Thursday, May 5, 2011

On The Fly Entertaining

     Have you ever had a friend call and say, “I am five minutes away, can I drop by?” This use to happen to me once a week. And I actually don’t mind! I love spur of the moment visitors, but for a lot of us, this can be a stressful situation. In the morning and early afternoon my house is usually a mess because we have been homeschooling. So when I get a phone call like this, my kids and I spring into action. It is a pretty funny sight! “Noah, put away everything on the table. Parker, pick up the living room floor. Jackson, go straighten up your room. Miley, please watch your sister while I get dressed.” (Yes, I am often in my pajamas.) This is usually how we get things ready for a visitor, but what if it is close to lunchtime when they call? No, I don’t plan on feeding everyone a meal, but it might be nice to offer our visitor a snack. Well, I have found some things that I can whip up very quickly AND cheaply with very little stress on my part.

{It doesn't hurt to have a pixie and a puppy on the look-out either. ;) }

   My very favorite idea required a purchase. I went to a Pampered Chef party recently and purchased a Stoneware Fluted Bunt Pan, and it has already paid for itself. 
   The only reason I bought it was so I could use this recipe. I knew it would be perfect for a quick treat! All you need it a boxed cake mix and a can of pie filling! When my grocery store has a sale on these items, I stock up my pantry. You can use any flavor you like, but what I like is this:
  • 1 box Chocolate Cake Mix
  • 1 can Cherry Pie Filling
Mix two ingredients. Spray your bunt pan and drop mixture in. Place in microwave and bake for 12 minutes! THAT’S IT! You can sprinkle it with powdered sugar to if you like. This recipe makes entertaining very easy. (No, I don't sell pampered chef and I haven't received compensation for this plug. :)
    You don’t always need food to make a good impression. Sometimes offering a yummy drink in a pretty glass is just as fun! This next recipe is so quick, easy, and inexpensive that it is perfect for on the fly entertaining!

Southern girls love fruit tea and we don't mind spending the time it takes to make it. But when you have someone heading to your house, this is a quick and easy recipe for Fruit Tea. If you have some tea already made and in your fridge, it makes this recipe twice as fast.
  • 1 can Orange-Pineapple juice
  • 1 pitcher of ice tea
Combine juice and tea. Slice lemons and limes for a pretty presentation.

   So there you have it! A couple of recipes that are quick, easy and helpful for spur of the moment entertaining. Just remember that advanced planning on your part always works to your advantage! Stock your pantry with these ingredients so that you will be ready to entertain your drop-in guests.

P.S. I have lowered the price on our Rosie Necklaces from $35 to $30 AND you can still use the BLESSEDNEST coupon code for and extra 30% off. It's a GREAT deal, so hurry over to my shop and pick out your fav! :)

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