Wintery Wine

You forgot to chill the wine and you need it for your dinner.   You can try this quick tip to chill it quickly.

Grab a dish towel and get it totally wet.  Wring it out and wrap it around your bottle of wine.  Now just pop in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes.

If you need it quicker put it in the freezer for 10-15 minutes. Don’t forget to set a timer if you put it in the freezer.  I have forgotten a bottle or two…..

Potluck for Tots II

If you are going to a potluck and you have younger kids, don’t forget to take a package of hot dogs and buns.

Most kids are really not that fond of casseroles, especially when they don’t know exactly what is in them.

By bringing hot dogs you don’t have to have the whining that there is nothing to eat.

Cordial Salad

You are having a large get together and you want to serve a salad. Only problem is you don’t have enough plates, and plates can be very messy with smaller salad pieces like tomato and radishes that like to roll off.

Grab a bunch of large plastic or glass drink cups. You can place the salad inside the cups/glasses and your guests can eat with ease.

Need To Keep Food Hot?

You have a large amount of food that you have to prepare, you are having a hard time trying to figure out how to keep it all warm. You might have a bit of trouble finding all of the supplies, but this tip will help you keep it all warm.

Find a box that is large enough to hold all of your food with plenty of room to spare.

Now locate some thick foam insulation boards. You can find these at your local home improvement store.

Cut the pieces to line all sides of your box and a piece for the top.

Now cover the whole inside with aluminum foil.

When you have your box prepared, just drop in all the food and place on the lid and your food will be kept toasty warm for hours.

Potluck for Tots

If you are going to a potluck and you have younger kids, don’t forget to take a package of hot dogs and buns.

Most kids are really not that fond of casseroles, especially when they don’t know exactly what is in them.

By bringing some hot dogs you don’t have to hear the whining that there is nothing to eat.

If you are running short of time you can even swing by and pick up some fast food, although not the healthiest your kids will appreciate it. When you get to the potluch they can just play amongst themselves and just snack on what looks good to them.

Greener Life for Old Dishes

You love going to picnic’s and potlucks, but you don’t like that you are using so many paper plates and plastic silverware. You try to be environmentally conscious, but you still like to eat out with out worrying about loosing your good home dishes and cutlery.

Make a trip to your local thrift store. There you can pick up as many plates as you need, matching or not, for a song. You can also pick up silverware, knives and other needed gadgets. Now you can go out and not have to worry about loosing it. If it doesn’t make it home, someone else can keep it and use it, or donate it so that someone else can use it.

Quick Parfait

You just found out that you have company coming over within the hour and you have no dessert! You can actually whip up a quick parfait that will taste like you spent all day making it!

Simply mix up a box of instant vanilla pudding. Set in the refrigerator to chill for 5 minutes.  While the pudding is chilling, pull out as many decorative glasses or bowls as you will have guests.

Grab the box of granola and some fresh fruit. Slice strawberries or bananas, and/or rinse raspberries or blueberries.

Now create your parfait by layering granola, pudding, fruit, several times in your glasses or bowls.  Top with a bit more fruit and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Stand Up Party

If you just want to have a simple get together, host a stand up party.  Make up finger foods and some punch or iced tea in advance. Now when your guests arrive all you have to do is place the food on a central table and mingle.

Every now and then just take a peek at your table and see if anything needs to be replenished.

For a quick open face sandwich spread combine 1 can of Anchovy fillets (drained) with 1 Hard Cooked Egg and 2 Tablespoons of Mayonnaise. Lightly coat thinly sliced sourdough baguettes with the spread.

Serve these sandwiches with some antipasto and Mint Iced Tea for a light fare.


Sweet Birthdays

You are making the best Birthday Cake, but the problem that you are having is with the candles. They don’t want to stand up in the cake on their own, and you have to push them so far in that not very much of the candle is left sticking out.

The solution is on the candy aisle! Pick up a roll of regular life savers. There are so many flavors out there right now that you can easily find a color that matches your cake. Gently place a life saver where you would like to place each candle. Now gently press a candle in the center of the hole. Your candle now stands up like a champ!

Stocking a Bar

Stocking a bar doesn’t have to break you. If you have a few of the basics, most everyone will find something that they like.

You can start with the some different kinds of water (sparkling & flavored) and soda. A cola product and a lemon/lime product are wise choices.

Basic beer is good. Check with friends and see what they prefer and pick up some regular and light.

Red and White wine are always welcome, as is Champagne.

For mixed drinks you can pick up bourbon, gin, rum, vodka, tequila and whiskey. Don’t forget basic juices like Orange and Tomato.

Make some home made wine coolers by combining equal parts of wine, fruit juice and a fruit flavored liqueur. Experiment with combinations until you get the sweet taste of success.