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Easy & Cheesy Cheddar Cheese Ball

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It’s that time of year when you’re hosting and attending myriads of holiday parties. If you’re like me you don’t have a ton of money or time, so this Easy & Cheesy Cheddar Cheese Ball is the perfect thing to whip up. Not only does it come together in about 10 minutes, but tastes great, and only uses 4  simple ingredients. I rolled mine in dried parsley, so it is a festive green color. If you have extra time and are felling extra jolly, make mini cheese balls with half of them rolled in paprika or chili powder and the other in the parsley. No matter what you put on the outside, I promise everyone will love this cheese ball!

 

Merry Christmas! 

 

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Rocking Rueben Dip

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Rocking Rueben Dip is one of my absolute favorite things to make with leftover corned beef. I always make extra corned beef just so I can make this dip. It is a special request of friends and family who love it as well. I just know you will love it too! It’s easy! It’s cheesy! It’s fully of yummy Rueben flavor and it can be made ahead of time and kept warm in a crock-pot. It’s great for parties. In fact, I am already planning on bringing this dip to my friend’s egg dyeing party this month.

Give this Rueben Dip a try!


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Simple Saint Patrick’s Day Side Dishes

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It is almost Saint Patrick’s Day and my mouth is already watering at the thought of a delicious corned beef dinner. My family has made corned beef with boiled cabbage, carrots, and potatoes for as long as I can remember to celebrate. While I love the traditional sides with my corned beef, I decided to start mixing things up a bit. Here are two simple Saint Patrick’s Day side Dishes: Irish Twice Baked Potatoes, as well as, Smashed Turnips and Carrots.

Irish Twice Baked Potatoes are my take on two traditional Irish potato dishes, colcannon and champ, combined into something new and delicious. These tasty, potato cups also work wonderfully as an stater during a Saint. Patrick’s Day Party because they can be made in advance, travel easily, and can be eaten with out silverware.

Just look at the oozing cheese and crispy potato bits. YUMMY!

Smashed Turnips and Carrots are a brightly colored, buttery side dish. I wish I could say I came up with the recipe on my own, but I actually got it from one of my very best friend’s. Her mom is from Scotland and frequently made this for dinner. When I first had it, I feel in love with the sweetness of the carrots mixed with the slight bitterness of the turnips, and the creaminess of butter. I just know you will love it too!

 

So give these simple Saint Patrick’s Day sides a try. Please let me know what you think in the comments below. Do you have a Saint Patrick’s Day dish I should try?

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! 

 

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