This Friday is the ONE year Anniversary of my first post on Strawberry CAKE.


Because I luv ya, I wanted to do a GIVEAWAY, and it turns out it’s going to be a double whammy! I still cant believe that anyone besides my first two commenter’s (thank you Heather and Big D) even reads this stuff….. I want to say Thank You for coming over here, it makes me so happy when you do.

I am a huge fan of Jaden Hairs blog Steamy Kitchen. She has great recipes that are delicious, quick, and easy. I was a total geek when I got to meet her last week in San Francisco.

She was so sweet, she didn’t mind my geek-a-tude at all. I was the first one at the book table, just in case her book sold out, and she very graciously signed two copies. One for YOU and one for ME!

We LOVE any type of Asian food in this house. Chinese, Sushi, Thai, you name it, my kids love it! Look at my boys they are looking through my new cookbook deciding what I should make first. Luke thinks I need to cook every recipe……..maybe I will eventually.

Goof-ball! Who’s kid is this?

More goofballs, oohing and aahing over all the yummy pictures and recipes.
The Steamy Kitchen is only the first part of my the giveaway! The second part is this print from Redletterwords!!!!

My friend Dee is so sweet (maybe because of all the goodies she eats over here at my hacienda). When I told her I was doing the Steamy Kitchen Cookbook giveaway she said “Oh! I want to give you my new print to giveaway with it!”. I was driving when she told me, I nearly went bumping over the curb I was so excited.
The verse on this print is from Hebrews 13:2. I love this verse, it reminds me of my Grandma telling me about how during the depression, even though they barely had enough to feed their own family, they never turned anyone away that happened to show up on their doorstep during dinner time, because they might be an angel!
This would look fabulous in your kitchen or dining room, I just know it! It’s a good thing Dee will be sending the winner the print, because if I got my grimy paws on it it may never get to the winner.
Ok enough blabbin….here’s what you need to do to be eligible to win:
1. Leave a comment below telling me what recipe you love to make when you have guests over. One comment only please.
*** if you want more than one chance to win.…***
Twitter this giveaway and mention @lstrawberrycake in your tweet
-link this giveaway to your FaceBook page
Check out Redletterwords site and have a look around, tell me what your favorite print is in your comment!
Because I am a night owl, I will take comments until 12pm Friday night! Then I will pick one winner randomly to win Jaden Hair’s Steamy Kitchen Cookbook AND the above 12×12 cafe mount print from Redletterwords.

Hugs to you all!

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    Robin S. :

    Your kids are too cute! I tend to make asian flank steak, ranch potatoes and asian cabbage salad, that is my go to meal. I love that your kids are so not picky. We need to do sushi again soon! I am coming in next week to get my car fixed, maybe then!

    Just shared you on FB.

    And my favorite print is, Fruit of the Spirit.

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    Dodie :

    For guests: fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy and green beans. ( my Mother's Sunday dinner)
    Two are better than One, love that for newly weds or any couple as far as that goes.
    Your kid are great actors (hams) Ha

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    Ashley :

    Love the pics of your kiddos! When we have company I prefer to grill because it leaves less dishes for me to clean lol.

    I shared your link on FB and my favorite print is definitely Two are better then One.

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    Cindy :

    I love to make ribs for guests… makes people feel instantly comfortable and relaxed, cuz they know they can get messy and it doesn't matter. lol

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    Heather Nesbit :

    Well I guess it all depends on the season…so since it is fall I usually do a white chicken chili and a beef chili…because it's nice to have options and my guest love the fact that they can have both.

    I also shared your link of FB

    My favorite print is She Knew….New Creation, It is a great reminder that when I fall flat on my face today…he picks me up, brushes me off, and sends me into tomorrow.

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    I'm Jen. :

    My hubby usually does the cooking for entertaining but when I do it's something simple like flank steak on the grill.

    As for Red Letter Words … "I Can do ALL things through Christ …"

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    Lisa Mize :

    For guests we sometimes do marinated pork tenderloin with oriental cole slaw and oven roasted red skins.

    My favorite Red Letter Words…. currently is For I Know the Plans I have for YOu…..

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    Tree :

    I found a recipe on Annie's Eats that's a cheesecake ball that everyone always enjoys-I serve it with Nilla Wafers. πŸ™‚

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    Tree :

    I really like the "Two are better than one." print! So cute!

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    Cheryl :

    I like to make lemon skewered chicken, roasted veggies and zucchini bread whenever we have company over.

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    Julie k :

    I retreated your giveaway. We make Penne with Italian sausage and tomato cream sauce. It always makes plenty for guests and our family of 7 and tastes great with PW's buttery Rosemary rolls.

