Category Archives: Appetizers

Jalapeno Popper Dip

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Maribeth's Jalapeno Popper Dip
Maribeth’s Jalapeno Popper Dip

I’ve been MIA from my blog for the last week.  I have “written” a dozen posts in my mind but none on my computer!  That happens sometimes and in the nearly five years since I began blogging I have had to learn to “go with it” when life happens!

A few things have happened this week including my 60th birthday! Yep, 60 years young and feeling so thankful for this life I am living.

On my birthday, I transported my husband and our cousin Tim up Springer Mountain in Georgia to the beginning of the Appalachian Trail.  I also spent a good deal of the week helping them to launch a website to journal their adventure.  You can read about it here.

Corelle White on White Dishes
Corelle White on White Dishes

My sous -chef dish-washing mom bought me new dishes for my birthday.  Honestly, it is rather embarrassing to think I have new dishes because I  have a few sets,  quite a few sets, many sets, a lot of dishes!  I like setting the table with different dishes each meal.  I have some that are a large plate for BIG meals.  Then there are the smaller plates from my Franciscan Ware set for lunch or smaller suppers.   But wait there’s more! Click to continue reading

Super Appetizers Fit For Any Gathering!

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Taco Dip plated

Unless you are living under a rock or don’t watch or listen to any media, you will know this is Super Bowl Weekend.  I don’t really get into the hype of football games but when Denver goes to the Superbowl – I’m going to watch!  Growing up in Nebraska and living for many years in Colorado the Denver Broncos were the “hometown team!”  Since that time I have lived in several other States but I still cheer on the Broncos when I have a chance.

Adding to the excitement of Super Bowl Sunday, we are celebrating my sous chef dishwashing mom’s 85th birthday!  And if that wasn’t enough excitement, my brother Mike and his wife Kay will be here for the weekend.  Mike is a football enthusiast of gigantic proportions.  That makes for a perfect trifecta for our Super Sunday!

This morning I am putting together my grocery list for snacks, chips, dips, and food to munch on during the game.  We will probably be on sugar overload from the afternoon “cake” festivities.  So sweets won’t be part of our evening. (I will share pictures from mom’s party next week.)  Here are a few of my past favorites.

Layered Taco Dip
Layered Taco Dip

Taco Dip For Fiesta Fun

Cheese ball cut open

Homemade Cheese Balls

crispy thyme cheese half

Just In Thyme Crispy Cheese Crackers But wait there’s more! Click to continue reading

Ham Salad Appetizers or Sandwiches, You Choose

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I am posting this recipe for ham salad the week before Thanksgiving because you are going to need it soon.  Many of you bake up a big o’ turkey for Thanksgiving but then have a bit of ham on the side for those who don’t want turkey. (I know, but there really are people who don’t like turkey.)

I always buy Kentucky Legend Ham.  They should be sponsoring this post, but sadly they are not.  None-the-less I had a pound of ham leftover from cooking up this outstanding soup of Ham, Potato, and Corn Chowder.

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Homemade Cheese Balls with Crushed Pecans

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Cheese Ball Crackers Plated

I haven’t ever made a cheese ball before now. Sigh. I know – crazy huh?  I had company coming and thought some cheese and crackers would be nice upon their arrival since it was too late for lunch and too early for dinner.  When I stopped by the cheese ball counter at my local grocery store  there was one.  One cheese ball. Take it or leave it.  Cheddar.  I picked it up and on the way to the basket my eyes fell upon the ingredient list.  There were a zillion ingredients I couldn’t even name, and no sign  of  “cheese”?

That was it.  I decided to make my own cheese ball, with … cheese!

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