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Not Enough Plates!

How Many People Are Coming to Dinner?!?! I live in a 1,200-1,800 (depending on what counts as living space) ranch, so I keep my entertaining to a manageable amount of people, but there are times when I have more coming than what I have service for.  I have a place setting of 6 for my everyday use, and I have china for 12—but who wants to lug that out, and then I have a smattering of other pieces.  I keep everything in solids and white, so that they mix and match well.  To make it look purposeful and not scream—I’m

The Mini Loaf

All things “leavened” are loved around here—quick breads are some of our favorites. While my brother is a master yeast baker, I have a love hate relationship with yeast. Love to eat it, but have no ability to bake with it. Perhaps it’s my impatience. In any case! Banana bread, pumpkin bread and zucchini bread are always available in our freezer for those last minute play dates or for something different in the school snacks. Most recipes make one loaf—except for my pumpkin bread recipe, which is three, but I find that the bread starts to lose its luster before

Crisp Celery

Perhaps everyone already knows this, but my mother would have been very upset if I had not shared her secret to crisp celery. As soon as you come home from the grocery store, or in my case, when you remember a week later, cut the ends off your celery, rinse it, and then wrap it in tin foil. This will keep it crisp for weeks. I’m not sure about you, but I don’t use a ton of celery each week and if I forget to do this, when I finally do need it, I take it out and it bends