Hospitality Blog Posts
School has let out and families are a-buzz about beach vacations. All the chatter sent my mind back to my Mediterranean beach summers.
Finally, our temperatures are dipping from the 100s to the 90s. That’s called a cold front here in Texas! And we had an inch of rain last night with thunder and lightening. What a joyous lullaby at midnight!
I recently read an article in the food section of the newspaper titled, “How not to Waste Produce.” I chuckled as I scanned the outlined points, because I realized that I was already implementing all the listed suggestions!
While watching the news reels on repeat about the war in Ukraine, my heart goes out to the destitute women in particular struggling to voice their circumstances to reporters through interpreters, and often in their second or third language. Their frustration of not being able to share in their heart language screamed through the TV screen!
I so enjoy having children visit my garden. They absorb droplets of joy like a bird drinking from a birdbath. I especially love their inquisitive follow-up questions to whatever I’m saying to them!
As a very young child, we lived in an apartment in Beirut, Lebanon on a school campus (BBS, Beirut Baptist School). My parents had started this school in the garage of the apartment building which ran parallel to a main thoroughfare leading to Beirut’s old downtown.
After taking down Christmas and before pulling back your “normal” items from where you hid them in your excitement to decorate for the holidays the day after Thanksgiving, give all your surfaces a good cleaning. There’s no need to go out and buy fancy cleaners to do the job, just follow my easy directions and concoct your own product!
The Danish term, hygge, is a lifestyle word referring to finding comfort, pleasure, and warmth in simple, soothing things such as a cozy feeling of contentment through cherishing the little things. Why not apply this to your Christmas decorating?
Don’t denigrate, deny the importance of, your back porch to winter-time-blues, especially in our mild southern winters! Enrich your hospitality vibes by expanding your welcoming “come on over” options.
Our home in Lebanon was filled with the comings and goings of company during the months surrounding Christmas. Since mom usually had on hand the Master Baking Mix (October 15 blog post) ingredients and the abundant fresh fruit of Lebanon, her quick go-to crowd pleasing coffee cake was the featured item of a winter’s morning breakfast.