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recipe: Nacho Ranchy Texas Trash

This time of year reminds me of many holiday traditions. church Christmas pageants - you know who you are school choir solos Salvation Army bell ringing family christmas gathering shopping at the school store - you know where you took your parent's hard earned money...

Gift Guide: for the Hostess with the McMostess

Let's be honest, its a mind boggling thing this time of year - the hostess gift. Do you get one? What is too much? What if you are the only one who brings something? What is too small? Is it one size fits all? What if there is more than one host? So, what is...

being the hostess with the mcmostess

I mentioned earlier this week that we got to host a crew last week for a little Christmas gathering in our new town. Now, this is something I love doing, but I know hosting people is not always easy for everyone. Here are a few things to keep in mind, to keep your...

Hostess with the McMostess: a little christmas gathering

So, if you've known me any short amount of time, you know my heart is the most full when my counter is covered with food options, my living room is full of friends and laughter and chuckles are filling the halls. Today, my heart is oh, so, full! Some of the first...

gratitude 2016

2016 has been a magical year for me. After many years of you reading my "take" on gratitude amidst the crazy of my world. I truly have nothing but gratitude in my heart for all this year has brought. And for 2016, that's way more than just a man and a new last name....

Hostess with the McMostess: Shine Like a Diamond Weekend

Last month, I got to join a group of girls at "The Barn" and celebrate my new little sister (in law) joining the McKinney family.  It was the perfect kind of weekend - slow, surrounded by girl friends and lots of yummy snacks. This was my first party partnering...

Hostess with the McMostess: feeding friends

So, my post on Tuesday started out as menu planner for hosting a weekend of grown-up friends and Stephen's House Peru. My husband serves on the board of this organization and we were honored to host these friends for a weekend away from their normal routines, taking...

a weekend in september

September was a full month. Our weekends were shared with people that we love.  And frankly...that's really the point of life, or at least the life we feel called to! Mr. McKinney and I had the privilege of hosting some friends as part of a planning and dreaming...

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