About Barbara and this Blog

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I am a sneeze guard heiress. No, really, I am! You know the Plexiglas-type thing that is required by law to be over salad bars and buffets? My dad, Pittsburgh restauranteur Johnny Garneau, invented that in 1959. That is my claim to fame. I am one of five kids who grew up with an inventor, entrepreneur, restaurateur, and germaphobic father—kind of like the dad on the movie, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. That doesn’t mean I am rich in money, but rich in experience with food, hospitality, and spirit. Plus, an abundance of joie de vivre.

I also inherited the hospitality gene. Yes–anecdotal evidence proves there is such a gene and I got it!

I began writing this blog in January 2011 to share stories of food, people, home and hospitality. Welcoming people to your home and making them feel good about themselves is what hospitality is all about. When you delve into these pages you will often find more than just recipes.

When I’m not welcoming people to our home in the Washington, D.C., area, or writing this blog, I am executive director of the Hearing Loss Association of America. I don’t have a hearing loss myself but with 48 million Americans who do, I have family and many friends who are counted in that 48 million.

Celebrate Home Magazine

As founding publisher and editor-in-chief of Celebrate Home Magazine, our philosophy is all about ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Celebrate Home Magazine completed its year-long lifecyle  — Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013 and Summer 2013 — all to rave reviews. 

 e-How™ Videos

See my eHow videos on having parties and creating themes. The captioned videos can be seen on YouTube here.

© 2016. All written content and photographs on this blog with the exception of where noted are the property of Barbara Kelley. You may link to the site but written content and photographs may not be used without my written permission. Thank you! All rights reserved.

Feel free to comment on the blog or contact me directly at bagkelley@gmail.com.

22 thoughts on “About Barbara and this Blog

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  2. Hi, I am Monika Brogan, Mark’s Mom in Kingsport, TN. He just mailed me your blog about his first Steak Sandwich. I am so glad, you all are there for him. I know, he enjoyed this very much. So, THANK YOU and may GOD bless you.

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  4. Hi there! I just stumbled upon your blog- it’s lovely. As I read a bit, I realized we have a little something in common- my husband is an audiologist and president of CounselEAR. So, I’ve done the Walk4Hearing, too! I almost feel like I should already know you. 🙂 Take care.

  5. Hey Barbara……my mother worked as a waitress at two, possibly three, of your father’s Pittsburgh restaurants…….the Monroeville restaurant (not for from the mall), the Pleasant Hills one and the downtown Pittsburgh one that was under a parking garage near Joseph Hornes Department Store. I was younger than 10 & only have the vaguest memories of them so I am not certain of which ones were Golden Spikes and which ones were Smorgasbords….this would have been in the early 70s. My question is what happened to them? When did each of those restaurants close?

    • Hi Joe:
      Thanks for writing and for reading the blog. Dad sold all of the restaurants individually, some to Red Bull Inn in the late 1970s, early 1980s. Johnny Garneau had a few restaurants in south Florida before retiring. He passed away last year at age 91. Mom preceeded him in death by 14 years as they were married more than 50 years. He truly was a man ahead of his time. Thank you to your mother for being one of dad’s loyal employees who helped make the restaurants the success they were. My family owes a huge debt of gratitude to people like your mother. — Kindly, Barbara Garneau Kelley

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