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Eclectic Hospitality | Hillary Manton Lodge

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Sometimes when you’re hosting events, everything in your life is tidy. You have time to shop for ingredients, to prepare food, to pull off the complicated and make it look easy. But sometimes life gets messy – that was the year we had last year. As one family emergency after another enfolded and the holidays… Read More

How to Preserve Fruits and Vegetables in your Garden | Mark

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If you are blessed with a great harvest from your kitchen garden, then you may be able to enjoy lot of organic and good veggies and fruits. If your garden is large enough that you think you’ll be unable to use everything, you should think about preserving them so that they can be used at… Read More

Fresh Strawberry Lemonade

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My summer is going by much too quickly. It’s already July – time to slow down a little and enjoy the warm weather and longer days. I like to think of kids running through the sprinkler, long walks in the cool of evening with my honey, and sitting on the porch with a tall glass… Read More

Top 5 Crockpot Sandwich Recipes for Summer

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Summer is finally here and I’m almost embarrassed at how many sandwiches my family has eaten since the weather turned warm. But I’ve mentioned before that my house is on the small side and can heat up quickly when the oven is turned on. And even when I use just the stove top. Add that… Read More

Rhubarb Sauce

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There are a few foods that evoke memories of simpler times: fresh creamed garden peas over boiled new potatoes; warm, juicy strawberries just picked from the garden; and tart red and green rhubarb. In simpler times people spent more time outside. Phones only traveled ten feet or so, tethered to the wall instead of our… Read More

Practicing Hospitality not Entertaining

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My first year or two as a new bride in a small, Southern town found me shuffling through etiquette books so I could learn the proper way to entertain. My husband was a businessman, so there were always clients or co-workers to invite for dinner, as well as ministry partners and missionaries. My husband loved… Read More

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