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Water Goblets For Entertaining

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Here is post number one on my series of Entertaining 101: Stocking Up for Guests. I hope you take notes on how to fill your cabinets with versatile and useful items that you will be able to reach for when ever you have a planned party or a surprise guest pop in. Whether you are a seasoned hostess, a newly wed, a bride to be, or a person that wants to step out of their comfort zone and start entertaining… I hope this series helps you discover A Mind Set For Entertaining!

One of the best investments you can make is in a set of sturdy glass water goblets. Yes! Glass! Don’t be afraid to put out glass goblets when your guests come over. Why put out plastic? Plastic is wasteful, and can get costly. Glass is beautiful, sturdy, and a good, heavy glass goblet with a cold, delicious drink in it feels good in the hand!’

Besides, you can use them over and over and over again, and not just for water.  I serve lemonade, tea, soft drinks, or any other drink you can imagine in them. They are lovely for sangria, beer, and generous margaritas. I’ve even served a generous portion of dessert in them. I use them for buffets, casual meals, Superbowl celebrations, cookouts, Bible studies, or any gathering where I have a crowd coming over.

They can be dressed up in the dining room, or dressed down on the picnic table with a beverage dispenser and a cooler of ice next to them. If you purchase a sturdy set, they can be tossed in the dish washer, and placed back in the box for storage until your next party. Trust me. I DO NOT hand wash them. No delicate crystal here! I highly recommend you purchase all clear goblets, because they will go with any color dishes, napkins and table cloths you decide to use — you won’t be limited.

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My mom always drilled in my head to have a place for everything, and put everything in its place. When you take care of your things, they last longer, and she is right!  As you can see … my boxes look yellowed, but I have kept my glasses in their original boxes because they are packaged in sturdy cardboard, and they are divided nicely and well protected.

I purchased my two sets of 8 all clear goblets from Wal-Mart about 15 years ago, and I’ve only broken one in all that time. I paid $12.99 for one set of 8, and I got two boxes of them. Of course, the same set has gone up to $37.99 now, but that’s still under $5.00 per goblet.

Amazon.com has a beautiful set of water goblets by Libbey, 12 16-1/4 ounce goblets for51r5crqhaAL._SL1170_ $30.40 Prime (as of the date of this post – see or click on single glass to right) and they look sturdy and lovely. I might even bump my set up by another 12… you see … they don’t all need to match perfectly! That’s the beauty of clear goblets.

If you are great at scouring the dollar stores, you can find beautiful water goblets for $1.00 each. I recommend you purchase at least 12 goblets, and if you’re getting them at the dollar store, get them at the same time, because sometimes, they come and go quickly. You can even find restaurant and hotel buyouts on eBay for great prices!! My only suggestion with eBay is that you get all clear glasses, and make sure you’re getting sturdy stems (as opposed to very thin stems, which break easily).

Brides to be… Put them on your registry! Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want, because you just might get it! Tip: chosing more expensive brands for your registry don’t always mean better quality or durability. Remember: if you want your friends and family to purchase your items, be sure to make a diverse selection of items and prices on your registry! Make the selections do-able.

This recipe of Sparkling Pineapple Punch reminds me of a drink they have in Peru which I think you will enjoy. It looks very pretty served over ice in the glass water goblets. And, wherever you decide to purchase your goblets, you won’t regret it. You will find yourself using them over and over again as they are so versatile and neutral, and will save you money time and time again. They truly are an investment worth making! And that’s… According To Giselle!

Sparkling Pineapple Punch

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 4 cinnamon sticks, about 3″ long
  • 12 whole cloves
  • 1 can (46 ounces) pineapple juice
  • 1-1/2 cups orange juice
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 12-ounce can ginger ale, chilled (more if desired)
  • Ice cubes

Directions

  1. In a small saucepan, bring the water, sugar, cinnamon sticks and cloves to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Strain and cool to room temperature.
  2. Pour into a large pitcher; stir in juices. Refrigerate until chilled. Just before serving, stir in ginger ale. Serve over ice.

