20-Minute Summer Dinner Party Cleaning with Apricot Ricotta Honey Basil Bites

These Apricot Ricotta Honey Basil Bites are a perfect summertime appetizer to serve at a dinner party. I am a compensated 3M-sponsored blogger. Opinions are my own and additional products used in the project were selected by me. #CleanFeelsGood

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We’re in the warm-weather groove in southern Oregon, which is the perfect weather for outdoor entertaining. One thing I love to check off my list, when preparing for a dinner party, is knowing that all my outdoor furniture is clean and ready. Today I’m sharing a few simple tips that I’ve found to be helpful, to make entertaining a breeze!

This past weekend, we hosted a simple party in our backyard–a pure delight–with a mixture of old and new friends!

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Getting the entertaining space ready.

Every few weeks, I’ve noticed that the entertaining supplies get a little grimy and gritty, too often collecting a lot of dust and pollen, sitting on our back patio.

Enter this cool little sponge that has saved us time and energy, the Scotch-Brite Extreme Scrub Sponge. It’s treated to resist bacterial odors, and has 4x the scrubbing power than the next leading brand at removing tough baked-on messes allowing us to easily clean easier and avoid smelly sponges.

20-Minute Summer Dinner Party Cleaning with Apricot Ricotta Honey Basil Bites

It also features a long-lasting antimicrobial product protection, and an innovative new scouring web, plus there is NO presoak required. (That’s Haggis, giving us the big thumbs-up!)

20-Minute Summer Dinner Party Cleaning with Apricot Ricotta Honey Basil Bites

Scrubbed down the outdoor dining chairs and very little time spent on the barbecue.

20-Minute Summer Dinner Party Cleaning with Apricot Ricotta Honey Basil Bites

Corners of the table.

20-Minute Summer Dinner Party Cleaning with Apricot Ricotta Honey Basil Bites

A quick swipe on the chargers.

20-Minute Summer Dinner Party Cleaning with Apricot Ricotta Honey Basil Bites

Cleaned out the ice bucket.

Beautiful, clean table with lavender from the garden.

And set a beautiful table, with lavender from the garden.

20-Minute Summer Dinner Party Cleaning with Apricot Ricotta Honey Basil Bites

20-minute dinner party cleaning using a Scotch-Brite Extreme Scrub Sponge.

  1. Patio table and chairs.
  2. Clean the barbecue.
  3. Wipe down the ice buckets, drink containers, chargers, candles, umbrellas, side tables.

And why do I love this little purple sponge? With 50 years of cleaning tool expertise, Scotch-Brite Brand offers the breadth of cleaning tools for all your home cleaning needs. Whether in the kitchen for scrubbing dishes, wiping counters and cleaning appliances, or in your bathroom’s hard-to-reach places, like shower tile and under the toilet rim, or even when removing pet hair and lint from your clothing, Scotch-Brite Brand cleaning tools help you get the job done right. And we know clean feels good!

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Apricot Ricotta Honey Basil Bites.

This time of year is perfect for fresh appetizers, so once the patio was ready, I created a simple platter of Apricot Ricotta Honey Basil Bites for the dinner party.

Drizzled with the finest balsamic glaze (yum!), I was able to make these up ahead of time to chill in the fridge, then pull out as the guests arrived. (I buy my glaze from DeLallo Foods or Trader Joe’s.)

I have to say, there’ve been a few times where I did not wipe down the patio furniture, and even though the guests probably never noticed–I did. Just looking at them, I felt the grime and grit on the chairs and table.

With a quick wipe-down, for this party, I had everything whipped into shape in a matter of 20 minutes.

20-Minute Summer Dinner Party Cleaning with Apricot Ricotta Honey Basil Bites

A beautiful sparkling entertaining area!

What’s your quick cleaning routine before a summer dinner party?

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Apricot Ricotta Honey Basil Bites

Yield: 24 bites

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 12 apricots, seeded and cut into halves
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • Fresh basil, finely chopped
  • Sea salt
  • Balsamic Glaze  (I buy my glaze from DeLallo Foods or Trader Joe's)

Directions:

  1. Place the 24 apricot halves on a tray.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the ricotta and honey.
  3. Fill each apricot half with a dollop (about 2 Tbsp.) of ricotta mixture.
  4. Sprinkle with sea salt.
  5. Drizzle the bites with balsamic glaze. Sprinkle with finely chopped basil. Refrigerate if needed.
  6. Best if served at room temperature.

I am a compensated 3M-sponsored blogger. Opinions are my own and additional products used in the project were selected by me.

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21 comments

  1. I love the extreme sponge – especially because it resists bacterial odors and doesn’t get stinky!!

    The aps looks fabulous Sandy! I love apricots.

  2. Yum…you had me at ricotta….I can eat that stuff with a spoon! I think for me, when it comes to having people over in the summer, it just doing quick clean ups..if we’re eating outside, making sure the porch is swept, but with the heat we’ve been having, we haven’t ventured outside to eat very often.

  3. I am a clean sponge freak! Any sign of mildew and into the microwave or dishwasher they go. These look extra awesome, I will pick some up to day. I can admit I have a sponge addiction :).

  4. Okay I totally need that sponge!! And to come to one of your parties! :)

  5. Ok, getting off topic from purple sponges….I really like the patio table. It looks like it expands to become longer?!?! What is the brand, where did you get it? I hope it might stand up to our MN winters (with a cover, of course). Let me know…as I sit here and covet your backyard setup.

    • Hi, Sue. The table does expand! We bought it a couple years ago at IKEA for $199. Best outdoor table we’ve ever owned!

  6. Haggis makes the best clean-up helper, next to the sponge of course :) The bites look perfect for entertaining on a whim. I’m with Sue, did you get a new table?

  7. My pup Amber helps with the floors :)

    I haven’t gotten these sponges yet, will have to pick some up! Loving these apps Sandy! You always have the best spread at your parties!

  8. These apricot bites are so creative and pretty. I was thinking how good they would be using Angelcots or sometimes called Heavenlycots and adding some lavender buds on top.

    Thanks so much for the recipe Sandy. I lost you when we moved to Williamsburg, VA so glad to be back.

    Jackie

  9. Oh my goodness these bites look so delicious!! Love the combo of apricots + ricotta!

    Also, loving the cleaning product too!

  10. Your table looks so pretty and the appetizers sound delicious!!

  11. Love your rustic table setting and those pretty apricot bites!

  12. These are truly the cutest little bites I’ve ever seen and I can just imagine how delicious they are!

  13. How did you make the balsamic reduction? Did you just boil down some balsamic vinegar? These look absolutely yummy! I bet you could also use peaches?

    • I buy my glaze from DeLallo Foods or Trader Joe’s. It comes in a small bottle. You can find in any grocery store, or you can do a reduction and make your own! :) YES! Peaches would be fantastic!

  14. Recipe looks good but there is no recipe for the balsamic glaze.

    • I buy my glaze from DeLallo Foods or Trader Joe’s. It comes in a small bottle. You can find in any grocery store, or you can do a reduction and make your own! :)

  15. what constitutes a balsalmic glaze (which the recipe calls for)?

    • I buy my glaze from DeLallo Foods or Trader Joe’s. It comes in a small bottle. You can find in any grocery store, or you can do a reduction and make your own! :)

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