Category Archives: Party Treats

Great treats for that Superbowl Party or Family Get-together.

Salami Cream Cheese Rollups

My niece told me about this recipe and I’m so glad she did!

It makes a quick low carb snack or a great party appetizer.

Salami Rollups

Actually  my niece, Brandi, made this recipe and shared it with me while I was at her house.   Salty salami, creamy cheese, and a little zesty bite from the pepper hooked me from the first bite!

I shared the recipe with my brother who has been eating low carb for years (and is very successful at it!) and he says he makes a similar recipe with pepperoni, cream cheese, and jalapeno!  That sounds amazing and like something I will need try in the near future!  🙂

Quick NoteIf you’re following the Trim Healthy Mama plan, these rollups will fall into the S category.  🙂

Here’s what I purchased for this recipe:

Salami Rollups

Here’s how I rolled them up.  You can use toothpicks if your salami is thicker and won’t stick together.  I didn’t have to.

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I stored them in a small container in the fridge.  The didn’t last long!  🙂

Here’s the recipe..

Salami Rollups

SALAMI CREAM CHEESE ROLLUPS

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese,softened
18 slices thinly sliced salami
18 slices peperoncini peppers, drained,

Spread about a tablespoon of the softened cream cheese
over a slice of salami.  Top with 1 to 3 peperoncini pepper slices.
Roll the salami around the cheese and pepper slices.
Repeat with remaining ingredients.  Store in fridge.

If you’re looking for another great party appetizer recipe,  check out these Cream Cheese and Bacon Stuffed PoppersWarm Cream Cheese and Bacon Spread, or the Buffalo Chicken Dip.

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Yummy Cheesy Sausage Balls ~ Low Carb and Grain Free

I’ve worked on my old sausage ball recipe and I think it’s a success!

If you love Sausage Balls, try this recipe.

You won’t even miss the baking mix!

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Yummy Cheesy Sausage Balls (low carb & grain free)

3/4 lb. Odom’s Tennessee Pride breakfast sausage (or your favorite brand)
8 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1 cup of almond flour
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
2 tsp baking powder
dash salt
1/4 tsp ground red pepper
1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
1 egg

Preheat the oven to 375º F.  Spray a baking sheet with olive oil
oil cooking spray. (Misto)  Place dry ingredients in a large bowl.
Using your whisk, make sure the dry ingredients are well combined.
Add the sausage, grated cheddar, coconut oil and egg.
Mix well with your fingers, or your mixer if you prefer. The mixture
should be packy and hold the shape of a ball.

Form into 1” balls. Place the balls on the prepared baking sheet.
Bake for 16-18 minutes or until golden brown.  To prevent sticking,
move the balls with a spatula halfway through cooking or use
parchment paper to line your pan.  Remove from oven and serve warm.

My batch made 32.

*For the Trim Healthy Mama plan: S category

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The Best Guacamole ~ Simple and Easy

My daughter loves guacamole!  So she learned to make it herself.  Boy, am I glad she did!

Simple and quick with a bright fresh flavor, it is so much better than store-bought!

guacamole

The Best Guacamole

3 medium avocados
1 lime, juiced
1/3 cup onion, minced
1 small clove garlic, mashed (or garlic powder to taste)
1 tbsp chopped cilantro (optional)
½ tsp salt, or to personal taste
Place the pulp from the avocados in a medium bowl and slightly
mash with a fork leaving some large chunks.  (We use a potato masher.) Add lime juice, onion, garlic, salt, and cilantro if using. Mix thoroughly.

 

Serve in this totally adorable guacamole bowl for a too cute presentation!

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COOK’S NOTE: Placing the avocado pit into the guacamole before covering securely will help keep it from turning brown.

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Pumpkin Bars ~ Grain Free • Wheat Free • Sugar Free

October and cooler weather brings on that desire to bake!

This tasty bar recipe is perfect for breakfast or dessert.

pumpkin bars

(Here’s my version of pumpkin bars topped with a warm cinnamon butter cream sauce that I just threw together using cream, Stevia, and cinnamon.)

pumpkin bar

 Low Carb Pumpkin Bars

 2 cup blanched almond flour (I like Honeyville)
2 tsp. aluminum-free baking powder
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. baking soda
4 large eggs
1 15 oz. can of real pumpkin
1 cup granular sweetener (for example, Swerve)

    Preheat oven to 350º F.   Grease 9×13 inch glass cake pan or spray with    non-stick spray. I like to fill my Misto sprayer with coconut oil.  In medium mixing bowl, sift together almond flour, baking powder, cinnamon,
salt and baking soda. Set aside.

