About Lauri:

My favorite memories center around the table while sharing food with friends and family. Something magical happens when we gather at the table... it’s the conversation and connections. I almost always serve food family style, meaning all the food is on the table, where plates are passed and everyone helps themselves.

I like being able to control the ingredients which leads to making meals from scratch. Shopping can be a challenge in my small rural town, but I always purchase the best quality I can find and organic whenever possible.

Rules at my table:

  • The phones go down when the food hits the table.

  • Whoever cooks doesn’t have to do the dishes.

  • You never know if you like it until you try at least one bite

About The Bill Plate: 

While visiting my sister in law, Peggy Sturdivant in Seattle about 20 years ago, we went Garage Sale-ing. We stopped an estate sale where there was a handmade plate with a saggy old nag painted in fuchsia on chartreuse green. The bottom was fuchsia pink signed Dany '51. It was priced to sell at 10 cents. It made me sad to think that a child made this plate for someone who keep it for all these years. Now without someone who care about it or knew it's history and not it's value it was only worth a dime.

The Dany PlaTE was valued by someone and now me!

The Dany PlaTE was valued by someone and now me!

The Dany Plate started my collection of hand painted plates. .

The Dany Plate started my collection of hand painted plates. .

That gave me an idea so, I asked my friends and family to give me hand-painted dinnerware for birthday and Christmas gifts, my collection has grown. Longtime friend, Cami Noble has given me many cute little dishes, a late and a cup. Read about Cami and her recipe for Chocolate Macaroons.

These sweet little dishes were painted by my friend Cami. I use them every day.

These sweet little dishes were painted by my friend Cami. I use them every day.

Now my dishes are a collection of handmade and/or hand painted dinnerware, but everyone wants the Bill plate. My daughter, Shelly was in need of a few items so we went to an Estate Sale in Mount Shasta. It was there I found the Bill plate. He’s a hand painter cute little Dutch boy that seems to have charmed everyone who’s shared a meal at my house. People feel lucky if they get the Bill Plate!

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