Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Teresa’s baby shower, November 7, 2009

For our November gathering, we hosted Teresa’s baby shower at Carol’s house. Tonya had this thoughtful idea and we were able to showcase our skills!

We had a full spread, masterfully displayed by Carol. (Imagine pickles and olives on the empty tray).


On the menu:

Fresh fruit with Cream Cheese Fruit Dip

Cream Cheese Fruit Dip

8 oz. cream cheese (room temperature)
1 7 oz. jar marshmallow cream
Zest of 1 orange
Juice from orange

Mix together the cream cheese and marshmallow cream.
Add zest. Add orange juice to get desired consistency. (smooth and creamy)

Crudites with Cilantro Dip

Crudites is the word of the day.

cru⋅di⋅tés  / kroo-di-tey; Fr.

–noun (used with a singular or plural verb) French Cookery. an appetizer consisting of a variety of raw vegetables, usually cut into strips or bite-size pieces, and served with a dip.



Gazpacho Salad Pasta
(Serves 10-12)

1 - 16 oz box Bowtie pasta
1 large cucumber, chopped
1 - 4 oz can sliced black olives, drained
2 tsp garlic salt
½ cup sliced salad olives
1 cup cilantro, chopped
6 green onions finely chopped (green and white ends)
1 – 8 oz bottle Ranch dressing
1 - 10 oz can Rotel tomatoes
3 fresh tomatoes, chopped


In a large pot, bring water to boil. Add pasta and cook according to directions on package. Drain immediately and rinse with cold water. Combine pasta with the remaining ingredients (except cheese). Mix. Chill overnight to let flavors marry. Just before serving, top with shredded cheese if desired.




Also served were:

Mary’s Chicken Salad Croissants

Cream Cheese with Cranberry Pepper Jelly

Yellow Cupcakes with Butter cream Icing. These were beautifully decorated by Tonya with green leaves and pink, blue and purple flowers. The icing was so light and very delicious.

Watermelon Buggy with fruit. Carol is gifted and so creative!


Fruit Punch (which mixed really well with white wine)

Congratulations, Teresa and Charlie! We can't wait to meet your little girl (who I hope comes on January 25, 2009, weighs 6 pounds and is 22 inches long).


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