Friday, November 30, 2012

Show us Your Life - Appetizers

The holidays make me think of my favorite food group: APPETIZERS!!!

I thought it would be great for us to share our favorites and get ideas for our Christmas parties and parties throughout the year!

Here are a couple of my favorites:

My mom used to always make these at the holidays. They are SO addictive. She used to send me back to college with a huge tin of them and I won't tell you how long they lasted. They are the BEST snack.


  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 (1 ounce) package dry Ranch-style dressing mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 (12 ounce) package oyster crackers


  1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees F (135 degrees C).
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together vegetable oil, ranch-style dressing mix, dill weed, lemon pepper and garlic powder. Pour this spice mixture over the crackers in a medium bowl, and stir until the crackers are coated. Arrange the crackers on a large baking sheet.
  3. Bake in the preheated 275 degrees F (135 degrees C) oven for 15 to 20 minutes.


  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped pecans


  1. In a medium bowl, beat together cream cheese and butter until smooth. Mix in confectioners' sugar, brown sugar and vanilla. Stir in chocolate chips. Cover, and chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  2. Shape chilled cream cheese mixture into a ball. Wrap with plastic, and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  3. Roll the cheese ball in finely chopped pecans before serving. But it can be hard to form a ball so I skipped the nuts and just put the mixture in a bowl. (I think it's better that way!)

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