Ladies, I am so sorry for not posting sooner!
Besides being unbelievably busy, my laptop went ka-put! I have not been able to access my blog for about a week. I have only been able to check my gmail on my phone. Man…I feel so out of it.
So, I finally twisted my husband’s arm until it completely fell off, and he broke down and bought me a new desktop computer for my office.
I had a desktop computer that I purchased in 1999, which is a trillion years old in computer years. It was soooooo slow. Literally.
It would take over 15 minutes for a page to load on the internet. Not kiddin.
I would click for a page to open, go downstairs and fold the laundry, come back upstairs, and the page still hadn’t loaded.
So when my laptop is down, I am basically computerless.
Maybe it’s a good thing. But it sure didn’t feel like it.
But since I am teaching now and will be bringing home a paycheck in a few weeks, my loving (one-armed) husband gave me the green light to purchase a mini-mac for my office.
One word….LOVE. (and I love my husband too.) :)
I am so excited about what I am going to be able to do with my pictures and videos for my blog now. The possibilities are limitless!
So now that I have a computer working in my office, I am finally able to post pictures of my Willow House Party.
Let’s start with the most important pictures first…THE FOOD!
My sister and niece helped me out with the snacks, and believe me…they were delish!
My niece, Courtney, brought these delicious “cake truffles”. She told me on the phone earlier, “Aunt Traci, these are better than those Oreo Truffles.”
What? How can that be? Have you tried those Oreo Truffles? They are heaven on earth. (recipe HERE)
But when I took a bit of the “cake truffles”, I will have to admit that I agree. They are soooo good!
1 (18.25 oz) package of cake mix (Courtney used yellow cake mix)
1 (16 oz) container of prepared cake frosting
2 bags semi-sweet chocolate chips
1. Bake the cake according to box instructions.
2. Remove cake from oven when done and let cool 30 minutes.
3. Crumble up warm cake mix in a large bowl and add frosting. Mix together with a stand mixer or hand mixer.
4. Cover and chill in refrigerator for 3 hours or overnight.
5. Line your cookie tray with wax paper.
6. Use a melon scraper to scoop out the mixture into balls and place on cookie sheet.
7. Set in freezer for one hour.
8. Melt chocolate chips in microwave or on the stove top (double broiler).
8. Using toothpicks, dip the cake balls into the chocolate and place on cookie tray to harden. Place in refrigerator until time to serve.
(This is a Paula Deen recipe. Click HERE to view her recipe.)
I made some delicious cheese truffles from a recipe found in my “Best of Philadelphia Cream Cheese” cookboook. I loved having individual bite size cheese balls versus one large one that everyone has to cut into.
Holiday Cheese Truffles
2 pkg. (8 oz each) of Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened
1 pkg. (8 0z.) Shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 tsp. garlic powder
dash ground red pepper, cayenne (I did not use this.)
1/4 cup chopped roasted red peppers
2 green onions, sliced
1 2/3 cups chopped pecans
Crackers of choice ( I used wheat thins.)
1. Beat cream cheese, cheddar cheese, garlic powder and ground red pepper with electric mixer until blended. Divide in half. Add roasted red peppers to half and onions to the other half; mix each well until blended.
2. Refrigerate several hours until chilled.
3. Shape into 24 (1-inch) balls. Roll in pecans. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
To serve the spinach dip and bread cubes, I just flipped my (former) Southern Living at Home cake stand over. It usually looks like this:
We had the party demonstration outside. My friend Lori, the Willow House consultant, had decorated the display table beautifully for us to enjoy…
See the gorgeous green Berry Bowl in the above picture? I got that with my bonus points! It is a strainer, so I can just wash off my grapes or cherries and stick in right in the fridge. I cannot wait to get it!
So many pretty things…
The weather was absolutely gorgeous that night, mid 70’s!
My beautiful sister, Cyndi, enjoyed sipping her coffee while relaxing in the swing…
And two of my Mom’s sisters were there, Aunt Tassy and Aunt Pat. I don’t know what I would do without these ladies in my life right now.
I hosted a party two years ago, and Mom was there. I really missed not having her with us this time. She would have loved the food and the fellowship. As I cleaned the house and got ready for the party, I reminded myself of Mom in so many ways.
Having my precious aunts there made me feel like Mom was nearby. They look and act just like her! We sat around the patio table and talked about precious memories of Mom as we ate our food.
I was so touched afterwards by the words my friend Lori shared with me. She said she was amazed at the closeness I have with my aunts. She informed me that that was rare and special and that she felt honored to be a part of our family that night.
She’s right. Not many people are as close to their aunts as Cyndi and I are. I am so unbelievably blessed with a family that loves me so much. Mom’s sisters have “stepped in” to Mom’s shoes many times this past year when I was feeling her absence the most.
I am so grateful for the blessing of family!
Cyndi, and my precious niece, Courtney. When the three of us get together, you can guarantee it’s gonna be fun!!!
My beautiful friend, Lori, ready to demonstrate some of the gorgeous Willow House products…
As it began to get dark, Lori demonstrated how you could use one of the bowls for a centerpiece with candles. It was beautiful!
She also created an adorable fall display using the 3-tier stand. I absolutely love decorating for fall, don’t you!!?
A couple pictures of the patio all lit up at night…
It was such a great evening! I wish it didn’t have to end.
I should be getting my products in the mail soon. I will share them with you when I do. Can’t wait!
Hope you had a long, restful Labor Day weekend!
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