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    The Murphy's :

    I love making oven roasted potatoes using white and sweet potatoes with herbs and parm cheese on them! So good! They go great with any grilled meat!

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    heatherbaker :

    Is beer a recipe? I like to serve beer, in my chilli and in a can, if I really like ya-a bottle.:0}

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    Lanette :

    strawberry spinach salad and whatever hubby wants to grill. i'm in such a rut, that would be why i found your blog.
    Phil 4:8 love the cross as the t

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    Alessa :

    Kalua pig or pizza!

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    Jordan :

    My favorite recipe to make is my homemade bbq with beef brisket. Nothing better then making something in the crockpot and having the smells wafting around the house for hours.

    Although the only downside is that you're constantly drooling and hungry! πŸ™‚

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    kaname650 :

    My go to recipe is teriyaki chicken wings on the grill. Pretty much my signature dish.

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    Kowanda :

    I love to make a crawfish or shrimp boil when company comes over. It's a one pot meal and to me is perfect for gatherings.
    kowandamcbride at yahoo dot com

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    sherimiya :

    Inarizushi! Ever since childhood. Thanks!


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    Kowanda :

    kowandamcbride at yahoo dot com

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    saveMeEHJeBus :

    coconut flognarde! yummie!

    thundor (@) gmail .com

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    Kowanda :

    linked to my facbook page!/
    kowandamcbride at yahoo dot com

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    Sue Ann Ciccone :

    I know Jaden and she is a fabulous cook! I still don't have a copy of her book because I bought one for my Mother In Law for Christmas last year!

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    Kowanda :

    My favorite print from Redletterwords is Hannah's Prayer.
    kowandamcbride at yahoo dot com

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    Vile :

    Rib steak on the BBQ. Even in the winter!

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    Lynn :

    When I have guests over I love to cook a chicken dish and I've discovered several fabulous crock pot recipes that make preparation simple so I can fuss over other details. My go-to recipe is Coq Au Vin – – so yummy.

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    Food*Bully :

    I make everyone's favorite, My Mom's Chicken Chipotle Enchiladas. I've taken my mom's recipe and adapted new flavor profiles. It's a hit every single time, it has old fans, and always makes new ones. I serve with black bean and poblano beans, and Mexican rice. I just made myself hungry!

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    Christine :

    I love to make wasabi shrimp crackers! I mix a bit of wasabi with cream cheese and spread it on rice crackers. Then I top each rice cracker with a shrimp! They're very quick to make and tasty.

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    Arubula :

    Congrats on one year! I love that you are celebrating with such a fantastic contest prize!!!
    Hands down my go to is lobster pot pie from the barefoot contessa herself, Ina Garten. It is super easy and make ahead that people RAVE about and request regularly.
    Again, Congrats on one year!

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    Christine :

    Curry! Easy and good for crowds… well crowds that like Asian food anyway! πŸ™‚

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    ChrissieN :

    What a great blog, so glad I found it through Steamy Kitchen! Congrats on your 1 yr anniversary. PS: My 2yo is crazy for your strawberry wallpaper – LOL! In the Summer, my favorite dish to make for friends is Melt in your Mouth BBQ Ribs (found the recipe on recipezaar (now When we hold our big holiday party, I always make Italian food like Chicken Francaise and 3 cheese sausage baked ziti. Okay, now I'm hungry! πŸ˜‰

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    angie :

    i'd love to have the cookbook from Jaden Hairs. big fan. πŸ˜€

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    angie :

    and i love the Two are Better than One print! (

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    angie :

    i don't cook that well, but i love make pasta salads for people because it's quick& easy + tasty at the same time.

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    Beth and family :

    I make garlic lemon chicken because its so good with all the sauce and mopped up with crusty french bread. Its the favorite of all my visitors.

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    Beth :

    No matter the entrΓ©e, I always love to serve freshly-made bread alongside. It's not that much extra effort, but it always lets people know that I took a little special care just for them.

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    Socialkim :

    I love to make flour tortillas, carne guisada, Spanish rice and refried beans! It's a meal that takes a little time to prepare but there's nothing I like more than loving my friends through my cooking.

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    angie :
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    redwoods :

    Oh, oh, a roast chicken with potatoes, carrots & onions all done up in the same roasting pan, a deceptively easy meal for a group (it takes all of an hour!), or a great big baked pasta, so easy to adapt for no-gluten or vegan guests without sacrificing taste! I totally love Steamy Kitchen, the recipes are great (and fast!), and I'm glad to have this site, too! Also, I love that everybody's posted fall-ish meals πŸ™‚

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    mtsteffes :

    Happy anniversary Sheila! I can't believe it's been a year…time sure does FLY!!

