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How Much Should Houseguests Treat?

@kylemac...it is not so black and white. I love having them out here, but they are the ones doing the asking and arranging. All say they never want to leave when the visit is over. They take pix of the food I serve them. We all have a lovely time. I just want to share the load in a more organized fashion...otherwise I spend most of my time serving rather than visiting. Am I whining? ya...I guess I'm starting to. Thank you's and their company have been enough for 3 years thank you very much!! Now I need some pampering...lol It's no big deal. Friends we will remain regardless. I asked for advice however, your tone was tight with criticism that wasn't helpful at all. thanks for all other thoughtful responses however! :) Indeed lots to think about, so thanks....I would never hurt their feelings.

Jul 04, 2011
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How Much Should Houseguests Treat?

I have a few friends who often come for a one or two night stay with us in the country. We feed them (I'm a foodie and love to cook) put them up in a nice guest room and clear the decks up front so we can visit. I would say some have been here 10 times. With on exception, no one has brought food or a gift or reciprocated with a nice dinner either at a restaurant or at their place (in the city). Often a bottle of wine is brought, but that's about it. I love them all but lately I feel like a free b&b or rest home. The only thing I asked is that the place looks the same as when they arrived. (bed stripped, dishes done, etc which never happens) (one friend has health issues and often sleeps for the whole weekend.) lol We live waaaaaay out in the country so staying over night is great for all. I'm at the point however that I'm considering charging for meals and bedroom. I wonder how many would still come. hmmm. Sad thought. Am I wrong to feel this way with 'best' friends?

Jul 01, 2011
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Haggis Is Comfort Food

What! No recipe? :)

Aug 13, 2010
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Smoked Mozzarella

Actually, I'd like to know how to make my own liquid smoke! :)

Jun 24, 2010
Aartist in Recipes

Smoked Mozzarella

Or! Do what us smoker-deprived folks do and use liquid smoke on grated mozzarella and sit overnight in the fridge. Works with any cheese actually but use a light hand. Add to friday's pizza and viola!

Jun 24, 2010
Aartist in Recipes

Slow-Cooked Stuffed Cabbage

I stopped cooking the cabbage years ago when I discovered that freezing a head of cabbage works the same way to soften the leaves enough to wrap around the filling...AND no burned fingers. Just drop the cabbage in the freezer and thaw out when needed. It takes about 24 hours to thaw a big head.

Jun 09, 2010
Aartist in Recipes