Dilly Cucumber Bites

You know those times when you make a grand entrance at a holiday party with the nagging thought skittering around the back of your mind “I cannot eat more junk. If I consume one more chocolate treat I’m going to explode.”? Nah. Me neither. However, I understand these kinds of people exist. For all your veggie loving friends, I give you these delightfully fresh and light Dilly Cucumber Bites. Sliced cucumbers get a dollup of creamy topping tinged with fresh dill, garnished with tomato. Festive, simple and perfect for parties! Make a couple batches! As the not-so-bad-for-you option on the buffet, they disappear like lightning!

Dilly Cucumber Bites

Print Recipe for Dilly Cucumber Bites

Dilly Cucumber Bites
from JessFuel

4 large English cucumbers
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved (or quartered…depending on size)
1 (8 oz) block cream cheese, at room temperature
1 small (5.3 oz) container plain Greek yogurt
3 tbsp fresh dill, minced
1 tbsp powdered Ranch dressing mix (such as Hidden Valley)

Directions

  1. Slice cucumbers into rounds, about ½-inch thick. You can leave the skin on, peel them, or partially peel them for a striped look. Slice grape tomatoes in half (or quarters, if large) and set aside.
  2. In a bowl, combine cream cheese, Greek yogurt, dill and Ranch dressing powder. Mix thoroughly. You can use an electric mixer, but you can also do this by hand.
  3. Transfer the cheese mixture to a piping bag (if you don’t have one, you can use a large Ziplock bag with a corner snipped off).
  4. Pipe the cheese mixture onto the cucumber rounds, then top with a tomato half!
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Cranberry Jalapeño Bruschetta

This week, I’m sharing some of my favorite Christmas Party foods. Everyone needs a few good, go to items to bring when you’re invited out at the holidays! We’re starting off with a recipe I stole from a friend after she brought it to a party last Christmas. The beautiful red color of the cranberries is perfect for this time of year! With sweet and tangy flavor from the cranberries and heat from jalapeno, they’re bright and vibrant in your mouth! You’ll be snagging these little babies until the plate is empty!

Cranberry Jalapeno Bruschetta

Extra recipe for a genius use of the drained juice since I hate wasting things with so much flavor! After you’ve let the berries soak in sugar and drain the juice, you are essentially left with cranberry simple syrup with a little pop of jalapeno. I whipped up an amazing martini for my husband by combining 3 parts vodka to one part cranberry syrup (drained juice). Shake over ice and pour into a martini glass. I wish I had a little jalapeno for a garnish with the cranberry…alas, had to use a lime. Oh well. Delish!

Cranberry Jalapeno Martini

Print Recipe for Cranberry Jalapeno Bruschetta

Cranberry Jalapeno Bruschetta
from What’s Cooking With Ruthie

1 (12oz) bag fresh cranberries, finely chopped
1 C sugar
2 green onions, thinly sliced
2 jalapenos, seeded and diced
3 Tbsp fresh cilantro, finely sliced
1 (8oz) package cream cheese
1 baguette, sliced ½ inch thick on a diagonal
olive oil
additional cilantro leaf and quartered cranberry for garnish

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven 400 degrees.
  2. Place baguette slices on baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil.
  3. Bake 5-6 minutes until golden brown, let cool.
  4. In mixing bowl combine cranberries, sugar, green onions, and jalapenos; mix until combined.
  5. Let marinate for 5-10 minutes.
  6. Drain juice, add cilantro, mix well.
  7. When ready to serve spread 1 Tbsp cream cheese on each baguette, a dollop of cranberry mixture, garnish with additional cilantro leaf and cranberry if desired. Enjoy!

Ice Cream Flowerpots

The crème de la crème of my daughter’s American Girl Tea Party Birthday were these Ice Cream Flowerpots. They were all she talked about after visiting the American Girl Bistro for a friend’s birthday a year ago, so I knew they absolutely had to make it to the tea-table when we had our own American Girl party. They took a little time, but the delight on the girl’s faces when I brought them to the table made the energy put forth totally worth it!

