Easy Apricot Meatballs

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Hosting events during the holidays {or any time} can really be stressful. There is the menu planning, guest counts and so many other things to think about. Finding a few items that you can use instead of having to make everything from scratch can be a true game changer. My favorite “holiday hack” is using premade meatballs and then dressing them up with a delicious sauce to totally transform them into the perfect party snack. A recipe that is always a hit at parties is my easy apricot meatballs.

Easy apricot meatballs are the perfect party snack! With a hint of spice mixed in with the sweet sauce, they will have everyone commenting how delicious they taste.


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40+ Holiday Cocktail Party Recipes

It is no secret that our annual Christmas party is my absolute favorite party I have all year. I mean, I ramble on and on about it all year so, when it finally gets close, i start to get really excited. Of course, no party is ever complete without delicious food and drinks. Over forty other bloggers totally agreed with me so we got together and compiled an amazing list of holiday cocktail party recipes that would be PERFECT for any holiday event you are throwing.

Over 40 delicious recipes that are perfect for a holiday cocktail party!

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Bacon Macaroni and Cheese Bites

Every year, I host a Christmas party where we invite all of our family and friends to come and celebrate with us over drinks and food. I start planning the menu about 2 months in advance and am always looking for new things to add to it. I had been toying with the idea to recreate a favorite appetizer from a local Italian restaurant but that sort of morphed into this bacon macaroni and cheese bites the more I played around with it.

Delicious bacon macaroni and cheese in a little party perfect bite

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Spicy Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Mushrooms

2014 Holiday Cocktail Party Blog Hop

Every year, we host a big Christmas cocktail party. I think about it all year and really put a TON of effort into putting it together. For me, party food has a few requirements: taste good, look good and be easy to eat without utensils.  It doesn’t hurt to be something that a lot of guests are at least mildly familiar with too.  When, I was prepping for an upcoming party, I was searching for things to make that I knew would be a hit and would also be easy to eat.  These spicy spinach artichoke stuffed mushrooms immediately came to mind.

Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms on Pedastal_wm

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Mini Stuffing Muffins

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Holy almost mid-November already. Where is time going? Have you started thinking about Thanksgiving yet? We like to try and get together for a little pre-Thanksgiving with our friends {a Friendsgiving if you will} so I am definitely heavily focused on Thanksgiving recipes right now. Our meals with friends tend to be the kind where you can grab a few things and eat them on the move between one group of friends to another or while trying to keep all the kids at the table and eating. These mini stuffing muffins are the perfect option for that kind of meal because they are one bite and require no utensils!

This is the greatest idea to make Thanksgiving parties so easy! Make mini stuffing muffins so they are one bite and don't require any utensils.
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Pumpkin Hummus

So far, I’ve been light on the pumpkin recipes here this year. Of course, the internet is blowing up with just about anything and everything pumpkin. I love pumpkin and have definitely been cooking/baking it with recently. I recently made the most flavorful pumpkin hummus and decided it was the perfect recipe to kick off pumpkin season here at Just Us Four.

This pumpkin hummus is the best I have ever had. It is so delicious.

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21 Recipes with Basil

I have the world’s worst black thumb. Until recently, the only plant I have been able to keep alive is a Christmas cactus that I was given as a gift when my grandfather died years ago.  That changed recently when I purchased a hydroponic basil plant because they were out of regular basil. On a whim, I decided to plant it and it has been flourishing ever since. The more it grows, the more I realize that I need to find ways to use it and I collected 21 recipes with basil. 

These are the perfect way to use all the extra basil in your house.

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Spicy Beer Battered Fried Pickles

Back during our trip to Vegas, we ordered some fried pickles and I instantly fell in love.  Yes, I am aware that pickles are old news but I never claimed to be trendy.  Of course, once I got home, I wanted some fried pickles that didn’t require me to travel most of the way across the country to get them.  So, I tested out a few recipes at home and came up with the ultimate recipe for spicy beer battered pickles.  Yep…pickles…jalapenos…beer…all together in one awesome snack!

Fried Pickles with Jalapenos and Beer in the batter. Yummy! #recipes


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St. Patrick’s Day Food: Reuben Sliders

Remember me telling you all about how much Mathlete loves a Reuben sandwich and my solution was to make him Reuben Dip?  Well, someone wasn’t entirely happy with just having a dip made with the flavors of his favorite sandwich.  Of course, the easiest thing to do would be to just make him a Reuben…or even take him somewhere to buy one.  Instead, I decided to make Reuben sliders.
Reuben Sliders Vertical_wm with label

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Amazing Reuben Dip

A Reuben is one of those sandwiches that has a devoted following.  You either love it or hate it.  Mathlete is in the love category. If it is on the menu, Mathlete will order it without question.  Me…I am in the other camp.  I don’t care for it so we never make it at home.  I would much rather have a balsamic chicken or kalbi beef sandwich instead!
But, with St. Patrick’s Day approaching, I decided to make some reuben dip for Mathlete to get him all the flavors of the Reuben sandwich without actually making a sandwich :) Amazing Reuben Dip Recipe #appetizer #stpatricksday #beef

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