Let’s PAR-TAY!

Welcome! I’m having so much fun hosting all of these recipe exchanges. I always come across new blogs to add to my feeder. And I can’t wait to see new faces stopping by today.

I hope y’all brought your desire for some good food! These are some favorite party foods in our house. Well, if we went to parties… but those days are on hold for a bit… BUT IF WE DID go to parties, this is the food I’d choose from.

[Be sure to stop by over the next few days. There were several people who stopped by and added their recipes in the days following Gobble Gobble, and I anticipate the same with this. I’d hate for anyone’s recipes to be overlooked!]

Cheese and Ham Spirals

1 egg
1 Tbsp. water
1 sheet frozen puff pastry (1/2 of 17-1/4-oz. pkg.), thawed
1/4 cup KRAFT 100% Grated Parmesan Cheese, divided
1/4 tsp. ground red pepper (cayenne)
8 slices OSCAR MAYER Shaved Smoked or Brown Sugar Ham

PREHEAT oven to 400°F. Beat egg and water until blended; set aside. Unfold pastry on lightly floured surface. Roll into 14×10-inch rectangle; cut in half lengthwise. Brush both pastry halves lightly with some of the egg mixture. Sprinkle 3 Tbsp. of the cheese and the pepper evenly over one of the pastry pieces; cover with ham slices. Place remaining pastry piece, egg-side down, over ham. Roll gently with rolling pin to seal. Brush with additional egg mixture.

ROLL up tightly to form a 14-inch log, starting at one of the long sides. Cut log crosswise into 24 slices. Place, cut-sides down, on parchment-covered baking sheet. Brush with remaining egg mixture; sprinkle with remaining 1 Tbsp. cheese.

BAKE 12 to 14 min. or until golden brown. Serve warm or at room temperature. Makes 24 spirals.


Sausage Balls

1 lb. hot country-style sausage
2c. bisquick
1 lg. heaping shredded cheddar cheese
Tabasco sauce to taste (optional)

Mix by hand. Roll into 1 inch balls and bake at 350 for 20 minutes.


Sherbert Punch

1 qt. sherbert (any flavor), softened
2 L. ginger ale

Put sherbert in punch bowl and add ginger ale.


Chocolate Pretzel Rings

48-50 pretzel rings (I used miniature rings)
1 package (8 ounce) chocolate kisses candy
1/4 cup M&M candy

Place pretzels on a greased baking sheet and place an unwrapped chocolate kiss in the center of each ring. Bake at 275 degrees for 2-3 minutes or until chocolate is softened.Remove from the oven. Place an M&M on each, pressing down slightly so chocolate fills the ring. Refrigerate for 5-10 minutes or until chocolate is firm. Store at room temperature.
Yield: about 4 dozen.


Peanut Butter Cookies with Peanut Butter cups

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons milk
40 miniature chocolate covered peanut butter cups, unwrapped

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Sift together the flour, salt and baking soda; set aside. Cream together the butter, sugar, peanut butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in the egg, vanilla and milk. Add the flour mixture; mix well. Shape into 40 balls and place each into an ungreased mini muffin pan. Bake at 375 degrees for about 8 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately press a mini peanut butter cup into each ball. Cool and carefully remove from pan.


Merry Berry Cheese Bars

2 cups unsifted flour
11/2 cups oats
3/4 cup + 1tbsp firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup butter, softened
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
14 oz. sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup ReaLemon lemon juice from concentrate
16 oz. can whole berry cranberry sauce
2tbsp corn starch

Preheat over to 350. With mixer, beat flour, oats, 3/4 cup sugar & butter until crumbly. Set aside 1/2 cups mixture; press remaining mixture on bottom of greased 13+9 baking pan. Bake 15 minutes or until lightly browned With Mixer, beat cheese until fluffy. Gradually beat in sweetened condensed milk until smooth. Stir in lemon. Spread over baked crust.
Combine cranberry sauce, corn starch and remaining 1tbsp sugar. Spoon over cheese layer. Top with reserved crumb mixture. Bake 45 minutes or until golden brown. Cool & cut into bars. Refrigerate leftovers.


Sweet Peanut Brittle

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 Tbsp. butter
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla
4 squares BAKER’S Semi-Sweet Baking Chocolate
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter

SPRAY large baking sheet or 15x10x1-inch baking pan with cooking spray; set aside. Mix sugar and corn syrup in large glass microwaveable bowl until moistened. Microwave on HIGH 5 min. (CAUTION: Use pot holders as candy mixture gets very hot.) Stir in butter and peanuts. Microwave an additional 3 to 4 min. or until pale golden brown. Add baking soda and vanilla (mixture will foam.)

