July 1st, 2009 |

A Very Berry Dessert

Ingredients

2 envelopes (1/4 ounce each) unflavored gelatin
2 cups white grape juice
1/2 cup sugar
5 1/2 to 6 cups (about 2 pounds) mixed fresh berries, such as strawberries (hulled and halved), raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries

Directions

In a small bowl, sprinkle gelatin over 1/4 cup grape juice; let soften 2 to 3 minutes. Meanwhile, heat sugar with another 1/4 cup [...]

June 28th, 2009 |

Citrus-Infused Water

Okay….summer is hot!

And as much as we all love a good cocktail, glass of wine or cold beer during a summer BBQ….sometimes it’s just too hot!

Picture this scenario: You are hosting a BBQ on a hot,  sunny day, and suddenly your guests are asking for a glass of water.  Water?!  Water is so boring, right?  WRONG!  [...]

June 28th, 2009 |

Baking a Small Garden

We baked mini flower cupcakes for dessert for the party….they turned out so cute, I just had to share them [...]

June 26th, 2009 |

Dinner for Three

My brother-in-law is visiting us this weekend – so it’s dinner for three tonight!  Me and two boys?!  Let’s just say they don’t appreciate the fuss I typically put into a dinner party!  So this dinner is going to be low on design but high in flavor.

If there is one thing I know they both appreciate, [...]

June 22nd, 2009 |

Cocktails & Croquet

Looking for a new idea for your next cocktail party?  Embrace the outdoors and invite your neighbors over for a Cocktails & Croquet party.  Full of festive drinks, appetizers and lawn games – this party is sure to create a little  friendly competition!

Set up activities in your lawn such as croquet, bocce ball and [...]

June 21st, 2009 |

Watermelon Sangria

Ingredients

• 1 bottle dry white wine
• ¾ cup watermelon schnapps
• ½ cup white cranberry juice
• 2 cups freshly scooped watermelon balls
• 2 limes, cut into half-wheels

Directions

Combine all of the ingredients in a large ceramic or glass container and stir well. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Serve over ice. Serves about 7.

Recipe [...]

June 20th, 2009 |

Dessert: In A Cone

Make dessert your easiest course with this simple idea from Rachael Ray:

Ingredients

1 cup sour cream
4 tablespoons sugar
Grated peel and juice of 1 lemon
1/4 pound fresh cherries, halved, plus 10 whole for garnish
1 pint mixed berries (blackberries, blueberries, raspberries)
6 ounces milk or dark chocolate
20 sugar cones

Directions

In a small bowl, combine [...]

June 19th, 2009 |

Dinner at the Beach

Dinner at the beach….isn’t that what summer is all about?!

If you have a beach house, the “dinner at the beach” is easy enough!  If you don’t live near water, invite some friends over for a casual summer dinner alfresco this weekend (with a beach theme, of course!).  Create a casual, yet put-together outdoor space that will [...]

June 14th, 2009 |

Tomatoes: Summer’s Best Recipes

Fresh tomatoes = one of the best parts of summer!  Incorporate ripe, juicy tomatoes into your everyday meals with these fresh ideas.

Tomato Tart (via Southern Living)
Two Tomato Linguine (via Southern Living)
Tomato Feta Salad (via Southern Living)
Campanelle with Tomatoes and Feta (via Bon Appetit)
Tomato and Bread Salad with Deep-Fried Chicken Bites (via Williams Sonoma)
Grilled Tomatoes [...]

June 11th, 2009 |

Shirley Temple

Serve up this refreshing treat from Rachael Ray at your next party!

Ingredients:

2 cups fresh red grapefruit juice (about 4 grapefruits)
2 cups ginger ale
1/2 cup superfine sugar
2 tablespoons grenadine or pomegranate juice
4 maraschino cherries

Directions:

In a large bowl, stir together the grapefruit juice, ginger ale, sugar and grenadine until the sugar is dissolved. Pour into a 9-by-13-inch metal [...]

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