Entertaining

Ready for Summer Entertaining + Giveaway

Monday, June 1st, 2015

I welcome this time of year, the transition from a regimented school schedule to a relaxed summer schedule – June and July are months we take it easy and invite friends into the backyard for much merriment. We had a group over to our house yesterday and my brother’s family stopped by for a barbeque. Knowing guests were on their way I spent Saturday cleaning and planting and then Sunday preparing food and drinks.

I was invited by World Market to participate in their summer campaign focused on outdoor entertaining, so with gift cards in hand I paid a visit to my local store on Friday to stock up. In summer I like to use my potting bench as a beverage bar on our upper patio, it has a nice view of our hobby vineyard and is a great place to lounge and chat with visitors.

beverage bar wine barrel side table

World Market is an easy one stop shop for food and drink items too, I picked up some cheeses and savory treats, sparkling juices, mineral water, and two bottles of wine and they make it so easy to fill a large drink dispenser with sparkling soda or juice infused with citrus for a sweet summer refresher.

outdoor beverage bar

 

sparkling limon over ice

 

white wine ice bucket

 

tray of glasses

 

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Entertaining with Mom & Better Homes and Gardens

Monday, May 4th, 2015

I was visiting with my parents in Las Vegas two weeks ago and my Mom and I took a few hours to set a colorful table so she can entertain her friends and family this summer. We shopped for Better Homes and Gardens products at Walmart for a few pieces to brighten her poolside outdoor table.

moms summer table from above

moms summer outdoor table

She chose the the colorful ombre stripe tablecloth and aqua watercolor melamine plates with coordinating salad bowl. Also pictured are mom’s everyday oval basket placemats and the cobalt flatware she’s owned for fifteen years.

cobalt flatware

bhg melamine plates

My mom is an amazing cook, so she combined a few of her recipes for a tropical inspired meal while I was in town. She’s a big believer in "traveling through cooking" and it was off to the Caribbean with these recipes, she was kind enough to write down all the ingredients so I could share them with you! Click on the titles or images to download the printable recipes.

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Tropical Salsa

pork tenderloin tropical salsa

 

Tropical Salsa for Pork Tenderloin

tropical salsa

 

You like fries with creamy dip? You’ll love this exotic variation!

Roasted Caribbean Sweet Potato Fries with Mango Dipping Sauce

caribean sweet potato fries with mango dipping sauce

Frankly I’ve never had better sweet potatoes than these! You’ll know what I mean if you recreate them. They have a tangy sweetness that is so delicious, I couldn’t stop eating them!

Here is her spinach salad with crumbled bacon, mandarin oranges, chopped macadamia nuts, and (optional) red onion that she later tossed with a papaya seed dressing.

Spinach Salad with Papaya Seed Dressing

spinach salad

 

This rum punch will put you in the best mood. Mixed tropical juices with Sprite and a dash of Captain Morgan’s, you’ll want more than one glass!

Flamingo Rum Punch

flamingo rum punch

It was a delightful feast with tropical flavors enjoyed poolside, I always loved my mom’s cooking and this was another favorite meal! 

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