Posts Tagged ‘entertaining’

Entertaining with Keurig + Giveaway

Monday, December 29th, 2014

Hello friends! This past week has been so very relaxing, reconnecting with family and finally finishing a few wonderful books that have sat on my nightstand for months. I’ve stayed up until midnight savoring each text while tucked under the covers with no deadlines to fret about and then I sleep in past 8 a.m, it’s such a luxury! Taking time off makes me feel so refreshed and excited for the new year.

I’ve always been old school in my approach to my morning cup of coffee. I drink 1-2 cups each morning and sometimes I indulge in the occasional afternoon cappuccino with a friend. For me it’s always been either brew a big pot at home or swing by the coffee shop in the afternoon.

I started noticing the Keurig popping up everywhere, my sister has one, I spied one in a friend’s craft studio, I see them in retail shops or small offices and I wondered what the big deal was. How convenient that Keurig contacted me and offered to send me one to try it out for all the holiday entertaining we were doing, so I was grateful to accept.

After two weeks of making coffee and other beverages with the new Keurig 2.0, I’m loving it. I rearranged my baker’s rack and set up a little breakfast/beverage station for guests to grab whenever they wish – it really is such a fabulous appliance for single beverage hospitality.

keurig breakfast station

We’ve been living without a kitchen during our stay here since we’re renovating so we’ve been making all sorts of hot concoctions with it. Coffee obvs but so much more!

keurig coffee station

 

The Keurig 2.0 has a 80 oz. water reservoir and hot water function so we can heat instant oatmeal, yes!

hot oatmeal keurig

My children love the hot cocoa function: set the dial, press the button, boom, it’s ready. The little Swiss Miss pods make fab hot chocolate, incomplete without whipped cream.

hot chocolate with keurig

I’m not embarrassed to say – I was a big Star Trek The Next Generation fan when I was in college, I watched it daily with fellow Trekkies and always loved when Patrick Stewart as Captain Picard ordered “Tea. Earl Grey. Hot” from the replicator and it appeared in 5 seconds. With the Keurig it takes 45 seconds but it reminds me of those scenes. And yes you can make any hot tea with it too!

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Centerpieces & Meal Service

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Oh we love our tablescapes during the holidays don’t we?  I know I do.  Most of the year, you’ll find a simple bowl of fruit and some fresh flowers on our dining room table but during the holidays, like many of you, I set it with a pretty centerpiece.  Friends appreciate it, and an attractive centerpiece on a dining room table is a great way to creatively get into the spirit of the season. 

bhg fall centerpiece

Better Homes & Gardens

Beckie from Washington sent me this email with a great question about what to do with decorative centerpieces when you’re serving guests a meal:

“Hey Kate. This is one of those questions that I think a lot of people (ok me) have always wondered how to do gracefully but seem too afraid to ask. Real life just doesn’t work the way you see it in a magazine, so here goes.

You go to all the trouble and creativity to set a beautiful table for a special occasion, you set up a nice well thought out centerpiece and you bring out your best dishes and set up the place settings and your nice stemware and everything looks perfect . . . You’ve cooked your meal and now everyone is sitting at the table ready and waiting with baited breath, but wait… there is nowhere to put the food as you have filled your table with beautiful things. How do you deal with that?

Do you set up a buffet?  Remove the centerpiece? Fill each plate and serve each person like a waiter? Am I the only one who doesn’t know how to do this right? Awaiting you answer for the holiday season.  ~ Beckie”

Hey Beckie, great question! I don’t believe there is any one way to “do it right”. There are several ways to work around your table decorations during a meal, it just depends on your preferred method of serving guests.

When it comes to how to serve your meal and where to put the food, you have a few options. You can clear your centerpiece and make room for the food on the table, family style. You can set up a location for the food elsewhere such as a sideboard, and serve buffet style. Or you can choose the formality of serving your guests on a plate one by one. 

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