It would help to know what time of day you are meeting and the approximate number of attendees. Our small group (12) meets at 9 a.m. We work on hand work on our individual projects. Each member hosts the group once a year and the hostess provides a simple fare fitting the season of the year, usually a baked item, variety of cheeses and crackers, assorted fresh fruits, mixed nuts, mints, or chocolates along with beverages. Spring time we made use of strawberries and rhubarb for our baked goodie. I don't think we have ever had the same thing twice. Members enjoy coming up with new recipes.
Lately, I've been doing finger foods for my groups. They all seem to love the picks that I do with a chunk of fresh pineapple, then a cube of cheddar cheese and last, add a drained, stuffed green olive. You've got sweet, sour and salty all in one neat little packet. People usually take 2 to begin with (and they do go back again). I like going to the Dollar Tree and picking up the plastic picks with the little hearts on top to do these with. I line them up on a platter and slide them into a 2 gallon ziplock bag and they're good to go. Keep them in the fridge until ready to serve.
Deviled eggs always good!
Carrot banana bread with honey cream cheese spread, chocolate banana bread with strawberry jam, rhubarb orange bread, bite size cheese cakes or mini muffins from Sam's club.
A friend takes the small square pretzels a Rolodex and a nut and briefly heats them... A variation on those yummy turtles
Cherry Cheesecake Bites
1 block of Philadelphia Cream Cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
jar of or fresh cherries
1 box of Graham crackers
Blend your softened cream cheese and powdered sugar.
Grind your graham crackers (Manual Food Processor to the rescue!)
Dip your cherries in the cream cheese mixture and then into the graham crackers.
Voila! Done in minute
Orange Cream Freezer Dessert Recipe
4 cups graham cracker crumbs
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup butter, melted
3-1/2 quarts vanilla ice cream, softened
2 cans (12 ounces each) frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
In a bowl, combine cracker crumbs and sugar; stir in butter. Set aside 2 cups for topping. Press remaining crumb mixture into two greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. pans. Cover and freeze for at least 10 minutes.
In a large bowl, combine ice cream and orange juice concentrate until smooth. Spoon over crusts (pans will be full). Freeze for 10 minutes or until partially firm.
Sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture; gently press down. Cover and freeze for up to 2 hours. Remove from the freezer 15 minutes before serving. Yield: 2 desserts (24 servings each).
stuffed small tomatos - fill them with cream cheese herb kind such as rondelle? here is a pic on how to make them super pretty, cross cut on top filled layed down on green onions for decorations so cute and easy finger food pops right into your mouth! and none of your friends will have done this :)Attachment 407487
I found this online and it's delicious German Apple Bread
- 3 eggs, beaten
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 cup oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 3 teaspoons cinnamon
- 3 teaspoons vanilla
- 3 cups flour
- 4 cups apples, peeled, cored, and chopped up
- 1 cup nuts, chopped
- 1 cup raisins
- Heat oven to 325°F.
- Mix all ingredients in large bowl.
- Grease and flour 2 loaf pans.
- Divide dough between 2 pans.
- Bake for 1 hour and 15 minute.
ham roll ups are easy to make a day or two ahead, not super messy to eat and you can fill them with almost anything.
Lay the ham slices flat, spread a thin layer of cream cheese (room temp) over ham slice then line one edge with filling choice (matchstick size pieces of gherkin pickle, green onions, or chopeed green olives) and roll up from the filling to opposite edge. Wrap in seran to chill then slice in little rolls to serve.