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Sizzlin’ Summer BBQ Ideas

26 Jul

Summer BBQ Ideas at The Stationery StudioThere is still plenty of summer left to enjoy outdoor get togethers.  We’ve put together some of our favorite ideas from recipes to gear to help you host a fun BBQ to celebrate summer or just a great excuse to get together!

Barbecue Spiced-Rubbed and Sauced Chicken

This recipe can be found in The Barbecue Bible Personalized Leather Book by Steven Raichlen.  This book is full of great grilling recipes and also makes a great gift for someone who loves to BBQ!

 

Photo: BarbecueBible.com

The Barbecue Bible Personalized Leather Book by Steven RaichlenRECIPE NOTES
  • Yield: 3 to 4 servings
  • Method: Direct grilling

INGREDIENTS

For the chicken:

  • 2 to 3 chicken breasts, each cut into 1 ½-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup of barbecue rub
  • 1/2 cup of barbecue sauce
  • Oil for the grill grate

For the veggies (pick your favorite):

  • 1 red onion, peeled and cut in quarters or sixths
  • 2 to 3 bell peppers cut into 1 ½- to 2-inch pieces
  • 1 cup small to medium cremini mushrooms
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons barbecue rub

You’ll also need:

  • 2 to 3 hardwood chunks or 1 ½ cups wood chips, soaked and drained; flat metal skewers, instant-read meat thermometer; basting brush.

RECIPE STEPS

1: Set up your grill for direct grilling and heat to high. Brush or scrape the grill grate clean and oil it well. Add wood chunks or chips to the fire (or smoker box if using a gas grill).

2: Season the chicken pieces on all sides with the rub. (Optional: Lightly oil the chicken pieces to help the rub adhere to the chicken.)

3: Place all the veggies in a mixing bowl and drizzle with olive oil, then season with the barbecue rub.

4: Slide the chicken pieces and veggies onto the metal skewers. Place the chicken and veggies on separate skewers as they have different cooking times.

5: Grill the veggies 2 to 3 minutes a side for a total of 5 to 6 minutes. Grill the chicken on each side for 2 to 3 minutes. Baste the chicken with barbecue sauce and grill for an additional 1 to 2 minutes per side.

6: Remove the grilled veggies and chicken skewers from the grill. Use a grill glove to hold the skewer when removing the chicken and the veggies since the metal skewers will be hot. Optional: Sprinkle the chicken kebabs with additional barbecue rub, if desired.

7: Serve immediately.


Personalized Wood Cutting Board

Maple 16 inch Rectangle Your Text Cutting Board

Our personalized maple cutting board is a versatile board for summer entertaining.  It can be used for grilling, a charcuterie board or even a serving board.  Our board was featured in USA Today as a must-have board for good reason!


Limoncello Collins

Tritan drinkware

If you are looking for a delicious summer cocktail, we are totally inspired by this Limoncello Collins recipe we found on foodandwine.com.  We suggest our personalized Tritan drinkware to serve your drinks for outside entertaining.  They look like real glass but are shatter-resistant.

Ingredients

Ingredient Checklist
  • 12 ounces gin
  • 8 ounces fresh lemon juice
  • 24 paper-thin lemon slices
  • Ice
  • 16 ounces chilled club soda
  • 8 mint sprigs

What’s your sign?

1 Jul

Sun and Moon

(source: shutterstock.com)

Astrology is having a resurgence and and now more than ever people are interested in their zodiac signs.  Some people believe the pandemic sparked the resurgence with the uncertainty and lack of connection from quarantining.  According to Google Trends, searches for “birth chart” and “astrology” both hit five-year peaks in 2020, and many professional astrologers report that business took off under lockdown, according to BBC.com.

Who doesn’t love to read their horoscope and see what the day might have in store for them?  At the very least it’s fun to read about your sign to see what traits might ring true.  The love for astrology inspired us to create a line of personalized zodiac themed gifts perfect for your friends and family who cannot get enough of their zodiac signs (or maybe even for yourself!).

Here are a few of our favorite new zodiac products!

Zodiac Memo Cubes

Pick Your Zodiac Symbol Sticky Memo Cubes

The perfect gift for someone who loves their zodiac sign is our NEW Pick Your Zodiac Symbol Sticky Memo Cube.  These are perfect for desks, dorm rooms and WFH (work from home) offices.  They’re perfect conversation starters, too.


Pick Your Zodiac Notepads

Zodiac Notepads

Another great option for your desk are our NEW Zodiac Notepads.  Great for taking notes, you can choose lined or unlined.


Zodiac Party Collection

Zodiac Collection

A fun way to celebrate a birthday for someone who loves astrology is with our coordinated Zodiac Collection!  You can personalize everything for your party from napkins to cups to plates and so much more.

Be sure to explore our entire personalized Zodiac gift boutique to see what lies in the stars for you!

XO,

Jennifer

 

Top 10 Baby Names of 2022

21 Jun

Elephant Photo Birth Announcements

Oh baby!  The top baby names have been released by the Social Security Administration from 2021 and it’s always fun to see what names are trending.  While these are the top names from 2021, these names are still trending well into 2022 according to Babycenter.com.

Here is the full list of the top 10 boys’ and girls’ names for 2021:  

Pink Hearts Photo Birth Announcements

New Star Baby Boy Photo Announcements

Pink Bud Photo Birth Announcements

It’s always fun to see what names are trending and to see if your own name made the list!  Of course, any of these names would look adorable on one of our personalized birth announcements.

XO,

Jennifer