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rosegarden.011The well-heeled hostess most always has a fresh & fragrant vase of flowers adorning her tabletop when guests arrive.

And the most skilled, as Martha Stewart has reinforced for us, bring those blooms in straight from their very own gardens. Nothing finer than a beautiful burst of flowers and foliage, still moist from the morning dew, fresh-cut and displayed for all to enjoy.

My Nana was known for her beautiful rose gardens. From red to pink to white, from fragrant climbing roses to towering Queen Annes, all giving off the most beautiful aroma that surely could be sniffed throughout the neighborhood.

The art of growing a garden is simply an heirloom treasure Nana J&Jin itself. Learning to appreciate the time honored tradition of nurturing for and tending to a delicate rose garden, a rewarding craft that reaps beautiful rewards for entertaining a lovely home.

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Unexpected Touches.002 Nothing says thoughtful when entertaining guests like a single unexpected touch in some form or fashion.

Whether it’s in the presentation, the meal, a takeaway or simply an experience during the gathering – an unexpected touch is a simple way to show your guests you care.

My personal favorite is something quirky that reflects your own style or something that ties into the occasion for the gathering.

Rock candy is a perfect touch for me. Colorless, fun, somewhat organic, throwback & sweet, with a hint of whimsy … and certainly unexpected for whatever the gathering!

What will your unexpected touch be at your next gathering?

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kahluaToday’s featured recipe will be Grandma’s Kahlua, a very special treat that she was known for among friends & family.

Grandma’s kahlua was something that truly brought people together. Making it was no small feat as you’ll see by the quantities it makes on the recipe card, so she always ensured it was an experience had by all.

She would literally make a party out of the making of her kahlua each time she was ready to stock up. She’d invite friends over, having each bring their own empty bottles and throw a great big party as she entertained guests while making the drink and serving them snacks & desserts with kahlua in the recipe.

What an experience it was and friends always looked forward to her kahula parties and were thrilled once the recipe was complete and they had their own bottle full to take home & enjoy! I hope you will do the same.

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