Today I’m sharing an easy recipe, Roasted Red Grapes & Rosemary Appetizer, perfect for holiday entertaining!

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I’m so glad you are joining me the next 5 days, as I share about a “No Apologizing Holiday Season” and a menu with 5 holiday recipes! Today I’m sharing an easy appetizer recipe.

But let’s first start with the home. The purpose of the homeis it only for our own comfort, or is it also for sharing with others, imperfections and all?

The holidays can be a wonderful time for many, in opening our homes for parties, meals, and traditions.

But can we do it without apologizing for something?

I’m sorry for …
The last 21 years of marriage, my husband and I have opened our home to others. Our first humble home was 1100 square feet, but we still managed to invite families over for dinner. The adults would sit in the small dining room and we’d be creative with the little kids. I was thankful that we even had a home – a place where we could share the common life together with friends and family, usually around a very simple meal.

Then we moved to a slightly bigger home, but it still had a small dining room, and other reasons why we shouldn’t entertain.

But, we did it anyway.

Our house is larger now, but along the way, I’ve learned to look beyond the size of my home and the things that embarrassed me.

Embarrassed me? Seriously, that was very small thinking.

If friends are truly our friends, they are not coming to our home to judge or criticize, or … compare. If they are, then they are the ones with the problem.

The crazy excuses in our heads
We have to get over the excuses that stop us from experiencing joy and fellowship with others.

-The house needs painting.
-The carpet is stained.
-The furniture is old and falling apart.
-I’m a horrible cook.

When we think this way, hospitality actually becomes more about us, and less about others. Less about the real reasons we should be sharing our home.

Once we get that through our heads, we experience freedom. I promise, it works!

Focus on what you love
Take what you LOVE about your home, and expound on that. Focus on what you LOVE about your home.

For me, I love our intimate, cozy living room. This is the place where our guests gather for appetizers.

It’s very small, but you can see that it’s intimate and people have a good time.

Easy appetizer
If you’re unsure about an appetizer to make, stick with what you know. One of the best appetizers ever includes:

-Fresh fruit.
-A hunk of delicious cheese.
-Crispy, salty crackers

It’s really the easy!

Familiarity will boost your confidence.

Another festive holiday recipe for appetizers is to roast red grapes. Red grapes are an easy fruit to keep on hand, and it only takes few minutes to pop in the oven, and to serve with goat cheese and warm crostini.

Don’t forget to finely chop rosemary and sprinkle on top. Tasty and your guests will love you!

Or, you can always ask your guests to bring the appetizer!

What apologies do you make for your home?

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Roasted Red Grapes and Rosemary Appetizer

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 8
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  • 1 bunch Seedless red grapes
  • Fresh rosemary
  • Olive Oil, drizzle
  • Kosher salt and black pepper


  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Carefully toss the grapes with olive oil, salt, pepper and small amount of chopped rosemary. Roast for 10 minutes.
  • Serve warm on crostini spread with a light layer of goat cheese. Garnish with rosemary twigs.
Cuisine: American
Course: Appetizer
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REVIEW all 5 posts and fabulous recipes:

Day 1: The Purpose of the Home, Roasted Grapes & Fresh Rosemary
Day 2: Culinary Mistakes and Beauchamp Orchard Salad
Day 3: Learning to be Authentic and Pesto Baked Potatoes
Day 4: Don’t Plan for Perfection and Crusted Pepper Prime Rib
Day 5: Laugh at Your Mistakes with Holiday Poached Pears

Photos in this post by David Gibb Photography.

The Purpose of the Home (easy entertaining) with Roasted Red Grapes & Rosemary Appetizer