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1. Choose the table. Will you use a round that seats four or a rectangle that seats twelve? This decision will determine your centerpiece.

Warmer weather will be arriving soon, and I am seeing more of our four-legged members making an appearance in the dog parks and on walking trails. With pets taking more prominent roles in our lives, I thought it would be good to brush up on basic dog etiquette and ownership responsibilities.

Meeting friends for dinner after work, grabbing coffee with your girlfriend or just ordering pizza on a Friday night with neighbors. We all have a deep desire to be connected in a world that often forgets the importance of relationships. Many of us have the desire to entertain, but we let our circumstances keep us from extending hospitality. Often it revolves around our lack of confidence in our ability to host events. I get this!

A toast may be offered in any setting and made to an individual or a group. Increase your confidence at your next social gathering by learning the ins and outs of this ancient tradition.

A perfect entertaining year for me would be hosting a different themed party each month! Will I do that? No. Will I dream about it? Yes! If I cannot have a party every 4 weeks, I can at least help my Lisa Lou family with ideas so hopefully a few of you can carry the torch of hospitality for the rest of us.

Remember as children, during holidays, we would spend what seemed like hours creating homemade craft projects for our parents? It might be a paper Christmas snowflake sprinkled with glitter or a cutout heart for Valentine’s Day. We would address it: To: Mom or To: Dad. We would sign our name, and this became the gift we gave our parents. The act of giving is how we should view all letters, especially a thank you note. We may not be cutting out cute hearts, but when we take time to put pen to paper and share a little of ourselves with someone else, we are giving a part of our heart to another person.

A successful hostess remembers one of the most important factors to make her guests feel welcome: engage all 5 senses! When entertaining, ask yourself, “How have I embraced taste, smell, sight, sound and feel?” It is easy to do and your friends and family will be left saying to themselves, “I don’t know what is was, but that was a fabulous party!”

As your holiday social calendar is no doubt filling up, you may be looking for a family friendly party idea to get into the spirit! A Christmas Cookie Swap is wonderful for large groups and something the entire family will enjoy! I would recommend inviting at least six families so there are enough cookies for the exchange. This party idea is budget friendly for young families, the ingredients for the cookies are generally inexpensive, and your party décor is already in place with festive decorating.

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Texas Deviled Eggs

White and Gold Deviled Egg Platter

This recipe comes courtesy of Chefs Penny and Eli Martinez.

The fluffiest and tastiest deviled egg recipe around. This dish is perfect for serving during holidays, potlucks, or buffets. The secret to this recipe lies in the mascarpone, it yields an incredibly creamy and smooth finish to the centers of the eggs. Enjoy!

Texas Deviled Eggs
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Makes 12 servings

Preparation Time: 15 minutes active + 30 minutes chilling in refrigerator


*12 hardboiled eggs, from your grocery store salad station

*1⁄2 cup mayonnaise *1⁄4 cup mascarpone or sour cream *2 tsp. Dijon mustard *1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce *1⁄2 tsp. sea salt *1⁄4 tsp. ground white pepper *1 tsp. Tabasco Sauce, or to taste 1 tbsp.

*Finely chopped chives *1⁄4 tsp. smoked paprika, for sprinkling as garnish


*Cut each egg lengthwise and scoop out egg yolks into a mixing bowl. *Arrange each egg white on a serving tray with the hollow side facing up. *Using a thick hand whisk, stir vigorously to work the egg yolks to a pulverized consistency. *Add mayonnaise, mascarpone or sour cream, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, salt, white pepper, and Tabasco sauce. Whisk vigorously for a minute or until smooth and creamy. *Add chives and stir. *Pour the mixture into a plastic piping bag and refrigerate for 30 minutes to allow it to rest and chill.

*Take egg yolk mixture out of the fridge and pipe the mixture into the hollow part of the egg whites.

*Sprinkle with smoked paprika.

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