Krayl’s July 2016 Printable Calendar + Summer Seasonal Inspirations!

My July Calendar is here! This month we celebrate by spending time in the summer herb garden, BBQ’s with friends at the beach + refreshing cocktails to cool off during the heat of Summer Entertaining season.

Just a few of the special days in July 2016 are :: The Fourth Of July, Bastille Day, National Ice Cream Day and so many reasons to #CelebrateEveryday! So come along let’s get the summer celebration started!

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I hope this calendar inspires you to find new ways to celebrate everyday of the month + season!

Click here to download your July 2016 calendar + to automatically receive new updates.

Celebrations + Happenings In the month of July ::

The Fourth Of July 2016 is Monday July 4th, 2016::

When I think of Fourth of July I think of Fresh Whipped Cream over Strawberry Shortcake, My 3 tips for the best summer ever and Must Have summer decor essentials for your table.

Happy 4th of July - Independence Day Vector Text Design

Bastille Day 2016 is Thursday July 14th, 2016 :: 

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National Ice Cream Day 2016 is Sunday July 17th, 2016 ::

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Summer Seasonal Inspirations + the June 2016 Printable Calendar

The June Calendar is here in all it’s glory! This month we celebrate by spending time in the garden, dining outdoors with friends + the heat of Summer Entertaining season. Just a few of the special days in June are :: Gourmet Soiree, Father’s Day, Summer Solstice and SO many more.

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It’s here! My June 2016 printable monthly calendar just for you. Print it out + mark the reminders in your day planner or digital calendar.

I hope this calendar inspires you to find new ways to celebrate everyday of the month + season!

Click here to download your June 2016 calendar + to automatically receive new updates.

 

Celebrations + Happenings In the month of June ::

Father’s Day 2016 is Sunday June 19th

Dad deserved the best all year long but on this special day makes sure he truly feels the love – gifts for the grilling dad, Bloody Mary Bar or grill out back!

Happy Fathers Day BBQ grill on An Appealing Plan by #KraylFunch

Summer Solstice 2016 is Monday June 20th

My favorite day of the year! It is the day when the sun shines the longest on this beautiful earth. Early morning and late night on the porch. Celebrate your summer solstice with a the perfect summer solstice cocktail, planting a garden or decorate your entranceway for summer!

live more worry less summertime quote on an appealing Plan by kraylfunch 

Tinto de Verano ~ A Sangria Alternative {#SundaySupper}

Tinto de Verano, translation the “red wine of summer”, is a refreshing blend of Spanish red wine and lemon-lime soda and the perfect beverage to serve on a hot summer day… or night!

Tinto de Verano recipe on AnAppealingPan.com by @KraylFunch A sangria alternative 39 1000x

A sangria alternative Tinto de Verano, with just 3 ingredients or less, could be one of the quickest cocktail recipes you will ever make! And when you chill the ingredients over night before mixing them, you will have one less thing to think about right before your guests arrive.

Tinto de Verano recipe on AnAppealingPan.com by @KraylFunch A sangria alternative 40 1000x

Tinto de Verano recipe on AnAppealingPan.com by @KraylFunch A sangria alternative 57 1000x

In Southern regions of Spain it is common for locals to drink Tinto de verano as it is easy to make at home and is considered less touristy than the more expensive Sangria. And as the name implies tinto de verano is often served during warmer days of summer.

Tinto de Verano recipe on AnAppealingPan.com by @KraylFunch A sangria alternative 62 1000x

Tinto de Verano recipe on AnAppealingPan.com by @KraylFunch A sangria alternative 66 1000x

One of my favorite aspects of this recipe is that you can choose a mixer that you prefer to suit you or your guests tastes. I happen to love San Pelligrino Limonata, however Squirt and Sprite mixed with sparkling water is another option readily available in all areas.

Tinto de Verano recipe on AnAppealingPan.com by @KraylFunch A sangria alternative 88 1000x

Tinto de Verano recipe on AnAppealingPan.com by @KraylFunch A sangria alternative 71 1000x

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Tinto de Verano recipe on AnAppealingPan.com by @KraylFunch A sangria alternative 94 1000x

Para Empezar, Las Tapas (Appetizers/tapas) –

Postres (Desserts) –

Bebidas (Drinks) –

Plus Alcachofas al Ajillo – Garlicky Artichokes – and Spanish Tapas Recipes from Sunday Supper Movement

Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board

Fresh Lime, Grapefruit + Mint Rum Cocktail

Cinco de Mayo, Memorial Day or any Summer holiday gathering call for cocktails that are a refreshing blend of all the season has to offer! Fresh squeezed lime and grapefruit juices muddled together with just picked mint create a tasty fresh citrus rum cocktail perfect for entertaining or simply cooling off with your toes in the water.

