Holiday Hospitality Tips

Holiday Hospitality Tips

Time saving ways to stay jolly in the kitchen.

Here we are, smacked dab in the middle of the holidays. Halfway between the tryptophan coma and the many meals of St. Nicholas’ favorite month.

While I’ve never been accused of being a great chef, I have spent decades entertaining family and friends for the holidays without creating too much chaos in the kitchen. For me it all comes down to advance planning. 

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The Spirit of Christmas

The Spirit of Christmas

Old and new traditions inspire hope.

Mr. Fixit and I recently did something we’ve never done. We took a December vacation. In addition to getting a little break, the primary purpose was to see the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights. My love of Christmas ships started nearly three decades ago when I first moved to Seattle and stumbled upon a spirited party in the bay with carolers, bonfires, and dozens of light laden boats of all sizes reflecting in the water as they passed. I was a young adult, and it was magical. Ever since, I’ve sought out various holiday traditions to layer into our family experiences and inspire the hope we all seek this time of year. As Santa says in the Christmas Chronicles, “People need Christmas to remember how good they can be.”

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