Easy Spring Entertaining ~ Cheese Pairing

Good morning and happy Monday to you all!

Spring is here and spring celebrations are in the air! Easter is now upon us and soon will follow the communions parties, Mother's Day brunches, and back yard cookouts to celebrate graduations. And when it comes to planning any type of gathering, as far as appetizers go I like to keep things simple. One of the easiest and most elegant ways to set the tone for an afternoon or evening social is to provide a beautiful appetizer table which includes a few unique yet versatile spreadable cheeses. Then allow your guests the fun and adventure of pairing them with a host of assorted accoutrement's.

 Appetizer Menu

Boursin Garlic & Fine Herb Gournay cheese spread
Boursin Shallot &Chive Gournay cheese spread

To be paired with...
Everything Flat Bread crackers, Water crackers and Ciabatta baguette
Toasted sliced Almonds
Fresh Baby arugula
Olive tempenade
Sliced green Apples and Radishes
Dried Cherries
plus a
Cherry Honey

wine pick- souvignon blanc from SOUVERAIN 

There are so many fabulous ways to enjoy Boursin cheeses. Here are a few ideas I came up with as how to pair two of Bousin's beautifully crafted and incredibly delicious Gournay cheeses, Garlic and Fine Herbs and Shallots and Chives. 

OK I totally love anything garlic, and as far as I am concerned garlic goes with just about everything! So when it came time to try Boursin's Garlic & Fine Herbs cheese, it is not hard to believe that I went crazy over the flavor. One of my favorite ways to enjoy this cheese is on a thin slice of ciabatta bread, topped with a peppery bite of baby arugula and the saltiness of an olive tapanade.

Another great way to enjoy this garlic infused cheese is to simply spread it on any type of cracker and then top it with toasted almonds.

When entertaining, I like to provide both sweet and savory options for my guests, and I love the taste of the two opposing flavors together. 

One of the pairings I really enjoy is the light yet somewhat earthy flavor of Boursin's Shallot & Chive cheese with a touch of sweetness from honey, I used a cherry honey, and a slice of tart green apple all atop an Everything flat bread. Another tasty combination to try with this cheese is to spread it on a plain water cracker and then add some dried fruit and a slice of raw radish. The flavors are wonderful together and texturally you enjoy the bold crispiness of the radish in  contrast to the creaminess of the Shallot & Chive cheese.

My wine of choice to go with these cheeses is a citrusy sauvignon blanc or a light pinot grigio.

It is also a good idea to create a few pairing options ahead of time for your guests. This will help them to think out of the box with regard to other possible ways to pair these delicious cheeses. 

I hope this post gives you few ideas of how to entertain in a way that will not only totally wow your guest, but also help you to very easily create a beautifully elegant appetizer spread with some of the gorgeous cheeses from Boursin.

Wishing you all a wonderful start to this glorious Easter week!


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Updating an Outdated Chandelier for the Home Office

Last summer my dear friend Donna handed me a box and asked me if I was at all interested its contents. I opened it up and there was this brassy metal chandelier form with a stack of glass panels all taped together with some blue painter's tape. Not ever wanting to pass anything up that is free, I said sure, brought it home and promptly put it in the garage not giving it another thought.

Then about 10 days ago I was rooting through the garage in search of a few boxes to use to corral some of the kids old books, and I came across the little forgotten box. So I took the chandelier out and was this close to tossing it when the thought struck me to possibly paint it and somehow update the chandy's look for our home office. At the time we had this hideous over sized ceiling fan with those ugly bell shaped lights as the office ceiling fixture, and to be honest I have always hated it. Mr. Rosemary Lane was hesitant to get rid of it because he likes the idea of a wall switch to turn on the ceiling light. What I wanted was something a little less bulky (and ugly). 

So I cleaned up the brass, and then at the suggestion of my other sweet friend Colene, gave it two coats of a bright red paint using Krylon's Super Maxx Gloss spray paint. After it was completely dry, which took a little longer than regular spray paint usually does, I cleaned up the glass panels, put them back on the chandelier, and then went ahead and made little bows to place just in front of each panel. I found the darling Buffalo check ribbon at  Michael's Craft store for just a few dollars.

Then last night we hung the new chandelier.

And it is perfect!

Thank you so much for stopping by today, I always appreciate your visits. 

Wishing you all a super spring weekend and a very blessed Palm Sunday!

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Share Your Style Link Party #6

Hi everyone and welcome back to week 6 of the Share Your Style link party. Gosh can you believe it...5 parties have come and gone and it has been incredible seeing the amazing creativity you all link up every week! I hope you followed along this week with the Share Your Style Blog Hop...talk about spring inspiration! I know I have been in full Spring Swing so lets take a quick look back at what I shared with you since the last SYS party!
Well despite another snowfall last Friday I did manage to get a Spring Wreath up on my front door. 

