Superbowl Party Food!

Superbowl Sunday is just a couple of days away, and I’ve pulled a list from the archives of some of our favorite Superbowl party foods.  Every single one on this list is a crowd-pleaser!  Enjoy!
Click HERE for the individual recipes.
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Have a great weekend!

Christmas Recipe Ideas!

Merry Christmas week!  If you are like me, you may feel like Christmas snuck up on you this year and blink! Exams are done, kids are home, and Santa Claus is loading his sleigh!

After a Thanksgiving table blowout, mom and I vowed that our Christmas lunch should be simple…at least simple-er.  If you are putting your final grocery list together and are still wondering “what to fix” or “what to take,” browse through this list of tried-and-true favorites and add the ingredients to your list!  There are just a few listed here, but be sure to browse the pull-down categories on my homepage for even more great recipes!

Here are a few of our Appetizer favorites…

Hot Bacon and Swiss Dip
Hot Bacon Swiss Dip

Marinated Cheese
Marinated Cheese

Seasoned Oyster Crackers (These also make wonderful happies for neighbors, and they are quick and easy to make!)

Cream Cheese Sausage Balls

If you are looking for a new side dish or two, I promise these will be a favorite at your table!

Green Bean Bundles
Bacon-Wrapped Green Beans

Shoepeg Corn Casserole

Or perhaps you want a little something different for Christmas Eve Dinner!  These three ideas are always a hit!

Shrimp and Grits Casserole
Shrimp and Grits

Cheese Soup
Cheese Soup

White Bean Chicken Chili
white bean chicken chili
And last but not least…Dessert.  Most of us have traditional pies that have been at our table for years, but maybe you want to throw a little something different in the mix! Here are some ideas:

Chocolate Chip Pie
Chocolate Chip Pie

Double Chocolate Mocha Trifle

Almond Torte
almond torte

Minnie’s Chocolate Pie (from the movie “The Help”)

Be sure to let me know if you give any of these recipes a try!  Merry Christmas to you and yours as we celebrate God’s gift of Jesus to the world.


Creamy Sausage Dip

We all have our favorite go-to cheese dip recipes, and this simple Creamy Sausage Dip is one you definitely need to try!  I made it for the first time this weekend and it got thumbs up all around. With just three ingredients, Creamy Sausage Dip is easy to throw together for parties, tailgates, or just because!  Adjust the spice/heat with different strengths of Rotel.

This dip is officially in the rotation for this fall and winter when we get together with friends.  Be sure to check out two other favorite cheesy dips that stand the test of time…Easy Queso Dip (in the crock pot) and Hot Corn Dip (on the stove). Enjoy!

Creamy Sausage Dip

1 lb. sausage, cooked and crumbled
8 oz. block cream cheese
1 can Rotel tomatoes

Crumble and brown sausage in a skillet til cooked through.  Drain on a paper towel-lined plate.  Combine sausage, cream cheese, and Rotel in a saucepan over low heat, or add all ingredients to a crock pot and heat on low until ready to serve.

Serve with your favorite corn chips and enjoy!
Printable Recipe

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Fall Progressive Dinner Ideas (Hot Bacon Swiss Dip)

Fall Progressive Dinner
Fall is officially in the air down here in the South, despite our still-warm days!  And I believe it’s safe to say two favorite things about fall for most folks are football food and friends!  I’ve joined a few of my favorite bloggers today to celebrate Fall, and we’ve made it easy for you to host a Fall Progressive Dinner Party!  Delicious food and drink, beautiful table decor, and precious Fall printables-you’ll have all you need for a Fall Dinner Party with friends!

If you are visiting from the other blogs, Welcome!  It is a joy to have you here today!

Below you will find the links to each item for your own celebration!

Free Fall Printables for Table: The Busy Budgeting Mama
Fall Table Decor:  Bonfires and Wine
Beverage: Cranberry Cider from Love of Family and Home
Appetizer:  Hot Bacon Swiss Dip-See Recipe Below
Main Dish:  Boneless Pork Chops with Apple Chutney from Beneath My Heart
Side Dish:  Homemade Baked Mac-N-Cheese from House of Rose
Dessert:  Mountain Dew Apple Turnovers from Walking in Grace and Beauty

My contribution to the Fall Progressive Dinner is one of my all-time favorite appetizers, Hot Bacon Swiss Dip!  It is always a crowd-pleaser!
Hot Bacon Swiss Dip

Hot Bacon Swiss Dip

Preheat oven to 350°.

8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup real mayo
1 cup grated Swiss cheese (1/4 lb. block)
2 T. chopped green onions
8 slices of cooked bacon, crumbled
Ritz or other round butter crackers

Using mixer, combine cream cheese, mayo, Swiss cheese, and green onion.  Place mixture into a small, greased baking dish.  (small oval or 8×8).

