Showing posts with label appetizers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label appetizers. Show all posts

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Turkey Crackers & Cheese Plate



If you want something super simple, cheap, and cute to take as an appetizer for Thanksgiving you have come to the right place.  Impress everyone with this turkey-shaped cheese and cracker tray.

I'm sure you get the gist from the picture above of how to make the turkey.  Cut out a turkey head and body out of cheddar cheese as well as lots of little square pieces.  For the nose and feet I used mozzarella cheese.  I found some snowflake Ritz crackers that made perfect feathers.  The eyes are obviously olives.  Create your turkey.  Keep the tray in the refrigerator until ready to serve.


Mmm!  Why can't Thanksgiving be once a month?

P.S. - If you want the recipe for those rolls (they are my favorite) click HERE.

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Saturday, January 4, 2014

New Year's Countdown 2014

Welcome to a new year here on Pinning with Purpose!  2013 flew by!  I hope you had a wonderful New Year's Eve.

As a kid I remember watching the celebrations in Time Square on the TV, waiting for the countdown, and finally going outside to bang pans.  But what about all that time before the actual countdown?  Why let it go to waste?


Last year I did a Balloon New Year's Countdown.  The kids loved it and so did I.  We enjoyed having something to do each hour before ringing in the new year.  I decided to do another balloon countdown this year.  I added some new activities and kept some of the favorites from last year.  

"Let's make a party of it!" I thought to myself.  So, we invited some friends over this year and I'm so glad we did.  It made our night that much more fun!  


I did some easy, not to mention cheap, party decorating before they came.  Can't have a party without a few decorations after all (you must know by now that I don't party without decorations).


Here was our dinner set-up.  I put black and yellow streamers around the house, some 2014 signs in the windows, and some gold coins and necklaces on the table.  That's it.  Nothing fancy.  


Here is the balloon countdown I made this year.  The kids couldn't wait to get started!  All day they kept asking, "Is it 6:00 yet?"  


Princess was excited to be the first person to pop a balloon.  It said to eat dinner and see if you get the lucky coin.


Here's how the lucky coin game works.  When you serve dinner you stick a coin in someone's meal.  You can either bake one into a muffin or just place it in whatever you are serving for the night.  Whoever gets the coin in their food is going to have good luck for the year.  


I put fake coins in the other meals so no one felt left out.


Princess got the REAL quarter, so she is going to be the luckiest this year.  


Goofy popped the next balloon.  It said it was time to dress up for the party and get faces painted.


My girls will take any opportunity they can to get dressed up.  Face painting was an extra bonus.  


Belle (a.k.a. Princess) wanted to her 2014 to be the same color as her dress.


Bud thought face painting was pretty fun.


This year I wanted to have a box full of little trinkets that represent the things we have done during the year - things like ticket stubs, pamphlets, pictures, etc.  I designated a box and let the kids decorate it with stickers.


The girls were very excited about this project.


They nearly spent the entire hour decorating.  They were very thorough.


They even decorated the inside of the box!


The next balloon told us to have a toast to the New Year and play a game.


Our guests arrived at 8:00, so this was the perfect time to have our toast and appetizers.  I am so glad Bestie, her husband and her daughter, Brownie, could come celebrate with us!


I made my mom's bacon wrapped water chestnuts.  They are delicious!  (The recipe is at the bottom of this post.)


My kids love the chocolate and sprinkle-covered rims of their glasses of milk.


Clink!


This was Brownie's first New Year's toast.  Do you think she was having fun?


The kids chose to play Perfection while the adults talked and ate.  


Bestie popped the next balloon on the countdown.


It told us to make Time Square sparkle balls.  


I gave each child a foam ball and a dowel.  We poked a hole in the bottom to hold the ball on the skewer (kind of like a wand).  I hot glued the tip of the skewer and inserted it into the hole.  Then I hot glued around the bottom of the ball where the skewer and ball meet for safe measure.  


The kids then each picked some gems.  They pointed at where they would like the gems to go.  I put a dot of hot glue in the spot they chose and they would stick the gem on.  Each Time Square sparkle ball was very different.  Brownie has a thing for green gems.


Princess was all about the pink gems.


The kids were pretty excited about their sparkle balls.


Being silly.  


Next we played glow-in-the-dark ring toss.  I simply used glow sticks to make the rings and a baby stacking ring center for the target.  


What's that?

It's Goofy using her ring as a crown.  She wasn't terribly interested in tossing her ring.  Why should she throw it when she can wear it?


Princess had a blast trying to get her ring on the target.


The adults played too.  Hubby was the official winner.


Brownie and Princess having a blast.


Of course, our last balloon told us to make noise.  To keep my my family tradition, we banged on some pots and pans.


Brownie had lots of fun.


Princess really went to town making noise.  She didn't stop until we made her about 5 minutes later (that's all our nerves could handle).  


I sure had fun ringing in the new year with my little family and best friend.  Happy New Year to you all!  

Mom's Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts
1 pkg. bacon
1 can whole water chestnuts
1 c ketchup
1 c sugar
Toothpicks

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Cut each piece of bacon in half.  Wrap the water chestnut with the bacon and hold together with a toothpick.  Spray a jelly roll pan (cookie sheet) to keep them from sticking.  Bake in the oven for 20-30 minutes.  

Mix the ketchup and sugar together in a bowl.  When the bacon-wrapped water chestnuts are done cooking, dip them in the ketchup and sugar mixture.  Bake again for another 20 minutes.  Allow to cool slightly - they are best when warm.   

I dare you to eat just one!  

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