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Dishing It Up With Sharon Insul—There Are Many Things To Celebrate, Even Surviving Rush-Hour Traffic

A "Traveler's Tray" can help soothe a stressed commuter.

Posted: Friday, April 13, 2018 – 2:16 PM

Come sit with me for awhile and see what I’m bringing to the table…

“Celebrate! Celebrate! It’s time to celebrate! It’s time to come together!” Just some of the words sung by Kool and The Gang back in the ’80s. Simple words that speak volumes.

There are sooo many reasons and ways to celebrate in life, and you don’t need a lavish over-the-top table setting to do it. But what you do need is a little bit of tongue-in-cheek ingenuity. One of my top celebratory contenders is surviving rush hour traffic to and from work. Now, I know you’re thinking rush hour is what it is, therefore one must bite the bullet, so to speak, and get on with it  right?

Wrong! No I cannot clear the clogged highways and bi-ways. But, I can give you a simple, and fun, welcome home to the weary and over-stressed traveler.  Sooo without further chit-chat let’s get to it. It’s what’s called a “traveler’s tray.” No? Never heard of it?  Hmmm… I guess that’s because it’s my name for the arrangement in the first photo.

Featured in the first photo is one of my “be good to myself/yourself/ourselves,” and/or the weary traveler’s hits. This is such an easy-peasy, DIY-er, happy to-be home dinner alternative, that can be done before leaving the house in the morning/or the night before. The best part of this, is that it takes mere seconds to create for one or more people. Soup, salad, and a huge chaser of tranquility which requires a minimal amount of assembly. Use the triple-washed salad fixings, ready-made store-bought or wisely stocked-up homemade frozen soup (popped into the micro ), a glass of vino, beer or ??? It’s not what you put on the tray as much as the sense of  feeling a moment of life being free and easy. Sooo grab your tray and put your feet up on the  wherever it makes you happy. Next, take a deep breath and repeat after me—it’s time to celebrate!

Now if you really love yourself, and others, have just dodged the rush-hour bullet, and created a simple welcome home ambiance then the only thing left is … it’s time to celebrate with the ultimate lip-smacking, tummy-yummy reward (as seen in the second photo)—a Klondike Bar.

For those looking for a new twist on the same-old, ho-hum table setting help is here in Sharon Insul’s new book, “a collection of… Tableofferings™ from the go-to expert tablescaper.” The book is available in ebook and hardcover now on Amazon at

For children, Insul offers her“I Am Sooo Lucky!!!” trilogy of books about those two sisters Emily and Abby. The books are available on Amazon: Book 1-; Book2 – and Book3 – Prime Amazon members can read for free.

Sharon Insul is the former owner of the Beverly Hills boutique, Candle light and… 





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