Missy, here. I'm late. Closed my computer around 10 or 10:30 pm last night, planning to read. Said out loud to myself as I closed my laptop, "I feel like I'm forgetting something." (Yes, The Belle talks to herself. And about herself in third person.)
Well, I did forget something. I forgot to do this post! :)
So, I'm thinking this would be a good time to talk about what you do when you need to quickly throw something together if someone drops by your house. Or if you make last minute plans to have company.
Now, I can't begin to help you with what to do with the mess around the house, because mine is always in a state of mess. But maybe I can offer an idea of something quick and easy to serve to hungry guests.
Cheese and Crackers
We always have tons of cheese around here. And usually have some semi-fresh crackers. I'd suggest slices of cheddar or colby. Or even better, goat cheese! Set on a nice platter with crackers surrounding it. Also, I love cheese and crackers with strawberry jam. You can add a bowl of jam to the platter as well.
Dip and Crackers
I keep dip mixes on hand that I buy at a local gift shop (they make great hostess gifts as well). One of the yummy ones I have on hand right now is made by Wind & Willow. It's called The BLT Cheeseball & Appetizer Mix. You just stir the mix with cream cheese, sour cream and milk. It's so good with crackers!
Veggies and Ranch Dressing
Pour out some baby carrots. Slice some celery, cucumber, squash, bell peppers or any vegetables you have on hand. Arrange on a platter with a bowl of Ranch dressing in the center.
Chips and Salsa
I have a chip and dip tray I made at a ceramics party. It has a well in the center for the salsa. I surround with tortilla chips. Nothing's easier!
Brown 1 pound of ground beef. Cut up one box of Velveeta into chunks. (I heat it in the microwave to start it melting). Put both ingredients in the slow cooker and add one jar of salsa. Heat. This makes a great party dip for tortilla chips.
Okay, your turn! What do you do in a pinch when company shows up?