Party Panache, Ham & Swiss Swirls and Appetizer Tips

I discovered a great trick to use when you’re having a bunch of appetizers Our Christmas Eve party was all appetizers that needed last minute baking, hmmm… I only have one oven,  and guests were coming at 11 am… So I made a plan….  [you can see the entire menu here] And a schedule…. 3 … Continue reading

Tablescapes, Seeing Stars

It’s almost time to POP the champagne!  🎉       What are you doing for New Year’s Eve?     We will be rooting for Bama as they play in the Cotton Bowl   🏈     But, as I was putting the Christmas decorations away, I decided to leave some bling on my chandy… … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Slow Cook Sticky Chicken

I don’t know about you, but I’m all cooked out… 😵 But, you can make this even on those days when you don’t want to cook, 5 minute prep, cook 4-6 hours, enjoy! The sauce is made from pantry staples, ketchup, honey, soy sauce and garlic powder Mix everything together in a measuring cup Season … Continue reading

Holidays, Santa’s Vacation

Santa and Mrs. Claus are busy closing down the North Pole, a busy busy holiday always takes it’s toll!     So Santa’s going away for a long holiday     There wasn’t much snow anywhere in the East this year     We had the AC on and were drinking beer!       … Continue reading

Holidays, Merry Jolly Christmas!

My heart is bursting with blessings and holiday wishes for you!       After all, it IS the most wonderful time of the year!     The kiddos were so good at our family Christmas yesterday…     They actually sat at the dining room table and ate their lunch       and … Continue reading

Recipe Box, Panko Potato Balls

Here’s a fun little bite you can make out of those leftover holiday potatoes With about 2 servings left of mashed potatoes or a potato casserole, like Hash Brown Potato Gratin, or Slow Cooker Brown Butter Potatoes, you can whip up 20 little potato balls for a deliciously different appetizer Use a spoon or small … Continue reading

Tablescapes, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Eve

‘Twas the night before Christmas Eve Critters were stirring here,  you’d better believe! Presents were nestled snugly under the tree And Santa was watching from above,  do you see? Looking around I spied a big sack… No wait, there are two,  post marked North Pole, how about that! There are handmade ornaments,  this tree’s not … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Snowman Poop

The kiddos have come to expect some snowman antics around here, last year Frosty was taking a shower in the guest bathroom       This year he’s back relaxing in the bubble bath       I thought they might enjoy this fun little Christmas favor, Snowman Poop!     Fill a small clear … Continue reading

Party Panache, Christmas Eve Lunch with Santa

Do you have a long standing Christmas tradition or way you always celebrate the holiday?  We gather with extended family on Christmas Eve at our house.  We meet for lunch rather than dinner, so families can go to evening church services or get the little ones in bed Things have changed as more and more … Continue reading

Recipe Box, Deli Sandwich Ravioli Bake

Have you finished your shopping and wrapped every package? Are your halls all decked…whatever that is? Have you baked cookies for Santa and gotten jolly? And decorated your door with boughs of holly? Well, me neither, but don’t fret…Here’s a dish you can make without breaking a sweat! This “raid the refrigerator casserole,” has everything … Continue reading