About the Author

Robin is the author of For All Who Wander, her relatable memoir about wrestling with doubt that reads much like a conversation with a friend. She's as Southern as sugar-shocked tea, married to her college sweetheart, and has three children. An empty nester with a full life, she's determined to...

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  1. Pasta is my “go-to” meal for last minute guests. I find that most of my friends love a good bowl of spaghetti, and it’s so easy peasy to make. I always have those ingredients on hand. We are renting a house with a cozy kitchen island, so conversation flows while we gather there.

    I have picked up recipes here and there from friends — Maritza’s stroganoff, Lynda’s chicken pasta. Claudia’s apple crisp, Sherree’s blue cheese potato salad. My mentors have been friends who invite me over, make a yummy dish, and share the recipe.

    I found myself wishing that my husband and I had a personal Chicago as I read “City Love.” We do have a nice park that we love. Every couple needs a sweet spot.

    I think “better late than never” is a great motto. I just got together last night with a group of girls I hadn’t seen in almost 2 years… We had fun catching up on each other’s lives. We ate some yummy appetizers and watched a Beth Moore DVD together. Such fun!

    • Lyli,

      Ha! I’m the same way; I make Hallie’s green beans, Bebe’s Mac & Cheese, Isabel’s tiramisu, Anita’s Chocolate Eclair Dessert–the list goes on and on! Love that!

      So thankful you’re a part of this study to personalize experience; that’s always an encouragement to readers.

  2. HI all,

    My go to is chicken and dumplings (Southern style dumplings are like long and wide noodles and I have found frozen ones that I use all the time) with green beans, stewed apples, and cornbread. I try to keep those things on hand for family, last minute meal deliveries, and just those times when I wonder what to have.

    My mentors have been cookbook authors who have companion shows so I can watch the show, read the recipe, and take notes in the margins. Before cooking shows with companion books, it was my mom, my grandmother, and my college food and nutrition professors who inspired while overseeing class.

    My husband and I have a couple of restaurant getaway places that revive our souls and spirits when we want a good meal, good service, and time to just unwind and catch up with each other. One of them is a local pharmacy that serves scrambled hot dogs at their soda fountain. LOVE! Another is one of our many Mexican restaurants. It’s cheap and the service is great without interruptions. We like fancier fare, too, but the fancier restaurant staff here has a tendency to interrupt conversations with questions about how’s the food, do we need more water…I don’t know why, but I like silent and thorough servers. Is that wrong?

    I like having impromptu lunches with others here. Just me and one or two others having leftover soup and cornbread or chicken salad with summer veggies. I find I can be far more relaxed with the impromptu times than the plan ahead and stress over them times.

    I can’t believe this is soon to end. Like a wonderful meal, I’m left wanting seconds already!

    • Amy,

      “Silent and thorough servers”…hmmm; not wrong, but I haven’t thought about it that way. And I love that you serve leftovers for impromptu lunches :). I cannot stand to throw away food, but it’s only the people I’m REALLY comfortable with who’d get that. And those who will be THRILLED for homecooked food.

      I’m with you…I’m wishing this book was twice as long! 🙂

  3. When I think of what is the most important part of entertaining, I think it is letting others know that they are wanted. That THEY are more important then a perfect home or perfect food. When you welcome others into your imperfection, it bonds you in ways that are unexpected. But equally important is sharing your passions with others and being blessed when others appreciate what you do. I love to cook and entertain, so when others understand that I am not trying to impress, but simply being me, it is a joy!! So, I welcome people last minute and I plan parties. And I love it! Entertaining should be a reflection of who you are- not anyone else, right?
    I have been so blessed by this book!!!

  4. My biggest takeaway from this book has been embracing life around the table to an even greater degree, and opening my heart and our home to welcoming others to our table. Our home is small; our table is smaller. But our hearts are huge, and we have room. This book has inspired me to reach outside of my comfort zone and welcome people into my home, whenever and with whatever we have on hand. I’m very thankful for Shauna’s tips that make last minute gatherings a little less stressful!

  5. I’ve been out of town and late to bring my voice to this, but I have loved this series. I am really bad to invite people over for fear of not being perfect. The perfect house, the perfect clean, the perfect clothes, the perfect food, the perfect dishes to serve with, I fear nothing will be good enough.

    This series has encouraged me to take a breath, and just enjoy the company. Thank you for this encouragement.

  6. I’m late to the party, too, but this made me smile a heart-smile as I listened to Angie’s panic over cooking. That used to be ME! Slowly but surely, cooking has become one of my favorite things to do, solely because of the premise of this book! I love the space it creates for nourishing souls. Whether I deliver food to others or invite people into my home, I always reap so many blessings from the experience, and I love watching God work through me and this “hobby” that used to make me cry! 🙂