Monday, September 10, 2018

How We Love, Welcome, Serve

Are you familiar with Amy Hannon and her Love, Welcome, Serve motto??

She runs a darling kitchen boutique called Euna Mae's in Arkansas and is a hoot to follow on social media (@ eunamaes ).  She has a giant heart for Jesus, is a pastor's wife and has three kids in college.  You'll love her.  She wrote a cookbook last year called Love, Welcome, Serve and I'm a big fan.

She's so inspiring as a parent, as a wife and as a woman.  I love her!!

The highlights of her cookbook, for me, are these recipes:
Brown Sugar Chili
Hearty Homemade Chicken and Dumplins
Scratch Dinner Rolls
Preacher's Chocolate Cake
Chocolate Peanut Butter Dream Pie

Her recipes come with beautiful pictures and sweet stories.

I'm always looking for ways to Love, Welcome, Serve others in my home.

The latest gathering we held at our house was our Back to School Burger Night for Kevin's grad students.  It's our 3rd year to host them and I look forward to it every year.  We don't ask them to bring anything.  They just show up, visit and enjoy a home cooked meal.

I sent out evites to all the students.  I'm always on the hunt for pretty blue party supplies.  I loved the wrapping paper table runners I put on every table.  I found some really great paper from TJ Maxx for just $2.99.

 This year I made some cute party favor chocolate dipped pretzels.  They were a big hit!

Our kids love having the students at our house.  They enjoy hanging out with them.  Fletcher was mostly helpful the day of as we were prepping for the party.  He was excited about the chalkboard.

 Kevin always looks forward to this gathering, too.

The menu was simple:
Chips & fresh salsa
Veggies & hummus
Fruit salad
Cornbread casserole

Everyone loved the Fresh Avocado Salsa

My go to Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe

Now I'm on to thinking about ways to love, welcome, serve my friends, neighbors, family and students in September.

You can get your own copy of Love, Welcome, Serve here:

Love Welcome Serve: Recipes that Gather and Give

My friend Whitney from Come Home for Comfort is also a BIG fan of Amy Hannon and her Love, Welcome, Serve message.  Head over to her blog today to see her favorite things about her.

Come Home for Comfort: Love, Welcome, Serve

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  1. What a fun gathering. I’m going to check out that book!

  2. I just think it is the neatest thing that you host students every year. What a blessing to them. I will check out her book!

  3. WoW! That book looks awesome!!! I will check it out definitely!

  4. I'm so glad you suggested I follow her on Instagram! :) It's been a delicious and inspiring time since then! Love your wrapping paper runners - that's such a great idea! Your menu sounds and looks delicious. I remember how much I appreciated a home cooked meal when I was in college, and I'm sure your guests felt SO loved, welcomed and served! <3

  5. Awww that looks like so much fun! And I'm drooling over those chocolate-covered pretzels!

  6. I can't wait to get the cookbook. I love following Amy H on instagram - she seems so authentic! You threw a great Burger Bash!

  7. We had people over for a football game this weekend and it was so fun to prepare things to welcome them!

  8. You have always been such a fantastic party planner/host in my eyes.

  9. Looks like a wonderful and tasty spread! I just go that cookbook too but haven't had a chance to make anything. Thanks for the suggestions!


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