Serve it :: Crudite Platter

crudite platter

 

Entertaining guests? Aย crudite platter is always a great choice when preparing light appetizers, especially this time of year! Our own garden is beginning to really take off and one of our favorite things to do is serve up what we’ve grown. Until then, we enjoy heading to the local farmers’ market and picking up veggies. Select your favorite veggies and feel free to be creative! One idea is to make a serving bowl from an artichoke — it makes for great dip presentation.

crudite platter idea

 

To make you simply use a knife to cut the center out of the artichoke. Once you’ve removed most of the leaves, use a metal spoon to hallow out the center before filling with your favorite dip or hummus.

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Sip it :: Four New Margarita Recipes

Four New Margarita Recipes

Looking to try new margarita recipes? Look no further because I’m sharing four creative recipes today. After I recently made this jalapeno lemon martini, a friend of mine suggested I try to make a jalapeno margarita … and so the story goes.

Margarita recipes to make at homeI decided to get creative with a cast of ingredients of which included: jalapenos, cilantro, honey tangerines, pomegranates, Meyer lemons, basil and ginger. Don’t worry — they didn’t all end up in the same drink.

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Sip It :: Meyer Lemon & Basil Margarita

Meyer Lemon & Basil Margarita

This margarita recipe is the last one of our week-of-margaritas and I have to say, it’s my favorite! I saved the best for last (well at least my taste buds think so).

I am mildly in love with Meyer Lemons. My dream home has a grove of these. And basil? It grows in abundance here in the summer so it makes the perfect choice. The combo is delightful.

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Cinco de Mayo Centerpieces

Simple cinco de mayo centerpieces

Looking to add a little festive flair to your table top? If you’re looking for Cinco de Mayo centerpieces these little guys are easy to make.

Gold and Terracotta

I picked up some inexpensive terracotta pots in various sizes, marked off some interesting shapes using painter’s tape, and spray painted them with gold metallic spray paint (I am obsessed with this stuff!). Let them dry and you have the perfect centerpiece vessel!

Fill the newly painted pots with different varieties of cactus and you have yourself a simple Cinco de Mayo centerpiece.

CCinco de Mayo Centerpiece

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Sip it :: Pomegranate Lime Margarita

pomegranate margaritaOur week of new margarita recipes continues with today’s beauty — a pomegranate margarita! What do I love about this cocktail? It’s bright in color but light in flavor. Pomegranate juiceย  is a great (healthy-ish) mixer and the splash of lime seals the deal.

Who’s ready for summer?

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Sip it :: Tangerine Margarita

Tangerine Margarita

I’ve been on a mission to come up with new flavorful margaritas and although yesterday it was all about the spice of thisย jalapeno margarita, today we’re getting just a touch of sweet with this tangerine margarita.

The juice of a honey tangerine is complemented so well with freshly grated ginger that the whole thing just screams “I’m so refreshing, drink me!”ย 

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