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I’m DeeDee Dalrymple, and I’m so glad you found your way to this site. As you’ll see, “welcome” is one of my favorite words. Whether as a newlywed hosting my first Christmas dinner or a mom cooking Saturday morning pancakes for our children and their friends, I have always enjoyed welcoming others into our home. Bringing people we care about together is more than serving a meal; it’s an expression of love.

I realize that not everyone feels this way. For some, entertaining is overwhelming and stressful. My step-by-step guide, Effortless Entertaining, along with our ongoing updates, will provide all the resources you need. My goal is to inspire the seasoned host as well as the most reluctant, and to make both feel more at ease.


Easy Chicken Soup – No Recipe Needed!

DEAR FRIENDS, Last week I said the weather wasn’t feeling like winter. This week it seems winter roared in everywhere … well, except in the Bahamas where I am writing this newsletter. I know, it’s not that nice of me to be talking about our sun and sand, while you’re wearing your parkas. I am…

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“DeeDee, I dished your “Dash” for dinner tonight. Delish!!”