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Chelsie & Ryan

Craig & I are so excited to announce the engagement of our Daughter Chelsie to Ryan ❤

I had the privilege of taking their engagement photo’s last week. This is part one, part two will be shot this winter. We could not be more happy for them – Ryan is a wonderful addition to our family !!

 

 

 

 

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App's & Drinks · Autumn · Celebrate the Seasons ♥ · Favorite Recipes ♥

Taco Dip

The thought of showing up at a party with just a bag of chips have you running scared?


Bring this taco dip & impress your friends- it’s simple and delicious. You can make this using many short cuts or go all out – shred your own cheese, use fresh romaine & add some thinly sliced scallions to really show it off. Don’t own a 16” platter? Go foil and throw it when the parties over. This taco dip has been devoured by many little goblins at my house and you’ll be howlin’ at the moon with all the compliments!

P.S. Don’t forget the chips

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App's & Drinks · Favorite Recipes ♥

Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball

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  • Prep: 20 min
  • Ready In: 3 hr 20 min

“A sweet switch from the usual cheese ball. Serve with graham crackers or chocolate wafers.”

Ingredients

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped pecans

 

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, beat together cream cheese and butter until smooth. Mix in confectioners’ sugar, brown sugar and vanilla. Stir in chocolate chips. Cover, and chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  2. Shape chilled cream cheese mixture into a ball. Wrap with plastic, and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  3. Roll the cheese ball in finely chopped pecans before serving.

 

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Northwoods Apple Cider

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Northwoods Apple Cider

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 4 teaspoons whole cloves
  • 2 teaspoons whole all spice
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 4-6 cinnamon sticks
  • 128 oz. apple cider

Combine everything but the apple cider in a 2 quart sauce pan.Heat to boiling, reduce heat. Simmer with cover about 20 minutes. Strain twice. Add to apple cider in large pot- heat through.