Posts Tagged ‘entertaining’
With the autumn season, savor the early fall evenings that are not too brisk but cozy enough to dine outdoors. Whether you are dining alfresco on your deck, patio, or backyard, debut your tablescape with a spectacular display of white pumpkins to celebrate the season!
If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen the sneak peek video I had posted of today’s featured post. Inspired by my table linen, designed with a motif of pumpkins, I decided to create a table runner filled with medium to large white pumpkins. In between the pumpkins, I displayed an assortment of mismatched antique brass candleholders, topped with white taper candles that casts a flickering glow down the center of the fall-themed table. Wooden charges were used to bring warmth to the table. I kept the place settings casual and subdued with white tempered glass dinner plates and my Rook flatware - the black flatware handles give off that rustic vibe. A nod to the fall season, I placed dry pinecones with a name tag on each dinner napkin. I used my vintage clear crystal stemware to add a little luster to the table.
I hope my effortlessly pumpkin-inspired fall tablescape has inspired you to create your own and to entertain outdoors this fall season with good friends and family.
-Photos & Table Styling by Rose Angel Lopez
Whether you’re enjoying your evenings by the fire pit or building the first fire of the fall season, savor the cozy moment with this S’mores Cordial cocktail recipe!
This weekend was the first time we uncovered our new fire pit. Now mind you, we had our fire pit for a year now but never had the chance to use it. Starting this weekend, we are expected to feel much cooler temps and a nice way to cozy up by the fire is with a warm S’mores cordial! If you love S’mores, I’ll bet you may just enjoy this cordial that has all the ingredients that makes for a tasty drink.
I adapted this recipe from Mrs Lilien’s Dessert Cocktail Swatchbook. The recipe calls for bourbon but I substituted it with Rum Chata instead and for a bit of sweetness, I added sweetened condensed milk. We loved the warm and creamy flavor of this cocktail! Give it a try and let me know what you think!
- 2 Cups of Whole Milk
- 2 TBSP of Sweetened Condensed Milk
- Hershey's Bar, break out 3 individual squares
- 4 ounces of Rum Chata
- 2 medium-sized Marshmallows (use jumbo size if you will be using a large cup or mug)
- 3 Graham Crackers, crushed
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring the whole milk, sweetened condensed milk, and the chocolate pieces to a simmer and stir until the chocolate is melted.
- Carefully dip the rims of your cup/mug into the hot chocolate mixture and then onto the Graham Cracker Crumbs.
- Torch the tops of the marshmallows. If you don't own a torch - turn your oven to broil. Place a piece of Parchment Paper on a baking sheet then place your marshmallows on top and place baking sheet on the top rack. Depending on your oven, it should only take 1-2 minutes to brown.
- Pour 1 cup of hot chocolate into each cup and add 2 ounces of Rum Chata in each cup and stir.
- Top each cup with a marshmallow and serve warm.
-Pictures by Rose Angel Lopez
This is the ultimate time in which we find ourselves baking homemade desserts as we get ready for the entertaining season. This is also a wonderful time to enjoy the crisp autumn air and early nightfall out by fire pit in the backyard. With that in mind, I think I might have just took s’mores to a whole other level, when I came up with this recipe…no counting calories here, you guys! No need to roast your marshmallows at your outdoor firepit because these s’more brownies are oven-baked and still have that ooey gooey goodness we all enjoy!
I simply love chocolate so I decided to add Nestle Trip Chip Morsels to the brownie mix. Once the brownie was baked, I topped it with a spoonful of sweet caramel dulce de leche spread and garnished with crumbled Honey Maid Vanilla Graham Crackers. This fall dessert is so rich and decadent, you’ll want to compliment it with a hot cup of coffee or an ice cold glass of milk!
- 1 box, Brownie Mix
- ¼ cup, Toll House Nestle Triple Chocolate Morsels
- ¼ cup, Mini Marshmallows (reserve ⅛ for topping)
- Dulce de Leche spread, drizzle as topping
- Honey Maid Vanilla Graham Crackers, crumbled
- Follow the brownie box instructions to prepare. Add ⅛ cup of chocolate morsels and gently fold into your brownie batter mix.
- Pour the brownie mix into your prepared baking pan and top with the remaining ⅛ cup of chocolate morsels. Cover your brownie batter with marshmallows (add as much or little as you desire).
- Bake brownie according to the box instructions.
- Insert three whole graham crackers in a sandwich bag and seal. Take a rolling pin and roll it over the sealed bag until the graham crackers have crumbled.
- Once baked, remove brownie pan from oven and let cool (at least 15-20 minutes).
- Pre-cut your brownie into equal amount of squares. Individually add a teaspoon of dulce de leche spread and garnish with graham crackers.
- Serve and Enjoy!
-Photos + Recipe by Rose Angel Lopez
A couple of weekends ago, we had hosted a small gathering at our house where I had prepared a variety of appetizers, a charcuterie board and some party snacks. One of the snack food items were these Red Hot Blue Corn Tortilla Chips that I had paired with a sampling of dips. Since we still had leftover tortilla chips, I decided to make this nacho platter while enjoying movie night at home.
A healthy-ish alternative to the typical loaded nacho platter, these nachos include tomatoes, scallions, jalapeno pepper, reduced-fat Monterey Jack cheese, fresh cilantro, and lime. If you crave nachos with flavor and heat but don’t want to pack the pounds, you will like this recipe! With the start of football season, up your nacho game…whether you prepare a one-sheet nacho for all to grab and enjoy or build-your-own nacho by creating a nacho bar for your guests, it’s a perfect addition to your party food menu!
- 36 baked blue corn tortilla chips
- 2 plum tomatoes, chopped
- 2 scallions, thinly sliced
- 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
- 1 cup shredded reduced-fat Monterey Jack Cheese
- ¼ cup cup chopped fresh cilantro
- ½ lime
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray 9x13-inch baking dish or 11-inch deep-dish pizza pan with nonstick spray.
- Arrange 24 tortilla chips in single layer in prepared pizza pan. Top evenly with tomatoes, scallions, and jalapeno.
- Crush remaining 12 tortilla chips and sprinkle on top; sprinkle evenly with Monterey Jack. Bake until heated through and cheese is melted. Sprinkle with cilantro and squeeze lime juice over.
-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez / Recipe: Weightwatchers Family Meals cookbook