Category Archives: Entertaining

Front Porch Envy

Randi Destefano, ASID
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I have porch envy!  Even though our home has a very cozy, spacious screened-in porch with peaceful views of the lake, I would love to have a front porch.  Not the kind of porch that only has enough space to decorate for the seasons and greet our guests.  But a...
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The Legend of La Befana

Randi Destefano, ASID
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Like children everywhere, Italian kids look forward to the arrival of the red-suited Babbo Natale on Christmas Eve. However, this relatively modern tradition pales in comparison to the anticipation generated by the arrival of an old witch in early January. On Epiphany...
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Holiday Gifts from My Lemon Tree: From My Kitchen to Yours

Randi Destefano, ASID
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  This Meyer lemon tree has been cared for, nurtured, and loved by me for almost 10 years.  Growing on the deck from March to November, it loves the sun.  It’s beautiful blossoms fill the air with a delicious citrus aroma.  Some years it bears only a...
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Fall Table Settings Set the Mood: How to Do It Yourself

Randi Destefano, ASID
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I have to admit that Fall is my favorite time of year.  Why do I love it?  Because, finally the temperatures begin to cool down and the leaves change to vibrant gold, orange, and red.  I love spending time on the porch having a glass of wine with my husband in the evening,...
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One Yummy Party Popper Recipe: Two Different Versions

Randi Destefano, ASID
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Two Different Versions Do you ever get tired of taking the same old cheese dips to a party when it’s your turn for appetizers?  I know I do.  Every once in a while it’s nice to test your “recipe following” skills and try something new and interesting.  So when...
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