Category Archives: Entertaining

How to Create the Ultimate Cheese Platter

December 6, 2016

Filed Under : Entertaining - Lifestyle

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My favorite way to do date night these days, is at home, glass of wine in hand and a full cheese platter spread in front of us…and maybe some pajama pants on too ;). For one of our nights in Florida recently, we did just that! We watched the sun set while snacking on grapes and sipping on wine, and it couldn’t have been more perfect. We finished off the evening by pulling out the laptop and catching up on our netflix shows together.

Even when we go out for our dinner, I’ll often prefer tapas over a formal entree. When we have date night at home, we love to create our own tapas or cheese platter spread. Whether it’s an evening in or if you’re having guests over and entertaining this holiday season, here are some tips to create the ultimate cheese platter that is sure to be a hit with your guests..

1 | Choose from a variety of cheeses. A good rule of thumb is to choose something soft, hard, blue, and a spread. My favorites right now are the pesto gouda from Trader Joe’s, colby jack, and Trader Joe’s blueberry goat cheese. If you’re going to be adventurous with a cheese like pesto gouda, it’s always a good idea to have a ‘safe’ option as well.

2 | Select the bread. You can choose crusty bread, like slices of a baguette, or simple water crackers to maximize the flavor of the cheese. I love to opt for pita chips or whole wheat crackers.

3 | Add some fruit. Cheese is pretty dense and filling, so it’s good to pair it with something light, like fruit. Grapes and strawberries are my go to! Dried fruit like apricots are another great choice.

4| Pick something crunchy. A basic trail mix is a great option to include, or if you are like me and are haunted by your never satisfied sweet tooth, you can choose something sweet like chocolate covered almonds.

5 | Don’t forget the extras. Grilled or pickled veggies are a great compliment to a cheese platter, as well as cured meats, such as salami, ham, or sausage.

Happy entertaining!

Gathering Around the Table and Why It’s Important

October 23, 2015

Filed Under : Around the Table - Entertaining

Gathering Around the TableOne thing I feel really passionate about, especially as our family grows, is gathering around the table for meals. We live in such a fast-paced world where we want everything to be instant or quick. I myself am so guilty of this – there was one day that I think I ate every meal in the car. Even though the temptation is hard to resist, I think it is so important to make time for each other, connecting around the table. Below are a few of my reasons why….

#1 | Eat Mindfully

As a dietitian, one of the main things I stress to my clients is mindful eating. It’s so easy to eat that entire bag of chips or one (or five) too many oreos sitting in front of the TV or while doing some other activity. And then, after all is said and done, we still don’t feel satisfied and might not even remember eating it all! If you’re going to splurge or have a snack, really enjoy it. I always suggest sitting down at the table and putting your freshly baked cookies on your favorite plate, lighting a candle, and maybe playing some calming music. I assure you, after being present with your food and thinking about what you are eating, you will leave the moment feeling fully satisfied and less likely to do any emotional or bored eating later.

#2 | Connect with Loved Ones

I’m definitely that wife that likes to text my husband all day every day. Even though I’m sure he loves it ;), some days are super busy and we don’t get to connect at all until getting home at night. Eating a meal together, without re-runs of the office joining us, allows us to hear about each other’s day and really care for one another.

#3 | Relieve Stress

When I’m able to really connect with my husband at the end of a long day, and share my hopes and fears and worries and joys, I leave the dinner table feeling much more at peace. Sometimes all it takes is talking through things and saying them out loud to solve them.

#4 | Try New Recipes

I have always been an advocate for trying new foods and recipes. When I go to a restaurant, I hardly ever order the same thing twice, and when I cook at home, I hardly ever repeat recipes. There’s so many awesome recipes out there to try so why not try them!? OK, OK, Unless you really love a recipe … I do make this vegetarian chili often.

#5 | Cheap Date Night

I think a candlelit dinner at home can be just as romantic as a fancy dinner out…especially if you’re on a budget! Some of my favorite memories with Scofield involve making dinner together and then sitting down to eat with back ground music and a candle and having a little makeshift date night. I have a feeling with a baby coming that we will be doing that much more often…

Photo by Jessi Nichols Photography and Casey Edwards Photography

The Savored Soiree

September 30, 2015

Filed Under : Around the Table - Entertaining - Interiors

The Savored SoireeI recently had the privilege of working with some other local Greenville, SC creatives in this dinner party collaboration, ‘The Savored Soiree’. My good friend and photographer Jessi and Casey dreamed up the whole dinner event as a way to connect with other photographers around the Upstate South Carolina region. I was so excited when they asked me to be a part of making it all happen. I worked with Willow Florals on the decor and set up, and I am so happy with how it turned out! You can also see a list of all of the other vendors at the end of the post. Now for some pictures below!The Savored SoireeThe Savored SoireeThe Savored SoireeThe Savored SoireeThe Savored SoireeThe Savored SoireeThe Savored SoireeThe Savored SoireeThe Savored Soiree

Photography: Jessi Nichols Photograhy and Casey Edwards Photography | Styling: Love Lola | Florals: Willow Florals | Furniture: A Darling Day | Invitations: Peach + Peony | Doughnuts: Circa Doughnut | Flatware: West Elm | Plates: West Elm | Napkins: Anthropologie 

Because Wine is Made From Grapes, and Grapes are Fruit, and Fruit is Good for You

January 16, 2015

Filed Under : Around the Table - Entertaining - Interiors

Appetizer Spread via Love Lola
one thing’s for sure, i love a good glass of wine. so today i am so excited to share with you a fun, winter-inspired wine and cheese pairing with la marca prosecco. recently la marca prosecco sent over a sample of their sparkling wine, and i had so much fun trying it and pairing it with some of my favorite, yet simple, appetizers. once all of the holiday hustle and bustle is over, january can feel cold and dreary, and i find myself just hanging on until spring. we decorate and celebrate the holidays, so i thought, why can’t we let winter inspire us and continue to celebrate past the holidays. afterall, i believe there is something to celebrate every day. plus, give me some wine and cheese, and nothing can get me down ;).
LaMarca Wine
Winter Party Appetizers
Winter Party Appetizers
LaMarca Wine Party
La Marca Wine Spritzer
i love this sparkling wine on it’s own, or you can easily add more flavor to it and spruce it up. i paired mine with some fresh berries and a sprig of rosemary, giving it a fruity, yet earthy, flavor. so delicious :).
happy weekend, friends, and cheers to focusing on our blessings and celebrating everyday!
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