New Year’s Party Recipe Roundup
       

New Year’s Eve is the perfect opportunity for hosting a party with lots of snacks and appetizers. I’ve gone through the lolfoodie archives and scoured other foodie blogs to bring you another recipe roundup to help plan your party menu!

Recipes from lolfoodie:

Onion Apple Tarts

Onion Apple Tarts

Prosciutto and Parmesan Crostinis

Prosciutto and Parmesan Crostinis

Chicken Croquettes

Chicken Croquettes

Prosciutto-Wrapped Dates

Prosciutto-Wrapped Dates

Chocolate-Pistachio Apricots

Chocolate-Pistachio Apricots

Candied Walnuts

Candied Walnuts

Recipes from other blogs:

Fortune/Misfortune Cookies at Not So Humble Pie

Mushroom Bruschetta at Blue Jean Gourmet

Gougeres (French Cheese Puffs) at Making Life Delicious

Herb-Stuffed Mushrooms at The Family Kitchen

Balsamic Roast Chick Peas at The Chic Life

Caprese Salad Skewers at Culinarycory.com

Tomato Tarts at White On Rice Couple

Spinach Artichoke Dip at Honey and Butter

Stuffed Pork Wontons at Baked By Rachel

Cheese Platter 101 at Ezra Pound Cake

Pepperoni Pizza Puffs at Gimme Some Oven

Smoked Salmon Canapes at Cute Pig




Christmas Recap
       

Christmas has come and gone. If you ask me, it’s always over too quickly. Everyone (myself included) is so busy trying to make everything perfect that we rarely get the chance to sit back and just enjoy the moment. I’m not trying to be depressing… honest. I blame the coconut balls sitting in front of me, tempting me to nullify my recent workout (more on that later).

Anyway… my husband and I had a great Christmas (except for all the driving)! We managed to make it to both parents’ and all grandparents’ houses in one piece (one piece each, I suppose, if you count both of us? Watching Bones has made me too aware of colloquialisms…), which was an accomplishment considering the constant threats of snow.

We spent Christmas Eve at my parents’ house, where we enjoyed a satisfying Christmas dinner and some hot wassail. Mom went all out decorating the house, and honestly it all looked amazing! I wish I would have taken more pics. I actually did get a few close-up shots of some of the decorations, but it was pretty dark, and I had to increase my camera’s exposure time so much to compensate that they all turned out blurry.

Does anyone else find the animated/electronic Christmas figurines mildly creepy? Or perhaps really creepy? It’s even worse when Santa’s voice box is broken just enough to make a slight groaning sound every so often. Zombie Santa, anyone?

Anyway…

We finished up Christmas Day with gifts at the husband’s parents’ home and dinner at his grandma’s. We made it home in time to pay special attention to Pixel (our parakeet). I felt terrible for leaving him alone for the greater portion of Christmas, but I kept reminding myself that he’s a bird and doesn’t really care about Christmas except for the extra treats he got. We actually bought a new parakeet on Sunday so that Pixel will have company once I start my job next week, but that’s  a tale for another day.

So, what did I get for Christmas, you ask? Maybe you didn’t ask. You probably don’t care. I don’t blame you if you don’t care, but I’m a blogger, and typing about important stuff to me that you may or may not care about is kind of my thing.  *ducks*

First up: Volume 1 and 2 of Julia Child’s famous set of cook books. Can’t wait to actually make some of her recipes!

My parents also got me this awesome cast iron Dutch oven (6 quarts, made by Lodge) that I asked for. I broke it in with Italian Beef Stew this evening (recipe coming soon). I’m already in love! Thanks, Mom and Dad!

And now, for the grand finale…. that gorgeous knife. Wait, is that….

HOLY #$%q@#$, that’s a Shun knife! O.O

*dies*

Pshew. I don’t feel like I’m deserving of such a nice knife. I had a $30  7″ Victorinox Fibrox Santoku knife on my wish list for Christmas, but then my husband and mother-in-law go and surprise me with this puppy. Seriously, I just about fainted when I saw the Shun box. Flabbergasted doesn’t even cover it.

(How does my husband know to get a Shun, you ask? He snooped on my Amazon browsing history, of course. Wow, just wow. I’m so lucky. :D )

Oh, and I have to add this in, even though it’s not directly relevant to food. From my sister (in law, technically speaking), I got this. A very fitting gift. I mean, did you SEE how many cookies I made before Christmas? Yeah, I think I need this one most of all!

Does that body ^ come with it?

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So yeah. That’s my Christmas, for the most part! I hope you have all enjoyed the holidays, whatever you may celebrate! I’ll be back soon to celebrate New Year’s with a recipe roundup!




Butterscotch Haystack Cookies
       
Butterscotch Haystack Cookies

Butterscotch Haystack Cookies

Post 12 of 12 in my 12 Days of Christmas Recipes Series – Butterscotch Haystack Cookies

The first time I tried these “cookies,” they were in a gift box of delicious goodies prepared by my good friend Nate. (You can find some of his other fab creations over at his blog, Highly Reactive). This was a couple of years ago, and I was still rather inexperienced in the kitchen. Well, more inexperienced than I am now… not saying that I’m not still inexperienced. Because I am, you know. Confused? Me, too. Moral of the story? I’m a noob.

Anyway. Back to the point. My husband and I almost divorced over who got to eat the last of these haystacks when Nate sent us the first batch. Luckily, Nate informed me how easy they were to make, so our marriage was saved.

This recipe makes about 2 cookie sheets’ worth of haystacks – around 30 cookies.

You will need:

  • 1 11-ounce bag of butterscotch chips
  • 2 tbs peanut butter (creamy)
  • 1 cup of peanuts, shelled
  • 3.5-4 cups of chow mein noodles (6 ounces by weight)

First, prepare two cookie sheets by lining them with wax paper.

Pour the butterscotch chips into a medium microwave-safe bowl.

Microwave on medium power in 30-second intervals, stirring each time, until the chips are melted. Add in the peanut butter, and stir to combine.

Fold the peanuts and chow mein noodles into the melted butterscotch chips until the butterscotch mixture is evenly distributed to the chow mein noodles and peanuts.

Like so!

Working quickly, scoop out heaping tablespoons of the mixture onto your prepared cookie sheets. Let rest until hardened.

Tip: To speed up the process, pop the entire cookie sheet into the fridge for 20 minutes.

Butterscotch Haystack Cookies

Butterscotch Haystack Cookies

These delicious gems will keep in an airtight container for around a week. They’re perfect for holiday gift baskets!

Thanks again to Nate @ Highly Reactive for being awesome and for sharing this recipe with me!

Check out the other posts in my 12 Days of Christmas Recipes series!

Day 1: Chocolate-Covered Cherry Cookies

Day 2: Cinnamon Palmiers

Day 3: Cranberry Relish

Day 4: Chewy Spicy Ginger Cookies

Day 5: Chocolate Mint Chip Cookies

Day 6: Goat Cheese-Stuffed Dates Wrapped with Prosciutto

Day 7: Almond Orange Biscotti

Day 8: Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Day 9: Candied Walnuts

Day 10: Christmas Sugar Cookies

Day 11: Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

Day 12: Butterscotch Haystack Cookies

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