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10 No Fail Appetizers Guaranteed to Impress Your Guests

I am scanning the blog for my favorite appetizers with Memorial Day fast approaching. Do you like simple appetizer recipes that you can prepare in a hurry? Here are 10 No Fail Appetizers Guaranteed to Impress Your Guests and create minimal work for you. We are heading to the Santa Ynez Valley to celebrate Steve’s 70th with our family. I am going to prepare a couple of these appetizers to have on hand when we need a quick nibble.


I have some great tips for celebrating your Memorial weekend in style with a recipe for a trader joe’s friendly brie, as well as another simple appetizer featuring trader joe’s sausages. Two of the posts feature bites and a meal that you can prepare on the grill when it is too hot to cook. I am also sharing some of my favorite simple appetizers. There are two cheese and charcuterie boards that you can prepare in minutes with ingredients from the grocery. I think you will love Ina Garten’s grilled eggplant appetizer. The leftovers are great on sandwiches as a spread. If you love grilled artichokes I have you covered. A couple of easy bruschetta recipes round out the list. Enjoy!

simple brie appetizer

Simple Summer Entertaining Tips

We like to keep entertaining simple at the lake so we made this easy appetizer.  All it takes is three ingredients; a wedge of Brie,  TJ’s corn salsa (at Amazon if you don’t have one nearby)  , and Terrapin Ridge’s Hot Pepper Bacon Jam. (also on Amazon click the link)

trader Joes sausages-&-cherry-mustard-dipping-sauce

Easy to Make Summer Cocktail and Appetizers

Today I am joining Mary Ann and Annie and a talented group of blogging friends for Easy-to-make Summer Cocktail and Appetizers when it is too hot to cook. It’s pretty hot in our neck of the woods this time of year. Often all we need are a couple of fresh appetizers and a cool summer

Grilled Vegetables with Romesco Sauce

Meal on the Grill When It’s Too Hot to Cook

Today Mary Ann, Annie and I are joining Sue from View from the Great Island, Sheri of Sheri Silver, and Melanie from My Sweet Savannah.  We are sharing our favorite barbeque menus.  This post is appropriate for our neck of the woods right now.  We have had a record-breaking heat wave.  The last thing anyone

Four Simple Appetizers and the Wines that Love Them

Today I am joining my pals Annie and Mary Ann and four other bloggers.  We are sharing our favorite holiday appetizers. It’s the season to eat, drink and be merry but who wants to spend all their time in the kitchen? Would you love to throw a party but don’t want the stress? I once

grilled brussel sprouts with chipotle aioli

Grill Recipes When it’s too Hot to Cook

Happy Tuesday everyone. I know many parts of the country are experiencing extreme heat.  It is that time of year when heating up the house with the stove or oven is not very appealing.  I have had a lot of specific recipe requests lately which prompted me to gather some of my favorite grilling recipes


Five Simple Tips for Hosting a Farm-to-Table Dinner

Today Annie, Mary Ann and I are joining some blogging friends to share some outdoor entertaining ideas. Hosting Friends for Dinner on the patio or in the garden is a chance to tone down the formality and keep it simple. Let’s face it food tastes better and everyone is more relaxed while dining alfresco. We

fig and mascarpone bruschetta

Do You Love Landscape Design and Fresh Appetizers

We are finally having nice weather, so we are working on to freshening up our outdoor spaces. Do you Love Landscape Design and Fresh Appetizers? If so you have come to the right place. I am joining my pals Mary Ann and Annie for our Sunday favorites. PAUL HENDERSHOT DESIGN ON INSTAGRAM Paul Hendershot is

harvest charcuterie board with trader joe's ingredients

Let’s Make a Harvest Charcuterie Board with Trader Joe’s Ingredients

Today I am joining Mary Ann, Annie, and some of our best blogging buddies for a Progressive Autumn Dinner. My mission is a charcuterie board with wines. I thought why not keep it simple? Let’s make a Harvest Charcuterie Board with Trader Joe’s Ingredients. We are entertaining a very large group of 25+ on Thanksgiving.

grilled artichokes and lemons with lemon mint aioli

Grilled Artichokes with Lemon Mint Aioli

Hi Everyone Mary Ann, Annie and I are back with a group of our blogging friends for a Progressive Barbeque.  Since many of us are once again under stay at home orders, let’s have some fun cooking. It’s good for the soul. If you have been reading this blog long you know I love vegetables. 

cheese board with ingredients from Costco

Last Minute Cheese and Charcuterie Board with Ingredients from Costco

 If you love to entertain, just do it with my last-minute cheese & charcuterie party with ingredients from Costco. I grabbed two bunches of sunflowers from the Farmers Market,  hydrangeas, and pom branches from my yard and plopped them in one of my favorite vintage jars. 

I apologize for my normal blogging schedule being scrambled this week. Next week will be different as well. I will be joining my friend Brenda for Ageless Style on Thursday and Jennifer for a colorful fashion post on Friday. I hope you had a chance to read my Ultimate Packing List for a Perfect Weekend in Wine Country. All of the bloggers had great ideas for packing for travel to different parts of the country. Thank you for reading 10 No Fail Appetizers Guaranteed to Impress Your Guests. Will you be entertaining over Memorial Weekend? Do you have any delicious quick appetizers that are your go-tos? Follow me on Instagram here for our shenanigans in the Santa Barbara Wine Country. Happy Friday everyone!

Reader Interactions


  1. Cheryl P says

    Have a wonderful celebration, and thanks for the delish recommendations! (and you weekend packing suggestions was spot on!)

  2. Wren says

    Lucky me, I don’t have to pack to go to this area! But I think you now know the wineries better than I. Let’s trade what we know….I’ll show you SLO wineries and you can introduce me to some of your PR favs.
    Great looking appetizers. The brie with the hot pepper bacon jam looks like an easy winner. I’ve used up what you gave me and have bought more, both for myself and to gift to others.

  3. Elizabeth@pineconesandacorns says

    I love appetizers! I have tried of few of these when you posted in the past and they are scrumptious! Have a wonderful weekend and a happy 70th birthday to Steve.

  4. Cath🇨🇦 says

    YUMMY! Some excellent ideas, Cindy. We had a recent heat wave here on Vancouver Island,..
    took us all by surprise, but did the gardens ever enjoy it! Back to more seasonal temperatures, but very much summer now. 😎Might even get into the water down the end of our road.🩱💦

      • Cath🇨🇦 says

        Qualicum Beach area…love it here since retirement 7 years ago. Not much need to leave … except for flights away to UK and Europe while I still can! How about you, Joanna?

        • Joanna says

          Up island in .Comox. Same thoughts about here. We’re in the best boating area anywhere in the world. With Mt Washington and the snow capped glacier, and surrounded by the Salish Sea, plus a temperate climate…well I count my blessings that we are fortunate enough to live here. We travel a lot but are always happy and feel at peace when we get back home. Just wanted to say “Hi!”.

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