Good Morning! Are you all surviving this heat?! I won’t complain…because this is better than sub-zero temps ANY day….but holy cow, it’s too hot to even get in the POOL! Good thing I am keeping myself busy inside…sewing for Baby and prepping food for “Mom & Dad”.
I wish I could remember when it was that I realized my love for entertaining. Was it when I realized how delicious (and simple) food can be?! Was it when I bought my first house in 2003 and wanted to share it with friends? Or was it all part of my love for treating others and spoiling them rotten? I don’t know…but it has been fun creating new indulgences to feed my friends. It has also been fun to learn how to properly prep and pre-plan…and de-stress the process. I am certainly still not perfect and I am often still prepping this or that while chatting with our guests…but hopefully, I do it with a little more ease!
Over the course of the summer, we have had our friends Bonnie & Matt over a couple of times. Ryan and Matt always enjoy chit chat over a beer…an occasional game on tv…or even jumping in the pool with Dino (though that hasn’t happened for Matt yet this year!) while Bonnie and I solve the problems of the world….or at least re-hash our professional aspirations, trials at work, and compare notes on our pregnancies! We laugh and laugh and laugh. I suppose that is the best part.
On one of their visits, I decided to have a few finger foods ready to hold us over while the main meal was prepped and cooked. The first, Tuscan Open Face Sandwiches, which you have seen before. Only change this time around…I added a Santa Sweet Grape Tomato to the top! First of all, I love those little tomatoes…and secondly, I liked the added color in the presentation!
The other appetizer I recently whipped up was one I found in a Taste of Home magazine. Caramel Apple and Brie Skewers! Yum!
CARAMEL APPLE & BRIE SKEWERS
Servings Vary (6 Full-Size Skewers or Multiple Toothpick-Size “Skewers”)
- 2 Medium Green Apples, cubed
- 1 pkg (6 oz) Brie Cheese, cubed
- 1/2 Cup Hot Caramel Topping
- 1/2 Cup Macadamia Nuts (I used Candied Pecans)
- 2 Tbsp Dried Cranberries
On each of the six wooden appetizer skewers (or mini toothpick skewers for smaller bites), alternately thread apple and cheese cubes; place on a serving tray. Drizzle with caramel topping; sprinkle with nuts and garnish with cranberries!
Share with friends and enjoy bite after flavorful bite! Simple & Delicious!
Whatever you are doing this summer, take time to treat yourself…and your friends to simple, delicious, elegant indulgences!
INDULGE. In Life. In Love. In Food.