Monday, August 9, 2010

{Real Party} - Homemade from Scratch!

Today I’m going to share not only a great birthday party but also some great recipes!

Dana, of Homemade from Scratch recently created this sweet birthday party for her daughter’s 2nd birthday, and I was thrilled she shared it with me.

Her inspiration came from the fabric of her daughter’s dress that her sister created.

She made almost everything herself: the cupcake toppers and wrappers, banner, and labels with the help of the Cricut Machine (I LOVE that too!).

Dana didn’t want the usual cake so she used a 8 inch glazed flower pot that was lined with Saran Wrap. Then she placed a glass bowl inside and made a strawberry trifle. How creative!

Since her biggest passion is cooking she was kind enough to share some recipes she made for the adults. Thank you Dana!

Spicy Ranch Chicken Dip

2 8oz cream cheese

2 pkg ranch dressing mix

1 rotisserie chicken (deboned and shredded)

4 cups shredded cheese

1 cup mayo

1 cup sour cream

1 cup Crystal hot sauce

3/4 cup cooked and crumbled bacon

green onions

Soften cream cheese in microwave, then add dressing, chicken, 2 cups cheese, mayo, sour cream, hot sauce, and 1/2 cup bacon. Mix together well. Place in oven safe dish and bake at 350 until bubbly. Remove and top with the rest of the cheese, bacon and green onions. Serve with tortilla chips.

Bacon Cheese Ball

2 8oz cream cheese

2 diced green onions

2 hand fulls of diced cooked bacon

Soften cream cheese in microwave and mix in the green onions and bacon. Line a small bowl with suran wrap and place mixture inside. Pull suran wrap over the top and pack down tightly into bowl. Store in refrigerator until firm. Turn out onto a plate and sprinkle with paprika. Serve with your favorite crackers.

You can use this as a sandwich spread, too. Just add some mayo or sour cream and spread on bread.


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