tour, guests want privacy in their accommodations. A guest bedroom dedicated to them is a must. Read more...
There are some homemade items that just can't be beat. Jam, cookies, applesauce, and guacamole are a few items that come to mind, when I consider what is worth whipping up from scratch, compared to opening up a package. I'm not talking about saving money. I'm talking about the difference between an explosion of flavor compared to a vague suggestion of what something is supposed to taste like. Read more...

Bounty from the Farmers Market

Monday, 07 July 2014 00:00
When I moved to Holland two years ago, one of the first things that sold me on the city was its farmers market. Even now that I have my own garden, the farmers market is still one of my favorite destinations, for two reasons: I can buy the things I didn't have the space (or know how) to grow. I can get great suggestions about how to use the bounty of my garden. Read more...
The Fourth of July is a favorite holiday for our family. What could be more fun than warm summer temps, fireworks, and celebrating our wonderful country and freedom? And like any decent holiday, it always includes yummy food—as well as adult beverages, if you're in any way associated with my family. Read more...
Wondering where to go when you want to take it outside for a bit? Consider these local favorites! Read more...
Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance. For many, the day has evolved into one of celebration of those who have served and sacrificed for us all. Many of you will make road trips or attend parades; many of you may head to a backyard barbecue. Whatever your plans may be, I'm guessing there's a dish to pass, a dessert that needs to be made, or a special cocktail that could spice up the occasion. Here are a few suggestions that will keep you in the holiday spirit and certainly be memorable. Read more...

This Calls for a Celebration

Tuesday, 29 April 2014 05:34
Celebrate life’s milestone achievements with the ones you love—and lots of cake! Celebrating life’s big moments, whether a graduation, anniversary, birthday or other special event, honors how we spent our days. Milestone achievements bring people together, for big reasons. And who doesn’t love a party? Sharing with those closest to us that make these moments shine. Read more...

Last Minute Valentine!

Tuesday, 04 February 2014 08:10
Am I the only last-minute planner? Please tell me I am not the only one! If you’re anything like me, this past month has flown by. With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, I’ve found myself scrambling at the last minute for decoration inspiration and gift ideas for loved ones.  Read more...

Entertaining by the Numbers

Wednesday, 08 January 2014 14:56
We’ve put the holiday soirees behind us, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop entertaining in your home! Having a few close friends over to enjoy stinky cheese and good conversation is one of the highlights of adulthood. Here are a few numerical tips that can help you improve your party-throwing prowess. Read more...

UPDATE: Host and Hostess Gift Guide 2013

Monday, 16 December 2013 11:19
Even with my good intentions, I must admit that we continue to basically be wine givers when it comes to host and hostess gifts. (Although we did manage to bring a bottle of bourbon for a couple who loves a good drink on the rocks. So, maybe that’s progress!) I think most party hosts would love to receive any of these gifts, and I’m still going to make a good effort to branch out from the wine cellar when attending events at other people’s homes this year! 1. Tray from Target – I absolutely love the graphic nature of this… Read more...