Potluck Party

Potluck Party 

A big gathering of friends & family for a festive meal.
From “Little House in the Big Woods”
by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Sketch by Garth Williams.

I love inviting my friends over for dinner, potluck style! Reminds me of the big, southern, family reunion meals we had when I was growing up … or of yummy church dinners.

And you know what’s great about these “family dinners,” as I call them? Everyone brings something!

In this economy, it’s a great way to have a dinner party. It’s also a great way to accommodate a variety of food allergies or preferences.

Food themes are always fun for potluck parties. Here are a few that have been successful: Continue reading

Little Helpers: Getting Your Kids Involved

Little Helpers

Laura helps Ma make cheese in “Little House in the Big Woods.”
Sketch by Garth Williams.

One of the best ways I know to build a solid, loving relationship with your kiddo and teach good, strong, pioneer/ old-fashioned values and work ethic is to have him or her help you around the house. My munchkin enjoys most chores we do together. Of course, he’s only 5 … I’m sure his enthusiasm may wane as he ages, but the foundation has been laid.¬† Continue reading