Monthly Archives: November 2008

Friday November 14, 2008

I rarely make appetizers or finger food, except around the holidays.  Between family celebrations, church events, and holiday parties, we end up going to a lot of events that require bringing an appetizer or finger food.

This is a recipe that my Grandma and Mom came up with, that I often bring to family events or parties.  It’s a new take on the classic cheese ball.  By the end of the night there is rarely any left to take home.

The recipe measurements are not exact because I always make this by eye-balling the amounts and tasting it.  I will do my best, but I would recommend tasting the mixture before you serve it, in case you need to make adjustments.  If the cream cheese is too bland add some more ketchup and garlic, if it’s too salty add more ketchup.

Grammy Joy’s Cheese Ball

1   8 oz. package of cream cheese
4 T  ketchup
2 T  worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp.  garlic salt
1/4 tsp.  onion powder
1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese (grated)
1.5 cups of chopped walnuts or pecans

Blend cream cheese in a mixer until smooth.  Add ketchup, worcestershire sauce, garlic, and onion.  Mix until ingredients are incorporated.  Add cheese and blend for just a few seconds.

Cover and place mixture into the frig for 15 to 20 minutes to let it set up.  You can make the mixture 24 hours in advance just wait to roll it in the nuts.

To form the ball, moisten your hands and pat the cream cheese into a round shape.  Chop the nuts on a cutting board and roll the cheese ball in the nuts.  Toasting the nuts before you chop them really gives a nice added flavor to the cheese ball, but it’s not essential.

Plate and serve with your favorite assortment of crackers.  Wheat Thins and Chicken in a Biscuit are my familie’s favorites.

If you have any favorite holiday appetizer recipes I would love to hear them.  I’m always anxious to add to my recipe box. 

Monday November 10, 2008


I think this is a beautiful song.  It very tenderly describes the most difficult aspect of being in love with someone.  The reality that your wishes, feelings, and desires are only half of the equation, and sometimes have no bearing on what actually happens in the relationship.  It is the anguish and anxiety that precede heartbreak.  I love sad songs.

I should probably offer a disclaimer along with my recommendation of Wilco.  The first being: they are a secular band, and the second:  I like weird music.  That being said, Sky Blue Sky is the most main-stream, melody driven album they have produced so far. 

Monday November 10, 2008


The preparations have begun.  A small order from the Land of Nod is on it’s way.  A  corner of the boys’ closet is starting to fill with dresses and sleepers.



Her quilt has been pieced together and is ready to be quilted.  I think I’m going to attempt to cover the boys’ old bumper with a coordinating fabric.

Little pink shoes wait in the top drawer for little pink toes to fill them.


Over the weekend, as I was carefully sewing trim on burp rags and monogramming  letters onto bibs; it occurred to me that this was probably the least rational thing I have ever done. 

 
All of these lovely bibs and rags will soon be covered with spit-up and stained with pureed sweet potatoes.  I made things for my boys but nothing quite like this.

Daddy is already planning to clear out his office to make room for her.  Not that there isn’t room with the boys, but we thought that the sleeping patterns of an infant wouldn’t be that compatible with those of a three-year-old.  I certainly don’t need more than one child waking up in the middle of the night.

 It’s funny how having a little girl has made pregnancy new again.