Thanks for joining me in my “30 Days of Summer Entertaining” series. (Scroll down to the bottom for the previous posts in this series) :)

Appetizers for summer entertaining are so easy.

All you need is fresh fruit, cheese, and nuts. You can mix and match according to what’s in season.

Nuts to keep on-hand:
Walnuts
Pecans
Pistachios
Almonds

Cheeses to keep on-hand:
Goat cheese
Dubliner Cheese
Your favorite flavor of cheese (preferences can really vary)

My sisters and I were heading out to a near-by restaurant for a birthday celebration, but they came to my house an hour early, so I whipped up an easy appetizer. What did I have on hand? Fruit, nuts, cheese.

But more importantly, I really love sister-time. It’s just really good to talk and catch up on life. I’m very grateful for these two beautiful women in my life.

Now on to summer-entertaining and my oh-so-easy appetizer. It’s light and easy, fresh and beautiful.

Apricots and Goat Cheese Bites
(Makes about 20 bites. I always double the recipe.)

2 oz. goat cheese at room temperature
1 tsp. milk or cream
20 dried apricots (preferably from Trader Joe’s for the best flavor and tartness)
20 almonds
1-2 tsp. honey

Mix together the cheese and the milk to make it spreadable.

Toast almonds in the microwave for 1-2 minutes.

Lay the apricots on a platter or tray with a small amount of cheese on each piece.

Top with one warm almond on each apricot.

Drizzle with honey.

If you’re taking to a party, wait until you get to the party to drizzle the honey. I made the mistake of drizzling ahead of time and they got a bit soggy.

The tanginess-to-sweetness is a perfect combination.

My sisters and I munched on a few of these before we headed out.

Have I told you how much I love sister time? :)

What’s your favorite fruit/cheese/nut combination for an appetizer?

If you’ve missed the last 12 days of this series, you can catch up now:

Day 1: Summer Entertaining is About the People
Day 2: When Perfect Robs You of Something Good
Day 3: Who To Invite to Dinner
Day 4: Planning the Menu for Outdoor Entertaining
Day 5: Setting the Table Using What You Have
Day 6: Using One Classic Water Glass
Day 7: Napkin Options for Summer Entertaining
Day 8: When You Feel Like Canceling the Party
Day 9: Leave Your Technology at the Front Door
Day 10: Candles That Enhance Good Conversation
Day 11: Serving Flavored Herb and Fruit Water
Day 12: Leafy Greens and a Tiny Bit of Agave

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30 days of Summer Entertaining

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