Our weekends are pretty much always filled with seeing friends and family. And actually, a majority of the time those get-togethers are at our house.
Since moving, it’s been a lot of fun being able to entertain more.
Long gone are the days of us and our friends all standing around our 1 bedroom apartment’s kitchen island that connected to our living room space. No shade to our old apartment, I loved it but it was small in comparison to our new home.
Now we actually have a dining and living room where people can sit and relax. It’s a luxury I didn’t realize I would love so much.
But somethings never change – and just like our downtown apartment, in the summer our house gets HOT. While we one day plan to invest in central air conditioning – that just isn’t going to happen for this summer. For now, we just need to embrace the heat and learn how to work with it.
One major way I work with the heat is by making stove-and-oven-less meals. The stove and oven ramp up the temperature in our home and it’s simply not worth it. Especially when there are so many great cold meals that you can easily whip up.
Now imagine a super hot house then packed with people – cooking is just a huge no-no. It’s such a no-no for us that we’ve actually told friends and family to put a pause on bringing snacks for everyone that require being cooked in the oven.
Rather than cook when we have friends over, we instead simply put together a charcuterie board or two (always served up with my fave lavender lemonade recipe!). They are always a crowd-pleaser – I mean, who doesn’t love meat, cheese, and fruit right? Here are a few charcuterie board ideas to try out at your next party: