June 5th, 2009 |

Family Dinner on the Patio

Now that the summer months are upon us, we will take to the patio for all of our family dinners.  There is just something about being outside that makes everyone relax and enjoy themselves.  This weekend, gather your family or friends for a simple dinner on the patio.

Add instant ambiance by hanging mason jar lanterns from [...]

June 2nd, 2009 |

Lobster Boil

I don’t know about you, but nothing screams summer to me like a lobster boil!  Whether you host one on the beach or in your backyard, make sure to create your own little seafood soire this summer.

Set your table using acrylic or melamine dishes – perfect for the patio or the beach!  I love [...]

June 1st, 2009 |

Iced Tea with a Twist

Try this refreshing summer drink at your next BBQ…

One of my Food Network favorites, Giada, came up with this festive drink:

Ingredients

4 cups iced tea (homemade or store-bought)
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (1 to 2 lemons)
1/4 cup grenadine
Ice, for serving

Directions

In a large ball jar (or other transporting container), mix together the tea, lemon juice, and grenadine. Pour [...]

May 31st, 2009 |

Simplify the Sundae Bar

Country Living is the magazine behind this genius idea….

To make summer parties a little bit simpler, try dressing up a dozen cones before the party starts to streamline the ice cream sundae process. To make these treats, just dip each cone in melted white or milk chocolate and roll in tiny marshmallows, coconut flakes, chopped [...]

May 22nd, 2009 |

Friday Night: The New Fish Fry

Remember that old Friday night fish fry?!  Update that concept by inviting friends over for a healthy dinner of cedar-planked salmon with seasoned lemon butter.  Serve up a green salad with serrano ham and a tomato vinagrette, iced tea, and chocolate orange cookie stacks for dessert.

To set the mood for this relaxed, modern patio, set your [...]

May 19th, 2009 |

Summer Skewers

Fire up the grill and add a little excitement to your next party with these summer skewers!  Everyone has their go-to kabob or skewer for summer BBQ’s, but these 4 new crowd-pleasers from Better Homes and Gardens will leave your mouth watering!  (and your guests!)  Perfect for a Memorial Day BBQ or just a weeknight dinner [...]

May 18th, 2009 |

Summer Treat: Frozen Watermelon Pops!

Looking for a healthy summer treat?  Try these frozen watermelon pops for your next party….

Ingredients

2-1/2 cups cubed, seeded watermelon, cantaloupe, or honeydew melon
1/2 cup fresh or frozen raspberries, [...]

May 16th, 2009 |

A Birthday Celebration with an Asian Flair

Looking to throw a birthday party with a festive theme?

Try using an Asian theme…complete with paper lanterns, chopsticks and fortune cookies!

Set the stage for your celebration by setting up one long table and hanging paper lanterns above it to define the space.  Use shades of red, orange and pink, with accents of gold to set your [...]

May 7th, 2009 |

Tangy Lemon Treats

There’s just something tantalizing about the tanginess of lemon….it’s light and fresh….and I could eat an entire plate of lemon bars if you were to put them in front of me!

These tangy desserts offer an intense burst of citrus flavor that will compliment any Spring meal:

1. Lemon Madeleines

2. [...]

May 1st, 2009 |

Friday Night: Pasta Party with Friends

I don’t know about you….but it’s been kind of a boring week!  One day it’s nice, the next day it looks like it could snow again.  I decided we needed a little excitement as we moved into the weekend.

Invite friends over for a Pasta Party – all you need is some good [...]

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