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You heard it here first, it’s summer here in Minnesota! That means it’s the ultimate opportunity to make use of your outdoor spaces. Plant an herb garden, set up the patio furniture and fire table, hang the café lights, and you’re set for a season of outdoor relaxation and fun!
In our home, we believe in being hospitable, not entertaining, so our goal is to create a warm, comforting space for guests, and to provide easy, tasty food and drinks. We want to avoid spending too much time cleaning, preparing and cooking (because we have two littles and don’t have the time anyways!), but we love to spend time with friends and family, and doing so outside is just perfect!
Here are a few of our favorite summertime, outdoor-friendly recipes. Add a couple of bags of tortilla chips and you’re all set for an afternoon, outdoor hang!
Cowboy Caviar by the New York Times
Two-Minute Avocado Dip by Pinch of Yum
Minted Lemonade by the Food Network
Caprese Salad by the Pioneer Woman
What are your favorite summer recipes? We’d love to hear! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Guest Blogger: Katya Larsen, Stager, A Home Revival
If you’re getting together with friends or family for one last cabin hurrah before school starts, here is a super easy and tasty crowd pleaser recipe for Ham & Cheese Hawaiian Roll Sliders that my family loves from MightyMrs.com.
TWO WORDS: Hawaiian Rolls. Yep! Who doesn’t love those? I always make at least one package of these, but you can do as many as you need for your crowd. We also add in another type of meat (typically turkey) and bread & butter pickles. Num!
Save this in your recipes, because it’s also great for an easy mid-week dinner throughout the year. We like these in all seasons – summer, fall, winter, spring. Hope you enjoy and have a safe Labor Day weekend!
Is there a certain food or cookie that brings up memories of Christmas past? A visit to Grandma’s house? A favorite cookie that Mom made at Christmas time only? It may be something that you didn’t even like but it still brings a fond memory. One that makes you feel like you have ‘come home’ when you see it.
For me it was ‘Ribbon Salad’. My Mom made it every Christmas from the time I was a child until decades into adulthood. I didn’t like it and neither did my sisters. It is a red and a green jello square with a mayonnaise middle served on a bed of iceberg lettuce. Although to me not the tastiest, it definitely had a festive look. As I got older I realized it wasn’t about the taste but the tradition my Mom enjoyed. It was served in my childhood home every Christmas Eve as well as each Christmas when I would visit my Mom as an adult. With Mom passing away two years ago I wish I could have some of her Ribbon Salad with her this Christmas.
Personally I have a recipe that I started making as a young adult, kept making it as I got older and then continued making it every year for my niece. It didn’t seem like my Christmas baking was complete until I made them and my niece couldn’t wait for me to show up with them. Cereal Wreaths! I even brought them to Florida and lugged them onto a cruise ship two years! I hope she remembers the tradition and begins it herself.
I have seen them made with Cheerios but yeck…..they just have to be made with Cornflakes. 🙂 it is a basic easy recipe, a little time consuming on forming them, but oh how festive on your plate come the holidays.
- In large saucepan, melt butter over low heat.
- Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat. Stir in food coloring.
- Add corn flakes cereal. Stir until well coated
- Using 1/4 cup dry measure coated with cooking spray, evenly portion warm cereal mixture. Using buttered fingers, quickly shape into individual wreaths. Dot with cinnamon candies.
If you haven’t tried these give them a go. I highly recommend them.
Merry Christmas to you and your family. May it be a blessed and special time. What is your favorite “Home for the Holidays” recipe?
Shar Sitter, owner Rooms With Style Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis MN.
CHSE and APSD Home Stager Pro Trainer