When in Doubt…

Sometimes you just can’t remember exactly what that protocol rule book would have instructed for the situation you’re in…

Not sure what to do? Just remember the very reason that protocol exists:

Always put others’ needs, wants, and comfort before your own: ask yourself how your actions and words will affect those around you.

Love and serve your fellow man.

Galatians 5:13-14

For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even this; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.


Coming Soon…

Well, folks, I’ve taken a longer break from the blog than anticipated. I am currently working on a project addressing protocol, and I’m trying to do it justice. To be honest, this is such a huge task that I had a difficult time even figuring out where to begin.

I hope to post snippets of this project regularly, to encourage all of us toward more considerate living.

Here are a few topics that I’m working on currently:

  1. Why Protocol? (a brief explanation of why protocol even matters)
  2. How to Be a Good Guest (rules-of-thumb for being a polite and enjoyable guest)
  3. Invitations (what to look for when reading them, and what to do about them)
  4. R.S.V.P. (what it means, what to do about it, and what NOT to do)

This is just the tip of the iceberg!

If you have any related topics that you would like to see addressed on here, please leave a comment. I’ll see what I can do!

Busy Season

Hey, y’all!

So sorry I haven’t been posting lately. Life has been extra crazy these last few weeks due to traveling, starting up the lemonade stand at another farmers market, and lots of music.

I’ve decided it will be better to take a bit of a vacation from the blog, and hopefully start back up in August or September.

Until then!

The Refreshments Table

With a recital coming up this evening, I have “reception etiquette” on the brain. Here are a few good things to keep in mind when attending a reception:

  • Cell phones are still off…

Hopefully, you turned your cell phone off for the main event (e.g. the service, ceremony, recital, etc.). But, just because the more formal part is over, it doesn’t mean your phone should be turned back on. Unless you are expecting an important call, leave it off. And if it has to be on, turn it on vibrate only. Focus your attention on these people surrounding you in person.

  • Mingle

Be friendly and engaging, and try to mingle with lots of people. You have come to a group-gathering – so it’s best not to monopolize any one person’s attention, or (for us introverts) ignore/avoid the group as a whole.

from simplythebestcatering.blogspot.com

And, now we come to the highlight of this post… Regarding the food line:

  • Children should be accompanied throughout the entire event, and accompanied through the food line.
  • Use moderation.

At many events (such as the recital I hope to attend tonight), there will be refreshments offered at some point. If it is not stated to be “Breakfast”, “Lunch”, or “Dinner/Supper”, DO NOT EAT AS THOUGH IT WERE. I’ll be honest – I could eat a meal every couple of hours. I’m very partial to the Hobbit meal schedule… But, this table full of refreshments is not my opportunity to fill myself up. Here’s a good rule of thumb for refreshments:

– One small plate of food (NOT heaping. I was serious when I said “small”.)

– One glass of punch

If that sounds skimpy, just remind yourself that this is not a meal. It’s not offered because people are hungry. This is a social gathering, and the hostess has been kind enough to provide some light refreshments. When you overindulge, you’re creating a shortage of food and simply being rude. Once again, we have to think of others first. Will everyone have plenty to choose from?

Product Review: e.l.f. Waterproof Eyeliner Pen

A little while back, I decided to try wearing a brown eyeliner, rather than black. Having blue eyes, the recommendation is generally to wear black mascara, etc. That has worked well for me, but I wanted a softer, more “everyday” look.

Check it out by clicking on the image.

Oh, and a big requirement was that it be waterproof.

So, I grabbed an e.l.f. waterproof eyeliner pen for very little $$ ($2.00 on the e.l.f. site right now!) – color “Coffee” – and absolutely love it. I wear it pretty much everyday, and it lasts *amazingly* well.

Seriously. I’ve cried, sweated, even slept on it, and it stays put. I love this stuff.

Cooking Term: Aioli

According to merriam-webster:


a mayonnaise flavored with garlic and sometimes other ingredients (as red pepper)

image from SavorySimple.net

Click HERE to see A Family Feast’s amazing-looking recipe for roasted garlic aioli.

Chicken-Fried Hamburger Steak

Well, as long as I’ve just posted about the term “chicken-fried”, I thought I might as well share what we’ve been eating lately.

In a desperate search for a different way to use ground beef (not spaghetti or meatloaf… again), I decided to try a ground beef version of… well… something akin to chicken-fried steak.

[cue: Hallelujah Chorus].

Raising our own beef cows means that we usually have an almost unlimited supply of ground beef... if nothing else. :-D

Raising our own beef cows means that we usually have an almost unlimited supply of ground beef… if nothing else. 😀

Here’s basically what I did the other night:

  1. Completely thaw 2 pounds of ground beef. If I’m starting mid-to-late afternoon, I just put the frozen meat – still wrapped – in a sink-full of hot water. This thaws it pretty quickly!
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the meat with the following ingredients:
    • 2 eggs (So far, when I’ve made it, I’ve added about one egg per pound of meat.)
    • Garlic Powder (We like quite a bit. Plus, if the meat is gamey at all, this really helps tame that taste.)
    • Minced Onion, dried
    • Salt & Pepper
    • Olive Oil (This may be unnecessary if your meat has a good amount of fat in it already. Ours is quite lean right now.)
  3. In a pie plate or dinner plate, combine flour, salt, and black pepper – for dredging.
  4. In another pie plate or dinner plate, pour a goodly amount of buttermilk.
  5. With the meat mixture, make small balls (just according to your preference. Keep in mind that they will be flattened, and will get fairly large as a result.).
  6. Heat the griddle with some oil on it.
  7. Roll one of the balls in the dredging mixture, flatten slightly in your hand, dip it in the buttermilk, and dredge it again in the flour. Before removing it from the flour, press it out as you can get it (while still being able to move it to the griddle).
  8. Move it to the griddle, and cook until browned.
  9. Repeat until meat is gone.

Enjoy this with mashed potatoes and white gravy. Hurray for a different ground beef meal!