Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Dumpling Help!

My family loves Chicken and Dumplings, I love my "soup part" of it.  I have not been able to find dumplings I love.  Manny 3 and I really liked Dad's Oatmeal dumplings, but mine don't come out the same.  I have tried all kinds of variations not satisfied yet:)  Tonight I am be "unorthodox" and adding Stacy's Gandma Tillie's Matza balls to our Chicken and Dumplings!!  Please share a recipe that you like!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Fall Cocktail party

Last night I had a Fall cocktail party with some other Moms. It was great fun. Here is the menu and recipes. Many are old favorites but a few were new. For drinks we had Pumpkin Martinis I use homemade pumpkin syrup instead of canned pumpkin, Key lime Martins, not fall but I really loved them and had all the fixings,  and Apple Cider Margarita. The Margarita were very good the orange and cinnamon stick was a fun touch and added flavor.

For food I tried the Beet Pickled Deviled Eggs I used Jared pickled beets because I had some. I also just made the mix part my old stand by deviled egg mix but it was good. When I took them out of the beet mix I was worried because they were a very bright pink/ purple color. Once I cut/filled and plated them you saw the white and yellow as well and they were pretty as well as tasty. We had cucumber cups, warm artichoke dip, brie with apple/pear chutney and a veggie tray.

For desert we had apple strudel and  mini pumpkin cheesecakes. And a wonderful Belgium waffles with sugar, my friend Jeri made. 

A Yummy and fun night. 

Part Two
Last night we had another gathering. The girls watched movies and the Mom's visited, snack and had a few drinks.

Drinks Pumpkin and Key lime Martinis again. I had planned on cranberry citrus martini but ran out of prep time - Thanksgiving maybe.

Salmon dip - not a huge favorite.
Cilantro lime pesto for dipping antipasta on a stick
Black bean Hummus - a big hit