“Come sit in my living room”~ Part 2

This thread was getting a bit long (happy) so I thought I`d continue it on a new post…

If you are new here, the first part of this thread is here

Keep sending them in. (To: Ilovegk@gmail.com) I put them up whenever I can. Some wait days and some are up in 5 min.

Don`t forget to include name, city, state and 3 food times you would serve your guests. Low res pictures are a plus. 🙂 I have been downsizing them when they are too big, so no worries if you don`t know how…

Thank you to ALL who participated! THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!!


And the Bravo award goes to Annie…


Annie Carpenter

Novelty, Ohio

Annie explains:

…”i want you to see why it does my heart good to see other people’s pretty rooms.  its because mine is such a disaster zone!! its been like this since last july.  yes, i mean july 2009. so is my den, family room, and dining room.  so i do a lot of dreaming of pretty places.  catalogs are great, but these rooms your readers are showing are so much more real. love it.”



Charity Gingerich, Lovington IL

Since it’s fall I’d serve you some spiced cider, homemade sugar popcorn (like kettlekorn), and apple crisp.



–Tina Hostetler
Brownsville, OR

3 things I would serve a guest? Grilled Chicken, Italian Vinaigrette Salad, and Sweet tea, of course.


Elaine Hefner
Lima, Ohio

I would serve mini party pizzas, popcorn/corn chips/cheese curls mix and brownies

Marilyn Miller
Macon, MS

Most of my company consists of some type of ladies party since I’m single and don’t have just lots of visitors. I do love to entertain though and some of my favorites to fix are, cream cheese with pick-a-peppa or hot pepper jelly served with crackers, stuffed mushrooms and something sweet, lemon bars or chess squares. I usually always have a variety of hot drinks, coffee, cider, hot chocolate etc., and water.


Ruth Yoder

Chengdu, Sichuan, China
If you came to my house…I would serve, well, first of all, I’d take you out to eat for some real Chinese food since you’d be in the best place in the world for Chinese food–Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan- which is known for it’s spicy food- in China.  And it would be an absolute shame not to take advantage of the amazing(and cheap) food we can get here. Then, since the Chinese don’t usually serve dessert, we would come back to my house for dessert. Maybe iced coffee made with sweetened condensed milk since that’s easy to find here. If I was splurging, I’d buy cream cheese(super expensive here) and make cheesecake, but most likely I’d just make chocolate chip bars or hot milk cake with chocolate chips or maybe lemon pudding cake.

3 cheers to Coleen for “Most Creative” entry!!




Coleen H. Barnhart

Waynesboro, Georgia

cheese and summer sausage with crackers, orange julius & fruit kabobs with dip

(Or if you were the right age to make my livingroom this messy and clean it up again I might reward you with Koolaid and popsicles!)


Linda Hershey
Stone Lake , Wisconsin

if we are not doing campfire–which is really all we do in the summer- Weldon would probably grill his to-die-for smoked salmon. i would throw a salad together, fill a pitcher with iced tea, cut up a ton of fresh lemons to squeeze in tea, and then in a near panic fall back on brownies or blueberry buckle. but who am i kidding? dinner guests beside family who bring half the food, are quite rare.

Rachel Miller
Millersburg Ohio

Pumpkin Bars , Coffee , veggies and dip


Kay Martin

Plain City, OH

I’d serve coffee, raspberry cream cheese cinnamon rolls, and fruit with dip.



Churchtown, PA

Love to make fresh salsa right now, so we would serve salsa and chips with coffee or cider for those who don’t love coffee.


Lori Schrock
Millersburg, OH

Iced Coffee
Fresh Salsa and Tortilla Chips
Dream Filled Cupcakes (since that’s what happens to be in my freezer at the moment.)


Paula Yoder
Delta, CO

Three of my favorite dishes to make for our guests would be:
Southern Sweet Tea
Brownies out of the box, a little gooey yet… 🙂
Ice cream and the oh so wonderful coffee
that my hubby taught this Southern girl to like. 🙂


Sherri Yoder

Sarasota, FL

Spaghetti casserole, garlic bread, and salad


Jo Martin

Myerstown, PA

Hot Wing Cheese Dip in a bread bowl, tortilla chips and veggies on the side.



Beth Miller

Reinholds, PA

When we have guests over, my husband and I like to make quesadillas with all kinds of topping! I also love making lemonade, it is so refreshing! For something sweet, I would probably make hot fudge brownie sundaes in the microwave! (But a little brownie batter in the bottom of a mug and bake in the microwave for about 1 minute, then add ice cream on top and toppings! ) Yummo!


