Not long ago, I came home from a very long day and found 2 boxes in front of my door. Not expecting anything I was really excited! I opened them to find 2 boxes FULL of Hickory Farms crackers, cheeses, mustards and different kinds of sausage. What fun! I had completely forgotten that I had signed up to be part of the FoodBuzz Tastermaker program. You get to sign up and test out products from different food related companies.
The boxes were so FULL and I knew there was no way I could eat that much cheese. I was in need of a party- a party with lots of people who liked cheese. I tried to get together with some of my girlfriends but work and life got so busy this season that plans fell through. Thankfully, I had another party I could bring them to. A baby shower! My sister and brother in law are having a baby! They live in Seattle, pretty far from Washington, D.C., but I was able to skip out of town during the busy holiday season last weekend for her shower.
As I suppose is expected for Seattle in December, it rained pretty much the entire weekend. It rained a relatively hard, warm rain called "the pineapple express". I thought that was just the name of a movie but as it turns out it is also what a storm coming from Hawaii is called.
What do two sisters do when it's raining? Bake! We make gingerbread "little boy and little girls" and my grandfather's famous cheeseballs. I usually publish all my recipes but my grandfather's cheeseball recipe has to stay in the family. I'm sure if you search cheeseball you can find a recipe that is pretty close to what we used. Cheese (sharp cheddar preferably), flour, mustard powder and butter. That's it! Shred it, mix it and chill it. Just like cookie dough.
The Hickory Farm cheese grated nicely and definitely made great cheeseballs!
Check out the savory spread we had! Homemade cheeeseball, gingerbread boys and girls. Humus, olives, carrot sticks, Hickory Farms summer beef and turkey sausage, cranberry and regular mustard, AMAZING northwest salmon that my brother in law's mother brought.. and other goodies!
Look at the adorable cucakes my brother in law's mother made! She even brought the great cupcake stands!
(tag cute monkey flower arrangement in the background)
Despite the rain we all had a great time! It's hard to go wrong with cupcakes, cheeseballs and humus.
The holiday parties are wrapping up at the restaurant which now gives me time to think about parties at my house! I hope everyone is having a great holiday season!