Pineapple and Green Pepper Cheese Ball

cheese-ball-2We had crazy blizzard conditions in Iowa today giving me a snow day to figure out what to make for the Big Game on Sunday.  I decided to go with one of my favorite party foods, a Pineapple and Green Pepper Cheese Ball, which is the perfect snack for any get together.  When I crafted this cheese ball, it took me back to the 80’s when my mom would make this as part of the goodies she would serve for her card club.  My sister and I would happily clean up the leftovers after the party.  So if you want to add some 80’s flair to your party, make this flavorful cheese ball filled with heavenly pineapple, crisp green peppers, juicy onions, and smothered with chopped pecans.  It will make your guests cheer.

4 crackers Start by finely chopping the green pepper.

green peppersNext finely chop the onion.

diced onionIn a mixer combine the 2 (8 oz.) packages of softened cream cheese, the 1/2 cup of finely chopped green pepper, the 1/2 cup of finely chopped onion, 1 (8 oz.) can of crushed pineapple that has been well-drained, and 1 tablespoon of Lawry’s Seasoned Salt.

mixing cheese ballMix together and form this mixture into a ball and set it on a plate covered with a layer of chopped pecans.

chopped pecans

Then cover the cream cheese with the remaining pecans.

adding pecans to the cheese ballNow chill the cheese ball in the refrigerator for several hours to let the flavors mix together and then serve with your favorite crackers.

cheese ball 1

crackers and plate

Pineapple and Green Pepper Cheese Ball

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped green pepper
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 (8 oz.) packages of softened cream cheese
  • 1 (8 oz.) can of crushed pineapple
  • 1 tablespoon of Lawry's Seasoned Salt
  • 2 cups of chopped pecans

Instructions

  1. Start by finely chopping the green pepper. Next finely chop the onion. In a mixer combine the 2 (8 oz.) packages of softened cream cheese, the 1/2 cup of finely chopped green pepper, the 1/2 cup of finely chopped onion, 1 (8 oz.) can of crushed pineapple that has been well-drained, and 1 tablespoon of Lawry's Seasoned Salt. Mix together and form this mixture into a ball and set it on a plate covered with a layer of chopped pecans. Then cover the cream cheese with the remaining pecans. Now chill the cheese ball in the refrigerator for several hours to let the flavors mix together and then serve with your favorite crackers.
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Blueberry Bars

 

blueberry bars 4Today I am featuring a bar that will make your taste buds dance. They have a blueberry topping on a wonderfully buttery cake.  And believe me, they are the perfect addition to any breakfast or brunch.  This dessert was sitting on my counter for a few days and they passed the breakfast test, the afternoon snack, and dessert test too.  Each bite is bursting with fruit flavor. You really need to try these, because you absolutely will not be disappointed.  And if you like this blueberry version, you will love my Cherry Bar version that was their inspiration.  (more…)

Seven Layer Bars

Seven layer bars 2Happy New Year’s Eve! Today I have the perfect bar to ring in the new year. Most of you have already heard of seven layer bars, they are quite famous in their deliciousness. This desert has a wonderful candy bar consistency, with its rich chocolate, delectable butterscotch, toasted coconut, and crumbly graham cracker crust; no one can resist this bar. They are the perfect addition to your New Year’s Eve party and they are so simple to make. As their name suggests, you just layer the ingredients and that’s it and when they are done baking, you have a full pan of candy bar awesomeness!  So if you are looking for that last-minute treat for your New Year’s Eve guests, whip up a batch of seven layer bars.  If you have too many bars (like that’s even possible!) just freeze the extras.

Seven layer bars 1

 

Seven Layer Bars 5Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Then pour 1/2 cup of melted butter into a 9×13 inch pan.

melted butterCrush 2 cups of graham crackers in a plastic bag.

crushing graham crackers 2Pour the 2 cups of graham cracker crumbs on the butter in the pan.

graham crackers in panLayer 1 cup of butterscotch chips on the graham cracker layer.

butterscotch chips in panThen add the 3/4 of a cup semi-sweet chocolate chips.

chocolate chipsThen sprinkle on the 1 cup of coconut.

coconutThen pour 1 (14 oz.) can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk.

adding milk

adding milk 2Bake 25-30 minutes. Check the bars after 20 minutes to see if they are almost done. I baked mine 25 minutes and they were done just perfectly.

finished barsNow you can let them cool and then cut into squares.

seven layer bars 6  

Seven Layer Bars

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 2 cups of graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup of butterscotch chips
  • 3/4 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup of coconut
  • 1 (14 oz.) can of Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Then pour 1/2 cup of melted butter into a 9x13 inch pan.
  2. Crush 2 cups of graham crackers in a plastic bag.
  3. Pour the 2 cups of graham cracker crumbs on the butter in the pan.
  4. Layer 1 cup of butterscotch chips on the graham cracker layer.
  5. Then add the 3/4 of a cup semi-sweet chocolate chips.
  6. Then sprinkle on the 1 cup of coconut.
  7. Then pour 1 (14 oz.) can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk.
  8. Bake 25-30 minutes. Check the bars after 20 minutes to see if they are almost done. I baked mine 25 minutes and they were done just perfectly.
  9. Now you can let them cool and then cut into squares.
http://www.cookingupcottage.com/2015/12/31/seven-layer-bars/

 

Christmas Cookie Recipes

Christmas-Cookie-Baking-Day-Ideas-1Yay!  It’s Christmas cookie time again.  It’s the time of year when you make all of your favorite holiday treats.  Every year my family has a Christmas cookie baking day.  We makes six types of cookies each year: Colleen’s Candy, Almond Bark Pretzels, Star Cookies, Spritz Cookies, Cut-Out Sugar Cookies, and Carmel Chocolate Swirl Fudge.  We have varied the cookies some years by deleting some and adding others, but for the most part the list has stayed the same for about 15 years.  We have a master list of ingredients we use to buy the supplies for this cookie baking day, which is shown at the bottom of this post.  This list makes checking your pantry for ingredients or buying the supplies easier.  You can also divide the ingredient list among the people coming to the cookie baking day to make it less of a burden for any one person.  In this post I will have a link for each cookie and a printable master ingredient list at the end of the post.  On the cookie making day we make enough cookies for three families so you could adapt this for a cookie exchange party with three friends or you can just use the recipes that follow for your holiday baking.  Choose one or two this year and start your own tradition.

colleen's-candy

                                       Click here for Colleen’s Candy recipe.

Almond-Bark-Pretzels

                                 Click here for Almond Bark Pretzels recipe.

star-cookies

                                                Click here for Star Cookies recipe.

spritz cookies

                                                Click here for Spritz Cookie recipe.

Cut out sugar cookies

                                         Click here for Cut-Out Sugar Cookies recipe.

Caramel Chocolate Swirl Fudge

                                 Click here for Caramel Chocolate Swirl Fudge recipe.

Christmas-Cookie-Ingredient-List-1

 

                                                          Click here to print cookie ingredients list.