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Herb and Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms: Holiday Inspiration

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When you’re entertaining this holiday season, you’ll want to make sure your menu is perfect. You’ll look for the best dessert recipe, the best entree to serve to guests and of course, the best appetizer to wet the appetites of your guests. Try serving a fabulous Herb and Cheese Stuffed Mushroom Recipe to your guests this year.

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Cheddar Cheese Ball Appetizer: Holiday Inspiration

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The time is coming when your calendar will be filled with holiday obligations. With all the family gatherings, work potlucks, and parties with friends, you’re bound to need some great appetizers to make. A Cheddar Cheese Ball Appetizer will definitely be a great addition to any of the holiday gatherings you are attending.

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Easy Holiday Appetizers: Holiday Inspiration

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The holiday season is always filled with parties, family gatherings, potlucks and overnight guests. When you are feeding people during the holiday season, it is important to make it as stress free as possible. These easy holiday appetizers can help make food for a family gathering, holiday party or unexpected guests come together easily and without stress.

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Holiday Appetizer: Homemade Holiday Inspiration

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When you are entertaining guests this holiday season, take a few moments to put together an eye catching holiday appetizer. Create a holiday fruit and cheese tree with just a couple minutes of your time and a few items. Your guests will be amazed at how brilliant you are and you can smile knowing how easy it was to do.

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Mini Sausage Balls Recipe

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The decorations are up, the shopping is done and the presents are wrapped, now it’s time to get ready to cook and serve our Holiday guests. Keeping it easy and simple is perfect during this busy season. Today I’m sharing a recipe that I put together during a recent trip to Walmart headquarters. These Mini Sausage Balls use only four ingredients and go together in a snap!

For many years, on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, even if we are just serving family, we serve Appetizers. My boys love them, and they are super easy to prepare and serve.

With the help of Walmart television crew, I put together a video to share with you showing how to make the Mini Sausage Balls.

These Mini Sausage Balls would go great with the Easy Holiday Entertaining ideas I shared last week. Walmart’s Holiday Entertaining Guide is filled with delicious recipes to prepare for your family and guests.

Visit these fellow Walmart Moms for more Easy Holiday Recipes…


Mini Sausage Balls Recipe

Quick and easy appetizer that’s perfect for the holidays or even Game Night. Recipe from HoosierHomemade.com. Originally from Walmart Entertaining Guide.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 60 mini sausage balls


  • 1 pkg. (16 oz.) Jimmy Dean® Regular Roll Sausage
  • 1/2 cup Marketside™ Spinach & Artichoke Dip
  • 1/2 cup unseasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup Kraft® Shredded Parmesan Cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients.
  3. Roll into 1 inch bite size balls and place on cookie sheet
  4. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown

Holiday Party: Chex Mix, Frozen Hot Chocolate and more

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One of our families Holiday traditions is to share homemade goodies with our friends. This year we decided to host a Holiday Party, invite our friends and send them home with some goodies.

The Dessert Buffet had Christmas Cupcakes, Cookie Dough Truffles and Peanut Butter Bars.

Everyone brought an appetizer to share, and I baked up some treats. The Holidays are a perfect time to share family traditions. One of Doug, my husband’s, all time favorite Holiday treats is Chex Mix. His Mom made her special recipe of “Party Mix” (she called it) in 5 gallon containers. I haven’t made that much of it…yet…but the way it disappears around here, I might just have to.

Homemade Chex Mix Recipe:

  • 6 cups of Chex cereal (2 cups each; corn, rice and wheat)
  • 3/4 cup mixed nuts (you can add more if you want)
  • 6 tablespoons Parkay margarine
  • 4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt


Measure cereal and nuts into a large bowl. Melt Parkay in the microwave, add the Worcestershire sauce and seasoned salt. Pour over cereal mixture and stir until well coated.

Spread evenly onto a large cookie sheet and bake at 300 degrees for about 30 – 45 minutes, stirring a couple times, until golden brown.

Let cool and store in airtight container.

Another one of the hits at the Party, were these Peanut Butter Bars. I like the convenience of baking bar cookies, and adding the filling and topping with chocolate, makes these totally addicting!

I shared the recipe for these Peanut Butter Bars last year, during my 12 Days of Christmas Cookies, but they are well worth sharing again!

Peanut Butter Bars Recipe:

Cookie Base



  • 1 cup Chocolate Chips (I like Milk Chocolate Chips best)
  • 1/4 cup Parkay


Preheat oven to 350 degrees, spray a 13 x 9 pan with Pam Cooking Spray. In large bowl, make Peanut Butter cookies. With floured fingers, press dough in bottom of pan. Bake 15 – 18 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely.

In small bowl, beat filling ingredients until smooth. Spread evenly over cookie base.

In microwave bowl, melt frosting ingredients, stir until smooth. Cool 10 minutes, spread over filling. Refrigerate 30 minutes or until set. Cut into bars.

And of course, the Party would not have been complete without some Christmas Cupcakes!

During the busy Holiday season, you can create beautiful cupcakes by using a box mix, and adding a few extra ingredients makes them taste like you baked them from scratch.

Christmas Cupcakes Recipe:

  • 1 box of cake mix (I used Devil’s Food and White)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup Wesson Oil
  • 1 cup Buttermilk (splash of vinegar in a measuring cup, fill with milk, let set for a couple minutes)
  • Buttercream Frosting and Marshmallow Frosting
  • Assorted sprinkles or candy


Bake and cool cupcakes, frost and add desired decorations.

The Christmas Cupcakes in the picture are the Hot Cocoa Cupcakes, Quick and easy (coming tomorrow) and Cranberry Mousse filled (coming later in the week). I have shared LOTS of  Christmas Cupcake recipes this year.

And our special drink for the party… Frozen Hot Chocolate…this drink was so good, you must try it!!

Frozen Hot Chocolate Recipe:


Pour milk into blender (mine is from Hamilton Beach) add Swiss Miss packets and then ice. Blend.

Add Reddi-Wip and a candy cane to stir with. You can also add a little Peppermint Schnapps for the adult crowd.

The Hamilton Beach Blender has a True Stainless Steel Base Patented Wave action jar helps thoroughly blend ice and mixture. Which means no more Ice Chunks, especially in your Frozen Hot Chocolate. It has a Large Capacity 48 oz Glass Jar and a Powerful 450W motor.


And each of the guests took home goodies (sorry the pictures I took of the guests were too dark to share)

Are you hosting a Holiday Party? Share your treat ideas with us!

You can see our Whrrl including our shopping trip to Walmart for the ConAgra products.

Disclaimer: I was compensated for this post by Collective Bias, but all opinions and experiences are my own.

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