  In the bowl of your electric mixer, blend together eggs, pumpkin and sweetener until smooth.  Add the dry ingredients to the wet and combine on low speed until smooth.  Pour pumpkin bar batter into cake dish and smooth with spatula.  Bake for 40-45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.

  Completely cool on rack before cutting and serving. Top with your choice of real whipped cream or buttery cinnamon glaze.

Serves 15.  Nutrition Information: 120 calories 9 g fat, 6 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 3 g net carbs, 5 g protein (without the toppings)

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“Better than Frito Lay” Spicy Bean Dip

Friends are so special!

bean dip

I had a sweet lady give me several bags of pinto beans.  I don’t care much about sitting down and eating a bowl of pinto beans;  I prefer Great Northern white beans flavored with a ham bone if I’m going to do that.

so…my daughter loves bean dip!   The kind you buy in the little can by the chips.

My dream to use these pinto beans was to make bean dip.  And you know what?  It is delicious!  I served this with taco salads at our Sunday family dinner. Hope you enjoy!

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“Better than Frito Lay” Spicy Bean Dip

2 cups of cooked prepared pinto beans or one 15 oz can of pinto beans, cooked
3-5 slices bottled jalapenos peppers
1 tablespoon brine, from bottled jalapeno slices or pepperoncini peppers
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar or no cal sweetener of your choice
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 package of taco seasoning
1 tablespoon mayo

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth.  Chill for several hours before serving to allow spices to blend.  Serve cold with tortilla chips, corn chips, or veggie slices.

Options: make some little cheese crackers made by baking cheese slices on parchment paper or serve with Almond Thins.

This dip is also good when heated with shredded cheese and sour cream on top. Yum!

For a 3 0z serving of just the bean dip:  118 cal, 4.5 fat, carb 15 (5.5 fiber), protein 5

Peanut Butter Cornflake Candy

Sometimes we associate certain recipes with certain people and oh, what good memories they bring.

A lady at my church, Ms. Helen,  made these tasty candy-like cookies for almost every covered dish dinner we had.  What a special lady and how I miss her!

So when another lady, Ms. Dot, blessed me with several boxes of cornflakes cereal, I decided to make some goodies for the helpers at our church’s yard sale.  They were gone in a flash!

Easy, simple, and a great bake-sale item, I hope you try this soon.

cornflake candy

Peanut Butter Cornflake Candy

1 cup of white granulated sugar
1 cup of light corn syrup
1 cup of peanut butter
½ tsp salt, optional
5 cups of plain cornflakes

Measure out cornflakes into a large glass bowl and prepare a large sheet pan by lining with parchment paper or buttering the pan.

Combine sugar and corn syrup in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in the peanut butter, adding salt if you want to at this time.  (I usually do all this with a wooden spoon, beating the mixture like fudge.)

Pour over the cornflakes and mix well. Working quickly, drop by spoonfuls on the prepared sheet pan and set aside to cool.

NOTE:  Mixture can also be pressed into a buttered 9 x 13 inch baking pan and cut into squares.

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And if you’re in the mood for some peanut butter cookies or candy, but you’re watching your sugar intake, try these recipes:

SF PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES

LINDA’S CHEWY PEANUT BUTTER CANDY

 

Yummy Homemade Chunky Chicken Salad

As I was home for lunch, I literally threw together some very delicious homemade chicken salad and served it on toasted bread.

I used about 1 1/2 cups of leftover rotisserie chicken, some diced pickles, chopped green onions (2), and maybe a 1/2 cup of mayo.  I salted and peppered to my taste.  And it was tasty.

To add a little zip to the flavor, I added about a tsp of dill pickle juice and one pack of a Stevia based sweetener.  I think this really brightened up the flavor.

It’s a great way to use up leftover rotisserie chicken and it was quick and easy, too!

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Buffalo Chicken Dip

This creamy, tangy dip with a kick tastes a lot like Buffalo Chicken Wings.

I usually serve with corn chips or tortilla chips, but it’s great served warm with crackers and celery sticks.

It’s kinda spicy for some folks, but the delicious flavor keeps’em coming back for more! Buffalo Chicken Dip

6 chicken tenderloins, cooked and shredded

2 (8 oz) packages cream cheese, softened

1 cup Ranch dressing (I made my own)

3/4 cup pepper sauce (*see below)

1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

Heat shredded chicken and hot sauce in a large pot over medium heat, until heated through.  Stir in cream cheese and ranch dressing.  Cook, stirring until well blended and warm.

Mix in half of the shredded cheese, and transfer the mixture to a slow cooker. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top, cover and cook on low setting until hot and bubbly.

