✂ Jack Tempest’s 30th Birthday Menu

For Jack’s 30th birthday, all he wanted was to have our favorite people over to the house. Easy enough on his end, but not so much on mine. Although we have an excellent caterer whom I adore, Jack really just wanted his favorite simple foods made by me. This is what we came up with, … Continue reading

Planning a Wedding Registry

I think we’ve all heard the story about when Lily Beth moved into Jack’s rumbling old Victorian house and discovered that, while all the appliances were brand new (Thank you, Jesus!), the only actual “home goods” were as follows: 1 couch (left by previous tenant) 1 computer chair 1 bed (one set of linens, washed … Continue reading

✂ 4th of July Menu

Alright, kids. Time for the Fourth of July menu roundup: Paula Deen’s black and blue burgers, or Ina Garten’s truffled filet of beef sandwiches wrapped in red or blue checkered deli paper from your local party supply store Sliced chicken breasts stuffed with artichoke and parmesan, compliments of Real Simple Red potato salad with sour … Continue reading

Poetry & Sentiment: How to Serve Tea

Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea. ~ Henry Fielding, “Love in Several Masques” Table of Contents Introduction Tea as Event High Tea Low Tea The Tea Essentials Choosing Your Food Savory Items Bread Dessert The Actual Serving of Tea Brewing the Tea Serving the Tea Drinking Your Own Tea And Now, Some Questions: … Continue reading

New Years Brunch via Martha Stewart

Delish.com just posted a great Martha Stewart New Years brunch menu (see end of post). It’s not too late, kids! Go to the store now! I’ll be making a couple of the items below, as well as Paula Deen’s fried okra. I’ll be serving a champagne punch made with the most delicious Cranberry Nip wine … Continue reading

Martha Stewart can bite me

Jackie O’ generally distrusted Martha Stewart because she didn’t believe hospitality should be product-driven. I’m starting to think there’s something to that. Martha, I love your Homekeeping Handbook. I’ll even link to it – see? Without you, I would never have known how to fold a fitted sheet, or remove stains from my hardwood floors. … Continue reading