Sausage Stars Appetizer

This is one of my favorite appetizers to make.

Sausage Stars

They always get eaten up so quickly. Luckily they are really easy to make. I’ve been making this recipe from Gooseberry Patch’s the Christmas Cookbook for many years.

I made these on New Year’s Eve and I was in a bit of a hurry, so the lighting is not quite right and the pictures don’t do them justice. But, trust me, they are delicious! It’s as simple as baking won tons for five minutes in a muffin pan.

Sausage Stars (1 of 9)

Then mix up the ingredients (sausage, sharp cheddar, Monterey Jack, ranch dressing, black olives and red peppers). Scoop them into the won ton wrappers.

Sausage Stars (2 of 9)

Put them in the oven for another 5 minutes.

Sausage Stars (3 of 9)

And they come out bubbly and hot…so good!

Sausage Stars (6 of 9)

Sausage Stars (9 of 9)

These would make great appetizers for the upcoming Super Bowl!

Sausage Stars

Sausage Stars


25-count pkg. won ton wrappers

1lb. sausage, cooked and crumbled

1.5 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese

1.5 cups grated Monterey Jack cheese

1 cup ranch-style salad dressing

2.25 oz. can sliced black olives

1/2 cup chopped red pepper

Press one won ton wrapper in each cup of a muffin tin; bak at 350 degrees for 5 minutes. Remove won tons and place on a baking sheet. Repeat with remaining won tons; set aside.

Combine sausage and remaining 5 ingredients and evenly fill baked wrappers. Bake 5 more minutes or until bubbly. Makes 25 appetizers.




Fall Decorations, recipes & Free Printables

The beginning of this school year has been busier than normal for me. I am chairing a fundraiser at my daughters’ school which has taken up all of my extra time. So, while I have a made a few new things for the fall, I thought I would first share some of the things we created last year. We have quite a few new followers. So, for those of you that missed them, here you go. Enjoy…

Fall Decorations, Recipes and Free Printables


Pumpkin Bread & Free Printable Tags

I actually can’t believe I haven’t made pumpkin bread yet this year. I may have to make this today. Yum. We have new 2012 printable tags for you too!



Fall Decoration Ideas & Free Printable



Click here or the images below to download these free printables.



Count Down to Candy



Candy Corn Pudding &I Free Printable Candy Corn Tags



Recycle your tin cans to decorate.



Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Muffins

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

Burlap Pumpkin Placemats


Frosted Pumpkin Cake



We do love the Fall!

~Jenny & Jess

Simple Potato Salad

My aunt made this potato salad last summer. It was so good I couldn’t stop eating it. I asked her for the recipe and she said she was embarrassed to give it to me because it was so easy.

Uh…hello? I love EASY!

So, just so she doesn’t get embarrassed that I am sharing her secret easy potato salad, I will not be telling you WHICH one of my aunts gave me this recipe. ;)

Potato Salad

There are only four ingredients; baby red potatoes, bacon & ranch dressing, plus a little salt and pepper.

Ok, I never said it was HEALTHY, I said it was delicious! My aunt is sort of a health nut. Maybe that’s why she was embarrassed to give it to me? Really though, who cares? It’s so good and so easy.

First cook 2lbs. of baby red potatoes.

Potato Salad & BBQ spare ribs (1 of 17)


Measure out 1 cup of ranch dressing, 1/2 cup sliced green onions & 1/2 lb. crisp cooked & crumbled bacon. Don’t tell my aunt that I always put in a full pound of bacon. Remember, we aren’t going for healthy here.

Potato Salad & BBQ spare ribs (7 of 17)


Dump the ranch, bacon and green onions over the cooked potatoes.

Potato Salad & BBQ spare ribs (8 of 17)


Then mix together until you get something like this. Add salt and pepper to taste and enjoy!

Potato Salad & BBQ spare ribs (9 of 17)


Simple Potato Salad

  • 2 lbs small red potatoes, cooked
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions
  • 1 cup of your favorite ranch dressing
  • 1/2 lb crisp-cooked, crumbled bacon
  • salt and pepper to taste

Cook potatoes. Add all other ingredients and mix together. Salt and pepper to taste.

Potato Salad


Thank you Aunt ____ for the delicious recipe!


Cowboy Caviar- RECIPE FAVORITE!!!


Good Morning Friends!! Before I share with you one of my FAVORITE Summertime BBQ Recipes, I want to deliver a special message to my friend and blogging partner in crime, to the FABULOUS and AMAZING, CRAFTY and CLEVER, FUN and BEAUTIFUL, SILLY and SWEET, LOVING and STRONG……


Hope you have a GREAT BIRTHDAY!!!

And now back to business!

This is one of my favorite additions to bring to ANY BBQ! I love chips and dip but am NOT a hug salsa fan (I know, I know, so WEIRD) mainly because I am not a huge tomato fan. But this dip has a lot of healthy ingredients, great flavor and only a small amount of tomatoes! 

