Spice up Your Hospitality with Pumpkin Doughnuts

Salt - The Spice and Tea Exchange

In the brief period between the end of summer and the commencement of the holiday season, I take an inventory of my spice and herb cabinet.  I begin by comparing the contents of the cabinet against a list of spices and herbs I will need for holiday cooking.  I consult my recipe box as well to compare what my planned holiday meals will be and what spices and herbs will be necessary to have on hand to prepare them.  Finally, I consider what holiday treats I want to prepare and review what spices and herbs they will require.  This year, my treat list includes cinnamon rolls, pumpkin doughnuts, spiced cider, stuffing, turkey, soup and a selection of favorite cookies.  I can almost hear Bing Crosby on the turn table and see the Yule log burning on local access cable.  Holiday perfection!

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Home Spa: A Hostess Recharged

Epsom Salt and Candle

After a very long week Sunday nights can sometimes be overwhelming and bring on a bit of dread for the coming week. To recharge my batteries and prepare to face my responsibilities as well as bless my friends and family, I need to take some time for myself. A vital part to of hospitality is to keep your own cup full.  On Sunday evenings, once all my chores are done and errands run, I take some time to relax.

You can take some time for yourself and create a spa at home.  All you need is a healthy meal followed by a long soak in the tub. My  spa meal of choice is grilled salmon, white asparagus, and sweet corn. Keep your spa meal light but satisfying! Continue reading

S’more Hospitality


As summer draws to a close and we slip into autumn my tastebuds and thoughts turn to savory and cozy food and experiences. Yet, with the heat lingering I am not quite ready to say farewell to the summertime.  One of my favorite summer memories is from my childhood on the West Coast.  Every summer my family would go camping and, of course, make s’mores.  Yet in my years on the East Coast I have spent many a fall evening around our fire pit indulging in that same sweet treat. As I say goodbye to summer and welcome fall, I made a more elegant version of this campfire favorite.   This s’mores recipe has a subtle balance of sweet chocolate, smooth creamy toasted marshmallows, crisp and spicy gram crackers (gluten free) with a slight salty hit. Continue reading

Good Food, Friends, and French Toast

French Toast cooking

Last Saturday was about spending time with good friends.  One of my dearest friends who I only get to see once a  year was in town so we treated her to a pot luck Saturday brunch. We got the ladies from our Bible study to
gether to laugh, catch up, and enjoyed really good food.  We had scrambled eggs, a fresh  fruit salad, I made french toast, and a friend hosted the meal at her house. Continue reading

Hospitality on the Road: Lemon, Ricotta, and Almond Cake

Almond Cake with BB's

We just returned from spending a lovely week with my aunt and uncle’s family in the Northwest United States. Unfortunately we had rain the entire time but still managed to have fun. We were able to enjoy a few hikes along the river, leisurely afternoons tucked into coffee shops and evenings at local restaurants. My family’s hospitality was truly a blessing and I wanted to thank them by preparing one of my favorite recipes.  After all, hospitality is a habit! I decided to make lemon, ricotta and almond cake. I found this recipe a year ago on Cakelets and Dolies and I stick to the recipe. It truly is divine and my family enjoyed it! Continue reading