Serve with celery sticks and crackers, corn chips, or tortilla chips. * I used Louisianna brand hot sauce:

*Trim Healthy Mama (S) (serve with veggies or baked blue corn tortilla chips for dipping.)

This is the birthday of a special lady…my Aunt Mary.

Love and miss her very much!

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Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Here’s some great low carb dishes that are just perfect for Cinco de Mayo!

(Click on the pictures to go to the recipe.)

Enchiladas

Beefy Rotel Cheese Dip

Chiles Rellenos Casserole

Enjoy!

It’s Opening Day!

This is such an exciting time!

I’m rewriting a previous post I did on Spring Training

a couple of years ago.

Hope that’s okay.  Nothing has changed.

I’m still a big-time Cardinal Fan!  🙂



This has got to be my favorite time of year.

The weather is starting to warm up some, buttercups begin to bloom, and Cardinal Baseball is on the air.  That lets me know that baseball season and summer time is just around the corner.

Almost every evening is spent in the kitchen preparing dinner and cleaning up while listening to a Cardinal baseball game.  After my shower, hair still up in a towel, it’s off to the porch swing with a glass of iced tea to enjoy the warm summer evening and listen to Mike Shannon call the play-by-play on the radio.

So whether you’re cheering for the Yankees, the Cubs, or the Cardinals, or whichever MLB team…sit back, relax, grab a hotdog and let Spring Training begin!

Another BIG Cardinal fan was my late father-in-law, Freddie “Papa” Golden.  Every evening you’d find him sitting in his bedroom or the darkened dining room with the radio turned down low listening to the Cardinals play.

Grandma would come through and fuss at him.  She didn’t like his attention to be on the ballgame instead of her!  😉  Grandma misses him today.  I’m sure if she could turn back time, she’d let him enjoy those few hours that gave him so much pleasure.

Love and miss you, Papa!

Papa & Grandma Golden


 

Who’s YOUR team?  😀

 


Warm Cream Cheese and Bacon Spread

This has become one of our favorite cream cheese spreads.

Full of flavor, it is a tasty and quick party or anytime appetizer!


Warm Cream Cheese and Bacon Spread

2 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese

1/2 cup mayo

1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

8 slices crisp bacon, crumbled

3 green onions, diced

1 T ranch dip mix

  • Heat and soften the cream cheese in the microwave on 70% power.  Mix softened cream cheese and mayo together with electric mixer.
  • Add all other ingredients and mix by hand.
  • Shape into 1 large or 2 small cheese balls and refrigerate for about 3-4 hours , or serve warm with your favorite crackers (see these gluten free crackers and these low carb flax crackers),  your own Almond Thins, chips, or veggies.

One Saturday my girls had a friend over and we had an appetizer lunch.

It felt like we were having a party!

We had Pizza Rolls, Party Meatballs, Warm Cream Cheese and Bacon Spread, and fresh fruit.  It was delicious and hit the spot!

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For low carbers…serve the cheese spread with Almond Thins.

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Bacon-Wrapped Lil’ Smokies

Yum, yum!  When I saw these on 2 different sites, I just had to make me some!  Anything wrapped in bacon…can it get any better?!

When these came out of the oven, I had to share!  So I quickly snapped a shot with my cell phone and uploaded it even quicker!

Make these and soon.

I made them like my friend, Grace, but since I didn’t have the Sugar Twin Brown Sugar (she’s right! it is very hard to find!), I used Splenda and added some spices…like garlic powder, bbq seasoning, and some Cajun seasoning I had on hand.

These would be great for a Super Bowl Party! or have them for breakfast with a low carb biscuit and cuppa Joe, like me.

Happy Sunday to you all!

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Holiday Candy and Cookie Trays

Happy New Year!

And Happy Birthday to me!

Yesterday I turned another year older.

Since I was so busy over the holidays, I didn’t get to share with

you the holiday candy and cookie trays I made for my family

and friends.   Here’s just a few that I sent out.

Peanut Butter Balls, Coconut Macaroons, Peanut Butter Fudge

(I used my PB Fudge recipe and added 3 tablespoons of cocoa)

Nut Crescent Cookies (recipe below)

Coconut Macaroon, Choco Chip Oatmeal Bars,

Peanut Butter Balls, Peanut Butter Fudge,

White Chocolate Dipped Pretzels,

& Applesauce Nut Cake

(same items as above)


Hello Dollies, Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

Here’s the recipe for the cookies:

Nut Crescent Cookies

  • 1/2 cup unsalted softened butter
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup ground nuts (I used walnuts and pecans)
  • dash salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • confectioners’ sugar

 

