If you, like us, live in Colorado, you have the perfect landing pad for a few skiing friends to spend a weekend. So, cozy up your guest room, add a few thoughtful amenities for your guests, and make the offer to your friends! You don’t even have to ski with your guests–just give them a cozy place to lay their heads after a busy day on the slopes!
Upgrade your standard drip coffee pot to an espresso machine. Fill a clear glass jar with homemade biscotti. It keeps well for a couple of weeks, and makes a delicious (and beautiful) accompaniment to a cup of coffee.
This time of year, it’s easy to use busyness as an excuse not to have people over. Why not do the opposite and use it as an excuse to invite people into your home? Your friends and neighbors are probably longing for a few hours to finally get their holiday packages wrapped and their Christmas cards addressed. Why not get together for cookies and warm drinks and tackle these tasks together?
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1 t baking soda
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Continuing our series from last week…
Think about the last time you entertained (if you can remember!). When people came into your home, did you apologize that it wasn’t cleaner, more pulled together, that your design projects weren’t further along? I often hear during my initial consult “I’m embarrassed of my home.” Let me tell a little story that changed my mind forever about apologizing for your home.
I knew a woman in Romania who lived in a two bedroom apartment with her husband and six children. They were involved with humanitarian projects shortly after the Communist regime fell. The apartment was very sparsely furnished–a coffee table and a full mattress were the solitary furnishings in the main living area. This woman had a group of Romanians for dinner. She welcomed them into her home, ushered them in and seated them around her coffee table for a simple dinner she had prepared and there were no apologies made.
While this statement does little to provide job security for me, it is not the design of your home that makes it suitable to host in. Anyone can host, regardless of your space! So, let’s celebrate this woman’s simple entertaining style with a fun (albeit a bit out of season) meal you can share around a coffee table while watching your favorite holiday flick or keeping up with a weekly sitcom: Greek tapas!
With a dismal economy, people are getting creative about seeing their friends and family members. No longer are they making a reservation to meet up at a local eatery. Today, people are opening up their own doors to welcome guests into their homes (something we haven’t done in a while!). I was wandering through an antique shop and found a hilarious look at days past in Betty Crockers Guide to Easy Entertaining, published in the early 1950s. Paging through, I couldn’t help but long for the same dedication to relationships and bringing people around one’s very own table with food prepared by the host (no matter how humble)! But, I have to say that the book promoted a breed of “easy” entertaining most of us can’t commit to.
So keep it easy (really!). Open up your doors this month and invite people to do the things you’re already doing with you. Making cookies? Put on a pot of soup, light a fire, plug in your tree lights and invite your friends and neighbors to join you. Entertaining doesn’t have to mean scouring your house, a multiple course meal, or hand written invitations.
Brown sausage and crisp bacon with red pepper flakes and onion over medium heat in a large dutch oven. Add garlic and cook one minute more. Drain fat and return to pan. Add chicken broth and potatoes. Cook over medium heat until potatoes are fork tender (about 30 minutes). Reduce heat and stir in heavy cream. Just before serving, add kale and allow to wilt for a couple of minutes in the hot broth. Serves 6-8.