Tuesday, August 11, 2009


We had a little get-together the other day, it was SO much fun! We had quite the spread, too. Our menu was. . .

Olive Penguins

Sunshine Dip with Assorted Veggies

Artichoke Tapenade with Assorted Crackers

Tomato and Onion Salad

Tossed Green Salad

Green Bean Casserole

Summer Lasagne (recipe courtesy of Marie at The English Kitchen)

Garlic Bread

Fondant Covered Cake Pops

Vanilla Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream


Ranger Cookies (recipe coming soon on Songberries)

Ginger-Raspberry Lemonade

Here's my recipe for the tapenade! It is SO yummy and comes together in under 5 minutes!

Artichoke Tapenade

¼ of a red onion, coarsely chopped

1 clove of garlic, coarsely chopped

2 (14oz) jars of marinated artichokes

A hefty handful of olives (I like kalamatas, but you can use plain ole black olives in a pinch)

½ cup (or more) parmesan, grated

1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar

Freshly grated black pepper

In your food processor, buzz the onion and garlic together until finely chopped.

Toss in the artichokes, olives, cheese, vinegar and pepper and buzz until it’s all very finely chopped.

Scoop out into a pretty bowl and garnish with a few more olives. (I ran out because I was making penguins too!)

Serve with crackers and veggies. (Also is fantastic spread onto a sandwich!)

The kids and I have been having fun at Grandma’s house! We made a faerie out of bits and pieces from the yard and the little kids had a blast playing hide and seek with her!

Do you see her?

There she is!

A-ha! They found her!


lifeinutah said...

It was a very fun party. Thanks for inviting me! Though I'm pretty sure I gained two pounds.

Megan said...

Everything sounds terrific. Love the penguins and the tapenade. :)