IMMEDIATELY spread mixture as thinly as possible onto prepared baking sheet. Cool completely. Break into pieces.

MICROWAVE chocolate in 1-cup glass measuring cup on HIGH 1 to 2 min. Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Stir in peanut butter until melted. Dip half of peanut brittle pieces halfway into chocolate mixture, scraping back of brittle against edge of cup to remove excess chocolate. Place on sheet of foil or wax paper. Refrigerate until chocolate is set, about 20 min.
Makes about 1.5 pounds.


If you are just stumbling on this page, feel free to come back and add your recipe link (post the recipe on your own blog) to Mr. Linky, below.

Have fun, and be sure to let others know that you’ve stopped by their blogs. We all appreciate comments! I can’t wait to see all of the yummies that will be posted!

Thanks for participating!

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Be sure to see the post below for info on the Holiday Par-tay recipe exchange!

Holiday Par-Tay info

As I mentioned yesterday, I’ve been asked to host a Holiday Food recipe exchange. Y’all may be tired of food at this time of year… but not me. I don’t think it’s in my genes (and it shows in my jeans… darn pregnancy cravings!)

Here’s what it will entail:

I’ll have a Mr. Linky in place on the 12th. On your blog, write a post with your Christmas Par-tay favorites. Include the recipe for at least one of your favorite items: punch, finger foods, appetizers (is that the same as finger foods?), cookies, pies… You name it. Then come back over here and add your post to Mr. Linky. We are bound to find some good ideas to take with us to the upcoming Company party our husbands, friends, employers are dragging us to.

Here is the button and code, if you’d like to add it to your blog to promote it. Obviously, it will be more fun if we have more than, oh… two recipes. So spread the word!


Holiday Par-Tay

Just call me Mrs. Hodge-Podge

I love looking around the internet. Maybe too much, as far as my time goes. There are so many things out there waiting to be discovered. And I’m here to help you find them!

*if you aren’t even remotely interested in this stuff, at least scroll to the bottom of the post to see info for my Holiday Par-tay recipe exchange*

I have some links to add for my “Keeping Christ in Christmas” list:

Christmas out of the Advent Box by Benjamin Husted. I haven’t read this book. But I am very interested in picking up a copy. It looks like a great resource for fully experiencing the Advent season.

The description on Amazon says: “Has Christmas become too generic, bland, commercial, or trivial for you? Do you want a fun, family-oriented Christmas season centered in Jesus Christ? The Husted family shares how they created their own Advent Box that gives them a Christmas season full of faith and family fun. This book gives you lots of helpful information and over fifty devotionals to get started on your own adventure toward reclaiming the Christmas season in your own home!”

Another book (which I have looked through) is Preparing My Heart for Advent: A Spiritual Pilgrimage for the Christmas Season by Ann Marie Stewart. Look for it after the holiday season and keep it for next year, because it starts in November and takes you through January.

Also, (and this book doesn’t come out until next September, but I can’t wait to take a look through it): What Do You Want for Christmas?: An Advent Study for Adults by James W. Moore

The Advent season can be such a lovely time if we just take the time to reflect and spend time with the Lord each day. I admit that I have fallen short in this area. But there is always time to start.

I’ve been seeing a lot of great ideas on other blogs that have inspired me for the Advent season. We are keeping it really simple this year.

Have you seen this lady around? Her name is Sandy and she can be YOUR personal assistant! (I LOVE this idea!)

The premise: You let her know what you need to remember, and she’ll remind you through emails/text messages. It’s very simple to use, but you’ll need to take a look around for yourself to get the idea. The website is so handy, with examples and ideas for how to use it (ie: “remember Pat’s wife’s name is Christine”) and a “try it” feature so you can see how it works.

Need an idea for a holiday party recipe? Try this: Dreamy Cream-filled Cupcakes. Or you can just look at this photo and drool…

FYI – I had a someone ask if I could do a holiday party recipe exchange, like Gobble Gobble. YES! I will – so pull out your favorite holiday party recipes: appetizers, drinks, finger foods etc. Whatever you like to take that is a hit!

I’m working on the button, but we will do it on Wednesday. I know it’s late, and most people have already been attending parties and decided what they are making. But play along. You know you want to!

So get ready for next Wednesday and check back over the weekend to grab a button to spread the word!