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8 Ideas to Spice up your FALL Party

Pumpkins, pumpkins, and yes more pumpkins.  A variety of sizes, shapes, and colors either displayed on the edge of a walkway up to the door or around the door or just inside the foyer to set the theme for your fall party. Mums.  Nothing says fall is around the corner when seeing mums out in stores.  Mums are great for indoors or outdoors.  Mums are beautiful in all the variety of colors they come in.  Mums in the large size can be a main focus in a planting bed or in a large pot on the floor or as a small accent displayed throughout interior of home. Candles and incense have a welcoming effect on your guests and are great in foyers and ...

Peach & Tomato Salad

Ingredients: 3 Peaches 3 Tomatoes 3 – 5 Basil leaves 6 – 8 Mint leaves ½ Tbsp. Salt 1 Tbsp. Balsamic vinegar 2 Tbsp. Extra virgin olive oil 8” Whole wheat French bread Serves 4 Directions: Cut up peaches and tomatoes and place in bowl.  Let sit for a few minutes, then drain excess liquid from bowl.  Season mixture with salt, then add vinegar and extra virgin olive oil, then stir. Tear French bread into bite-size pieces and place into oven on low broil for a few minutes, until slightly browned. Garnish mixture with the French bread, mint, and basil. Enjoy. Optional: 1 Radish, shaved

Behind the Party – Sarah Bobey

Recently I came across this website titled “Be Envied Entertaining”, and was instantly drawn to it do to its simplistic styling.  I wanted to investigate how similar or different our goals for our sites were so I contacted Sarah, the creator of Be Envied Entertaining.  After a nice long phone conversation, it was not hard to determine that Sarah wants to be your one stop website for getting connected to all things related to having parties. Be Envied Entertaining is a new site that is growing rapidly with new content so check back regularly. My personal favorite part of her website is the entertaining blogs, which detail numerous aspects for ...

Roasted Red Pepper Dip

Ingredients: 2 Red Bell Peppers 2 Garlic Cloves 3 Basil Leaves 2 Tbsp. Pine Nuts 1 ½ Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 Tbsp. Parmesan Cheese Pinch of Salt Pinch of Pepper Serves 6 – 8 Directions: Wash and wrap peppers in 2 layers of aluminum foil, completely sealing them with no gaps. Using a gas stove, grill red bell peppers on medium for 20 minutes, turning them a quarter of the way every 4 – 5 minutes. After the 20 minute mark has reached, squeeze them gently with tongs; if they give easily, they’re ready; if they’re a bit firm, continue to cook, rotate, & frequently check them until they become soft. Remove ...

Melon with Prosciutto Appetizer

Ingredients: Cantaloupe melon Wafer thin sliced prosciutto Toothpicks/small appetizer forks Directions: Wash melon, cut in half, clean out seeds, and scoop out remaining melon with a melon baller. Typically need to cut prosciutto in half and fold over a time or two to get a small size to go with size of melon ball (or wrap prosciutto around melon). Insert toothpick or fork to secure in place. Optional: Garnish plate with basil, parsley, or Parmesan cheese for guests to add

Cauliflower Flatbread Pizza/Appetizer


Sarah’s Bacon Brussels

Ingredients: 10 slices apple smoked bacon chopped 1 medium white onion chopped 2 to 3 cloves garlic, minced 1/2-1 cup beef stock 2 lbs Brussels sprout ends trimmed and sliced in half Salt Fresh ground pepper Directions: On medium high heat, brown bacon in 12-inch skillet until it’s brown and crispy. Take the bacon out with slotted spoon and put onto a plate covered with a paper towel. Place the onions into the pan with bacon grease and salt generously. Cook until translucent about 10- 12 mins and then add garlic. Cook for 1 minute. Add 1/2 cup beef broth and scrape all the brown bits off pan. Add the Brussels sprout and mix; ...

Summertime Drink

Ingredients: Ice Few sprigs of mint Vodka Fresh squeezed lemonade Serves 1 Directions: Add 2 or 3 mint leaves and muddle. Add ice, shot of vodka; pour in lemonade to fill glass, and garnish with another mint leaf or two.

My 10 Favorite Hostess Gifts for Summer

Oil & vinegar; cookies & milk; champagne & orange juice; just like SUMMER & PARTIES  all of these go hand in hand.  Maybe you might get an invite to a roof top for cocktails, a front porch for brunch, a classic BBQ with a smell that lingers thru the whole neigborhood.  Whatever kind of party it is you get invited to, you should not attend without a hostess gift.   With so many parties held during the summer I suggest stocking up on a hostess gift or two that can be ordered online, saved, and then available at a later date.  Therefore, eliminate the stress of deciding on the perfect hostess gift and choose from my 10 favorite ...

Jen’s Stuffed Date Appetizer

Ingredients: 36 Pitted Dates 4 oz. Blue Cheese or Feta Cheese 12 Slices of Bacon then cut into 1/3 36 Whole Almonds (salted and roasted) 1 stick Chorizo (cooked and drained on paper towel) 36 toothpicks Serves 12 – 18 Directions: Cut a slit down half of the Date Then stuff Date with Cheese, Chorizo, and Almond Then close Date and wrap with Bacon piece; secure to Date using toothpick Place stuffed Dates on a cookie sheet that has been lined with foil and sprayed with non-stick spray Pop in a 350 degree oven for 20 – 25 minutes or until bacon cooked to your preference Optional: Remove Almonds and/or serve them on side