Friday, August 20
Thursday, August 12
As the end of August nears folks, here are more thoughtson entertaining your weekend guests this month.See below a stylish friend's tips,Hope you can stop back next week for outdoor entertaining ideas to get the most out of your summer parties...
My blogger friend Coryanne (or Mrs. Bliss)of the fun and witty blog,Housewifeblisswrote a post about hosting weekend guests."I always dress the bedside tables with handmade chocolates and a midnight tipple so that my guests go off to dream land pampered and merry; it is the sort of thing you would never do for yourself yet everyone loves".
check out Coryanne's recipe below -
Treats keep them sweet – I make a batch of chocolates a few days before and keep them in the fridge. On the morning of their arrival, I place a few in a nice jar and leave it on the bedside table next to a single serving bottle of a nice tipple.
Chocolate making is simple and takes less time than you may think. Here is the basic recipe to follow, use imagination and experiment before you guest arrive to ensure you have mastered your own delightful chocolate assortments.
1 bar of milk melting chocolate, 200g will make 8 molded chocolates.
1 tablespoon of clear honey (used to bind the mixture)
1 tablespoon of unsalted butter (used to clarify & soften the mixture)
1 silicone chocolate mold
Break chocolate into small pieces (I use a rolling pin) place in glass mixing bowl over a saucepan of boiling water. Once it begins to melt, stir in the butter and honey. Stir until completely melted to avoid burning the chocolate. Once melted, use a spoon to ladle the mixture into the molds. Add dried fruit, finely chopped nuts are anything your heart desires to the mold and layer with chocolate to seal them in. Once the moulds are done, pop in the fridge, let sit for 2 hours and then remove them from their trays. Leave in the fridge until you are ready to serve."enjoying your guests, building those friendships, and taking pride in your efforts at creating a memorable stay".
Thank you Coryanne -
that chocolate sounds delicious!
Saturday, August 7
"pack up dinner and take it to the beach at the end of a hot summer day. This is a refreshing way to greet your guests after they've most likely sat in summer traffic to get to you. It's relatively easy and way to kick off a weekend while hosting guests".
4 split chicken breasts (bone-in, skin-on) Olive oil
Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper 1/2 pound snow peas (or asparagus, sliced into thirds) 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced 2 scallions, sliced diagonally 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted 1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar (or apple cider vinegar) 3 tablespoons soy sauce 1 1/2 tablespoons dark sesame oil 1/2 tablespoon honey 1 clove garlic, minced 1/2 teaspoon peeled, grated fresh ginger 1/2 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted Up to 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter 2 teaspoons kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 2. Place the chicken on a sheet pan. Rub the skin with olive oil, and sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper. Roast for 35 to 40 minutes, until the chicken is just cooked. Let cool. Remove the meat from the bones, discard the skin, and shred the chicken in large bite-sized pieces. 3. Combine the chicken, snow peas and peppers in a large bowl. 4. Whisk the dressing ingredients, and pour over the chicken and vegetables. Add the scallions and sesame seeds, and season to taste. Serve cold or at room temperature
we grilled clams and hotdogs on the grill
2 chopped scallions
1TBS sesame seeds
1 TBS peanut butter
1 TBS tahini,
soy sauce to taste
2 TBS peanut oil
1/4 C olive oil
splash of japanese sake
just for fun.
Sunday, August 1
to prepare for guests this summer...
for many of us, travel may be prime time to read your favorite book. You may want to place your favorite "reads" in close proximity to your guest bedroom.as I mention in my Dan's Papers magazine story, stock up on produce from your local farmer's market to whip up quick and easy meals, maybe even splurge on ready-to-eat items to make it easy. textural layering
decorate a guest bedroom luxuriously, but clutter free as to allow your guests room to unpack their belongings and move around in the space.
I like the lovely black sheen, antique glass knobs and those substantial claw feet., and of course, the simple Empire shape!