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American Girl Tea Party Birthday

After begging for an American Girl doll the past three years, my daughter’s greatest desire was granted her last birthday with the gift of a green-eyed, curly blonde haired mini-me. She promptly named her doll “Maddie” and they’ve been inseparable ever since. The gratification of at last owning an American Girl doll all of her own could only be topped by celebrating her birthday this year with a themed American Girl tea party extravaganza. She wanted all her friends to come over and play dolls with her, while enjoying a delightful (and very grown up) tea. So here’s my great big American Girl Tea Party Birthday post, complete with free printable invitations, menus, name tags and all the food and craft ideas you could hope for!

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Fourth of July Flag Bean Dip

Independence Day is coming this weekend! Break out your stars and stripes, fireworks and booze! Because we’re celebrating “Merica”! Whip up this festive bean dip and you’ll be the hero of the day!

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The “Everything is Awesome” Totally Amazing Lego Party!

If you have a child between the ages of 3 and 13, chances are, you’ve seen The Lego Movie and have endured enjoyed endless hours of “Everything is Awesome” being sung, hummed, whistled and generally trapped in your subconscious. My little rugrats can be found most days sprawled on the floor singing as they create masterful designs with their Legos. For my son’s 6th birthday, we went all out Lego awesomeness.

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Here’s the great big Lego party post including great (well, I think so anyway) free printables from me, the best cake and frosting recipe ever, and a round-up of the amazing things others have created that helped me pull of a party enjoyed by folks from ages 3-87.

Everything Is Awesome Lego Party Ideas

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Spiced Bone Chips and Apple Entrails (Apple Pie Dip and Cinnamon Chips)

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Deconstructed apple pie equals awesome chip and dip. This stuff tastes like the filling of an absolutely perfect apple pie. Spiced homemade chips are the perfect shovel for getting all that apple goodness into your mouth. Yuuuuuum!

Spiced Bone Chips and Apple Entrails - Bakerlady

Love this recipe idea? Check out more Halloween party food on my Fabulously Freaky Halloween Fodder post. It’s full of devilish and delicious ideas!

Print Recipe for Spiced Bone Chips and Apple Entrails

Spiced Bone Chips and Apple Entrails
adapted slightly from The Peach Kitchen

for the apple pie dip

2 cups peeled, cored, and diced apple
2 tbsp fresh lemon
3 tbsp brown sugar
¼ tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cornstarch dissolved in 1 tsp water

for the chips

5 (6-inch) corn tortillas
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1½ tablespoons sugar

Directions

You can either cook this on the stove-top or the microwave.
Combine all the dip ingredients in a small pan/ microwaveable bowl except the cornstarch-water mixture.
Heat for a few minutes until it’s boiling and has extracted juice from the apple.
Add cornstarch-water mixture to the “sauce”
Put back in the microwave/stove top until boiling and the sauce has thickened.
Set aside. You can serve this warm or chilled. It doesn’t matter. It will taste delicious.
Cut tortillas into desired size. {wedges}
Put in a slightly greased baking pan.
Spray the tortillas with a canola oil spray (or you can brush with butter)
Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar, and bake at 210º C {410ºF} until golden brown, about 5-8 minutes.
Let them cool before serving and serve with the Apple Pie Dip

Flayed Witches Fingers (Ham and Asparagus Roll Ups)

One of my favorite party appetizers involves pickled veggie wrapped in cheese and meat. These Flayed Witches Fingers are easy to whip together with all store-bought ingredients. I used a jar of pickled green beans I got from my mom-in-law, but you can easily use jarred asparagus from your local supermarket. Slap some softened cream cheese on deli ham and roll it around your veggie. They are sure to thrill all your ghosts and goblins!

Flayed Witches Fingers - Bakerlady

If you cut each finger into fourths and remove the gross sign, these are a great appetizer for any party. I’ve made them for football games and New Year’s Eve. They are always a big hit!

Love this recipe idea? Check out more Halloween party food on my Fabulously Freaky Halloween Fodder post. It’s full of devilish and delicious ideas!

