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Friday, November 21, 2014

Another FUN FRIEND TIME....

Once a year, I am host to our monthly BUNCO GROUP.
November is my month and this was the 2nd time we met at our new home.

I just did a post about the place mats I had made for this year's
Bunco gathering.

I did NOT get good photos...just too busy getting my friends all comfy,
fill their plates and joining in the fun.

I did get a few photos before the big day, tho.
Gathering all the dishes and containers needed to hold 
all this amazing food...
(I always do this before any big meal we are having)


This pretty rooster large ceramic platter
worked perfectly holding the Honey Glazed Spiral Cut Ham.
 




Little crystal bowls that were my mom's held peanuts and other snacks...

My vintage Ironstone gravy boat has been used over and over again,
holding everything from snacks to.....well......gravy.



JEEVES here not only serves cake and ice cream....he did an awesome  job on serving
Cream Cheese Sausage Puffs....

yes, he did !

I'm very partial to his dress....

Baskets for hot rolls and crackers for cheese..




This tiered metal stand always works great for serving cupcakes...
cookies......
candies......

I bought this years ago at Dollar Gen.
and have looked for another ever since.


Cake stand is so so olden.
I remember all the cakes my mama served on it....
and now, I've had it almost 30 years and have no idea how many times
I've used it to serve cake to my family and friends.

What makes things just taste better when you know the history of the serving piece...
especially when it's family history ?
Not every time...but sometimes, I look at my cake plate and can hear my mama moving around in the kitchen..just like when I was a little girl.
(am I losing it...??)

We had my favorite flavor of DUNKIN DONUTS coffee....
Old Fashioned Donut....so so good.

.....cream cheese Sausage Balls
I kept having to run Mr. Sweet out of the kitchen 'cause he was
wanting to eat them AAAALLLLL.
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1 lb
sausage, uncooked ..(i use HOT sausage as we like the bite, mild is sure to be good, too)
I have to make mention that I cook my scrambled sausage a bit instead
of using it raw...I'm a titty baby @ afraid 20 minutes isn't long enuf to get it completely done.....  
8 oz
cream cheese, softened
1 1/4 c
Bisquick mix
4 oz
cheddar cheese, shredded

Directions

1
Mix all ingredients until well combined.
2
Roll into 1-inch balls.
3
Bake in 400 degree oven for 20-25 minutes, or until brown.
They are BIG TIME goooood....

 One of MY favorite cakes, Strawberry Pudding Cake, 
from our local grocery store..
No kidding...it is as good a cake as I've eaten.

Date Nut Loaves.








The little mini bundt Vanilla Cakes with
Strawberry Glaze..

Most of us drank bottled water..

Just a few of my sweet sweet friends that I am so thankful for...
some laughing...some looking pretty serious about filling up the plates.

Our menu:
Honey Ham
Skillet Corn Bake
 (thank you for the recipe, MIZ HELEN)
English Pea and Peanut Salad
Tossed Green Garden Salad
Sausage Cream Cheese Puffs
Cheese Rolls
Desserts...cakes, cookies, candies
Snacks
Linking with PINK SATURDAY, hoping there's enuf PINK to play...:)
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 Dear LUCY...since you aren't a blogger and you are a NO REPLY, I have no other way of sharing this recipe with you.
I will also add it to the post as you may find it sooner.
ENGLISH PEA AND PEANUT SALAD
2 cans English Peas
sharp cheddar cheese cubes (as many as you want)
Real Mayo (enuf to make your salad as "wet" or "dry" as you want...in other words, taste as you go)'
Chopped green onions
Salt and Pepper to taste
As many SPANISH PEANUTS as you want.
Put in fridge, covered, until ready to serve.

It's one of those dishes that you just taste as you go.
xo bj

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Some Cutness....

I LOVE pretty calendars...and especially love SUSAN BRANCH CALENDARS....
I save all of them...have some pages taped to the inside of kitchen cabinet doors.

I had 12 pages laminated and used them for PLACE MATS at my last Bunco game.

 They turned out so so cute...


colorful....
just wipe off....

and can be used over and over.

The "girls" loved them....

they looked so cute on the tables..

Our Bunco group consists of 12 ladies...
3 tables of 4....

After eating, we clear the tables and 
LET THE GAMES BEGIN...:)





To add a little fun,
I placed a Christmas Tree ornament in the middle of each table...

(these were removed after eating lunch, but I made sure to remember which ornie was on ea table.)





♥ ♥ ♥
Before the ladies arrived, I put a WINNER
sticker under one chair at each table.












At the very end of the games,
the ladies looked at the underside of their chair and the ones sitting in the
WINNER
chairs won the tiny ornament to take home with them.
♥♥♥
I made sure to tell them that every time they looked at their ornament in the years to come to be SURE and remember how much I love them.











I'm gonna give Susan's 
IOWA CORN BREAD 
a try....bet it's absolutely delicious.

IOWA CORN BREAD with BEE BUTTER  

Crusty on the outside, Tender on the inside.
 
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
1 egg
1 cup milk
1 Tb. orange zest, finely grated
3 Tbsp. butter, melted
1 1/4 c. flour
3/4 cup cornmeal
1/4 cup sugar
3 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. cimmamon
1/4 tsp. ginger

mix all together and pour into buttered 8" square pan (or small cast iron skillet)
400 degrees for about 20 minutes, serves 8-10

SERVE HOT WITH
BEE BUTTER...
Cream together 
1 stick butter and 2 Tbsp. honey
Spread on hot cornbread...~ mmmmm ~  

Does this recipe sound good to you..??
Will you try it..?
...if so, let me know....and i'll do the same.
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