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This category offers tips, inspiration and solutions for Summer Gatherings.

Grilled Georgia Peaches with Buratta + Prosciutto

Here’s the scene. A balmy August summer night, deep summer in the south. The Mr. has a dinner meeting for out of town business associates and isn’t due home for another few hours. On the way home I stop and pick up the last copy of The New York Times Wednesday edition. I usually get […]

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Grilled Chicken Bread Salad with Peas + Romaine

Do you know how many times I buy or receive a magazine in the mail, thumb through it dreaming of making at least one of the recipes, then put it on down never to be looked at again. A missed chance to recreate one of the many no-doubt fabulous recipes that the magazines editors and […]

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August 2015 Calendar with Holidays + Homekeeping Reminders

Download + Print Your August 2105 An Appealing Plan Calendar Here! This month we celebrate :: Savoring Summer in the Garden and In the Kitchen, Spending Time with Friends and Enjoying Time in Nature. I hope it inspires you to celebrate everyday of this wonderful month!   Now available to download the August 2015 calendar […]

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Fresh Herb White Bean Dip + #WestElmTampa Event

This past week most of us living in Tampa have been stuck inside by storm filled days and frequently flooded roadways, so I have to admit I was a little concerned about how the turn out would be for our West Elm “Summer Entertaining” workshop. To my delight, the room was filled with excited guests […]

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Grilled Mexican Corn Recipe with Blue Cheese

In the farm world of yester-year there is a saying “knee-high by Fourth of July”. It means all is well with your corn crop and the growth is on schedule. Well these days you can get fresh corn as early as Memorial Day – or year round in some parts – but the I still […]

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July 2015 Calendar With Holidays + Reminders

Download + Print Your July 2105 An Appealing Plan Calendar Here! This month we celebrate :: Fourth of July, Bastille Day, Summer Vacations, Recipes from the Garden and the Joy of Entertaining Outdoors. I hope it inspires you to celebrate everyday of this wonderful month! Now available to download the July 2015 calendar with holidays. […]

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The Ultimate Summer Solstice Cocktail

For me there are two culinary reminders that the Summer Solstice is here – lemonade and lavender. I still can hear the calm voice of the Country Time Lemonade commercials from the 80’s letting us all know that “summer is just a short 94 days long this year…”, those precious fleeting days of warmth and feeling free, […]

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Farmers Market Inspired Menu + Gathering

The summer entertaining season is upon us – at last it is time to open the windows, brush off the patio and invite your neighbors over for dinner outdoors. Time to raid the garden, or local market, for seasonal produce just off the vine and bunches of the freshest herbs available. Time to create a […]

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Refreshing Poolside Cocktail Recipe

There are few things I enjoy as much as sipping a refreshing cocktail poolside in the summertime. You can just imagine the pool boy serving them up and passing out chilled towels. This refreshing poolside cocktail recipe came about last weekend when my husband and I were at the pool and found ourselves out of […]

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Easy Strawberry Shortcake + Homemade Whipped Cream

The saying goes “nothing is more American than Apple Pie” – I beg to differ! To me fresh strawberries and whipped cream sitting on top of shortcake screams Americana and summer more than the pie in question. This easy strawberry shortcake with homemade whipped cream will have you whistling God Bless America {or perhaps..Summertime by […]

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The Tastiest Cilantro Margarita { #SundaySupper}

This Cilantro Margarita has a little twist on it – the ingredients are super fresh and I know you are going to love it. The main ingredients we are going to use in this cocktail are tequila, lime juice, homemade simple syrup, cilantro, kosher salt, and ice. We’re going to keep it clean and keep […]

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The Perfect Kentucky Derby Mint Julep Recipe

Who doesn’t love an excuse to dress up, put on a gorgeous spring hat and drink out of a chilled silver cup? I know this girl does! This quick and easy Mint Julep cocktail recipe is perfect for a Kentucky Derby party or for a lazy summer day on the front porch. Whether you live […]

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The Pretty Peacock Cocktail via AnAppealingPlan.com by Krayl Funch A perfect cocktail for spring and summer gatherings featuring Pavan and Elderflower rv

The Prettiest Spring Cocktail :: The Pretty Peacock

Spring flowers are not just to be kept in the garden – bring them to the table by adding them to your favorite Spring cocktail recipes. This Pretty Peacock cocktail gets it’s name from the Pavan Liqueur as well as the additional bright colors of edible flowers floating on top. The lovely combination of flavors […]

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Stuffed Peppadew Peppers {#SundaySupper}

Recently I was introduced to Eating Rules and specifically to the #OctoberUnprocessed. {follow along with me on Twitter or instagram }First launched in 2009, the challenge encourages you to eat foods that pass the “kitchen test” and fall in the category of being unprocessed. Founder Andrew Wilder admits the definition of unprocessed varies person to […]

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The Modern Relish Tray

  What exactly is a relish tray? Why should I serve a relish tray at my next entertaining opportunity? {speaking of entertaining… Let’s connect on instagram and share our entertaining images!} If you were born in the last 20 years, you may not have had the experience of Grandmom’s relish tray, but this vegetable filled […]

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How To Make Your Own Nautical Centerpiece.

Did you know that the glass floats we love to use in our summer decor were originally used in the 1930’s by fishermen in many parts of the world to keep their fishing nets, as well as longlines or droplines afloat.  In fact they were so abundant you can still find them floating in the seas today. […]

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Entertaining Summer Style: Finds For Your Table

Memorial Day. Fourth of July. Labor Day. Three holiday weekends that are classic summer entertaining opportunities. You can almost feel the excitement building in the air as the dates approach. Our Nations colors become part of our home and tablescape design. Fly your flag high and break out the Red, White & Blue with these […]

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Red, White and Blue Celebrations

Summer is for Celebrating and if I had to pick one visual symbol that represents this joyful season it would be the American Flag. The colors red, white and blue are peppered through the decor, food and beverages of gathering everywhere. I spotted a few for you to enjoy and provide inspiration. Share your favorites […]

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Recipes + Tips for a Fresh Summer Berry Cocktail Bar

The summer entertaining season is upon us and just as if mother nature could read our minds, so is the juicy summer berry season. How did she know? What a fantastic combination! And what better place to combine this match made in heaven than on the cocktail bar. Prepare to greet your warm weather revelers! […]

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#AnAppealingPlan Mint Julep Recipe fro Kentucky Derby Parties

Cinco vs Derby. Lime vs Mint. The battle continues.

Kentucky Derby or Cinco de Mayo? Mint Julep or Margarita? It is an age-old question leading up to the first weekend in May. Well OK, maybe not age-old but still, a question that I  have asked every year in May during my adult entertaining years. Living in the North East most of my life Cinco […]

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