Print Recipe For Flayed Witches Fingers

Flayed Witches Fingers2 (6 oz.) pkg. sliced cooked ham
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 pkg. pickled asparagus spears (or pickled green beans)
Spread each ham slice with about 1 tablespoon cream cheese. Place 1 asparagus spear along the lengthwise edge of ham slice. Roll up jellyroll style. Wrap; refrigerate until ready to serve.

Moldy Maggot Stew (Black Bean and Sausage Chili)

Next on the mwuh-ha-ha menu for your perfect Halloween party, Moldy Maggot Stew. I know, it looks sooooo hideous. It’s a great party dish, full of hearty goodness that will keep your guests warm, toasty and disgusted all night long. Maggot Stew is a glorious sausage and black bean chili recipe from one of my favorite blogs. The maggoty mess in the middle is created by whipping up some Minute Rice, tossing it with a little olive oil to make it glisten and dumping it in the middle of your chili. Fabulously freaky! Again. Signs make all the difference for grossing your guests out. Maggots. (shudder)

Moldy Maggot Stew - Bakerlady

I make this chili frequently without the maggots too. It’s an easy dish you can just throw into a crock pot on a chilly fall day and enjoy with a chunk of french bread while watching the rain pour down your windows.

Love this recipe idea? Check out more Halloween party food on my Fabulously Freaky Halloween Fodder post. It’s full of devilish and delicious ideas!

Print Recipe For Moldy Maggot Stew

Moldy Maggot Stew
from Rumbly in my Tumbly

1 pound sausage (you can also use ground beef)
3 large garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
1/2 cup chopped onions
1 15oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can of whole kernel corn, drained
1 14oz can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 8oz can tomato sauce
1 6oz can tomato paste
1/2 cup water
1 tablespooons chili powder
2 teaspoons Italian Seasoning
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon of pepper

DIRECTIONS:

Brown sausage.  Add to crock pot along with all other ingredients.  Simmer on low at least 4 hours and serve.To add the maggots, make 1 1/2 cups Minute Rice and toss finished rice with oil to make glisten. Dump into the middle of your chili.

Roasted Zombie Eyeballs (Sweet and Spicy Meatballs)

I know it’s not even October yet, and you may be thinking “Nooooo! I’m not ready for holiday posts!”. I won’t tell you that there’s less than 100 days until Christmas. Nope. Not gonna share that info. But, for the next month I will be sharing my favorite Halloween party foods. Halloween is on a Friday this year, so there’s sure to be ghoulish parties galore. I always plan parties way in advance and the menu is the first thing I get settled. All the party recipes I’ll be sharing have gross names – perfect for Halloween party food. However, take away the little disgusting name cards and you have terrific appetizers for your next non-Halloween party too! If you can’t wait a full month to get your food all settled, you can check out my great big Halloween post from a few years ago, but be aware that there are no easily printable recipe links there — just links back to the places I originally found the recipes.

To start off our devily delicious party food, we have Roasted Zombie Eyeballs. You can make your own meatballs, or just buy some packaged/frozen ones. The secret is in the sauce. You’d never guess that grape jelly and chili sauce would combine into such a devilishly delightful combination! The spicy kick in your eyeballs depends greatly on what brand of chili sauce you use. Start with half the called for amount and adjust to taste. I keep mine warm in a crock-pot on the food table. Good food signs are absolutely essential when renaming for maximum grossness.

Roasted Zombie Eyeballs - Bakerlady

These meatballs (sans gross sign) make a great appetizer for football parties as well. Everyone loves a spicy and sweet meatball!

Love this recipe idea? Check out more Halloween party food on my Fabulously Freaky Halloween Fodder post. It’s full of devilish and delicious ideas!

Print Recipe For Roasted Zombie Eyeballs

Roasted Zombie Eyeballs
from Food.com

3 -5 lbs frozen cooked small meatballs or 3 -5 lbs Little Smokies sausages
1 (32 ounce) jars grape jelly
2 (12 ounce) jars chili sauce ( I use Heinz Chili Sauce. Remember to start with half the amount and increase to taste.)
1 pinch cayenne pepper (optional)

Directions

In a pot combine the grape jelly with the chili sauce; add in the meatballs and simmer for about 45 minutes uncovered or until the sauce has thickened.

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