Parties with my Friends

  So sorry for the blog silence my friends. I've been going crazy trying to produce two parties in one week and prepare for out of town guests. I just love having friends over! The picture above is me and friends last weekend at our picnic. Just kidding. Wouldn't a dress up tea party be so much fun though? Let's add that to the future party list. I'll have picture evidence of actual parties including a Valentine's Progressive Dinner and Brunch for 12 up soon! Hope you're enjoying your weekend!


Dressing the Table: Valentine's Edition

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Valentine's Day is right around the weekend. This is a traditional red and white look at the holiday. It's a perfect way to celebrate with your sweetheart! 


Dressing the Table: Blue Ikat

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Ikat is quite the it girl right now and has been for a while. This fresh color combo would be perfect for a summer soiree. You'll be darling in a coordinating Jcrew dress. Do be sure to invite me please!


Celebrate: Groundhog Day

This Groundhog Day recipe has become an annual tradition in our house. The hearty ground beef in the chili is guaranteed to keep you warm, whether Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow or not. In fact, if he'd had a nibble of this before he went outside, the outcome may have been different today!

images and recipe from Taste of Home



  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) stewed tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 small green pepper, chopped
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Hot cooked rice
  • Optional toppings: Shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream and sliced green onions


  • Crumble beef into a 3-qt. slow cooker. Add the next 11 ingredients and mix well. Cover and cook on high for 4-6 hours or until heated through. Serve over rice and with toppings of your choice.  Enjoy!
  • Yield: 6 servings.


Valentine's Day Wreath Ideas

OH. MY. WORD! Have you ever seen such beautiful wreaths in all your life? I've searched high and low for Valentine's inspiration and these beauties from Etsy seller twoinspireyou are some of the very best. I'm especially enamored with that XO wreath. It's just perfect! Which one do you like best?

Happy Valentine's Month!

diy valentine's cakes from tiger in a jar on Vimeo.
Girls! How absolutely beyond darling is this? Since it's officially February now, I think it's high time we started celebrating the day of love. Why can't it be a month? I love Valentine's Day and this sweet little movie makes me wish it was today!