Sunday, October 23, 2011

Surprise Success!

What a spread.

Last weekend, we hosted a surprise 30th anniversary party for my parents.  It was a HUGE success.  Over 30 people came and honored the happy couple, and to top it off, Mom and Dad had no idea that we had this planned! I served brunch theme food, including Bacon Quiche Tarts and Quiche Lorraine Muffins.  I know it looks like a lot of work, but there are two tricks: 1. Bake almost everything on a free day and freeze.  2. Don't be afraid of store-bought delights.

Besides the recipes mentioned above, we also had:

  • Whole Wheat Banana Bread
  • Ham & Cheese Bake
  • Veggie Dip
  • Fruit Dip
  • Brownies (from a Ghiradeli box)
  • Costco-bought Cinnamon Rolls (Mac almost likes them better than my homemade ones!)
  • Aunty Christy's Cinnamon Muffins
The dips were delicious and easy to make; an easy must-have for any gathering.

Fruit Dip:

Cream together 1-(8 oz) package of cream cheese (softened) and 1 jar of marshmallow creme.  Simple as that.

Lemon-Dill Veggie Dip:
3/4 c. mayonnaise (I usually avoid mayo at all costs, but it's hard to make a creamy dip without it)
3/4 c. sour cream
4 T. fresh lemon juice
4 oz. crumbled feta
2 T. fresh dill
Salt and Pepper

Mix all of the ingredients well. Again, simple as that.