New Years Appetizers Recipe Round Up: 2012

How was your Holiday? Our’s was wonderful. We spent Christmas Eve with Rachel’s parents and brother, eating delicious food (of course) and unwrapping presents. The highlight of the present unwrapping for Toddler was this (excuse my ignorance on the proper terminology) super snuggly plush bear pillow. That bear got more hugs, kisses, and squeezes by Toddler than even the dog gets, and he loves the dog! Thankfully, the bear doesn’t care if it is being choked out so Toddler can go to town on it with affection, which he did.

As we left church Christmas eve we walked into a winter wonderland of fresh, light snowfall. It was the first snow ever for Baby, and the first of the season for Toddler – not that he can remember snow from last year- he was so tiny then. Although we didn’t have a traditional white Christmas day, there was still something magical about that snow on Christmas Eve.

Christmas morning we hung out at home in the morning and took our time opening presents. Baby just kind of hung out, but Toddler was totally into the presents (though still very much in love with his bear from the day before). He was into the present unwrapping only for so long though. He kind of pittered out with just 2 or 3 presents left and ran off to harass love the dog. We spent the afternoon visiting my family, where both Baby and Toddler were inundated with gifts yet again, this time from their many Aunts and Uncles, and my parents.

It was a joy to watch – a whirlwind at times to be sure – but very fun. Looking forward to next year (but glad we have the whole year to build up to Christmas again).

So, this is our last post of 2012, and our blogs unofficial 3 year anniversary (was a few days ago, actually, me thinks). I’ll save the nostalgia and reflection for our next post on the 2nd. For now, let’s talk food!

New Years Eve is just a few days away, and that means partying and food (unless of course you have two little ones, in which case you’re heading to bed at 9 like Rachel and I – hahah).

My favorite thing about parties is (surprise surprise) the food! Sadly, party food can be boring. Chips, jarred dip, some hot apps straight from the freezer aisle. Blegh. Call me a snob, but I like something more interesting. So, I assembled a list of some of our favorite apps we’ve shared over the years. Even though we aren’t hosting a party, chances are good at least 1 (some?) of these will be made in our house on New Years Eve.

So grab a plate, some apps, a beer, and enjoy. And, Happy New Years!

Pretzel Bites with Beer Cheese

Pretzel Bites with Beer Cheese

Why?
There’s nothing like a fresh, warm pretzel. These are easy to prepare ahead of time. Enjoy with the beer cheese dip, or just some mustard!

Homemade Fried Pickles and Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

fried pickles

We first had fried pickles on vacation in Maine a few years back – it was love at first bite. If you crinkled your nose at the thought of fried pickles, please, trust us on this one!

Submarine Hero Hoagie Dip

Hoagie Dip

Regardless of what you call the sandwich (sub? hero? hoagie?) this dip will be a hit. Our friend Brook brought it to a party last year, and we immediately demanded the recipe. We’ve shared it at our parties since, and it is always quick to disappear.

Spinach and Cheese Dip (Dad’s Favorite)

spinach and cheese dip

This is my Dad’s favorite dip, and our families too. It is super cheesy and served hot right out of the oven. A casserole dish of this disappeared before dinner on Christmas Eve.

Buffalo Chicken Dip (Two Ways)

buffalo chicken dip

Two recipes, but whichever you go with, awesomeness ensues. Keep it hot if that is your thing (yes please) or tone it down – whatever you want. Just anticipate this going quick.

Stromboli

Stromboli

A family recipe going back to my Great Grandmother, albeit tweaked over time by my Dad and then by me. Stromboli is an awesome app because you can make it ahead of time and just toss it in the oven before or during the party without having to keep much of an eye on it. It’s good hot, warm, or cold out of the fridge. Only warning is that people tend to fill up on this and then won’t eat anything else. I had to strike this from Thanksgiving app menu as a result, though at Christmas it still appears.

Happy New Year!

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