This Apricot Almond Appetizer is the perfect lighter appetizer to bring to a party, and an excellent choice for gluten-free guests!

Good Morning, Friends! I can’t believe it’s November! One word that sums up November for me is “awesomeness.”

It’s not your typical “gratitude” word, but it really sums up “life” for me—all things surrounding the beauty of nature, and the blessings of family and friends, plus a whole lot of extra blessings like health, a home, doing something meaningful in life (I love sharing with you on RE), being a mom and wife, and stepping outside of my comfort zone (yes, these are often blessings, because they stretch us and make us better people).

Entertaining as a way of bringing people together. I’m sort of a catalyst, one would say, of connection.

 Apricot Almond Appetizer

I like this role. It took me a few years after being married to realize that I was really good at it, and to relish and use these gifts. My husband learned to be a part of it, although at first he was more nervous than I was!

You may ask, How do you become a catalyst? I want to do something meaningful and host a table of really cool people!

Well, it’s not really about the “cool people” in town. At least we do not think of it that way.

3 styles.

Making a dinner party invitation is really very simple, and can be done several ways.

INTENTIONAL: You can think very intentionally about who you want to invite over, who should know who, or who would even benefit by knowing these other people on the invitation list.

GO WITH FLOW: You may be a last minute person, randomly inviting people who come to mind.

BECAUSE WE HAVE TO: You may be in a rut of inviting the same people over again and again, “because you have to,” meaning you are fearful their feelings will get hurt (or cut you off?) if you don’t have them.

Ooooh, that last one is a hard one. I hear people complaining all the time over not getting dinner invites, or they have the same people over again and again and they’re “done with it.”

How very sad. I say, don’t have those people over! Open up your world and take a chance by inviting new people into your lives.

FG Dinner Party

Friendsgiving party idea.

If you’re looking for a “new idea” on how to host friends this month, I’m contributing over at RecipeGirl’s now (as an entertaining “expert,” ha ha!), with specific party ideas for the holidays, plus this menu! I love it when there is an entire menu laid out. Easy planning!

Take a peek here, of my Friendsgiving menu, and head over to say hello to Lori!

Apricot Almond Appetizer.

Here’s an iPhone shot in my kitchen of these yummy Apricot Almond Appetizers ready for company! What I love about this recipe is you can make it a few hours earlier, easy to set out right before the guests arrive! I also think that sometimes we need an appetizer that is not so heavy … maybe just a bite to nosh on before the big meal!

 Apricot Almond Appetizer

It takes risk.

Hospitality is risky. It’s not always safe, and just think about how you can help expand your borders, as well as other people’s, by bringing new individuals into your lives, and into the lives of others.

Seriously, folks, it gives me goosebumps to think about how easy and fun and beautiful the combining of food and people can be!

For Paul and me, we are intentional inviters. Not that we haven’t enjoyed many last-minute meals (those are fun, too). I look at it this way: Planning a party takes effort, time, and energy.

The older we get, the more we want to be wise with our time.

So our style of invitation is “intentional.”

What is your style of inviting, and why does this work for you?

 Apricot Almond Appetizer

This Apricot Almond Appetizer is the perfect lighter appetizer to bring to a party, and an excellent choice for gluten-free guests!
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Apricot Almond Appetizer

Makes about 20 bites. I always double the recipe and use Trader Joe’s dried apricots (tangy flavor).


  • 2 oz. goat cheese at room temperature
  • 20 dried apricots, preferably from Trader Joe’s for the best flavor and tartness
  • 20 almonds, salted is best
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • Fresh thyme, finely chopped


  • Place the apricots on a platter. Spread each apricot with goat cheese.
  • Top each apricot with a whole almond.
  • Drizzle the platter with honey.
  • Sprinkle with fresh thyme, garnishing with thyme on the side. Serve.
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Apricot Almond Appetizer is the perfect lighter appetizer to bring to a party, and an excellent choice for gluten-free guests

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