    The recipe I LOVE to make for company is Chicken Floutas…crispy outer tortilla with a cheesy chicken filling…served with gravy, home made guac, refried beans topped with cheese, sour cream and tortilla chips of course! You would LOVE it! Tracy

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    mgermany :

    It rotates but lately PW's cheesy olive bread does the trick every time!
    I also love to have some peanut butter bacon cookies ready (thank you joy the baker!) everyone is always so shocked by the bacon and then blown away by how yummy they are!

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    Yvonne :

    My husband makes the best pork BBQ and it's always a hit when we have friends over.

    My favorite print is Two are better then One.

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    Nhu Fabros :

    I usually do different theme dinners depending on the occasion, guest and season. However, what I find I make most often is Lemon Chicken Kabobs with Saffron Orzo. For appetizers, I ususally do homemade potato chips and pan-fried onion dip, sausage stuffed mushrooms and a melted brie & sun-dried tomato dip. For dessert, I usually make a strawberry country cake.

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    Kristi G. :

    My go-to *fancy* dessert is Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding. YUM!

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    Lisa S. :

    With us, it depends on the guests. I am a good cook, my husband is, on the other hand a chef. He will be attending culinary school in December. We love to grill. But, most of all, we love to cook together.

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    Melissa :

    "You Can do ALL things through Christ …" is my fav Print right now. I do not entertain at my house much – just too cozy, but I love a good potluck with family and friends. I love to bring a spinach dip or my grandma's homemade mac n cheese – although I still can't make it just like hers.

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    Ashley :

    As I peel back the velvety deep purple skin from this fresh fig I'm currently eating, I realize the more I cook and bake for guests, the simpler my food seems to get. I love to cook and display my 'STEAMY Kitchen' skills when my guests are present. But there is something so sweet about a pre-baked "cinnamon-y apple upside down cake", that is what I love to make. The scent of the syrupy brown sugar caramel sauce paired with hearty baked apples smells so fabulous when my guests enter the home. My cooking techniques may not be a secret, but my baking…

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    Pattie :

    I usually have grilled steak and potatoes for guests. Maybe an appetizer or a dessert too. I love this cookbook! I have borrowed it 3 times from the library. Would love to own!

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    Ashley :

    "What can I make happen for others today?" is one of my fave prints, as it questions my motives.

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    Friberg Clan :

    One year…Oh, my little girl is growing up…getting a big girl blog. Oh, just teasing. But boy, what a year it has been, eh? I looked back at that first post and I was ANONYMOUS! CRAZY. Well, I have to tell you every SINGLE post has been a thrill to read for me! Just a thrill.

    I have to say I don't not have ONE go to dish. I do love to make "Chicken Curry with Coconuts, mango's and basil" served with a simple salad, basmati rice and naan bread. YUM. OR MEXICAN….any kind of MEXICAN.

    Favorite print…I LOVE the Hebrews 13:2 print! It says it all. is to another great year. Can't wait to see what God has in store for you and for luvstrawberrycake!

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    Momsy :

    We love to do Asian Hot Pot or Japanese Yakiniku BBQ with our family or friends. I was just thinking about trying Korean BBQ and was referred to @steamykitchen for great recipes, her cookbook would be an awesome prize. Btw we are a Canadian Born Caucasian family with gluten sensitivity and have always found Asian cooking to be healthier for us.

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    Anonymous :

    Usually pasta! Easy, and everyone loves it.

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    Diane :

    We usually have pasta with homemade meat sauce. It is usually what the guests request. Sometimes we even make homemade pasta.

    Two are better than one is my favorite.

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    Angi :

    I LOVE to make our smoked chicken. It's just delicious. It's one of those recipes that if you don't like it, then you must be a vegetarian. πŸ™‚

    And man – I love so many of those prints. Right now I'm diggin' on the movie quote ones. Really though, RedLetterWords is the best!

    (Just tweeted @ @KCBowmanBunch)

    Not worth extra anything, but I put it on my blog too ( This is too good to keep to myself!

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    ryan's grane :

    Love to grill chicken and roast a big pot of veggies ( cauliflower, broccoli, squash, onion, etc) and end with a chocolate sheet cake

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    Carrie - Robin's cousin :

    Since we raise our own pork & beef, we usually serve whatever we have on hand in our freezer. This summer I tried a different grilled pork chop marinade that has been a big hit with our guests always wanting to know the ingredients. So guess what we are serving this Sat. evening for a dinner party. You betcha, chops! A favorite print is His eye is on the sparrow. I love your crazy blog. My daughter married the WY cowboy in Sept. & recently made the cowboy calzones which he loved. She loved getting PW's cookbook from you. Thanks again!