Grapefruit Lime Mint Rum Cocktail on AnAppealingPlan.com by @KraylFunch 2329 real 750x

Inspired by the popular Paloma Cocktail I wanted to create a cocktail that brought together my favorite citrus flavors but that would blend well with rum rather than tequila. I know most people love tequila in the summer but it’s just not my favorite – something to do with a certain senior class trip, but that’s a long story for another time.

Grapefruit Lime Mint Rum Cocktail on AnAppealingPlan.com by @KraylFunch 2288 real 750x

Grapefruit Lime Mint Rum Cocktail on AnAppealingPlan.com by @KraylFunch 2333 real 750x

Really you could use most white alcohols you have in your bar in this recipe but I chose to start with white rum and it turned out really tasty! The ice will water it down after a little while but you could also add tonic water if you are worried about guests enjoying them a little to quickly, as can happen in the warm summer months.

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Grapefruit Lime Mint Rum Cocktail on AnAppealingPlan.com by @KraylFunch 2314 750x

I was concerned about the rum being too sweet but actually the fresh citrus juices and mint took the front stage and I have to say even I am impressed about how delish this Lime, Grapefruit + Mint Cocktail turned out. Try it for yourself and let me know what you think! Cheers!

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Fresh Citrus + Mint Rum Cocktail

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Seasonal Inspirations + My May 2016 Calendar

May has arrived and this month we celebrate the beauty of Spring + the start of the Summer Entertaining season. Just a few of the special days in May are :: Cinco de Mayo, The Kentucky Derby, Mothers Day, Memorial Day and SO many more.

april showers bring may flowers quote and flower image on AnAppealingplan.com @KraylFunch

 

It’s here! My May 2016 printable monthly calendar just for you. Print it out + mark the reminders in your day planner or digital calendar.

I hope this calendar inspires you to find new ways to celebrate everyday of the month + season!

{click here to download your May 2016 calendar + to automatically receive a monthly calendar to your inbox}

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The Kentucky Derby 2016 is May 7th :: 

Celebrate by hosting a Kentucky Derby Party complete with Bourbon Bacon Deviled Eggs + Mint Juleps! Get your Kentucky Derby Party planning guide here.

Kentucky Derby Party ideas. Min Julep cocktail recipes. Starting with fresh mint and silver mint julep cups. AnAppealingPlan 1000x

Mother’s Day 2016 is May 8th ::

Celebrate Mom in style with breakfast in bed or a special brunch to honor her special day!

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Memorial Day 2016 is May 30th ::

Invite a few friends or neighbors over and cook out as we remember those who have given their lives for our country.

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Sesame Chicken + Green Herb Tahini Dipping Sauce {#SundaySupper}

Finger foods are perfect for entertaining, no doubt about it! I love to put an easy spin on classic party food recipes when I am hosting guests. Ingredients like, Black Sesame seeds have a great flavor and add a much needed pop of color to this Sesame Chicken Skewers with Green Herb Tahini dipping sauce recipe.

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Sometime in my teens, when I first starting expanding my cooking skills past more than frozen pizza squares, one of my first “real” recipes was Sesame Chicken Fingers. I would proudly cut chicken breast in strips, coated them with a batter mixture of eggs, flour and white sesame seeds then lightly fried them in vegetable oil. Of course being a teen, honey mustard dressing was served as a dipping sauce and they were a big hit with the family {my other recipes included Corned Beef + Cabbage, yes it is true}!

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Sesame Chicken Skewers with Herb Tahini Dipping Sauce #AnAppealingPlan @KraylFunch 37 700x

While chicken fingers are still a big hit at parties, these days I like to mix it up a bit when entertaining at home. For instance in this Sesame Chicken with green herb tahini sauce recipe, white sesame seeds have been replaced with black sesame seeds – they have a similar flavor but look just a touch more chic on the platter. And who doesn’t love that.

Honey mustard has also been replaced at this party as the dipping sauce by a fresh herb tahini sauce. It’s complex flavors pair well with the quick and easy chicken skewers and I highly suggest making extra to use on salads, sandwiches and as a dip for fresh carrots. It’s become a favorite in our house already!

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If you haven’t guessed it yet, this week’s Sunday Supper is featuring recipes for Finger Foods! Perfect for entertaining, I love this topic and know you are going to love each and every recipe the community has shared. Have a look around and be sure to tell them Krayl sent you!

Pinky Appetizers

Manual Mains

Digit Desserts

Plus Bite-sized Pavlovas and More Finger Food Recipes from Sunday Supper Movement

Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board. Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.

Grilled Georgia Peaches with Buratta + Prosciutto

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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 the Thursday edition but they recently stopped the Home section, such a shame – I have tried to analyze what this means about the home and shelter category, or their readership, or their advertisers, but haven’t come up with a good theory. If you know please leave a comment below so I can move on.  But I digress..

