Super Bowl Ready . . .It’s really all about the party (and the ads).

It’s almost Super Bowl time.  I heard a rumor that there was supposed to be a football game that day.  No matter, invite your peeps over, lay out the snacks, watch the commercials for entertainment value, and pray that whoever sings the National Anthem remembers the words!  I’ve listed a few easy recipes to get you started on your snacks.  Each recipe takes less than 10 minutes to prepare and was approved 100% by my taste testers.

FRUIT SALAD WITH A ZING

Liven up fruit salad with a lemony glaze.  It’s a surprise to the taste buds that has people taking a bite and having a look of surprise on their face.  I loved sitting back and watching their reactions.

  • 1 large can of chunk pineapple
  • 15 oz can of chunk mixed fruit – drained
  • 11 oz can of Mandarin oranges – drained
  • Small jar of Maraschino cherries – drained
  • 3.4 oz box of instant lemon pudding mix
  • 2 bananas
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
Drain pineapple juice and combine with 2 tablespoons orange juice and box of lemon pudding (like it less lemony?  Just decrease how much lemon pudding you add).  Stir well.  Add other fruits, except banana, to a bowl.  Mix pineapple/pudding mixture with fruit.  Refrigerate overnight.  Just before serving add bananas.

CROCKPOT SMOKIES

I can already hear you, everyone has a Little Smokey recipe.  But hey, everyone makes them because they are so easy to make and a crowd pleaser.  It just wouldn’t be a party without a Smokey hanging around to help satisfy your guests.  So here is my version of an old tradition.

  • 3 packages Little Smokies
  • 1 jar grape jelley
  • 1 jar Head Country BBQ sauce
  • Honey

Dump all items into crockpot.  I add just enough honey to make a glaze on the smokies.  Heat on low.  Eat and enjoy!


Easy Cheese Ball

My taste testers response, “this is addicting”.  You might think so too, especially when you see how easy it is to make!

  • 3 packages cream cheese – softened
  • 1 jar dried beef – chopped
  • 1 small bunch green onions – chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

Mix all together.  Form into ball.  Refrigerate overnight.  Serve with crackers of your choice.  If this is too “oniony” for you, just decrease the amount of green onions.  Want a little extra flavor, add some garlic powder.  Need it to look fancy, roll the ball in chopped pecans or walnuts before serving.  Feeling creative today?  Make a cheese ball sculpture.  Okay, you get the idea . . .the possibilities are limitless!

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