Friday Favorites: Summer Finds

Alternate title – Friday Favorites: Saturday Edition

Alternate title 2 – Friday Favorites: It Was the Longest Day of the Year and I Still Couldn’t Get a Blog Post Up

Now that summer is officially here, how about some Favorites to get us in the mood? Summer to me means lighter fare, fun atmosphere, and fresh flavors. Let’s get started, shall we?

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While getting our apartment set up, Numero Uno and I went to the local hardware store to purchase a simple outdoor furniture set and gardening supplies. In the process, we found other goodies (shocker). We came home with this beverage cooler and it has been providing chilled refreshments to our guests ever since. Before a party, we buy a large bag of ice and are able to keep beers cold out on the porch without taking up valuable fridge space. Continue reading

Friday Favorites: Host/Hostess Gifts

It is always nice to bring a little something as a “thank you” to the host of a party that you’re invited to. Here are a few ideas besides the usual flowers or wine/champagne (tried and true for a reason!) to keep in mind so that next time you’re invited somewhere, you’re not scrambling around last minute for a gift!

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This is a gift that Numero Uno and I got at our engagement party. The giver knew that I love to cook, so a nice cutting board and beautiful Wusthof knife were absolutely perfect. If you know what kind of hobbies your host enjoys, gearing a gift towards that theme will be a sure winner.

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Ladies’ Brunch

As I mentioned in my last post, I hosted a brunch for some of my lady friends. I started my day with a spin class to get my blood flowing and energy up. When I came home, I began the final preparations.

Here’s what was on the menu!

Drinks (Click to see recipes!):

  • Coffee/tea
  • Bloody Marys
  • Bellini bar with homemade organic fruit purees

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Eats (Click to see recipes!):

  • Baked egg casserole with mushrooms, spinach, and salsa
  • Bruleed grapefruit
  • Melon balls with lime zest and flaked maldon sea salt
  • Parmesan-crusted asparagus
  • Homemade granola with Greek yogurt
  • Apple cinnamon quinoa bites
  • Almond and pear tart

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