Turns out, to my delight, that Wednesday is the Food edition! Apparently while I was obsessing about the loss of the Home section I forgot about the all important Wednesday New York Times Food Section! Again, I try to figure out a good theory behind this miss – but not long at all, as I am quickly swept up in the apparent fate that has brought us back together on this summer evening on the back patio.

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I had already planned on heating up the grill {my little buddy the Big Green Egg} when I found a few luscious peaches at the market. Perfectly ripe and ready at the end of the Georgia Peach season so I figured I would give the whole Grilled Peaches thing a try, and while I am at it, you really can’t go wrong with buratta and prosciutto… well can you? I say no man, you can not. So I grab them as well.

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Turns out grilling the peaches is super easy and brings out a warm richness in the fruit.. Simply cut them in quarters and place on a very hot grill. The temperature is the key to the grill marks, flames aren’t ideal but red coals are a must. If the coals, or grate, are not hot enough they simply toast all over, and although the flavor is similar the presentation is lacking. Bottom line :: heat up the grill.

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A Grilled Peaches with burrata and proscuitto AnAppealingPlan.com by @KraylFunch 80 1000

Once the Grilled Peaches are the grill place them on a platter with the burrata, prosciutto and honey if you wish. Crusty bread is a nice addition but not needed at all. Also, honey can be served with this dish but select a honey with a subtle flavor as I find it can over power the bite if it has a raw deep flavor profile. 

Spoon the burrata onto the grilled peach slice and top with a generous portion of prosciutto – this is no place for dainty bites, you want to experience the sweet warm fleshy peach, the cool creamy burrata and the salty prosciutto all at once. Serve with extra napkins if others are around, but luckily for me I was all alone on my patio. I did end up getting a few drops on my paper… complete worth it and I am pretty sure the NYT food editor would approve.

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A Grilled Peaches with burrata and proscuitto AnAppealingPlan.com by @KraylFunch 94 1000x

I recently made a peach simple syrup but am wondering what the flavor changes would be if I made the syrup with grill peaches… sounds like a project for next Wednesday night.

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And, if you are looking for even more ways to celebrate everyday check out An Appealing Plan the book.

Call it a trend or a return to the past, but I believe we are bringing back entertaining at home, lingering over a table after a lovingly prepared meal with friends. It has been a way of life and passion of mine my entire adult life, and I am thrilled to be able to invite you on this journey with me through a year of celebrating every day. Filled with recipes, tablescapes, floral inspiration and seasonal entertaining ideas An Appealing Plan :: A Year of Everyday Celebrations, is a dream come true for me a true honor to be able to share it with you. To learn more about An Appealing Plan :: A Year of Everyday Celebrations here. And of course, share how you are celebrating everyday.

Grilled Chicken Bread Salad with Peas + Romaine

A Grilled Chicken Bread Salad With Romaine hearts and Peas for a summertime gathering AnAppealingPlan.com by @KraylFunch

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 kitchen team have slaved over and tested for months. 

What percentage of all recipes in magazines, do you think ever get made? 10%? 50%? I have no idea either but I bet the number is pretty low if the majority of the world is like me – but then maybe they aren’t… perhaps you are all out there fully utilizing the periodicals you subscribe to…

Blue Hydrangea with A Grilled Chicken Bread Salad With Romaine hearts and Peas Recipe for a summertime gathering AnAppealingPlan.com by @KraylFunch

Well this time was going to be different. On the cover of the May 2015 Martha Stewart Living magazine is a gorgeous chicken dish featuring grilled chicken bread salad with beautifully fresh peas and pea shoots. I knew I had to make this one, it looked straight forward, clean and perfect for a summer gathering. I put the issue on my coffee table where I was sure to continue to see, and dream of, the recipe in question. Luckily for me, we already had a date on the calendar to get together with friends so I committed to  the recipe – plus, I had the perfect flag platter to showcase my work.
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Oh and did I mention, a few months prior I found these adorably patriotic gingham napkins that were just screaming to be set out for a summer dinner under the sky! Aren’t they perfect!!

Add in stoneware plates and a tall Ball jar filled with wildflowers and Hydrangea and my summer table was set!

SO how did the Grilled Chicken Bread Salad recipe turn out you might be asking… well the original version called for roasted chicken, the swap out there was minimal, I also wanted to add a few more greens and the market had the cutest Romaine Jewels on sale which, I feel added not only another element but also an amazing variety of colors in their little leaves. Overall it was an incredibly easy recipe to prepare, especially for entertaining when you want to spend time with guests rather than in the kitchen I would absolutely recommend trying this out for your next summer entertaining opportunity.

Blue Hydrangea with A Grilled Chicken Bread Salad With Romaine hearts and Peas Recipe for a summertime gathering AnAppealingPlan.com by @KraylFunch

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And, if you are looking for even more ways to celebrate everyday check out An Appealing Plan the book.

