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Peanut Butter Ball

25 Sep

Fast and easy appetizer that your guests will devour!

1 8oz Cream Cheese (softened)
2 Tablespoons Peanut Butter
1/2 Brown Sugar
1 Tsp Vanilla
1/4 Cup chopped peanuts

-Mix all ingredients but Peanuts (works best with a hand mixer)

-Place in a foil or plastic wrap and form into a ball. Refrigerated for 30 minutes.

-Roll over chopped peanuts

-Serve with apples slices tossed in lime or lemon juice.

-Set out and let your guests enjoy!

xoxo – Elizabeth


May: National Food Month

3 May

Looks like May is a busy national “food” month. With so many dedications that need to go out, I would like to link to your favorite recipes! If you have a great recipe that matches one of these categories please share and I would love to feature you! Check out the full list, I have only selected a few to celebrate!

National Strawberry Month
Raw and Healthy Strawberry Crapes by Tamara Kerner over at Daily Transformations

11 Strawberry Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner from The Stir: A cafeblog mom

National Salsa Month
Pineapple Mango Salsa by AliGirl Cooks

National Hamburger Month
Kick Ass Burgers with Roasted Tomatoes, Caramelized Onions and Chipotle Ketchup over at Laura’s Best Recipes: A Culinary Collection

National Chocolate Custard Month
Easter Chocolate Mousse by Moogie & Pap

National Asparagus Month
Asparagus and Egg Bake over at a day in the life of.. A collection of odds and ends that make out lives tick.

National Barbecue Month
National Egg Month
National Artisan Gelato Month
National Asparagus Month
Asparagus and Egg Bake over at A day in the LIfe of.. A collection of odds and ends that make out lives tick.

National Macaroon Day
National Salad Month

xoxo – Elizabeth

Valentine’s Day Hanky Pankies

14 Feb

I like to think that I am a romantic… I love love there is not doubt about that! This Valentine’s Day I am going to make a special meal for my boyfriend. Now don’t get any ideas when I tell you what I’m going to cook… It’s not quite a meal it’s more of an appetizer, I’m going to make some Hanky Pankies!

P.S. if you are a cheese snob you might not be a big fan of this dish, Velveeta is a main ingredient. Don’t be fooled by the fake cheese, this dish is addicting!

Hanky Pankies:

1 LB. Ground Beef
1 LB. Sausage (Bob Evans spicy)
1 Lg. Velveeta Cheese
1 ½ TSP. Garlic Powder
1 ½ TSP. Thyme
1 Loaf Mini Rye Bread

Brown ground beef and sausage together then drain grease off. Add thyme and garlic powder to meat. Next add Velveeta cheese (cut into small chunks). Cook this with the meat mixture until cheese is melted. After meat and cheese are cooked together, put on rye bread and bake for 10 minutes or until brown, at 350 degrees.

This is a simple dish and so mouth watering! Hanky Pankies are perfect for parties, you can make the meat up the night before and toast the meat and bread right before serving.

White Chicken Chili

1 Feb

Here is a very simple and very fast chili recipe that will for sure win the crowd over! At first sight (due to the color of the spinach) your guests may pass over it, but I guarantee that it will be gone at the end of the night! This would be great to make for your Super Bowl party.


  • White Northern Beans (big jar)
  • Jar of Salsa
  • Block of Pepper Jack Cheese
  • Frozen spinach
  • 1 can of Chicken Broth
  • 3 Chicken Breasts

I usually use a slow cooker and start it a few hours before the party, or you can combined it on the stove if you are running out of time.

What you are going to want to do it….
Start with boiling the chicken breasts until cooked.

White beans into slow cooker. (I will usually drain most of the juice from the jar)
Can of chicken broth soup
Jar of salsa ( You can decide which kind you like, I go with mild)
Add Spinach once thawed. (I usually use frozen spinach in the bag and squeeze extra water into the sink.)
Chop up Pepper Jack and sprinkle 1/2 the block into the slow cooker.
Once chicken is cooked shred it and add to cooker.
As it heats add more pepper jack.
Cook on high until ready to serve and turn heat to low.. Stir often.

I must tell you that this recipe has won several firsts place awards in Louisville cooking contests.

Let me know what you think!