You Will, Too!



First Class Entertaining

th[1]Asking folks to fill their own plates doesn’t have to mean you don’t want them to be impressed.  It’s the little things that can help make a gathering look like you went out of your way to make sure your guests know they are important….I borrowed a flatware caddy to store folks, knives and spoons for a holiday gathering at our home…..and after packing it up to return it to it’s lucky owner I realized I had to own one myself….since using this one was so impressive I didn’t want my family and friends to think I didn’t care as much for them this year as last!  Search the internet for “flatware caddy”….and keep searching.  I found the above in bronze for almost 1/3 of the price of several websites.   $49.99  had the best price I could find.

Happy entertaining!


Neiman Marcus Cookie Recipe

Baking cookies will make any house smell like home over the holidays….and instead of just cutting up premade cookies why not bake something that tastes good also?  I have used this recipe with great success….enjoy!

Neiman Marcus Cookie Recipe

2 cups butter

4 cups flour

2 tsp soda

2 cups sugar

5 cups blended oatmeal

24 oz. chocolate chips

2 cups brown sugar

1 tsp salt

1 8 oz. dark chocolate bar

grated 4 eggs

2 tsp baking powder

2 tsp vanilla

3 cups chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans)-Optional

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Measure oatmeal and then blend in a blender or food processor to a fine powder. Cream the butter and both sugars. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix together with flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder and soda. Add chocolate chips, shaved chocolate, nuts and stir until combined. Roll into balls and place two inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet or parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees.

Military Wives and Nachos…a big Thank You!


In 1943 a dozen hungry US military wives walked into the Victory Club in the city of Piedras Negras, Mexico………. Ignacio Anaya was missing a cook….so he took Cheddar Cheese and cut tortillas into triangles and shredded the cheese and cooked them in a broiler and topped them off with jalapenos and called them “Nachos”….since that was his nickname.  Celebrate National Nacho Day on November 6th!  And thank you, Military Wives…..for more than just Nachos!  I am a military brat and watched my Mom (with us) wait for my Dad (her husband) return from TDY when we lived in Okinawa……I know now that she was scared to death when he left each time as she had a good chance of becoming a widow…..her friends, other military wives, took care of all of us and showed their bravery by holding down the fort until their men returned.  Thank you brave wives and Moms!  You are our hero’s!  So plan on having Nacho’s on November 6th in celebration of Military Wives!  I’m going to make a plate and celebrate!

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