Sunday, November 15, 2009

Delectable Appies for a Jewelry Party….

My DIL started selling Premier Design Jewelry so I offered to host a party for her so she could make her beginning quota… what are MIL’s for!

With a party of any kind you need to have something for your guests to enjoy in the form of FOOD, making it easy to handle and nothing too messy!

One thing I knew I wanted to try was the Amaretto Peach Pecan Sauce over Cream Cheese recipe Suzy from Kitchen Bouquet posted a little while ago.

It tasted wonderful, and like Suzy I added just an extra “pinch” of Amaretto!

The other challenge I tackled was an assortment of mini cheesecakes… can’t go wrong with that decision...

I wanted to try out my Norpro mini cheesecake pan, which was so easy to use and produced such nice cheesecakes. But since you need them to cool awhile in the pan, I also pulled out my mini muffin pans and used those also. My tart tamper from Pampered Chef was a "must" in tampering the crust into the pan.

Now to some of the new recipes I tried. First off was a Peanut Butter-Finger Mini Cheesecake from Picky-Palate. Rich, but OH....OH…OH !!

Knew I had to use chocolate in some little way I did a Key Lime cheesecake with a Raspberry topping drizzled with white chocolate.. Found the base key lime recipe at This one was definitely my favorite. The key lime was very subtle..and I cheated a little and used the bottled key lime juice rather than squeezing fresh key limes.

Followed by an assortment of the basic cheesecake recipe you can find anywhere and used topping of lemon curd, blueberries and cherry pie filling…

This was my first time making mini cheesecakes and I know I need to work on perfecting the looks of them..but as long as they tasted great that was half the battle and the most important!! Will be doing more experimenting as time goes by. Picky- Palate has so many great recipes, one that looked really sinful was the Black Bottomed Mini Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake !!!!

I have a feeling by the time I get through all the ones I want to make I should have the presentation down to perfection!


1/3 c. graham cracker crumbs
1 T. sugar
1 T. melted margarine
combine the crumbs, sugar and margarine and press a tablespoonful into the bottom of each of six muffin cups that are lined with cupcake papers. Bake a 325 degrees for 5 minutes.
1 8 ounce package of cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 t. lemon juice
1/2 t. grated lemon peel
1/4 t. vanilla
1 egg
Topping of choice
Combine the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, lemon juice and peel, mixing at medium speed with an electric mixer until well blended. Blend in the egg and pour over crust, filling each cup 3/4 full. Bake at 325 degrees for 25 minutes. Allow to cool before removing from the pan. Chill and top with any topping before serving.
Makes 6 servings.

Almost forgot the best part of the party... I was able to earn $130 in free jewlery! The pieces are gorgeous and I'm pretty sure I will adding more over time!!


susan said...

Bookmarking these recipes for sure!! I love that pan. Hope the jewelery "party" went well! You are a sweet MIL!

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Yuuuum! Do those cheesecakes ever look scrumptious! My DD used to sell Lia Sophia, so I know about hosting those parties for credit!! Thanks for the yummy recipe ideas. And your babies look so cute on your header!! Happy week!...Debbie

Jonna said...

I'm really glad I popped over to your wonderful blog, which has fabulous recipes as well!
Thanks for the sweet comment, and for visiting:

I will be back. Thanks again,

Nancy Jane said...

I'm not surprised that you earned a lot of jewelry! Those tasty looking morsels would keep me buying...Everything looked delicious.

Marsha said...

You sure know how to throw a party - the appetizer and little cheesecakes look fantastic! What a fun pan to make them in too.

Cynthia said...

Barb, what a wonderful MIL you are! And what fantastic looking treats .... The mini cheesecakes look fantastic. Glad you got to put your tart tamper to good use. ... $130 ... sounds like a very successful party.

Kathleen said...

Those look wonderful! And I bet they tasted fabulous! What a great assortment of flavors!
You are a good mil!

Dishesdone said...

I think you are a fabulous MIL and you your treats look delicious! Great flavors you decided on! and the Amaretto Peach cheesy thing looks amazing!

Cool cheesecake pan!

Dishesdone said...

and I forgot to say, LMAO, NO TYPO'S!!

Mary said...

Your photos are gorgeous. I'll bet these tasted just as good as they look. Very nice!

Cathy said...

I bought this mini pan also and had a heck of a time getting the little cheesecakes out of it. I don't know what I did wrong. Do you have any secrets about that? Your selection looks oh so delish. These are great for a party.

Debbie said...

Barb, you are not only a wonderful MIL but also a wonderful hostess! The appetizer and little cheesecakes look delicious and I know they were. I looked at the home page for the jewelry, and it is stunning. I'd like to see a catalog.

Blessed Rain said...

jalapeno jelly over cream cheese is delicious as well.

Suzy said...

Oh I'm so behind! Glad you enjoyed the sauce. What an amazing assortment of cheesecakes you did. I bet they were a hit!