Sip It :: Orange Grapefruit Mocktail

mocktail recipesAs the weather starts to warm up, you’ll want this refreshing drink in your arsenal. Made with real fruit juice, this beverage is healthy and delicious – a winner in my book! I recently served this recipe at a family dinner party and it was a hit with both the adults and children. Make one at a time, or in a pitcher for easy refills. You can also squeeze all the juice ahead of time which will make serving these a breeze.

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How to Host a Garden Party

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Ahhh springtime. Spring is the perfect time to host a garden party (regardless of how many veggies or flowers you have planted in your garden). Use the warmer weather and colorful backdrop of the outdoors as an excuse to gather  friends, enjoy some good food and cool drinks. Here are a few tips to help make your outdoor party a success:

Invitations

These can be as simple or elegant as your style suits. Even a handwritten note with a dried pressed flower enclosed would be thoughtful. Regardless if you choose a formal, handwritten, or even online invitation − be sure to set the mood of your garden-themed event by including floral designs or flowers themselves.

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Serve it :: Crudite Platter

crudite platter

 

Entertaining guests? A 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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