Happy Fourth of July! Century Tile will be closed for the holiday, but we will be back and ready to help on Tuesday, July 5th. Please enjoy your holiday and stay safe!
With the Fourth of July fast approaching you may find yourself beginning to plan what you want to make for your guests who are coming over for the annual celebration of our country’s independence. Before the fireworks fly and the marshmallows are roasted over fires, hosts and hostesses are faced with the task of feeding their guests, and for some this could mean dozens of mouths to feed. One solution sure to make your life easier is to incorporate skewers into your menu. They are incredibly easy to throw together ahead of time meaning your day-of cooking list will be that much shorter. Preparing them is a breeze and some require nothing more than refrigeration before serving while others are simply thrown on the grill.
One great skewer for your party are caprese skewers. These are incredibly easy to throw together ahead of time and simply put them into the fridge until you want to serve them. All that is required is cherry tomatoes, fresh basil leaves, and marinated mozzarella balls. Thread the tomatoes, mozzarella and basil onto the skewers in whatever varying pattern you prefer. Using the leftover mozzarella marinated oil, drizzle this over the skewers on a platter along with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar as well. Throw a dash of salt and pepper over them and simply throw them in the fridge until you plan to serve them.
Another great skewer option is to chop up a bunch of summertime vegetables such as squash, zucchini, bell peppers, tomatoes and onions and arrange them how you prefer on a skewer. Season them with a drizzle of olive oil or your favorite vinaigrette, before throwing them on the grill. Once cooked, these skewers can be eaten as a healthy side of vegetables or they can be added to burritos, sandwiches, pitas, or even on top of a salad. These can also be prepared ahead of time and thrown in the fridge until they are ready to be cooked.
These two healthy vegetarian options are great alternatives to slaving over time consuming vegetable side dishes. They are easy to make, easy to store, and easy to eat when served. It’s summertime and nobody likes to eat with their knives and forks when the sun is out!
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Are you excited for Easter? If you just can’t wait to dye Easter eggs, try this recipe. It allows you to practice those egg-coloring skills and can double as a seasonal appetizer for the St. Patrick’s Day holiday, without jumping the gun into Easter. Find out how to make devilishly delicious deviled eggs for St. Patrick’s Day!
What You Will Need:
Apple Cider Vinegar
Green Food Coloring
A Dozen Eggs
1 Cup Mayonnaise
2 Tbsp. Mustard
Salt & Pepper
Fill a large pot with water and place on the stove. Place eggs in the water, carefully so they don’t crack. Bring the water to a boil, then turn heat down to low and cover the pot. Let the pot sit covered for 15 minutes. Once the eggs are boiled, add cold water to the pot to cool the eggs, so they can be peeled.
After the eggs have cooled, peel them. Next cut them in half down the long axis of the egg. Remove the yolk with a spoon and place the hard yolks in another bowl. Fill a short glass with water, add one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and 4 drops of green food coloring. You can speed the process by mixing several glasses with the vinegar and food coloring. Let the eggs sit in the vinegar solution for 3-5 minutes, depending on how dark a shade of green you prefer. If you prefer a brighter, richer green over pastel green, soak the eggs 5 minutes in the dye.
On to making the yolk filling! Mix yolks up with a fork or whisk. They need to be crumbly. Then add mayonnaise and mustard and whisk mixture thoroughly. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Cook bacon until it is crispy. Then break it up into crumbles. Cut the chives up. Use the bacon and chives are as toppings.
Spoon the egg mixture into the hardboiled green egg halves. Top with bacon and then chives. Finally garnish with a small amount of paprika on top. Enjoy your green eggs!
Here’s to another year filled with prosperity, peace, love and joy with family and friends.
We hope that all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! We are extremely thankful for each and every one of you!
- Purchase tall metal wire baskets and an ample supply of small pumpkins. Place a tall arrangement of fall leaves, willow branches, and twigs inside the basket. Hold the arrangement with one hand and use the other hand to fill the basket with the small pumpkins. They will serve as an anchor to keep the foliage arrangement in place. Because the basket is wire the pumpkins will also be visible!
- Replace old, boring porch light fixtures with lantern style light fixtures. Lanterns are perfect for fall themes.
- Set a bale of hay on one side of the porch. Place pots of mums on it and at the foot of it. Fill in any gaps with appropriately sized pumpkins.
- Display a unique wreath. Rather than the standard, round, store bought wreath, make your own. Find a large, twiggy branch in the front or back yard. Purchase a strand of fall leaves from the craft store. (Real fall leaves will disintegrate too quickly to get longevity out of your wreath.) Use floral wire to twist, weave, and attach the leaves to the branch. Tie a bow at the base of the branch, with the ribbons trailing onto the foliage. Hang on the front door.
- When Halloween approaches, maximize your display by working with the theme. Insert witch’s brooms in tall planters and containers, and then attach bats and ghosts to the siding of the house on either side of the front door. A few days before Halloween, carve a few of the pumpkins and set them on the porch floor, forward of the other décor and illuminate each night.
- Make good use of an old wooden ladder by using it as a display stand. Stack pumpkins, gourds, and small flower pots on the rungs. Fill the small pots with tiny pumpkins. If you’re creative, paint the flower pots in fall colors before putting them to use. Slide large planters underneath the ladder and fill them with mums or fall foliage. Nearby, set a small bale of hay on the porch floor, and place a square of plywood on top to convert the hay bale to a table. Set a wicker chair next to it.
Fourth of July is right around the corner and while the invitations may have already gone out for your Fourth of July party, now comes the planning. It may not be the most enjoyable part of throwing your party but if you plan ahead in a few strategic ways you will be able to remove most of the stress that comes with hosting a party.
The first thing to tackle is the food. Plan on providing a few of the main dishes, such as barbecue or hamburgers and hotdogs. Grab the meat and buns and condiments necessary for this and then let your guests know that it will be potluck style. Ask each guest to bring one thing, such as side salads, potato salad, deviled eggs, chips, baked beans, and the like. This will take a significant amount of preparation off of your table and allow you to devote your time to all other aspects of the party.
Next you will want to think about decor. There are great ideas to find online if you want to craft for your party but it never hurts either to raid the dollar store for some red, white, and blue napkins, plates and small decorations. Don’t go too overboard with it though, otherwise it can come across as a bit over the top. Keep it tasteful, and be sure to string up some lights if you haven’t already for ambient lighting.
Finally, prepare the entertainment for the night. Purchase a couple of rounds of sparklers for everyone to light up in celebration of the holiday. Create several playlists for your guests to enjoy in the background ahead of time so that when the day comes you aren’t having to scramble back to your phone whenever a song comes on that isn’t appropriate for the occasion. You can also grab a few lawn games for your guests to enjoy, such as bocce ball or corn hole. These games are a sure hit.
Now that you’re prepared for your Fourth of July party, let yourself enjoy it. The preparation you’ve done will allow you to sit back and relax with your guests as we celebrate the day of our country’s independence.