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More Mother’s Day Munchies

More Mother’s Day Munchies

More Mother’s Day Munchies


After sharing the story of the Mother’s Day / Retirement party we had for my mother, I felt like I left people hanging without all of the good stuff. So, I am going to share some of the other family favorites that were served that day! These hors d’oeuvres are not fancy, but they are delicious! Enjoy more Mother’s Day Munchies.

Cocktail Shrimp

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup chili sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • Dash Tabasco sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon prepared horseradish
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 pound medium shrimp, cooked and peeled

Combine ketchup, chili sauce, lemon juice, Tabasco, horseradish, salt, and pepper. Mix well and chill. Place softened cream cheese on a platter or bowl and cover with the chilled sauce. Arrange shrimp around the edge of the dish.

~This was made by my 2nd oldest brother ~

This recipe was given to my mother by her  brother and we have made it dozens of times and it is always a big hit! *Word of caution: please be careful about cross contamination of shrimp, shellfish, or other seafood if you have family members who are allergic! Always warn those family members of the ingredients in your dishes.* Although this sounds like common sense, in my family it has caused at least one (or 2) trips to the ER!

shrimp cocktail

Seven-Layer Dip

  • 1 16-ounce can refried beans
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • Tabasco sauce (to taste)
  • 1 12-ounce carton sour cream
  • 1 4-ounce can chopped green chiles
  • 1 small can diced black olives
  • 8 ounces cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 small head iceberg lettuce, shredded
  • 1 medium tomato, diced

Combine beans, taco seasoning, and Tabasco. Make a 1” thick layer of the bean mixture on a platter. Ice the bean layer with sour cream. Cover that layer with chiles, then olives, cheese, and lettuce. Garnish the top with tomatoes. Serve with tortilla chips.

~ This was made by my oldest brother and his wife~

There are some optional ingredients that can be added, which may change the number of layers! If you want to add all of them for a 10 or more layer dip, please do! I’ve had it with chopped ham, browned and drained ground beef, avocadoes or guacamole, green onions, chopped red or white onion, jalapenos, and even crumbled bacon.

7 layer dip

Taco Pinwheels

  • 1 package flour tortillas
  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ½ package taco seasoning
  • Tabasco to taste
  • 4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped black olives
  • 2 Tablespoons green onion, chopped
  • ½ can chopped green chiles

Combine cream cheese, sour cream, taco seasoning and Tabasco. Mix until smooth. Add cheese, olives, green onion, and chiles and mix thoroughly. Spread the cream cheese mixture over tortillas, leaving about ¼” uncovered. Roll up each tortilla. Slice into ½” pieces and refrigerate until ready to serve. Can be served with toothpicks (for a group that isn’t your family!).

~This was made by my oldest daughter~

taco pinwheels

The next time you’re getting ready to host a get together and you need some quick, tasty, and fun recipes (I was going to say ‘killer’, but that hits too close to home for one of my brothers) give one or all of these a try.

Heck, if you don’t know what to take to your upcoming summer party (4th of July is just around the corner) now you’ve got some ideas!



Posted by on July 2, 2015 in Recipe


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Mother’s Day 2015

Mother’s Day 2015

Mother’s Day 2015

The day after my nephews’ graduation party was Mother’s Day. It was also the first Sunday after my mother retired. I had asked all of my siblings to come together to celebrate Mother’s Day 2015 as well as her retirement.

As long as I can remember my mom’s favorite food has been “hors d’oeuvres”. Her favorite part of going out to a restaurant is the appetizers and small plates and her favorite part of any party is the canapes, dips, finger foods, and the sort. I asked my siblings and daughters to assist me in making appetizers to bring. We all know what mom’s true favorites are, so it was pretty easy to lay out the menu. I asked everyone what they would be bringing and I would create around it.

I assured my mother that she would not need to cook for her party, that I had it under control. Every time she asked if there was going to be one thing or another, I had to tell her that it was covered.

The menu included:

Shrimp Cocktail

Seven Layer Dip

Taco pinwheels

Deviled Eggs

Homemade Pretzels

Vegetable Pizza

Chocolate Peanut Butter Trifle

Brandy Slush

The Shrimp Cocktail recipe came from my mother’s family, as did the Vegetable Pizza recipe and the Brandy Slush. I made up the Chocolate Peanut Butter Trifle at the last minute because I realized no one was bringing a sweet. I will share the Vegetable Pizza and Brandy Slush recipes with you.

Vegetable Pizza

  • 8 ounces refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dill weed
  • 3 raw carrots
  • 1/3 head raw cauliflower
  • 3 spears raw broccoli
  • 2 stalks celery (I omit)
  • 6 radishes (I use less)
  • ½ green pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pat crescent rolls flat in ungreased 10X15 jelly roll or baking pan. Bake 5 – 10 minutes, until lightly browned. Remove to a cooling rack. Wash, drain, and chop vegetables to approximately pea size. Toss together. Soften cream cheese and blend in mayonnaise. Add onion powder, garlic powder, and dill weed. Spread mixture over crust and top with vegetables. Pat vegetables lightly into cream cheese mixture. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Cut into squares to serve.

Brandy Slush

  • 7 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 4 teabags
  • 2 cups brandy
  • 1 12-ounce can frozen orange juice
  • 1 12-ounce can frozen lemonade
  • Sprite or 7-Up

Combine 7 cups water and sugar. Heat until sugar is dissolved; remove from heat to cool. Pour boiling water over teabags and let stand until cool. Combine simple syrup (sugar water), tea, brandy, orange juice and lemonade in a freezable container and place into freezer. When frozen put 2 – 3 Tablespoons of mixture into a glass, then fill with lemon lime soda.

brandy slush

(I like mine a little stronger, so I use more of the frozen mixture. No judgement, people!)

Mother’s Day 2015 and Retirement Celebration was a huge success, and the food was a big hit with my mom. The biggest surprise for my mother came when her sister, who lives 600 miles away, showed up! I had managed to keep that secret for weeks, and it darn near killed me!

If you are a fan of hors d’oeuvres or summery cocktails, these are both musts! The vegetable pizza is a great little morsel or even a light summer dinner!



Posted by on June 29, 2015 in Recipe


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