whew. what a weekend! we threw a surprise bash for my sister-in-law wendy's 40th birthday! we smoked an entire hog and made lots of yummy food! it was a great day, but today i'm feeling a little under the weather. probably too much rich food and sunshine. the balloon wreath drew lots of compliments, and made a fun decoration on the door.
that's wendy in the photo - some people think we look alike!
i tried a few new recipes for the day, and here they are!
lemonade cheese ball - i used a packet of pink lemonade and served it in a bowl with the new brown sugar/cinnamon ritz crackers on the side. i think it would be yummy with teddy grahams too! to make it less tart, use the presweetened mix or add powdered sugar.
corn dip - this is a fave at bunco, and everyone loved it here too.
2 cans corn, drained
1 small can chopped black olives
1 15 oz. can petite diced tomatoes - mine had sweet onion added, you could use rotel too.
1 jalepeno, diced fine(i used jarred peppers, add more or less as desired)
1 8 oz. brick cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup ranch dressing
mix it all together and serve with tortilla chips!
i also made this pasta salad, and absolutely loved it friday night. unfortunately, the noodles absorbed all the dressing and it wasn't as tasty on saturday. i tried to revive it with milk, but it sat, lonely, uneaten. i will definitely make it again, but with some revisions. serve it right away! some of the reviews say it's best after 24 hours, but they lie! ;) it says to add a cup of sugar to dressing - it was plenty sweet without it so i'm glad i left it out! it makes a lot of dressing, so i added another pound of pasta (which is probably why it was dry). i also added frozen peas, 2 tbsp. honey mustard dressing and 1 c. shredded cheese.
this week is another busy one - the kids have three tball games and i am going to try to go to the kc modern quilt guild meeting on thursday. i have a lot of sewing i'm need to get to (siggy swap, vintage bee blocks). this is probably the last month i will have my booth - the little shop doesn't get much traffic, and i'm losing money each month because there is a $25 booth rental fee. i've had a few sales, which is neat, but it's also not as much fun as i had hoped - instead of making whatever i want, i am worrying about making something to sell. and i have a new baby girl to sew for! lily beth was born last friday, congrats amy & cody!