Friday, June 15, 2007

Carnival of Party Food

Welcome to the June 17, 2007 edition of carnival of party food.

Bart presents One thing I learned in Champagne today posted at Fylloxera. If you thought you knew about champagne, here is something you may not have known.

Party Plans

Thad Guy presents Finding Allergies posted at Thad Guy, saying, "There are lots of things that can go wrong when one is planning a party. One of the least funny calamities is if one serves food that one's guests are allergic to. With that in mind, here is a joke about just that. I hope you like it."

Rickey Henderson presents It’s Friday wenches, is everyone ready for the upc... posted at Riding with Rickey, saying, "A humorous look at how to prepare for a weekend BBQ party."


Sepehr Moghadam presents Health Recipes archive at Minus The Fat posted at Minus The Fat, saying, "A delicious summer salad."

Danielle presents Rosemary Crostini with Roasted Garlic and Marinated Tomatoes. Yummm by Ms. Danielle posted at, saying, "Simple and Easy! :)" These are deffintely a great appetizer, but one I know I will try making myself after reading this article.

Amanda presents Chips n' Dip: Salsa and Guacamoli posted at Eat... and Be MerryAmanda gives two easy recipes for these great dips. I love her idea to keep her salsa a little chunky. That is how I like it too!

Caley Walsh presents Recipe4Living- Ultimate BBQ Contest posted at Recipe4LivingIf you think you are the ultimate BBQ master, then submit your entry to this contest. Definitely not a contest for my husband!!

Mama Duck presents Food ideas for a Luau Party posted at Lil Duck DuckA Luau Party is always a great idea, but if you are like me, you never know what to serve. Here are a few simple ideas.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Puppy Chow, Chex Chocolate Snack Mix.

One of my favorite snacks from my childhood has to be "Puppy Chow". The first time someone brought it to a party was about 20 years ago. I and everyone in the class was hooked on this amazing little creation. Who would have thought that chocolate and peanut butter would go so well with Chex cereal.


1 c. semi sweet chocolate chips

1/4 c. creamy peanut butter (or chunky if you want extra nuts in your mix)

6 c. Chex cereal

1 c. powdered sugar

Melt chocolate in a pan on the stove, stirring constantly. Stir in peanut butter. Pour mixture over cereal and stir gently until well coated. Place powdered sugar in a 2-gallon storage bag. Gently shake until well coated. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator.

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Strawberry Pretzel Dessert

Summer cookouts are a lot of fun, but finding a good dessert than can hold up to the heat can be tough. This Strawberry Pretzel Dessert holds up pretty well, even on the 4th of July as long as it is not directly in the sun.

2 1/2 c. crushed pretzels

3tsp. sugar

1 stick margarine, melted

Combine ingredients and press into a 9x13 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Allow to cool.

1 pkg cream cheese

1 c. sugar

1 lg pkg coolwhip

Cream all ingredients together. Spread over pretzel crust.

2 c. boiling water

2 pkg. strawberry jello

2 pkg. frozen strawberries

Combine water and jello. Fold in strawberries until thawed. Pour over cheese layer and refrigerate for several hours.

Friday, June 8, 2007

Apple Crisp

For many of us, there is no time to cook in the summer. Better yet, no one wants to spend extra time inside cooking in a hot kitchen when they could be outside enjoying the nice weather. Apple Crisp is a quick dessert to make for your family that everyone will love.

If you are fortunate to have an apple tree in your yard, this is a nice way to eat your harvest.

Ingredients8 c. sliced apples
1 1/2 c. flour
2 c. instant oatmeal
1 c. butter
1 1/2 c. brown sugar
1 tsp. salt

Places apples in a greased 9x13 pan. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Mix remaining ingredients together and crumble over apples. Bake at 350 degrees until light brown and apples are done (40 to 50 minutes).

Allow to cool slightly before serving. Great served with a scoop of ice cream.

Monday, June 4, 2007

No Time to Cook

We are finishing up our new home, so we can move in two weeks from now. Over the weekend, we painted 1100 square foot of the house including a huge vaulted ceiling, laid hard wood floor in the kitchen and set all the base cabinets so we could order the countertop this morning. Needless to say, we are exhausted. Most of the time we had 3 kids, 8 and younger, with us. They were great!

The hardest thing for us to do is eat when we are working on the house. We don't have a kitchen and our only fridge is from college, which is 2 small shelves. I've had to be very creative in our cooking. We brought our grill over and have made many sandwiches. We prefer not to use any silverware, so sandwiches are the best.

Saturday we ate Country Style Pork Rib sandwiches, and hotdogs for the kids. On Sunday we had Brats. I have brought over my chicken breasts, hamburger (but what a mess that will be when you don't have a sink to wash your hands), and more hotdogs for the kids. My husband is a condiment king, but I gave him quite the look when he first asked where the ketch-up was. He has since gotten over it and decided nourishment was more important.

I have begun bringing dry rubs over, instead of messy barbeque sauces. I have disposable plates, forks, and napkins. We will make it, but it's going to take some creativity, and lot's of LOVE!!

My posts will be less frequent over the next 2 weeks, but I'll be popping in at least a few times a weeks.

First Ever Carnival of Party Food

Welcome to the June 7, 2007 edition of carnival of party food. This weeks theme was party food. Right away I received submissions from readers. I am always looking for inspiration on how to entertain friends and family. With the 4th of July and BBQ Season here, I thought this would be a great theme.

The first week in June is the beginning of the summer reading program at our local library. Anne-Marie has a great idea for treats to share with the kids at the library. Check out her article and see a picture of these adorable cupcakes. Celebrate summer reading with mini book cupcakes posted at A Readable Feast.

I have often heard about fish tacos, but have never made them myself. Anne-Marie has inspired me and I hope it inspires you to try these for yourself. Anne-Marie writes Carne asada and fish tacos posted at Anne-Marie.

Dexie has a great article on Kebabs. If you love to garden or just love grilled veggies and meat Kebabs, try out this recipe. If you don't want to stand by the grill for a long time, Kebabs cook quick and offer a wide variety of flavors for everyone. Read Kebabs : Beef, Pork and Colorful Veggies posted at, the edible blog, saying, "Delicious Meat Kebabs with colorful veggies"

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Friday, June 1, 2007

A Review!

I am always excited to share my recipes and am equally as excited to have others share their recipes with me. 30 Day Cafe is a great site for the kind of food I like to cook. Simple recipes that my family will eat.

The author plans her meal out for the entire month, does the shopping in one day, and spends 9 or 10 hours cooking for the month. I admit I cook ahead, but never for an entire month. She has a really good idea. Working full-time can be tough on a family meal time. Just think how easy your life would be if you prepared and froze your meals and just had to pop them into the oven when it was time to cook.

Check out for more great ideas!

Blog Carnival Coming Soon!

I will be hosting my first Blog Carnival at The subject is party/picnic/BBQ food. So far I have a few great submissions. I will have it published on June 7th.

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