Today’s hectic schedules make it harder to get together, each of those moments are precious. I know it is hard for my friends and family to get together lately. Someone is always working, a child is sick, or other obligations get in the way. Making the most of time together is essential.
With changing dietary preferences and needs, what is on the plates I serve is ever evolving. Many of my friends are on low gluten or organic diets (some are on both). My parents are diabetic, and my daughter has sensory and fine motor issues related to her autism that effect what her meals comprise. All that doesn’t matter, though. The company matters more than what is on the plate. As long as it tastes good & doesn’t completely veer off their dietary needs, everyone is happy.
Two of my go-to entertaining tricks are Dixie® plates and a versatile homemade BBQ sauce. Both are easy, reliable and make me being there during the gathering a breeze.
Good food, good company and good conversation are the stuff we will remember. The more comfortable everyone is, the better. Here is part of where Dixie® comes in to help me be more present in the moment. Not only can my time be spent enjoying my guests rather than doing dishes (or tackling a big mess later), but when you leave a fresh stack of Dixie® plates in the kitchen and invite everyone to help themselves, more will. For some reason, the Dixie® plates seem more welcoming. Like they say “Hey, I’m here. Why not use me?” The easier the maintenance of the meal is, the more relaxed I am, making it a nicer and more natural time for everyone to share their life happenings and stories.
Those are the moments that matter, and just what Dixie® is celebrating on their Be More Here page. Stop in and see for yourself. Also, make sure to check out the slideshow featuring all the participating bloggers.
Oh, and here’s the recipe for my homemade BBQ sauce, in case you want to make some for your next family meal.
- 1 cup organic ketchup
- 3 tbs honey
- 2 tbs unsulfured molasses
- 2½ tbs apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp chili powder
- ½ tsp Dijon mustard
- Whisk together ingredients.
- Refrigerate in air tight container until use.
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