Top with crumbled bacon.  Bake uncovered for 15-20 minutes.  Serve immediately with crackers!
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Serves 6.  Easily doubled.

Printable Recipe

If you are following the Fall Progressive Dinner in order, you can click over to Traci’s Boneless Pork Chops with Apple Chutney HERE.
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Have a great week!

Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Tenders

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After making these Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Tenders this week for the first time, I promise they will make another appearance at our table or as an appetizer at a gathering in the near future!  They are packed with flavor, and let’s face it, who can resist anything wrapped in bacon?   Petit Jean Meats bacon always makes a difference;)

My mom created this recipe last year after my aunt tasted a similar appetizer at a work event.  After a little trial and error with ingredients and measurements, the final recipe is a hit!  Serve these as the main meat for a simple supper or as an appetizer for a crowd.

Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Tenders

Preheat oven to 325°.

10-12 Chicken Tenderloins
Thick-cut bacon slices (each slice cut in half)
Mozzarella Cheese Sticks (each stick cut into thirds)
Grill-Mates Montreal Chicken Seasoning

Marinade: (Double Marinade if preparing double batch of chicken)
1/3 cup bottled Italian dressing
1/8 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1/8 cup Worcestershire sauce

Mix Italian dressing, soy sauce, and Worcestershire sauce in a shallow dish or large ziploc bag.  Place chicken tenders into marinade mixture, seal container tightly, and allow to marinate in refrigerator 20 minutes minimum.

In the meantime, cut bacon slices and mozzarella sticks (number depends on number of tenderloins).  Remove marinated chicken from fridge and carefully place 1/3 of a mozzarella stick in the center of each tender and roll up tightly.  Stretch each 1/2 piece of bacon gently, and carefully wrap the bacon around each tender.  Place seam-side down onto a separate cutting board or plate.

Sprinkle each tender with the Montreal Chicken Seasoning.  Transfer chicken to a baking dish and pour leftover marinade in the bottom of the baking dish.

Cook uncovered for 30 minutes at 325°.  Then, lower the oven temperature to 275° and cook another 30 minutes.  Before serving, you may want to drain each piece of chicken on a paper towel to remove excess marinade, but it is not necessary.

Printable Recipe

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Marinated Cheese Appetizer

Happy Thursday to you!  I’m sharing one of my favorite appetizers of all time with you today…Marinated Cheese!  I promise you, although it looks difficult, it is not!  The extra little bit of time to assemble this appetizer for the beautiful presentation is worth every minute!   Marinated Cheese is perfect for any party, shower, or get-together all year long. Thanks, Stephanie, for sharing this recipe with me so many years ago!

Marinated Cheese

Marinated Cheese

1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup white wine vinegar
3 T. chopped fresh or dried parsley
3 T. minced green onions
1 t. sugar
3/4 t. dried basil
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. pepper
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 (2 oz) jar diced pimiento, drained
1 (8oz) block sharp cheddar cheese, chilled
1 (8oz) block pkg cream cheese, chilled (for best results, freeze for 15 min before cutting)
Combine first 10 ingredients in tightly covered container and shake vigorously. Set aside.
Cut blocks of Cheddar and cream cheese in half lengthwise. Then, cut both crosswise into 1/4 inch thick slices (Cheddar shown); Set aside.  *If cream cheese softens too quickly, pop it back in the freezer for a few minutes to firm.

Marinated Cheese

Next, stand alternating cheese slices in a shallow dish, creating two rows. (You may have a few extra cheddar slices).

Marinated Cheese

Pour marinade over cheese. Cover and marinate in fridge for at least 8 hours or overnight.

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To serve, transfer (by hand) rows of marinated cheese to a serving platter, reserving marinade. Spoon leftover marinade over cheese slices.

Marinated Cheese 2

Serve with assorted crackers (We love Triscuits with this appetizer!)

Marinated Cheese

Printable Recipe

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16 Superbowl Food Ideas

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Are you putting together a grocery list today or tomorrow in preparation for a SuperBowl gathering?  I’ve put together a list of some of our favorites…a couple of dinner ideas, lots of crowd-pleasing appetizers, and a few sweets.  Links to each numbered photo below.  Let me know if you make one for Sunday!  Have a great weekend!

1.  Hot Swiss Bacon Dip

2.  Zaxby’s sauce for chicken tenders

3.  Marinated Cheese

4.  No-Bake Peanut Butter Special K Treats

5.  Caramel Apple Dip (with toffee bits)

6.  Seasoned Oyster Crackers

7.  Mississippi Sin Dip

8.  Cream Cheese Sausage Balls

9.  Pesto Dip

10.  Cold Shoepeg Corn Dip

11.  Hot Corn Dip

12.  Funfetti Snack Mix

13.  Superbowl Chili

14.  Turkey Pinwheels (serve with Salsa)

15.  Easy Queso with Meat

16.  Crock Pot BBQ Sandwiches

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