A Great Pumpkin Cheese Ball
Crush one cup of walnuts, very fine, in the food processor and set aside.
Blend together one 8-oz. package of cream cheese (softened); 10-12 ounces of sharp shredded cheddar cheese; 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese; 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce; 1/4 teaspoon celery salt; 1/4 teaspoon onion or garlic salt. Blend until mixed well.
Spread the walnuts on a cutting board. Take the cheese mixture in your hands and place on top of the nuts. Shape into a ball and roll until covered well by the walnuts. Make your shape look like a pumpkin. Use a knife to draw the lines around the pumpkin. Break off a cinnamon stick for the stalk and I used real leaves placed on the cheese ball before serving! I have also seen a broccoli stem used for the stalk.
Spice Pumpkin Cheese Cupcakes
For the cakes, I used the Duncan Hines Cake Mix for Spice Cake, and switched vegetable oil for melted butter...gives it a richer flavor.
Follow the instructions for cupcakes. Freeze the night before and the icing will go on better. I went to Michael's and purchased Wilton Autumn cupcake papers and candy pumpkins for the top (they give teachers a discount!)
Cream Cheese Frosting
Blend together two 8-oz packages of cream cheese (softened), 1/2 cup of butter softened, 2 cups of confectioners' sugar, and one teaspoon of vanilla. I bought an icing bottle at our grocery and you just fill it with the icing and squeeze through the tip which makes the swirls....very easy. Put a pumpkin on top!
The autumn leaf cookie cutter was used to cut out tea sandwiches in the shape of the leaves.
So, all I did today was wear this lightweight shirt from Lane Bryant.
The jewelry is from Stein Mart last year and the shoes from Ross!! It was comfortable for a laid back day at work! I sent 25 of my journalism students out yesterday to do exit polling, so we were busy today compiling notes, editing film, downloading pictures. We were all tired from a busy election day!
Have a fabulous Thursday and make sure you visit the ladies from Katie's Favorite Things Blog Hop!