Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Carol's tasty Cheeseball

Of all of Carol's tasty recipes, this is my favorite appetizer!

2 - 8 0z. cream cheese

1 large can drained crushed pineapple

1/4 cup finely chopped green pepper

2 tbsp. green onion

1 tsp. lawrys seasoning

1 cup chopped pecans

Blend cream cheese and remaining ingredients well, except the pecans. Roll into a ball and then roll the ball in the chopped pecans. (To simplify things, Carol just mixes the pecans right in!) Place on platter and chill until served. Serve with crackers. (We love it so much that we use it as a sandwich spread too.) Enjoy!

Party Meatballs

Got two minutes? Make these nummy party favorites! Literally, you can make them quicker than you can get the three ingredients out of the pantry! The secret ingredient is this wonderful brand of chili sauce (Googled the photo!) and the sweetness of the grape jelly blends perfectly with the kick of the chili sauce! They'll be a sure hit at any party and the leftovers freeze well and are also great served over rice for dinner! Enjoy!

1 small jar of grape jelly (10 oz.)

1 small container of chili sauce

about 40 frozen meatballs (I use the large bag sold at Sam's Club, but you do have to toss them more while cooking to coat them all.)

Place meatballs in your crockpot. Stir the jelly and sauce together. Pour over the meatballs. Cover and cook about 6-8 hours . Stir occasionally to coat the meatballs. Make sure to have some fun toothpicks for guests to pick them up with!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Chicken Divine

This quick and easy version of chicken divan is a most requested recipe in our home. It's a great way to put leftover chicken to use! The amounts for chicken and broccolli vary because I use whatever I have. This meal can be prepared in less than fifteen minutes, which makes it a favorite to cook as much as a favorite to eat! Enjoy!

2-4 cups chopped, cooked chicken

4-6 cups fresh or frozen broccolli (A large bag of frozen broccolli is perfect!)

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1 can cream of chicken soup

1 soup can of milk

1/2 cup mayonaise

1 tsp. lemon juice

1 tsp. - 1 tbsp. curry (to taste... for us the more the better!)

1 tsp. black pepper

2 cups shredded cheese (I use colby-jack)

3 slices of bread, toasted and shredded, if desired

Steam the broccolli to give it a head start in baking. In a large bowl, mix the soups, milk, mayo, curry and pepper. Stir in the cooked chicken, brocolli and cheese. Top with bread crumbs and more cheese, if desired. Cover and bake at 350° until bubbly (about 30 minutes).

Friday, October 3, 2008

White Grape Juice Slush

The most simple drink is our favorite party drink! This weekend for my 50th birthday bash, we are serving this from a giant black cauldron. The cauldron will be the only black thing at the party and that's because it goes along with the fall theme, not because I'm fifty!

Mix 2 cans frozen white grape juice concentrate as directed on can. Add a 2 liter bottle of Ginger Ale. Slice lemons and limes, strawberries as a garnish.

(For the party this weekend, we'll be slicing limes and oranges, just for the color.) Fill the punch bowl with Sonic crushed ice! Pretty, tasty! It's so simple you don't need the excuse of a party to serve it! Enjoy!

English Crumpets

Another great breakfast treat or a great party favor, this recipe sounds a bit tedious, but it's really no more difficult than making homemade pancakes. It just takes an extra half hour because the batter has to rise for a bit. Definitely worth the wait!


1 T. yeast

1 T. sugar

3/4 cup lukewarm water

Mix together:

1 cup milk

3 lightly beaten eggs

3/4 cups melted butter

Mix together in large container:

3 cups flour

1 1/2 t. salt

Make a well in the flour. Add the remaining ingredients. Mix well. Cover. Let double in size. Drop by teaspoons onto hot buttery griddle. Cook 3 minutes, turn and cook 3 more minutes. (they don't take much longer to cook than a pancake.)

Serve with preserves or this tasty spread:

8 oz. cream cheese

1 cup strawberry banana yogourt

1/2 cup strawberry jam

Serve them like hot pancakes or they can be served at a party at room temperature with the spread. Very tasty! Enjoy!