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Entertaining

Lizzie’s Pumpkin Chocolate Cupcakes

by epi on February 17, 2012

Simple and scrumptious, these fudgy, moist cupcakes will be a huge hit (and for those watching their calories, they come in at around 130 calories per cupcake – based on a yield of 18 medium-sized cupcakes). Ingredients: Moist Devil’s Food Cake Mix (I use Duncan Hines) 1- 15 oz. can of Condensed Pumpkin (you can […]

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Q: We just recently purchased a new home. It has hardwood entry/kitchen and carpet throughout. Is it rude to ask people to remove their shoes when coming into the house? We have place a chair on the front porch to assist those when removing their shoes. We both find it very comfortable to make the […]

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Post Family Favorite Curry Kebabs

by epi on February 3, 2012

This is a family favorite. We use it on Shrimp, Chicken, Pork Tenderloin and Steak. It goes great with Sweet Potatoes, Onions, Red, Yellow and Orange Peppers, Mushrooms, Cauliflower, Asparagus and Cherry Tomatoes. Mix and match your favorites.  You can skewer your meats and veggies for kebabs or keep them whole. The marinade is very […]

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Host Homes: To tour or not to tour?

by epi on January 30, 2012

Q: When you are invited to somebody’s home for the first time, which is most appropriate? (1) Wait for an invitation to ‘tour’ the home. (2) Ask to be taken on a tour of the home. As a child, I was always taught to wait for an invitation and not invite oneself. That viewpoint has […]

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Q: I’m holding a surprise birthday dinner next month for my husband at our favorite restaurant.  I invited three other couples — am I expected to foot the entire bill, or is it OK to ask everyone to split it? A: When you’re the host, you pay the bill.  Since you’ve already invited the others […]

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Q: I invited my son’s girlfriend for Christmas.  They’re seniors in college and practically live together- but I want them in separate rooms.  What’s the best way to communicate this? A: Talk about the sleeping arrangements before their visit.  Simply say, “We’re planning to have Sheila stay in the guest room.”  It’s unlikely your son’s […]

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Holiday Manners Makeover- Table Rules

by Cindy Post Senning on December 13, 2011

This post originally appeared at my parenting blog The Gift of Good Manners. I will be cross posting some of my favorite content from that blog here at the Etiquette Daily periodically. I hope you enjoy these posts as much as I enjoyed writing them. Table Conversation The art of dining includes several things: the […]

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FHB and the “No Thank You” Portion

by Cindy Post Senning on December 6, 2011

This post originally appeared at my parenting blog The Gift of Good Manners. I will be cross posting some of my favorite content from that blog here at the Etiquette Daily periodically. I hope you enjoy these posts as much as I enjoyed writing them. While celebrating Thanksgiving two weeks ago someone asked what to […]

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Setting Study: Placement on the table

by epi on December 5, 2011

Q: I am having a dinner party and am trying to find out the proper placement of my china, silver, and crystal. A: Dinner plate:  This is the “hub of the wheel” and usually the first thing to be on the table. Two forks:  The forks are placed to the left of the plate.  The […]

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Q: We’ve been invited to several holiday parties this year.  Is it okay to “double-book”? A: This is one of those times when it’s fine to double-book and go from one holiday party to another.  The casual, drop-in nature of most holiday parties makes this okay.  Just be sure you do each event justice — […]

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