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    WhitneyDawn :

    I always make Pioneer Woman's lasagna with french bread and salad! Everyone loves it!

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    Nicole :

    I love to make Shish Kabobs. They can be customized for personal tastes and everyone always seems to love them!

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    Lynn Daws :

    I Love to make cheesy chicken enchiladas for company.
    My favorite print is the I am my beloveds and my beloved is mine <3
    Good Luck everyone and thanks for hosting this giveaway.
    and…Happy Blogisversary <3

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    Jenny Sunshine :

    i love to just do roast chicken, potatoes, salad… easy stuff that lets's me spend time with family and friends!

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    Jenny Sunshine :

    I also checked out her site- I love the idea of christmas cards! But the entertaining angel verse has been one of my favorites since I was in high school!

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    Sue@CountryPleasures :

    Dessert always! Something sweet for my sweet company! Please enter me too! Thanks!

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    Sara :

    We like to grill for company, especially in the summer. Steaks or chicken and then some good sides.

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    Traci :

    I make tacos for guests because that's the one dish I make that people ooh and aah over every time! (I just deep fry the corn tortillas!)

    I love Hannah's Prayer at Red Letter Words, stuff like that makes me tear up every time!

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    Karla :

    I love to make a big, 3 cheese lasagna, with crusty homemade garlic bread, and a glass of red wine!

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    Momma Bean :

    I'm a newbie here and found you through The Picky Palatte, and I plan on staying awhile! I love making a Mexican bar for my guests, with lots of fresh veggies, homemade salsa and guacamole and Spanish rice. But what I really love to make is my Too Much Chocolate cake! πŸ˜‰

    Just checked out Red Letter Words…I love it! One of my favorites is "Love Never Fails." Simple, but so true.

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    Meghan :

    My favorite thing to make people are PW's stuffed jalapenos for an appetizer. For dinner, it's usually chicken marsala and roasted potatoes. Off to check out those prints!

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    Dodie :

    I sent a comment yesterday and now today I posted your site on Facebook. Does this mean I am entered 2 times. Hope so!

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    Dawn :

    I like to make an Italian chicken dish. It's easy and delish!

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    Jennifer :

    My roast beef with creamy horseradish sauce and mashed potatoes!
    Tweeted you too! πŸ™‚

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    Susan :

    I usually make crock-pot flank steak fajitas with all the fixin's – easy and little mess – served with a spinich & avocado salad with honey-lime dressing,some buttery and good white rice, and watermelon.

    I like the Fruit of the Spirit picture and also the one you are giving away!

    Thanks for the chance to win…:)

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    Lori Fox :

    Hi Sheila,
    congrats on your one year tomorrow! I love your excitement and fun opportunities for giveaways! My favorite dessert to make when I have company is Chocolate crock pot cake. It is so warm and yummy with icecream and something most people have never had.
    Thanks for entertaining my heart and my tummy with your blog.
    Lori Fox

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    Snoap Family :

    My favorite winter meal is Ritz Chicken over Penne Pasta.

    Redletterwords fav is actually Dee's custom work..recieved a great one highlighting vacation spots we've been to.

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    Emily :

    I'm much more of a baker than a cook, so cheesecake is often on the dessert menu for guests!

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    Rosemary :

    For a spur of the moment dinner – because that's my favorite way to entertain- I like to make Sesame Chicken Salad. (ok, shameless promo!)
    Sheila – if you don't remember meeting me at Blogher that's ok (but we did!) You are one of my more memorable Blogee's. I enjoyed our chat, your warm smile and I was so impressed your husband encouraged you to go to SF — love husbands like that πŸ™‚ Great pics of your kids. Happy to 'meet' them in your travel blog too.

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    Rosemary :

    for my redletterwords favorite, you selection is my fav — truly!

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    Karin Nelson :

    I like to make marinated, grilled chicken breasts, and oven-roasted rosemary potatoes. (I LOVE potatoes.) I see I'm going to have to talk to Lori about her crockpot chocolate cake. Whoa, nellie, that sounds good.

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    Carrie :

    Your wonderfully energetic personality comes out crystal clear through your writing. I love it. Makes me feel like I'm sitting right next to you.