Call it a trend or a return to the past, but I believe we are bringing back entertaining at home, lingering over a table after a lovingly prepared meal with friends. It has been a way of life and passion of mine my entire adult life, and I am thrilled to be able to invite you on this journey with me through a year of celebrating every day. Filled with recipes, tablescapes, floral inspiration and seasonal entertaining ideas An Appealing Plan :: A Year of Everyday Celebrations, is a dream come true for me a true honor to be able to share it with you. To learn more about An Appealing Plan :: A Year of Everyday Celebrations here. And of course, share how you are celebrating everyday.

August 2015 Calendar with Holidays + Homekeeping Reminders

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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!

AUGUST 2015 An Appealing Plan Calendar by @KraylFunch Seasonal inspiration for you home garden and gatherings

 

Now available to download the August 2015 calendar with holidays. Full of seasonal inspiration + monthly reminders to create the home, garden + gatherings you dream of. Simply click on the image above to

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Fresh Herb White Bean Dip + #WestElmTampa Event

West Elm #FreshEvent with @TabithaBlue and @KraylFunch with #WestElmTampa Store Manager

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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 there to sip on Iced Tea with Peach Simple Syrup + Mint {recipe to follow}, whip up a batch of Fresh Herb White Bean Dip, create personalized napkin rings and learn how to make the most of the last weeks of the summer entertaining season – all while being inspired by the newly launched early fall decor and accessories surrounding them at the  West Elm Tampa Hyde Park location.

West Elm #FreshEvent with @TabithaBlue and @KraylFunch Sunflower Centerpiece with white dishes behind

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For this #FreshEvent with Tabitha Blue, of the Fresh Mommy Blog, I wanted to keep it fresh of course and focus on entertaining with herbs as the star of the show, so I created a unique recipe using the fresh herbs growing in my patio garden containers – Rosemary, Thyme, Oregano + Parsley – and to weave the theme through out the entire event, I also tucked them into the centerpieces filled with Sunflowers, Stock and Cornflowers.

If you follow my blog, you know I was in tabletop heaven to have an entire store to pick bowls, plates and trays from! I just couldn’t resist these fun colorful bowls to set up the recipe demonstration table with. How great do the lemons and parsley look against the bright patterns! You must head in to see them out yourself.

West Elm #FreshEvent with @TabithaBlue and @KraylFunch Krayl demonstrates how to make the dip with the help of an assistant

West Elm #FreshEvent with @TabithaBlue and @KraylFunch White Bean Dip demonstration

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The rain continued outside most of the evening, but our spirits were high as we mixed up bowls of the Fresh Herb White Bean Dip and served it on West Elm‘s hammered silver bowls and gorgeous over-sized white lacquer trays – perfect for serving a large group inside or out on the patio.

Stylist Tip :: Don’t be afraid to place additional decor touches on the trays to add visual interest to the display – their silver star piece is perfect for a summer gathering.

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[yumprint-recipe id=’5′]With so much going on during the event I just had to write more than one article to feature all the fun – be sure to check back to read about Peach Simple Syrup + Mint Iced Tea and Herb Napkin Rings {both coming this week}. Or keep it simple and sign up for our newsletters so you don’t miss an update!

{Thank you Fresh Mommy Blog for sharing a few of your pictures!!}

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And, if you are looking for even more ways to celebrate everyday check out An Appealing Plan the book.

Call it a trend or a return to the past, but I believe we are bringing back entertaining at home, lingering over a table after a lovingly prepared meal with friends. It has been a way of life and passion of mine my entire adult life, and I am thrilled to be able to invite you on this journey with me through a year of celebrating every day. Filled with recipes, tablescapes, floral inspiration and seasonal entertaining ideas An Appealing Plan :: A Year of Everyday Celebrations, is a dream come true for me a true honor to be able to share it with you. To learn more about An Appealing Plan :: A Year of Everyday Celebrations here. And of course, share how you are celebrating everyday.

Farmstand Gazpacho Soup Recipe {#SundaySupper}

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And, if you are looking for even more ways to celebrate everyday check out An Appealing Plan the book.

Call it a trend or a return to the past, but I believe we are bringing back entertaining at home, lingering over a table after a lovingly prepared meal with friends. It has been a way of life and passion of mine my entire adult life, and I am thrilled to be able to invite you on this journey with me through a year of celebrating every day. Filled with recipes, tablescapes, floral inspiration and seasonal entertaining ideas An Appealing Plan :: A Year of Everyday Celebrations, is a dream come true for me a true honor to be able to share it with you. To learn more about An Appealing Plan :: A Year of Everyday Celebrations here. And of course, share how you are celebrating everyday.

Be sure to visit all the Sunday Supper Community Bloggers and say hi!!

Appetizers, Sides and Salads

Entreés

Desserts

Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board.

Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.