Stress out time.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

After yesterday's hasty political sojourn, I will now bring you all back to the regularly scheduled recapping of the normal randomness that is my life.

Last night we hosted our small group at our house, you know, the small group of the church that we don't attend. And to elaborate, not only do we not attend, but have no intentions on attending because both Tony and I have some issues with:

1. The lightness of the message
2. The worship "concert"
3. The overwhelming size

So yeah, we're basically just using the size of the church to tap into a group of couples around the same stage of life as we are in our neck of the woods. Oh and they know that's our intention, so it's all good! :)

Everyone usually eats before our 7:00 meeting, so light appetizers are usually provided . . . but all of the light appetizers I could think of had already been served and you know I just couldn't repeat! So . . . I upped the ante a bit. {blush} I didn't mean to try to one up anyone, I just couldn't think of anything that fell into the {chex mix, apples with caramel, cookies or muffins} category.

So I whipped up some new and one go-to recipe to provide:
Herb Cheese Spread:
1 8oz package fat free cream cheese (softened)
1/4 cup blue cheese
1/2 cup feta cheese
2 teaspoons basil dried
1 teaspoon rosemary dried and crushed
2 teaspoons finely chopped green onion tops or chives
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Now beat with an electric mixer until well mixed and refrigerate for a few hours before serving with crackers or apple slices.
Looking a little something like this {not to be misleading, this is not an actual picture of the dip, it just closely resembles!}.
BBQ meatballs {which I've never attempted before!}

Pumpkin bars {which I must say honestly, are the best I've ever tasted!}
2 cups all purpose flour
1 ½ cups packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup vegetable oil
½ cup apple juice
1 can (15 oz) pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
2 eggs

Frosting: 1 container (16 oz) Betty Crocker cream cheese frosting {I know! I need to get a good recipe for the frosting, but store bought works in a pinch!}

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 15x10 or 13x9 pan; lightly flour. In a large bowl with electric mixer, beat bar ingredients on low speed until moistened. Beat 2 minutes on medium speed. Spread batter in pan.

Bake 20 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool completely, about 1 hour.

Spread frosting over cooled bars. Refrigerate until set. Store in refrigerator.

I must say they were hits! Although regrettably I wasn't able to snag a pic of the spread or our fall decor. :(
Oh and tonight? I'm hosting my sister in law's baby shower!! Lord help me, please!


The Slacker Mom said...

I always get a little carried away when I make food for get togethers. It usually involves a crockpot, a fondue pot and things that people have never had before but rave about. I get it from my Mom.

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

Pumpkin bars? Can you share the recipe? Puh-lease?

Chels said...

hosting two things on back to back crazy, crazy woman you!

and ditto the request for pumpkin bars, do share! I love all things pumpkin.

Lindsey said...

Mmm that dip looks AH-MAZING!!! I wanna be in your small group!

Anonymous said...

OOh sounds so good!

I have an award for you at my blog.

Emily said...

Yummm. Pumpkin bars and cheese spread sound delish - please please share the recipes!

Unknown said...

I agree...we need the recipes!! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm adding you to my blogroll!

Jenn said...

That dip looks YUMMY! And can I get the recipe for the pumpkin bars, pretty please????

abby said...

Wow look at you little hostess!! It all sounds tasty. I'm excited to get into a small group of our own!

Jenn said...

Thanks Leah - you're the best!!!

Emily said...

Yes! Thanks for the recipes. I'm going to make them for book club (gag) next week.

AJ said...

Good for you for upping the ante. Sounds delish. Ah yes. The SIL's baby shower. I hope it goes smoothly ;)

Chels said...

I stole your recipe! Can't wait to try them...yum :)

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

I cannot wait to try them. Thanks for sharing.

Megan said...

You are amazing.. I think the only thing I cooked in my 1st tri was frozen pizza! Way to go!

Meredith said...

Justin and I were JUST listening to a song on the way to band practice that talked about frustration with the "show" that can be worship sometimes.

You probably already know this, but the song "Heart of Worship" was actually written after frustration with how the music at church had become a "concert" rather than worship. The church elected to have no music for a period of time, and then "Heart of Worship" was the first song that they sang again.

It's always been a powerful song to me because being associated with a Christian band, the concept of music as worship vs. music as a concert is near to my heart.

Your goodies sound amazing.

Freckles Chick said...

YUH-UM!! Hello Martha Stewart =) That spread sounds so amazing.

Good luck w/ the shower--you're a saint to be hosting so much. Don't forget to take it easy though, Mama Bless!

Thanks again for partaking in my contest, girlie. Your comments were so so so kind and sweet. I'm blessed that you even have the time to drop by my blog, what with the huge responses you get on yours =)

Kaitlyn said...

Yummy! That looks amazing, especially the herb cheese spread.

I always like to impress with the treats I make for people. I'm making praline french toast casserole for Sunday dinner this week- I'm so excited to see what people think!

Jen @ RamblingRenovators said...

Sounds yummmmmmy. Then again, I am ravenous all the time and will eat almost anything. Are you finding that too?


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