Category Archives: Entertaining

Lavender Tea Bread

This recipe was a first for me…the first time using lavender in a recipe! Even though I’m growing some lavender in a pot, I purchased the lavender I used in this Lavender Tea Bread at Fresh Market, in their herb section—it was the only place I could find any! If you are having trouble finding some, I’ve read that rosemary is a good substitute for lavender in baking.

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7-Layer Dip

Whether you’re wanting to make a good game-watching snack or just something your family can munch on, this 7-Layer Dip is really easy to put together! It has all the great Tex-Mex ingredients and flavors that everyone loves…a tasty refried bean base layer topped with guacamole, sour cream, Cheddar cheese, a mix of diced tomatoes and salsa, green onions, and black olives!

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Christmas Tree Charcuterie Board

I’ve seen so many great charcuterie boards on blogs, websites, and Pinterest, and I was inspired to try one myself! It’s really pretty easy to put one together. I thought it would be fun to do one in the shape of a Christmas tree! You’ll want to decide ahead of time what items you’ll want to include in your board—most savory charcuterie boards include cheese, crackers or baguette slices, veggies, fresh or dried fruits, cured meats, nuts, pretzels, or other dippers, and even some dip. Then there are dessert charcuterie boards that can include holiday cookies, candy, and other fun snacks.

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Cheesy Green Bean Casserole

We all know and love Green Bean Casserole, don’t we? It’s so good, I’m not sure why I only make it at the holidays—there’s no reason why you couldn’t make it any time of the year, right? But it’s especially nice at the holidays, when it’s cold outside and everyone is wanting to include warm and comforting side dishes in their special meals.

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Chexicago Party Mix

A friend of mine made this Chexicago Party Mix for a holiday open house one year. I could not stop eating it! I like the Original Chex Party Mix, but I think I like this even better! It’s called Chexicago Party Mix because it’s inspired by the sweet-and-salty caramel and cheese popcorn combination that’s popular in Chicago. I started mixing up my popcorn that way about ten years ago, and had no idea it was a favorite Chicago treat! I really like the sweet and salty (and cheesy) combination of flavors, so I have to say that I think Chicagoans have great taste when it comes to snacks! 🙂

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