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For Moving In

Seriously Reviewed said "You know? Every so often you read a story that starts a little slow on the first few pages and then.....BAM it just explodes! This was one of them for me."

Kaye's Book Review Page
on which she said The book is "short, sweet, light-hearted and just plain fun."

Vince at Philosophy of Romance said "Alice Audrey’s voice is fresh, feisty, full of surprises and always fun. The author also deals with real people having real problems and she does it in a very insightful way."

Nessa at Chrysalis Stage said "If you like sweet, fast-paced romance with a hot hero and all of the misunderstandings that two people can throw at each other, then you will love this story."

Night Owl Reviews didn't have anything nice to say about it. Hey, you can't win them all.

Brenda Talley of Romance Studio said " I recommend this book to anyone. It was a pleasure to read and I shall look for more of her work in the future. "

By Guta Bauer at Murphy's Library did it twice! Once in English and once in Portuguese. I'm assuming they both say, "Life goes on, choices need to be made and we can never let our past deny us of our future. That’s just some of the things we learn from this story. "

Sandra Nachlinger said "It's been a while since I've read a novelette, and I enjoyed this quick read. MOVING IN by Alice Audrey is a sweet story (rated PG or maybe even G) laced with humor. The best friend character is a hoot! This book is a fun escape and just what I needed to read today."

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Table Setting: Various Styles

As I mentioned last week, what is placed at each seat will depend on which style of service is chosen. Here is a quick run-down of dinner styles.

    European or Russian style:

This style has an underliner plate that says on for the first few courses. Wait staff only. This is the most formal style. Salad comes after main entry.

    Compromise or Family:

The host sits at one end of table and carves. The hostess may be beside or at other end, and serves veggies. There is no wait staff. All plates are set at the serving end, filled by the host and hostess, then passed around the table to the person served.

Family style avoids the problem of passing hot or heavy serving dishes as in Country style. It also lends itself to showing off the intact roasted turkey, roasts, fancy desserts, etc.

    Blue Plate:

The food is served onto plates and plates brought to table. There are no serving dishes on table. This is good for controlling portion sizes.

    Country or American:

Serving dishes are set on the table, and passed around. The textboos say to pass to right, but the key thing is to get them all passed in the same direction. Direction of passing becomes important when something needs to come after something else like gravy for mashed potatoes.


Food is placed on a side table or counter. Restaurants put the expensive food like the roast last so the customer’s plate is already full when they get there. At home the correct order is plates, main entry, veggies/potatoes/rice, rolls last. Anything that goes on something else needs to be just past it in the line. Preferably, napkins and silverware are on the table but if they have to be in the buffet line, they need to be last so guests do not have to hold them while serving them selves. Dessert can be served to the table (like blue plate style), served at the table (like family style) or be in a different buffet area. It is best to have a means of clearing the table before dessert is served. Salads can be in the buffet line or pre-served to table.

    Ranch Buffet:

Guests serve themselves at the stove from the cooking pots. The plates are set on the table at the seats along with silverware and napkins.

Advantages and disadvantages of each style:

Blue Plate offers good portion control. Need to make the food last for two meals? Want to make sure the kids get a serving of vegetable? Is someone dieting? Also, you don’t need to own any serving dishes. Fewer dishes to wash. Blue Plate is especially good if you have a very small table since you don’t need space for serving dishes. Buffet needs some place to set up the buffet.
The number of dishes of course impacts space needed.

Family or Compromise style gives some portion control also, since the host/hostess is doing the serving.

Buffet is the fastest service when you have a large group.

American (Country) and Buffet is less work for the hostess since everyone serves themself. Guests like to determine exactly how much of each thing they are getting. It’s easier to get seconds on Country.

Family style avoids the problem of passing hot or heavy serving dishes as in Country style. It also lends itself to showing off the intact roasted turkey, roasts, fancy desserts, etc.

Ranch buffet is the easiest, but shows off your dirty stove.

Next week see one of these styles in action.


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