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Thanksgiving Menu at the Big Brick House

Thanksgiving Menu at the Big Brick House

I have always wanted to host for the holidays, and now we’ve finally got a big enough table to do it! It’s a good thing, because there are going to be a lot of hungry people at our house for Thanksgiving. Prepping for the big meal has gone a couple of different directions in my experience. Some…

In Search of Koselig

In Search of Koselig

It’s funny to me, as a Scandinavian only two generations removed from a life of farms and fjords, to see certain Scandinavian terms permeate both American culture and design – funny mainly because they’re all concepts I grew up with but never put a name to. My grandfather might have stopped speaking his native language…

All About Firepits

All About Firepits

There’s something magical about gathering around a fire. Even in this day and age of innovative climate control technology, people still love to sit around a fire and warm their bodies and spirits. Our favorite way to enjoy that, aside from our fireplaces, is an outdoor firepit. It’s our favorite way to gather and stay…

Fall Table + Mantel at the Big Brick House

Fall Table + Mantel at the Big Brick House

It’s finally fall! We’re definitely ready for the Virginia humidity to give way to cooler weather, which looks like it’s going to happen over the next week. Although the cool weather and thunderstorms on our forecast, which we’re looking forward to, are a sober reminder of the devastation the hurricanes where these cold fronts began…

11 Inspiring Quotes on Hospitality

11 Inspiring Quotes on Hospitality

When you travel, you learn a lot about hospitality. It’s a necessity when you’re away from home. When you’re not supplying your own food and shelter, you’re relying on someone else to do so. Between Scott and I, we’ve traveled to six continents and I-don’t-know-how-many countries, and while there are many differences between there and here, the underlying…

The Aloha House Kitchen Tour

The Aloha House Kitchen Tour

Hospitality and family and fellowship all come together in the kitchen. I’ve spent some of my happiest hours in our house in the kitchen, listening to Frank and Dino and Michael Buble, playing with recipes, figuring out troublesome ingredients and techniques, and dancing the strut and the continental in my socks or bare feet. All…

Spice Rubbed Tenderloin

Spice Rubbed Tenderloin

Happy eve of Christmas Eve to all those of you who celebrate it! For us, when we’re celebrating with my folks, that typically means a big family dinner, a candlelight service and chorale, and walking around our neighborhood to look at lights and decorations. Emphasis generally on the big family dinner, though. We’re foodies. That’s…

Bringing Mindfulness to the Table

Bringing Mindfulness to the Table

Our kitchen and our townhouse are both tiny. We don’t have a dining room. We don’t have an actual dining room table.  When we have friends over for food, we usually end up stashing everyone on the living room couch and around the breakfast bar, or if the weather cooperates with us, we head outside…

How to Roast a Turkey

How to Roast a Turkey

It’s that time of year, dear friends. No matter how early the stores got their decorations up, no matter when the holiday tunes started playing, it’s really the holidays when the stretchy pants come out for Thanksgiving dinner. It’s time for the fine American tradition of pulling out your stretchy pants, cooking like mad-people, inviting everyone you…

Try the World :: Spain + Discount Offer

Try the World :: Spain + Discount Offer

You can buy a subscription box for anything these days – beauty products, wine, crafts, you name it – so all the offers out there can seem a little overwhelming! However, when my sister tweeted me a link to Try the World, a subscription box that sends you gourmet goodies from cities around the world, I had…

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