Here is a list of your ingredients:

1 can black eye peas (drained)

1 can shoe peg corn (drained)

2 avocados chopped

1 tomato chopped

2/3 C chopped onion


Garlic Salt (to taste)


1 tsp. cumin

1/4 C Red Wine Vinegar

1/4 C Olive Oil 

Simply mix your veggies, mix your dressing and combine!!! YUMMY!!!


*I substituted the shoe peg corn for whole kernel corn in this photo because my grocery store was out and I was in a rush, but honestly I could tell I a difference, the shoe peg just holds up better. BUT if you have never had the shoe peg,  you won’t know the difference and can TOTALLY just use whole kernel corn!



SERIOUSLY! You gotta try this one! I am usually TOLD that is what I will be bringing to summertime bbq’s!

Don’t forget to wish Jenny a Happy Birthday!!!


Queso Dip


So a few years ago, my hubby and I (Mr. Plum Adorable) went on a trip to Kentucky to visit some of our family. We were introduced to a thing called Queso Blanco Dip at a Mexican Restaurant that my Sister and Brother in law loved, I can’t remember the name of the restaurant, only that my adorable niece called it Mexico as she called all Mexican food at that time. I kind of fell in LOVE with this dip and have not found it’s equal since! We thought we had found something like it at Boston’s since the menu description sounded the same but when it arrived it was simply melted Velveeta and salsa, (how DARE they call THAT Queso dip!!).  So sadly, I had kind of forgotten about this dip that I LOVED as it has been YEARS since I had come across it, well at least like 4 years! Until I saw this posting (and mouth-watering picture) on Pinterest (Original recipe from Pennies on a Platter) !!  And the caption said “BEST QUESO BLANCO DIP EVER!”

Pinned Image

Well, it looked like my beloved long lost cheese dip and the reviews sure sounded promising! So I knew I just HAD to try it! And TRY IT I DID!

The ingredients were easy to find and it was VERY easy to make! And it totally lived up to my expectations! You can control the spice as much as you like too. For our family of 4, I halved the recipe that she provides.  It is SO GOOD!!!


Head on over to Pennies on a Platter for the Recipe! You won’t be sorry!!!

Disclaimer- My picture is pretty lame due to the fact that we had already eaten most of the dip before I realized I never took a picture! And now I’m really hungry and I think I should go make some more dip! I wonder if we have any White American Cheese left….


St. Patrick’s Day Fun! 15 ideas to do with your kids.

It’s pretty clear that we like to have fun with every holiday and St. Patrick’s Day is no exception. So, whether you are having a party or just looking for ideas to do with your kids, we have some fun ideas for you to celebrate St. Patty’s Day.

Last year I made my girls these shirts. Click here to see this year’s shirts as well as a download for this template. Or click here to see our burlap stenciled pillows to see how to make the shirts below.  

St. Patricks Day Ideas (1 of 3)

For breakfast I made them rainbow waffles and green milk.

St. Patricks Day Ideas (3 of 3)

Then I sent them on a treasure hunt using these cute Shamrocks from The Crafting Chicks. {free printable}


At the end of their treasure hunt they found these simple ‘pots of gold’. I found the glittered baskets at the dollar section at Target. The tags were also from the The Crafting Chicks.

St. Patricks Day Ideas (2 of 3)

I like to change things up a bit and keep the kids on their toes, so this year I thought it would be fun to make them this simple breakfast. This is from Thoughtfully Simple. Free printable as well.

Lucky Charms PrintablesLucky charms

And because my kids love any sort of treasure hunt, I found these cute printables for a treasure hunt from Oopsey Daisy.


And because this just makes me laugh, I may have to add this to the hunt. This is from Differentiated Kindergarten.

green toilet

Here are two ideas to put in your pot of gold at the end of your treasure hunt. The M&M’s idea is from It Is What It Is and the rainbow Twizzlers idea is from Our Best Bites.

potofgoldrainbow licorice

Here are some other fun ideas.

Rainbow pancakes found at I am Baker.

rainbow pancakes 

Rainbow cupcakes also found at Our Best Bites.

rainbow cupcakes


Make green popcorn using Kool-Aid. What? So cool!

This recipe was found on Tasty Kitchen.

green popcorn

This would be fun for a party! I found this on Pinterest and there was no link back to a website. Looks easy enough to make!

rainbow fruit

If you are celebrating, don’t forget to check out our free St. Patricks Day Printables. Click on the images below to take you to the post to download the free printables.

Print on burlap.

St. Patty's Day Ideas (7 of 9)

Print on paper (8×10 and 5×7 printables).

St. Patty's Day Ideas (8 of 9)

Kiss Me Anyway Blocks2



Jenny & Jess