Give them a place to sit to remove their shoes and a place to hang their coats.
Offer them coffee or a cold beverage when they arrive. Make them feel welcome. Bake cookies and brew a pot of coffee. (instant coffee just isn't the same).
A very good cup of coffee:
Start with a clean pot and fresh filtered water. If you have a drip coffee maker follow the manufacturers recommendations for cleaning.
Brew coffee with fresh filtered or bottled water and use a good heaping tablespoon of coffee per cup.
A good recipe for scones:
Cut 1/2 pound of butter into 4 cups of flour, add 6 teaspoons of baking powder, 4 tablespoons of sugar, 2 beaten eggs and 1 cup of milk or enough to make the dough soft and pliable but not too wet or sticky.
Add 1 cup of plumped raisins. Try this in about a 1/4 cup of warm coffee!
You don't have to roll these out, but they look very nice if you do. Roll to about 3/4 inch thick and cut with a biscuit cutter or drinking glass.
Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 375 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes.
A recipe for a very good cookie:
2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 pound butter softened (NOT melted)
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs beaten
12 ounces of chocolate chips
Cream the butter and the sugars together.
Add all the other ingredients saving the dry ingredients till last.
Bake on ungreased cookie sheets at 350 degrees for 9 minutes.
To freeze this cookie dough, lay out a long length of plastic wrap. Spoon the cookie dough in a long row, roll it into the plastic wrap trying to make a tube of cookie dough. Label it with baking instructions and keep in the freezer. When you know buyers are coming, pull it out of the freezer... while the oven is pre-heating the dough will be thawing slightly. Slice it up, bake it up, serve it up warm!