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Etsy – Give with style!

Recently, my friend Karen Beth, turned me onto a gem of a website called Etsy. Etsy is "your place to buy and sell all things handmade". It is a really fantastic site! Well, I was on there looking at Karen Beth's beautiful bookmarks and decided I'd look around to see if I could find anything to buy as gifts for our dinner party guests. In true me style, I got sidetracked and came across this apron. Don't you love it? I can't imagine wearing it while our guests are in the house (too Donna Reed for me) but I can definitely picture wearing it while preparing for the dinner parties! I may have to purchase a little Christmas gift for myself :) After getting my mind back onto what I was originally there to do, I started looking around for the guest gifts. I was hoping to find some kind of wire wrapped beaded serving ware or tongs, but I didn't find anything like that listed. Then I took a look at wine charms, but that doesn't seem very original. I'd like the gift be related to food or eating. Something practical, yet unique and of course, as always, I'm working on a budget here! I'd like it to be something that when they would use or look at, they'd remember the good time we had (hopefully!) that night. The search is still on. I'll probably search around Etsy more and see what might be out there. I may also look at some other food / party blogs and see if there are any gift ideas there. I'll keep you posted and if you have any ideas for me, feel free to let me know. … [Continue reading]

Christmas Memories

As I was shopping for my kids today, trying to find the perfect Christmas gift, my mind wandered to my days as a child and what I remember from Christmas morning. Three presents come to mind when I think about my childhood. One of my favorite presents, although I don't remember ever asking for it was an electronic type toy with penguins. The penguins would climb up a mountain and then slide down a slide and skate around to climb up the mountain again. I don't remember anything about this present except for playing with it over and over on Christmas day. I have no memories of it other than that one day. Maybe it broke? Maybe it was one of those gifts that quickly lost it's luster after a day? Who knows... it's so strange to me that I remember it so vividly. Another gift that I wanted badly and Santa brought was a big Barbie swimming pool. I remember the "working" shower, the inner tube for barbie to float around in, and the little hot tub that was included. I remember playing with that toy constantly. The last gift I really remember getting was a brown Fisher Price cassette player. The only cassette I had at the time was "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Clause". I listened to that song non-stop and remember very clearly singing it to my second cousin Richard, who happened to be visiting. All of these memories are from the house on 30th Drive which means they were between birth and 2nd grade. I wonder what, if anything, my kids will remember about this Christmas. With … [Continue reading]

Family Style

In this section of the blog, I plan on keeping an update of what is going on in the Doyle household. Since we have friends and family spread out all over, this will be a place for me to journal about how our kids our entertaining us these days. I'll also use it to keep me brain from going to mush... as a platform to express my opinions on various subjects. From politics to Hollywood, you'll be sure to find some ramblings from me here.   … [Continue reading]

Christmas Party – Scheduled for December 16th!

Our goal is beginning earlier than 2007. We are hosting a Christmas dinner party on December 16th with 3 other couples at our home. The kids will all be at a friends house being taken care of by a babysitter, so it will be an adult's only night. I think we are going to make some sort of pork loin... I'm off to Recipezaar to look for recipes. Everyone is going to bring something, so all the food won't be my responsibility. I will be making an appetizer, the meat and the bread. I'll post here when I decide what recipes to use and what finishing touches I'll need to make this dinner party a big success. Things to do: Find recipes Find or create pretty tabble runner or centerpiece Create holiday playlist for my IPod Find games to play Purchase small gifts for each couple attending Plan drink menu … [Continue reading]

Dinner Party Diaries

My husband and I love to entertain. We love cooking, having friends over, enjoying one another's company and engaging in adult conversations. Every time we watch The Food Network or Fine Living we comment on how we wish we could entertain more. What's stopping us?? Money, for one. Three kids and a busy life doesn't help either. I've decided to make a project out of this dream of ours. In the year 2007, we are going to host at least one dinner party of some sort each month. Some may be ellaborate, some may be simple, some may be kid friendly, some may be adults only. My plan is to make a theme for each month, and from that theme I'll plan the party. We'll share with you the various tips, plans, accessories, etc. that we come across that have made our journey to this goal possible! If you are in the area and want to attend a Dine and Dish event, feel free to give me a call :)   … [Continue reading]