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Showing posts from July, 2017

Easy Cheese and Meat Tray

As many of you know, I love entertaining family and friends.  But when the heat of summer is in full swing, I like to keep entertaining easy and stress-free.  One of my go to essentials for keeping things simple, is a gorgeous meat and cheese platter.  It's not too fancy, and it's ready in 10 minutes or less. I don't follow any crazy rules for putting together a cheese platter!! I believe serving cheese should be fun and uncomplicated. It should be about serving an appetizer that is both delicious and that your guests can nibble on while leaving a little room for dinner!  And don't forget to make it beautiful!!!  It's all about the presentation. To be honest, s ometimes a cheese platter will be the main course for my husband and when we don't want a heavy meal. Especially during the hot summer months. While I am not one to follow any strict rules about putting together a cheese and meat platter, there are a few things to keep in mind.   I

A Sunny Summery Table

I love summer and all of its sunny and happy colors...And blue and yellow are just made for summer entertaining. It is a combination that is fresh, vibrant and welcoming..  My philosophy for summer is to keep things simple.  Today I am sharing a tablescape that is easy to pull together in no time yet it is dressed to impress. Mix upscale elements with down-home details to create a table that is stylish and full of personality. The vibrant colors of the flowers and pretty dinnerware - enhance the sunny summery vibe of this casual table for two. A simple pale yellow tablecloth, indigo blue table runner, shimmering white porcelain plates decorated in shades of brilliant blue and sunflowers dress up this table with little effort. S unflowers tucked into a yellow glass jar brighten this happy table. White and yellow check napkins continue the tables cheerful look. I love this pattern for summer entertaining.  A combination of delicate blue be

No-Bake Key Lime Cheesecakes

Hello friends.  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.!! Are you ready for an easy and summery dessert recipe?  My husband and I love dessert but when the heat of summer kicks in, the last thing I want to do is to turn on the oven.  The next best thing is to look for no-bake desserts and thankfully, Pinterest has a ton of recipes that are just what I am looking for.  Can you imagine the days without Pinterest? One of the recipes that I found were these no-bake key lime cheesecakes.  Incredibly easy to make yet packed with lots of delicate key lime flavor.  Since the key ingredients for this recipe are fresh key lime juice and condensed milk, they will be lighter than a regular cheesecake. I just love them!!!  So refreshing and tangy.  Get ready to enjoy these tasty beauties....  NO-BAKE KEY LIME CHEESECAKES yield:   6 SERVINGS   prep time:   20 MINUTES (PLUS CHILL TIME) INGREDIENTS: 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs 3 tbs. unsalt

Summertime Tablescape Blog Hop

Hello everyone.  I hope your week is off to a fabulous start.  Summer is in full swing and the temperatures keep climbing....But we love everything that summer has to offer.   The very mention of the word summer makes me think of a slower pace, enjoying the outdoors and plenty of easy summer entertaining.  This week, I am joining a group of talented ladies to bring you our Summer Tablescape Blog Hop hosted by Chloe from  Celebrate and Decorate.   You are going to love all the pretty summer and fun tables styled for this blog hop so  be sure to grab a cup of tea and check out the full line-up that is at the bottom of the post!   My favorite place to entertain during the warm summer months is in our garden. Something different happens when you entertain outdoors.. The mood changes and everyone seems to have more laid-back attitude.  Our summer tables should be just as easy and effortless.  This blog hop will give you plenty of tips for pulling together at the last minute,

Summer Entertaining In The Garden

The very mention of the word summer makes me think of slow-paced, enjoying the outdoors and plenty of easy summer entertaining.  If you are anything like me, easy does not mean sacrificing style over function. A fuss-free table can still be very stylish and elegant.  My friends over at Sophistiplate  are ready to help you create a casual yet elegant table with their endless options of disposable paper tableware designed and made in Italy. From basic neutrals, gingham, to pretty ruffled edge designs, these plates will add a touch of elegance to your table for any occasion. My vision for this table was to create a relaxed ambiance with lots of color and texture.  I began with the basics!  A white table cloth and lime green runner on the center of the table.  I also mixed a few of their pieces which included a white plate charger, lime green gingham ruffled dinner plate, white ruffled salad plate and topped it with a lime green gingham napkin to add an element of fun to the table