Cindy Forry

Hanover, PA

fav foods to serve…something with cheese,

mississippi mud pie,

and {we have beef cattle} steak on the grill!



Cretora Kline
Mt. Airy, MD

The 3 most common things we serve guests: (not as a dinner menu)
Southern Sweet Tea w/ a lemon wedges
Bean-n-Cheese Dip w/ tortilla chips

Also, I asked Charlie the same question (what are the top 3 things we serve people on the spur of the moment) and he rattled off those exact 3 things-might be a sign we should mix it up a little. 🙂 We l.o.v.e. having people over and all those things take such little time to put together and everyone likes it.


Julie Beachy
Sugarcreek, OH

My living room is a work in progress right now.  I really need some window
treatments.  Any ideas? =)  I think I would probably serve fraps and hot coffee,
Chicken chip dip and brownies/cookies.


Anna Miller

Quaker City, OH

I love having girlfriends over for coffee in the morning, so I’d serve you blueberry cheesecake muffins, my favorite coffee: Gevalia, and possibly some fresh fruit. Then we’d sit and chat the morning away while the kids play!


Janice Kauffman

Moyie Springs, Idaho

I tend to be a bit indecisive about what to serve guests, so I will just serve what I am hungry for today.  Apple pie with (premium) vanilla ice cream, coffee, and chocolate covered pretzels.


Elaine Martin

Denver, Pa.

I would serve coffee and probably fresh squeezed lemonade or cold meadow tea. I usually have something baked in the freezer for unexpected guests. I would also serve something salty.Since we’re heading into Fall and cooler weather, I might make hot pizza dip served with tortilla chips.


Just sitting here poised and waiting to add yours… 😉


I wanted to also say, if you don`t want to send a picture of your living room feel free to link up, so more women can find out about it, AND so we can enjoy more entries together.


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  1. Cretora says:

    Did I send you 2 of the same picture?
    And yay! I’ve always wanted to see Cindy Forry’s living room. 🙂 I always thought it’d be neat. Also thought it was neat to see Julie’s living room, since I’d been there in the “before” stages…I love what you’ve done so far. 🙂

  2. Kristy says:

    Cindy…. your living room looks just like you :). The first lady would look great sitting in there!

    This is so interesting, love to “see” into others homes and it makes me realize what would make me comfortable and maybe what wouldn’t!

    Great work Jennie, my friend!

  3. lisa says:

    beth miller, i am flirting hard with the idea of using a green like that in my kitchen. it makes me feel braver to see your livingroom! what is the name of the color?

  4. Julie says:

    Cindy Forry is from Hanover, PA. It’s been fun seeing everyone’s style’s in their living rooms. And, Thanks, Cretora! =)

  5. Kristen Lehman says:

    Love ur idea of doing this Jenny. Would love to send a pic but my comp is getting cleaned so sometime I’ll get to it. Love seeing ideas.

  6. Amy says:

    I like the human element on the latest picture….the little girl looking out the window….Makes me feel more comfortable and homey. And it’s a comfort to me to see some of the rooms with the mismatched loved furniture. Gives the rooms more character I think. And it’s been fun to see the rooms of some of my friends from the good ole days. My faithful cleaner is coming tomorrow…Maybe I could be brave enough to send a pic after that! 🙂

  7. amber says:

    i LOVE this, jenny!

    i want to sit in them all…
    and eat every food item mentioned. 🙂

  8. Cindy says:

    I love Coleen’s before and after idea! And I’m thinking that I could totally hang out at her house. Will work for popsicles. 🙂

  9. Cindy says:

    Linda, I would love to try Weldon’s to die for salmon. I’ll be the rare dinner guest and bring the rest of the meal!!! Kidding! I am not dinner guest material. More of the ole’ friend type! I can’t wait to flop on your couch…and prop my feet up on your trunk!

  10. Kristen Lehman says:

    I love ruth yoder from china…mainly because I sat in that exact room and was enjoying china. Btw Ruth, I didn’t get served any of the food u mentioned 🙂 I’ll let u go bc there was pry 20 of us there n u did take us out for Chinese 🙂

  11. linda hershey says:

    Aw, thanks, Cindy. We are having it tonight since we have yay! a dinner guest, (aka-also known as bachelor uncle!!) see i told you it’s about always family.
    But i would LOOVE for you to come and prop your feet up on my garage sale trunk. could you bring a big old area rug too? 🙂
    btw, i like your living room. i looked at it and thought, hmmm. yes. sophisticated and coolly classy. like Cindy

  12. lisa says:

    jo martin’s draws me back again and again. it masterful artistry pulls me right in. it fascinates me. makes me feel alive.

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