Posts Tagged ‘Linda Sample’

10.24.2016
photo: Beck McNeel Weddings

photo: Beck McNeel Weddings

I have a feeling that this past week may have been the last week that felt like Indian Summer, which is a good thing as we are still cranking out weddings like crazy, and many of them in tents.

Tents are tricky this time of year, as volatile weather changes have huge impacts – so we are scrambling for heaters, more frame tents for our field kitchens and dealing with the wind. Of course, that is what makes us great caterers! We have many years of wild and crazy things that have happened behind the scenes (I won’t frighten you!!). We will do whatever it takes to make our event seamless. We love the constant variety of clients, venues and menu; we love problem solving and improvising to make things work; we love getting to know our clients so we can hone in on their priorities… and create memories that last a lifetime.

So, back to Fall, the season of pumpkins, mums, cornstalks and Halloween. As we have done for zillions of years, we decorate the outer cookery steps and sills with the harvest of our neighbor, Lo Presti Farms. It is one of my favorite times to decorate – or was, until a few weeks ago. The lesson here is to never under-estimate the power of squirrels. Our local squirrel family has developed quite an organized system of carrying off whole butternut squash, gourds, and pumpkins. They move with such speed and grace…. they have literally chewed thru pumpkins on our step in between client appointments and love leaving a mess of seeds everywhere. So, since this battle began, I have been researching methods of natural ‘discouragement’ for them. Any tips you have for ‘saving’ your fall decor would be welcome!

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07.20.2016

outdoors-table

Summertime is fantastic for getting friends and family together for fun in the sun. While we don’t have to worry about plowing snow or icy paths, summer does bring its own set of challenges to the party-throwing world.

Linda Sample, owner of A Thyme to Cook, offers up some Do’s and Don’ts for summer time entertaining in your home.

Here are some tips that you definitely want to DO, to keep your guests happy, the food fresh and your sanity intact.

1. Think air conditioning!

Or at least shade. An uncomfortable guest is an unhappy guest. In the old days a bowl of ice in front of a fan worked just fine.

An uncomfortable guest is an unhappy guest. In the old days a bowl of ice in front of a fan worked just fine.

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