    So….what do I love to make when I have guests over? Well, that would depend on the time of year…but my all time favorite is Grilled Sockeye Salmon with rice, Green Beans with Caramelized Shallots, a big green salad and the NY Times Chocolate Chip Cookies with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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    Nothin But NORMAN :

    Shelia, I love your energy and excitement on your blog….it is so much fun to read. We love to have a bunch of friends over and have our friend Patrick bring his smoker over and cook some good ole southern ribs and chicken, served up with a pasta salad, sweet corn,baked beans,roasted potatoes, caramel apple empanada and sweet tea….our "southern comfort food".

    My favorite print is, "DANCE like no ones watching, LOVE, like you've never been hurt, SING like no ones listening, LIVE like Heaven is on Earth".

    Thanks for sharing….

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    Erika :

    Man Sheila, hard to pick just one favorite print from Redletterwords! A couple favorites: "You are right where you should be," "What can I make happen for others today," and "Keep calm & Carry on" to name a few. I REALLY like the one you're giving away too!

    What to cook when company is coming over?? There is this chicken, spinach, pasta dish that I like to make. It has cheese, walnuts, & tomatoes in it too. Then for dessert, I like to make Apple Kuchen. It's one of my husbands favorites from his childhood.

    Keep making others smile. You do it well!!!

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    the Segard Family :

    Congrats girlfriend on 1 year!!!! I love your blog. We mostly have peoople over in the summer, so I would say a good burger on the grill!! As for Dee's prints… they are all amazing!!!

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    ckmessing :

    I can't believe it's been a year!!! Congrats!!! I love to make Vegetarian Dagwood sandwiches for guests, in the summer when all the veggies are fresh – so good!!!

    Posting you to my Facebook too πŸ™‚

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    Tanya Ree :

    Well, we just got married in August. My vows did say I promise to learn how to cook! With saying that, and since it is fall, and there aren't that many things I can cook right now, (Wishing I had paid more attention to my moms cooking growing up)

    BUT I can make White Chicken Chili, and it's pretty darn good πŸ™‚

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    Karrie :

    Although you have been posting a year, I have only been following for a few months. I am seriously going to eat my way through your blog!! Every recipe I have made so far has been AMAZING!! Then when I'm done I will probably need to blog through my weight loss journey!!! lol!!

    I love to make hot ham dingers!! They are ham and swiss with a homemade seasoned butter on a crusty roll all wrapped up in foil and baked for about 1/2 hr. They are ooey gooey goodness!!! I love that I can make them in advance and just pop them in the oven. They go great with some chips and dip!!

    I will also be posting on Facebook and Twitter!!!

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    Karrie :

    oh yeah, and my favorite red letter words mount is Hannah's Prayer!

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    April Hunt :

    I love to make Chicken casserole..or grilled chicken caesars salad. I love to make my grandmothers chocolate cake-everyone dies when they eat it! I also love to make The Pioneer Woman's apple dumplings too!!!

    showers at hotmail dot com

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    April Hunt :

    I love the Psalm 1 set on the Red Letter website-I want that for Christmas!!

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    Krista :

    For dinner, I love to make shredded pork or chicken tacos. Always a hit.

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    Krista :

    I checked out redletter, I love Hannah's prayer

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    Dan Tschida :

    Favorite recipe for guests? The Danhattan of course, my very slightly modified version of a Manhattan.

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    Tracy Woodruff :

    Congrats Sheila on your one year anniversary! I love reading your blog and getting inspired by all your fab. recipes, love the pictures too!
    I love to grill flank steak in the summer or in the winter I make a yummy stuffed shells recipe with salad, bread and wine! πŸ™‚ And no dinner is complete without a Kahlua sundae!
    As for Dee's prints, I love them all, especially the "Keep Calm and Carry On" one…she is one talented lady too! Looking forward to more of your posts!

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    Marie Larsen :

    This is so awesome! I really love this idea!! As far as for entertaining, we love mushrooms stuffed with sausage topped with melted cheese. I love" I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength" AMEN! I also have four kids and say these words almost everyday!

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    Susan Martin :

    Okay, can I change my entry from a few days ago! Just kidding, but I had to let you all know that I just made two recipes from Jaden Hair's website and they were awesome. I will now be adding her Pear and Gorgonzola Flatbread served with her Kale and Cauliflower Tabouli to my favorite "company dishes"! Thanks Jaden!

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    Nan :

    I have a recipe called Hamburger Pie…it is yummy served with smashed potatoes and a steamed veggie…the best!

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    theresa :

    My go to recipe is baked brie w/a cranberry chutney, yum!

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    Kristi :

    I love making Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes for guests, topped with vanilla ice cream and/or fresh whipped cream. YUM! πŸ˜‰

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    Kristi :

    Lovin "Hope over Fear" by Red Letter Art!

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    I have been checking out some of your stories and it’s pretty good stuff. I will surely bookmark your website.