I’m finally joining my own party. I had one of those long productive days that have you saying at 8pm, ”Is this the first time I’ve sat down all day?”
The girls and I didn’t finish school until 5pm and I cooked and cleaned and decorated all day in between teaching/facilitating school.
Whew! I’m weary.
But I did manage to make my favorite cheese ball. I made it up a few years ago and make it every Christmas. Don’t tell anyone but I’ve already put it in the freezer for my company next week.
Yes, cheese balls freeze well. Pretty much everything freezes well. Other things I put in the freezer today, you ask? Pumpkin chocolate chip muffins, homeade honey wheat bread, and meatballs.
I earned my ‘whew’ today.
So here’s what you need for the cheese ball.
8 oz package of softened cream cheese
8 oz cheddar cheese, shredded (don’t buy it already shredded–do the hard work and you’ll thank yourself later)
1 small can crushed pineapples
4 scallions chopped
1/2 cup dried cranberries rough chopped
1 t. garlic powder
1 t. onion salt (or a little more if it needs more salt)
Mix together and let sit for a couple hours. Serve in a traditional ball shape or in the fun pineapple shape shown.
Invite all your foo-dog loving friends over to enjoy cheese and chinese legend.
Speaking of foo dogs (I know, I can’t let it go), my brilliant friend Annie reminded me of the ‘Chinese dog’ statuaries in Anne of the Island (3rd book in Anne of Green Gables). Anne adored them.
“Gog looks to the right and Magog looks to the left.” It’s all so grand and apocalyptic.
It’s the most brilliant timing ever. Now my foo dogs have names.
And I can tell them apart.
(Thank you Annie, you kindred spirit, you.)