This time of year is brutal for all kinds of bugs. Mosquitoes are my main enemy outdoors, but indoors I war against the fruit flies. I face an invasion each July and August, and they drive me batty. I empty my compost bin constantly, and try to keep things covered, but the little pests are everywhere. The best weapon I have found is a simple glass of vinegar and dish soap.
When the weather turns warm, I turn to the great outdoors. We have a nice sized back yard and a great, covered deck, which becomes my summer office and preferred entertainment area. Coffee on the deck in the morning, drinks in the evening, and as many meals out there as I can fit in. Fresh air is so good for my soul.
This summer I instituted a new tradition – Friday night drinks on the deck. It’s kind of an open invitation to my girlfriends. If it’s Friday, I’m on the deck, and there will be cocktails, wine, and snacks; everyone is welcome. I love the social aspect, and I feel like it’s a great way to take advantage of our property and our relatively short summer season.
I’ve served some different things over these past few weeks. From guacamole and chips to mini-pizzas done on the BBQ. It’s never anything fancy, but always something tasty can you pick at and nibble on while chatting and giggling with friends. And it has to easy and stress-free, because I want my focus to be on my guests and enjoying the summer breeze.
Deli trays seem to be a big hit with my girls, so I’ve done those more than once. It’s easy to buy one ready made, but not hard at all to pull one together on your own. Choose 2 or 3 favourite cheeses, a couple of sliced deli meats, olives, or grapes, and crackers. To make it super easy for your guests, choose firmer cheese and serve it already sliced or cubed.
Do you have a favourite summer entertaining staple? What would you serve to your guests? School may be back soon, but there’s still a lot of summer weather left to be enjoyed!
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Momma’s Icy Mocha
2 scoops chocolate ice cream
1/4 cup cold coffee
1/4 cup milk
1 1/2 oz Kahlua
Mix at high speed in the HB DrinkMaster until smooth.
Pour into a large glass and top with Gay Lea Coconut Whipped Cream.
Honestly, I’m a little worried about my waistline now that this is on my counter. It is super easy and quick to whip up these frozen drinks, and Boo keeps asking for them too. I see a yummy summer ahead!
The HB DrinkMaster Classic Chrome is available at Home Outfitters, MSRP $67.99.
Because we want you to stay cool this summer too, one lucky RMB reader will receive their own Hamilton Beach DrinkMaster. Entries are via the widget below and will be accepted until 11:59pm EDT, July 13, 2016. Giveaway open to Canadian residents only, excluding Quebec. Best of luck!
Southern Ontario has been experiencing a particularly hot and dry spring and summer. (And I don’t think we’re alone.) Because of this (or maybe because of how busy + lazy I’ve been) my garden is suffering. A friend did come by to water while we were away (much appreciated!), but it has been so crazy hot some things still just did not survive, particularly in my containers. Some annual seeds I planted this spring also never came.
|$12 each for very well-produced strawberry plants.|