Preheat oven to 325°. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar.  Mix in flour, walnuts, salt, and vanilla to make a smooth dough.  Roll into balls and shape into crescents.  (I also flattened some into round cookies.)
Bake cookies on ungreased cookie sheets for about 8-11 minutes, or until just set.  Let stand for 2 minutes; transfer to wire racks to cool.
Dredge in or sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar.  Keep in air-proof container.  Makes about 3 dozen cookies.
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Over the next few days I’ll be sharing some other dishes I made over the holidays.  Some will be low carb, others not so low carb, but my plans are to go back to the low carb lifestyle full time.  I just feel better that way.
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My family doesn’t eat low carb and insists on the old fashioned Southern-style dishes and desserts that I make on occasion.  So be sure and stop by soon as I’m sure there’s a recipe coming up soon that you’ll enjoy.
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Also this year, I want to focus more on things other than food and recipes.  My daughters want to their rooms redecorated and there’s some ideas I have for redecorating my kitchen that I’ll be sharing.
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Another goal I have this year is to exercise at least 4 times weekly.  I have started walking in the evenings and I want to continue to do that as well as adding some light weight lifting and stretching.  So I may be sharing these updates as well.
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Once again, Happy New Year to you and yours!



Cuban Sandwich or Hot Ham

I saw a recipe for a Cuban sandwich the other day and it looked

so good!  I thought I’ve just got to make one of those,

so one day while home on lunch I threw

this together.  It was quite tasty and I will be

making this again soon.


As usual, there is a twist.  My mom always laughed at me ’cause if

I don’t have it, I’ll substitute something for it!  🙂

This sandwich is made using my low carb biscuit for the bread

and unfortunately I had no pork roast, so maybe I should

just call this a Hot Ham Sandwich?!


I really didn’t use a recipe (but I will give you a link at the end)

and used more of a process, so I will overwhelm you

with pics and how I did made it.

I thought the sandwich photographed nicely and I couldn’t

chose just one picture to share, so that’s why I’ve posted

several different angles here.


I made up my biscuit dough and actually fried it up like a pancake.

It made 2 good size pancakes or fried bread.

I sliced one of the “pancakes”  into and flipped it over and spread

mayo on both “crusts” of the bread.  I then layered

sliced ham, cheese, and pickles, sprinkled with sea salt and

smokehouse pepper and assembled the sandwich.  I proceeded to

spread with butter and toast on both sides since I don’t own

a sandwich press.  Yummo!


It was great as a quick lunch.  Also, this sandwich would make a

great party appetizer when cut into smaller pieces

or served along with soup would be dinner!

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Here’s more on the Cuban Sandwich:

Celebrate Cuban

Taste of Cuba

Latin Food at About dot Com

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7 Layer Taco Dip and Party food!

My youngest turned 12 on Valentine’s Day.

We had already passed out party invitations for Saturday, when I found out my mom would be having emergency surgery on her broken hip on Saturday morning.

Mom came through the surgery just fine!  We are so thankful.

I spent my morning at the hospital with her and around lunch quickly ran home and started getting the party food together.

I had already planned the menu along with Brooklyn and we had everything ready to go.  My hubby made the Tuna Sandwiches while I was at the hospital and Brooklyn made the Ham Rolls the night before.

Everything turned out to be delicious!

Our Menu:

Cocktail Weiners

7 Layer Mexican Dip and chips

Tuna Sandwiches

Ham Pecan Pinwheels (recipe here)

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries (these were yummy!)

Skillet Cake with pourable Chocolate Icing (cake recipe here)

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So on to the 7 Layer Mexican Dip recipe!

This is my first time making it and believe me, I will make it again!

Combine the refried beans and taco seasoning.  Spread on a large plate or tray.

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Spread the combined sour cream and cream cheese over the bean layer.

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Spread the combined salsa or picante sauce ove the cream cheese/sour cream layer.

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Spread shredded lettuce over the salsa layer.

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Finally, top with shredded cheese and chopped green onions.  Grab some chips and dig in!

7 Layer Mexican Dip

1 (1 ounce) package taco seasoning mix

 1 (16 ounce) can refried beans

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

1 (16 ounce) container sour cream

1 (16 ounce) jar salsa or picante sauce

1 bunch chopped green onions

1 small head iceberg lettuce, shredded

2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

1 (6 ounce) can sliced black olives, drained (optional)

In a medium bowl, blend the taco seasoning mix and refried beans. Spread the mixture onto a large serving platter.

Mix the sour cream and cream cheese in a medium bowl. Spread over the refried beans.

Top the layers with salsa or picante sauce.  Place a layer of lettuce over sauce and top with Cheddar cheese and chopped onions.  Optional: Garnish with black olives.