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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!

 

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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

Summer Entertaining Ideas

2 Jun

Hello Summer!

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Summer is just around the corner!  Summer is a great time to gather with friends and family for cocktails, BBQ’s, Fourth of July and much more.  We’ve put together some great ways to entertain this summer with ideas to get your party started!

 

Boat Party

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Whether you own a boat or rent a boat, invite friends aboard for a day of summer fun.  You can keep it casual with lighter fare and portable drinks while you enjoy a day on the water.  You can bring sandwiches from your favorite deli and a cooler for your drinks.  You can always find an island or marina to enjoy an offshore picnic or visit a restaurant as well.  Just don’t forget to pack sunscreen!  Use a personalized tote to keep all your boating gear in (which also comes in handy for farmers markets and pool/beach days!).


Cocktails on the Patio

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Spend a beautiful summer evening on the patio with friends.  You can serve cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while you chat under the stars (we found some great hors d’oeuvres recipes to get you started).  Set the tone with string lights, candles and music.  You can serve beverages in shatterproof drinkware to keep entertaining stress-free (here are some great cocktail recipes to try). For personalized napkins, cups, plates, trays, cutting boards and more, shop our Summer Entertaining Supplies boutique.


Ice Cream Social

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There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned ice cream social. You can easily put one together for young and old alike.  This would be a great way to have a fun Sunday {or SUNDAE!} afternoon with neighbors.  So easy to have either in your garage, on your patio or even your front driveway.  Have guests come and make their own sundaes to enjoy on a hot summer day.  Make sure to include all the toppings like nuts, candies, cherries, whipped cream and sprinkles.


Fourth of July

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Nothing says SUMMER like the Fourth of July.  A time to celebrate our independence and enjoy time with family and friends.  You can plan a fun dinner and the entertainment is already set if you plan to watch the fireworks.  Plan a whole theme of red, white and blue from outfits to food to drinks.  You can also plan to see a local parade!

I hope these ideas help you with making fun summer memories!

XX,

Jennifer

Unique Gift Idea for Dad

27 May

Personalized Leather BooksFather’s Day is June 19th.  If you’re trying to decide what to get Dad this year, we have a gift idea that any Dad would appreciate and enjoy for years to come.  Our new leather bound books feature different themes from baseball to cocktails to golf so there’s a book for every Dad.  Each book is personalized so he can proudly display them either on the coffee table, a library or office.  Here are a few of our favorite books, but be sure to explore our entire library!


Ballparks Past and Present

Ballparks Past and Present Personalized Leather Book

If Dad loves baseball, our Ballparks Past and Present Personalized Leather Book is a must.  It tells the history of ballparks so Dad can learn interesting facts about all of our stadiums. With a tear-out checklist to mark ballparks you’ve visited and those on your bucket list, Ballparks takes you inside the histories of every park in the Major Leagues, with hundreds of photos, stories, and stats about: Parks like Wrigley Field, Fenway Park, and Dodger Stadium, Fan favorites AT&T Park, Camden Yards, PNC Park, Safeco Field, Forgotten treasures like Shibe Park in Philadelphia, Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis, and all five parks of the Detroit Tigers, New stadiums like the Atlanta Braves’ SunTrust Park, the Minneapolis Twins’ Target Field, and New York’s Yankee Stadium and Citifield plus more than 40 other major league parks that tell the story of the national pastime through the lens of the fields the players call home.


Rock N Roll Album

Rock N Roll Album Personalized Leather Book

Dad love music or photography?  He’ll love our Rock N Roll Album Personalized Leather Book. Terry O’Neill was one of the world’s most celebrated and collected photographers. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Album contains some of the most famous and powerful music photographs of all time.


Golf Lessons

The Modern Fundamentals of Golf Personalized Leather Book

If Dad loves the game of golf but is always looking to improve, he’ll love The Modern Fundamentals of Golf Personalized Leather Book. A timeless classic, Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons outlines the building blocks of winning golf from one of the all-time masters of the sport—fully illustrated with drawings and diagrams to improve your game instantly.  Whether you’re a novice player or an experienced pro, Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons is a must-have reference for anyone who knows that fundamentals are where champions begin.


The United States of Cocktails

United States of Cocktails Personalized Leather Book

Does Dad love to make cocktails?  The United States of Cocktails Personalized Leather Book is a celebration of the cocktail history of every state in America. Brian Bartels serves up a book that is equal parts recipe collection, travelogue, historical miscellany, bartender’s manual, and guide to bar culture today—with bar and drink recommendations that are sure to come in handy whether or not you are crossing state lines.

Be sure to explore our entire collection to find the perfect book for your Dad!

XO,

Jennifer