July 11, 2014
At Home with Friends


Watermelon Tomato Salad

The idea for Watermelon Tomato Salad came from my adopted daughter Vera. She had eaten a watermelon salad at one of her favorite restaurants in Los Angeles. She raved about it and brought me one to sample. It was delicious but I had an idea of how to make it even tastier.  Vera volunteered to […]

July 9, 2014
At Home with Friends


Ice Cream Sandwiches

Remember the way ice cream sandwiches used to be? Two cake-like chocolate cookies sandwiching creamy dreamy vanilla yumminess. All that and wrapped in paper so they were easy to eat. What a perfect dessert! Sadly they are not like that anymore and I miss that. So I decided to create my own.  Since I could […]

July 7, 2014
At Home with Friends


Summer Berry Torte

If you need to bring something to a summer barbecue or pool party, make this! This is an easy dessert you can put together in 20 minutes the morning of the party. The challenge in this recipe is not overworking the batter and getting sweet delicious berries. Now, I can buy berries all year long […]



4 Weeks Before

3 Weeks Before

2 Weeks Before

  • Review the menu
  • Make master list of household items, food, beverages, serving supplies, everything you will need

1 Week Before


  • Clean house
  • Make a detailed shopping list (food prep, house prep)



  • Set table, arrange flowers
  • Set up bar if indoors. Otherwise, wait until Saturday.
  • Decide on playlist

Friday *


A NOTE: *Many of these can also be done on Saturday. The more you do on Friday, the less stress you will have on Saturday.

July 4, 2014

July 2, 2014

July 2, 2014
At Home with Friends


Summer Solstice Party

    When I was growing up, seasons were tied to the school year, not necessarily the weather. It could be hot and sunny on New Year’s or Christmas or cold in spring. (Yes, for Los Angelenos, 50’s is considered cold.) So for me, summer really started when school was out and we had summer […]