Holiday Blog Hop

Crock Pot Cooking, Part 1 —  Party Food!

Christmas Party

December tends to be full of parties and potlucks where the obligatory dish must be provided. Then there’s the issue of having food that tastes better warm, but goes cold while its on the buffet. The answer: Crock Pot!

I have to admit I’ve fallen in love with mine since going back to work. Add in the new slow cooker bags and clean-up is as easy as a wipe down.

So in hopes of making your holiday parties easy AND enjoyable, I’m sharing a few recipes with you today.

Cheese Dip

1 block Queso Blanco Velveeta cheese

1 pound hamburger meat, browned and drained

1 can green chilies, drain most of the juice out

Chop the cheese into smaller squares and melt in the microwave. Add all ingredients to the crockpot and mix well. Serve with tortilla chips.

Barbequed Smokies

2 packages Little Smokies, favorite brand

1 bottle barbeque sauce, favorite brand

These are super easy and will keep all day! Just dump both ingredients into the crockpot and simmer until the smokies plump up.

Sweet and Spicy Meatballs

2 bags frozen meatballs

20 ounces ketchup

¾ large jar of grape jelly

3 heavy dashes of Red Hot sauce

Thaw meatballs in the microwave. Whisk the rest of the ingredients together in a bowl (jelly will still be a little lumpy). Put meatballs in the crockpot, set to high if you’re in a hurry or low if you have plenty of time. Pour the sauce over the top. Let simmer until heated thoroughly. (or if you prefer traditional meatballs, just cover with your favorite spaghetti sauce)

And don’t forget my quick Apple Cider recipe at

So share your quick and easy party recipes with us today! Or your favorite party eats! 🙂

One lucky commenter will win a prize pack from yours truly, including a $5 Amazon gift card.* Comment with your email address to qualify!


It’s a Happy Holiday from your favorite Authors and Bloggers. While we know everyone celebrates a different way, we wanted to make sure that you guys knew how much we treasure you all. So from Dec 14th to Dec 17th, all 200 or so of us will be blogging about the holidays and what they mean to us. We may talk about our favorite holiday traditions, recipes, gifts, reads, heroes, and so much more. We want to hear about what you do for the holidays, what you read, and who you’ll spend it with. We hope to see you here and happy hopping!

And while we do that, we are EACH doing a giveaway. Yep. There will be over 200 giveaways on each blog hosted by that Author or Blogger.

But that’s not all….

We have THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times!

Now what are those prizes?

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3rd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more!

*Winner from Dani Wade blog must claim gift within 5 days of being notified they’ve won.


46 thoughts on “Holiday Blog Hop

  1. One of my favorite Christmas Romance Books is The Untamable Rogue by Annette Blair! The story is about Ashford Blackburne Fifth Earl and he has to get married and get his willing bride pregnant before Christmas or his grandfather won’t let him inherit his money. Ash truly needs to inherit the money because his late father squandered it all away and he is taking care of his mother. After getting stood up at the alter, again, Ash and his friends go to the local pub where the owner plays a drunken Ash in a card game…his consolation prize is the pubs daughter Larkin, who he wants to get ride of. Ash has to learn to forgive…Larkin has to learn how to trust…can two completely different people find love together. This is a cute, extremely funny, romantic story with a surprise Christmas ending!

  2. Good morning Dani
    I like my crock pot too. I like to take brownies, rice crispie treats to Christmas functions and place on a very festive plate. Also you can put a decorative Dollie to take it a step further. Place some in festive Christmas bags with inexpensive ribbon and you are good to go.
    Thank you for the contest.

  3. I have also fallen in love with the crock pot liners. They are so helpful! I’m not much a baker, but I love eating sweets any time of the year, especially around the holidays! Thanks for participating in the hop!


  4. This hop is making me hungry with all these recipes. My favorite party treat is peanut butter blossoms.


  5. My favorite go to party recipe is family punch. It is 1 2liter canada dry, two cups of pineapple juice and one cup of cranberry juice.

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

  6. Great recipes, makes me hungry! We always make strawberry drop cookies (strawberry cake mix, coolwhip and some other ingrediants) I also love making cheese balls for the holidays!
    Thanks for the great giveaway!

    kacidesigns AT yahoo DOT com

  7. Yummy ideas, y’all! That punch sounds really good, Shannon! We love to have punch on Christmas Eve. On Christmas day, we have family and friends in and out all day, so I keep the apple cider going in the crock pot for most of the day.

    Thanks for participating in the blog hop with me!

  8. I love my crock Pot I use it alot. My family always has a big Christmas dinner but Christmas Day is just me so I love to just relax and read a few good Holiday books and drink Hot Chocolate or tea and have a few cookies. thanks for the great giveaway and Merry Christmas

    crystaley73 at yahoo dot com

  9. The recipe sound delish 🙂 Thanks for sharing them (try Barbque sauce with the meatballs…)
    Happy Holidays

  10. Thanks for sharing your recipes. I don’t cook, but I love to eat ham and sugar cookies with lots of frosting this time of year. Happy Holidays!

  11. a nice taco dip
    12oz sour cream
    12 oz cream chese
    1 pack taco mix
    combine all three tell mixed well
    put in pan cover with salsa lettice and cheese enjoy on torteas so good
    kaholgate at ymail dot com

  12. One of my go to holiday appetizers is caramelized cocktail sausages. They are super easy. You just need 1 package of cocktail sausage, 1 package of bacon, and some brown sugar. All you do is wrap a portion of a strip of bacon around each sausage (I cut mine in half or fourths). I then secure mine with a toothpick to hold the bacon in place and to make for easy serving later. I line the sausages in a 9×12 pan. After all the sausages are wrapped, I sprinkle them with as much brown sugar as desired (approx. 1/4-1/2 cup). Bake at approx. 375 until the brown sugar has carmalized.

  13. I would love to cook or bake but after accidentally setting the kitchen on fire (twice lol) I am not longer allowed to do that. Most of the time I don’t mind at all although every once in awhile I will see a recipe for something I just have to have and know I won’t get it since my boyfriend isn’t a baker at all. He is wonderful with cooking supper however.

    Thanks so much for sharing your recipes and the giveaway.

    Happy Holidays to you and your family,

  14. I love using my crockpot, even for BBQ’s, ribs, chicken, etc. I do alot of meatballs and portuguese sausage in the crock pot. I havent entertained in years, have been recovering from an accident. Im enjoying reading all the ideas tho !

    Merry Christmas !

  15. What an awesome hop!! And a fantastic giveaway! Thank you!! Happy holidays to you all! Best wishes and many blessings!

  16. My favorite thing about this season is cookies; I love making and eating them. Everyone is so willing to share.
    planterofhope at aol dot com

  17. I’m spending this holiday season with my family and hoping to win so I can read more romances. I don’t have an ereader. Happy Holidays! lisarayns at gmail dot com

  18. I really enjoy the holiday season. I enjoy the smells, the food and lights. Oh and the music too. Not much into baking anymore. But I do enjoy tasting, ask my scales. Tee Hee. Thanks for being on the Holiday Blog Hop. Great blog.

  19. Also enjoyed Untamable Rogue! Been reading many, many Christmas themed books. Enjoyed every one of them so far. Like to read my fave authors then read who they like. Haven’t gone wrong yet. ( a little light in the wallet though. Lol)

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