This one was made with my daughter Grace's old rain boots from when she was just a half-pint.

Then for the Spring Hop I created a Garden Inspired Tablescape.

And finally I shared my super, easy super yummy Lemon Bar recipe. 
(The secret ingredient that makes it so easy is refrigerator cookie dough.)

And now on to this week's party which is being hosted by one of my dear bloggy firends, the beautiful lady behind the blog Northern Nesting...

 Hi there friends...
Welcome to another week of Share Your Style!

For those of you who don't know me I'm Martina and I blog over at

My favorite "style" is French Country...I love sharing my latest projects, and home decor changes on my blog...so if your not already I would love for you to stop on by and follow me...I love making new friends!
This is my first time being a party host...I'm so excited...especially that I get to do it with 7 of my  fabulous blogging friends!!

I love looking back at all the link ups. It's so tough to pick only a few favorites!
Here are a few from last weeks party...
Cristina over @ Finding Grace Interiors  
shared her family rooms pretty makeover...

The blog CottageFix shared a beautiful spring vignette...

Cindy over @ Edith & Evelyn Vintage Interiors shared her stunning dining room transformation...

Vickie over @ Ranger 911 found a beautiful lead glass window and hung it in her living room...
love it!

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Now let's get this party started!!

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At tonight's party feel free to link up any spring inspired posts, both old and new are welcome!!!


Super Easy Lemon Bars made with Refrigerator Cookie Dough

This lemon bar recipe is made easy because you use refrigerated sugar cookie dough for the crust of the bar. These are perfect for a Palm Sunday dinner dessert as well as for an Easter Sunday brunch. Make them ahead and just keep refrigerated.


1 pkg. 18 oz. roll of refrigerated sugar cookie dough
3 eggs slightly beaten
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
2 tsp lemon extract
the zest of one lemon
1/4 cup powdered sugar

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 13 x 9 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Drop cookie dough onto prepared pan and with lightly floured hands, spread dough onto bottom of the pan until completely covered. Place pan in oven and bake for 15-20 minutes.

In the meantime whisk together the eggs, sugar, flour and baking powder. Ina a separate bowl mix the lemon juice extract and zest. The pour the lemon mixture into the egg mixture and pour over the warm cookie crust. 

Bake in the oven for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool completely before cutting into bars. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Hope you are following along with our Share Your Style spring blog hop. Today will feature our last two bloggers, 

                                            Ron @ Uptown Acorn 

And don't forget to stop by the Share Your Style link party starting this evening at 7PM EST and 6PM central. SYS #6 is being hosted this week by my good friend Martina of timeless blog Northern Nesting. Come on by and link up any old or new posts inspired by this beautiful season of Spring!

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Share Your Style Spring Blog Hop ~ A Garden Tablescape

Hi Everyone and welcome to day one of the Share Your Style team's Spring Blog Hop! 
First I want to thank Sherry of No Minimalist Here for brainstorming this super spring hop idea, and Debra of the blog Common Ground for taking the lead in making the hop happen. I am so thrilled to be part of the SYS team and this beautifully inspired blog hop.

Despite the fact that we here in the northeast had recently received another 6+ inches of snow from mother nature, I decided to create a spring inspired table for you all to enjoy. So just imagine the birds chirping, the flowers blooming, and bunnies hoping down the ol' bunny trail, because both Easter, and hopefully spring too, are on their way!

Since blue is the predominant color in our dining room, I thought it would be nice to pair it with some bright yellow accents to help bring in a springtime theme. The pretty yellow and green linen runner I picked up a few years back at Williams Sonoma became the perfect jumping off point for my tablescape's color scheme.

The bunny napkin rings I just rediscovered as I was cleaning out our home office for it's big makeover. They were given to me by my dear friend Pegs and are the inspiration for this tablescape.

 Green stemware paired with cobalt blue water glasses are reminiscent of the newly green grass and brilliant blue skies of spring.

And tulips (my favorite flower)...lots and lots of tulips were added to the dining room.

At a quick glance the bright yellow botanicals look as if they are growing right up out of the table!

There is the classic mix of blue and white plates.

And the addition of a hurricane glass with candle surrounded by a mixture of spring colors serve as a sweet centerpiece.

 I hope you enjoyed my tablescape and maybe found some inspiration or even an idea or two you can incorporate into your spring or Easter table setting.

Thank you so much for stopping by and Happy Spring to you all!

Make sure to head on over to check out the wonderful creativity of the beautiful blogs being featured tomorrow. 

Be sure not to miss any of the fabulous Share Your Style bloggers during our three day spring inspired blog hop.

And remember to stop back on Wednesday at 7pm/6pm central for the Share Your Style link party where you can link up spring inspired projects, vignettes, crafts and yummies. Both old posts and new are welcome.

See you at the party!!!

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