yum party recipes

Aimee at Olive + Pearl Handmade sent over pictures from her daughters one year birthday party. She went with a grey, pink, and yellow color scheme with subtle polka dots throughout. She incorporated a lot of handcrafted details including a scalloped fabric bunting, heart closures for the striped paper bags, tablecloth, and centerpieces...

But, what I loved most of all was the food...

- Mimi's famous chicken salad sandwiches and Auntie Ash's famous pimento cheese sandwiches cut into hearts on wheat
- Ash's yum spinach dip w/ pita chips and veggies
- Adam's homemade salsa
- 7 layer dip
- Meryl's 'lil cake was chocolate w/ cream cheese frosting and the big cake for everyone else was Aunt Vanessa's yum white almond cake w/ raspberry filling and almond cream cheese frosting
- Aunt Betty's sugar cookies personalized for the party with an "M" cookie cutter

Doesn't that menu make you super hungry?? I asked Aimee to share a few of the recipes, which she so graciously did...

Auntie Ash’s Pimiento Cheese
4 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese (i usually do half of this monterey jack)
1/2 cup mayo
1/4 cup pimientos, whole or chopped, drained
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

In a food processor, pulse the cheese until it looks like a fine meal. Add the mayo and blend until creamy. Add the pimentos, onion powder, salt, & pepper. Blend until combined.

Auntie Ash’s spinach dip
1 pkg (10 oz) frozen spinach
1 cup mayo
1 pint sour cream
2 1/2 tsp salad seasoning
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 oz ranch style dressing mix
salt and pepper to taste
shepherds bread

Cook spinach, drain well. Add all other ingredients. Cut off the top of the bread and scoop out the inside. Fill with dip and enjoy.

Aunt Betty’s sour cream sugar cookies (makes 3-4 dozen depending on cookie size)
2/3 cup butter (room temperature)
2 cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup sour cream
5 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
pinch of cinnamon
2 beaten eggs

Cream together butter, sugar, and eggs. Add vanilla and sour cream. In a separate bowl sift flour, baking powder, salt, soda and cinnamon. Add to first mixture. Mix and knead to soft dough on heavily floured counter top. Cover and refrigerate for 3-4 hrs. Roll out dough 1/3”-1/4” thickness, cut with fun cutters, and bake at 375 degrees until light brown (about 8 min).

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