I love Italian cuisine and flavors. In fact, I might be kindred spirits with Italians everywhere who love life simply and fully, with family, friends, fun freshness and FOOD at the core. I mean, that just sounds like the roadmap to a happy life to me, don’t you think?
I love the idea of serving appetizers that play on meals, like these one-bite meatball and marinara cups. It’s a rich, flavorful, yet simple appetizer that guests will love (recipe and instructions below).
Small bites like these are also perfect for setting a simply tuscan-inspired summer table. When entertaining outdoors I like to keep things lighter and smaller portions. These meatball + marinara appetizers are paired perfectly with some rustic bread and mini sangria sips.
You can purchase pre-bottled sangria and keep things really simple.
I placed a platter of appetizers, bread, drinks, and blooms from my garden … on a small table and made a little sitting area on our back patio. It made for the perfect spot to gather and visit with friends who were visiting.
Want to make your own?
To start, add about 1 tablespoon of marinara sauce into small single-serve vessels.
Then skewer a meatball (homemade or store-bought) and a basil leaf with a cocktail fork or toothpick.
When your ready to serve, place the skewered meatball and basil right into the sauce.
Viva Bertolli® and join me in celebrating 150 years of delicious Italian food, friends and family. Felice Anniversario and Buono Appetito! Visit Bertolli on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter for more inspirations and ideas to bring Tuscany to your table.
This simple project was inspired by a way to solve my own problem (protect my sunglasses when I throw them in my purse or beach bag) but turned into a pretty fun gift idea. Make these painted canvas bags and give them to your sunglass-wearing gals pals.
She put the lime in the coconut, she drank ‘em bot’ up …
I can’t get this song out of my head. But seriously, this was such a good idea. It’s like my Cinco de Mayo just went Hawaiian. The result? A delicious lime + coconut margarita that is a little sweet and a little salty and all sorts of refreshing. Serve them up in a coconut shell and close your eyes because it’ll be just like you’re on vacation. :)
Wait…. what?! Write fewer blog posts but get more readers? Yes, I did just say that.
Did you know there are over 300 million blog posts written in a year. AND by 2020 the amount of online content is said to increase by over 500%. The first thing I thought when I learned that was “wow, that’s a whole lot of stuff to read.” Friends, there is a lot of noise out there and it’s only going to get louder.
Raise your hand if you can relate to this: You spent an ton of time writing the perfect blog post … your photos are great, your title is off the hook, but CRICKETS. No one seems to be reading it. Sound familiar? Yep –been there too. The problem isn’t that you aren’t creating enough content, the problem is you need better distribution. Doesn’t it make more sense now? The answer to your question isn’t to write more blog posts. The solution is to make the content you already have work harder for you.
Produce less content but increase content distribution.
I love the idea of creating little thoughtful surprises to brighten up the everyday. These little tissue wrappers add a bright pop of color and playfulness to any small treat you can wrap up. And, you have all the supplies needed to make these now, I guarantee it.