Tropical Kabobs

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We’re having a heat wave in March… a teaser for a wonderful spring, and I have a fun recipe for the warm weekend coming up. I was given this odd bottle of Coconut Pineapple juice, and I wasn’t sure what to do with it. It’s very thick, almost entirely too thick to drink on its own. It will make a nice mocktail, and a great cocktail, but I thought I’d try it in my Tropical Kabobs. Truth be told, I think it weighed down the flavor, muddying it up and making it mushier than it should have been. I would not use it again. I included it in one of the pictures, but not all the ingredients are in that picture, and I’m confident in the intelligence of the cook to remember to NOT include it in the recipe. That’s how much I did not like it. That’s saying a lot because there isn’t much I don’t like. Moving on…

IMG_2030Aren’t those kabobs lovely?? These pictures look upside-downish, but they aren’t — just funky looking. I love grilled pineapple, and to include it in a kabob is genius in my opinion. Not in my husband’s opinion, but no one asked for his. Today, he was just the operator of the grill, and since I love him so much, I made his kabobs without pineapple. He’s a pineapple sissy.

IMG_2025This is a small recipe, perfect for four adults, or for two with enough for lunch the next day. I love that this recipe combines vegetables and fresh fruit along with a protein, keeping this meal lean and healthy. It does have a few steps, but it’s worth it, and these days, everyone likes to cook, so have your spouse, child or a friend help chop, cut and dice. Make it a fun afternoon!

IMG_1950A few tips:

  1. You only need three chicken breasts, so if you have a package with more, freeze the remainder in either a ziploc baggie, or wrap them individually in plastic wrap so you can pull them out as you need them.
  2. This is a “Small Family” recipe, but you can easily double or triple it for if you are entertaining or making it for a larger family.
  3. Be sure to place about 8 bamboo skewers in water so your meal doesn’t go up in flames. It really won’t but don’t risk it!
  4. I recommend you serve this with Jasmine Rice. I set aside a few pieces of onion, peppers and pineapple and diced them very small. When my rice was finished cooking, I added the small diced veg/fruit, some toasted sesame seeds, and some of the reserved marinade to spike it up a notch.
  5. If you can, you’ll want to get your grill up to 400 degrees before you put the kabobs on, and use an instant read thermometer to check your chicken. It should be at 165 degrees in order to safely feed it to your hungry piranhas.

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Tropical Kabobs

  • Servings: 4 Adults
  • Time: 2 hours 30 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Kabobs:

  • 3 Boneless, skinless chicken breasts (or 6 chicken tenderloins) cubed
  • 1 green pepper, seeds and ribs removed, cubed
  • 1 red pepper, seeds and ribs removed, cubed
  • 1/4-1/2 red onion (depending on your taste), cubed
  • 3/4 FRESH golden pineapple, cubed
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • freshly cracked pepper to taste

Marinade:

  • 2 fat garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice (if possible, use the fresh juice from the cut pineapple)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp ketchup
  • 1 Tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Rice Vinegar

Whisk all Marinade ingredients together. Place cubed chicken in a gallon-sized zip loc bag. Pour 3/4 of the marinade into the bag, move the chicken around to coat completely, and seal the bag. Marinade the chicken for two hours, but no more than four (the chicken will get mushy from the enzymes in the pineapple juice). While your chicken is marinating, dice your vegetables, coat with 2 Tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp salt and freshly cracked pepper. Set in the refrigerator until ready to grill. Place your skewers in water.

When ready to grill, heat your grill to about 400 degrees. (while the grill is heating, make your Jasmine Rice!) Drain your skewers and begin threading your veggies, pineapple and chicken. Grill for 8 minutes, brush with the reserved marinade, and turn. Brush the other side with the reserved marinade and grill for another 8 minutes. Take the temperature reading of the chicken with an instant read thermometer. It should read no less than 165 degrees. Serve over your spiked Jasmine Rice.