Entertaining with Mom & Better Homes and Gardens

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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Weekend Reading

May 1st, 2015

I’ve got my hands full this weekend and next week since my 2 year old nephew Ronan is staying in our home while my brother works during the day. His mom is traveling with her sisters to visit Switzerland for 10 days, such a dream destination, have you been? It’s one of my top five favorite countries I’ve visited. I’m excited to have little feet in the house again but I’ll be busy keeping him entertained, two year olds are so curious and have so much energy, wish me luck!

summer home

 

And the favorite links of the week

Scenes from 25 stylish summer homes.

Also this beautiful coastal home on Sullivan’s Island.

This houseboat is so stunning.

Tropical print wallpapers, so fun!

Get the look of encaustic cement tile for less.

How to decorate around a charcoal sofa.

I pinned so many images from this portfolio of homes.

Shaunna filmed a pilot for HGTV, looks like a great show! 

20 basic cooking techniques any home chef should master.

 

Have a great weekend!