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Poetry Friday ~ Mother’s Day!

10 May

Hi, everyone and welcome!

Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society.

In the USA Mother’s Day is always celebrated on the second Sunday in May.

Although the custom of setting aside a day to honor mothers has ancient roots, our observance of Mother’s Day mainly came about through the efforts of a devoted daughter, Anna M. Jarvis.

After the death of her own mother in 1905, Jarvis wanted to recognize the sacrifices mothers made for their children. She organized the first official Mother’s Day celebration in May 1908 at a Methodist church in Grafton, West Virginia.

On May 8, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating the second Sunday in May Mother’s Day, and within a few years, the idea gained worldwide prominence.

Think about your mom as a person. What are some of her favorite things? What does she like to do? Show your mother you know her by choosing a thoughtful gift that she’s sure to like.

If you’re going to give your mom flowers make sure you give flowers that have meaning for her. You can also give her a plant if she has a green thumb.

Bring mom breakfast in bed! 30+ Mother’s Day Breakfast and Brunch Recipes

 

Peach Ginger Bellini Recipe

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Peach Ginger Bellini (Recipe by Tyler Florence)

Breakfast Tart With Pancetta and Green Onions Recipe

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Breakfast Tart With Pancetta and Green Onions (Recipe by Giada De Laurentiis)

Breakfast Lasagna Recipe

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Breakfast Lasagna (Recipe by Giada De Laurentiis)

Marmalade Muffins Recipe

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Marmalade Muffins (Recipe by Ree Drummond)

No one knows your mom better than you do, so do whatever you feel she would enjoy on this special day. 

Mother

savor your day

Croissants, quiche, cheese soufflé

Have a miracle for breakfast

Je t’aime

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Mother and Child by Gustav Klimt

To all you wonderful mothers out there have an unforgettable Mother’s Day! This also goes to women that have helped raise children and to moms of fur-babies (which is like having a child that never grows up). 

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Christmas Brunch

20 Dec

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Photograph: Christmas Day Brunch at the Rosen Plaza Hotel

(^ Click play to hear song)

Hello, and welcome to my blog! I love receiving visitors, although I have to admit that I’ve been a bit “Bah Humbug!” this year. I’ve been slow getting into the Christmas spirit.

I recently watched the movie, ‘Lady in the Water‘ and I began to feel a spark of Christmas joy. The movie isn’t a Christmas movie but it has all the elements of a feel good holiday movie. I love movies where a diverse and interesting cast of characters come together to solve a problem. Some of my friends didn’t like it because they didn’t get it. Of course, this movie is pure fantasy and based on mythology but if you watch it with this in mind you will enjoy it.

Lady in the Water‘ is an American fantasy thriller that’s exciting, funny at times with some scary and suspenseful moments in between and it’s one of those movies that’ll leave you feeling warm and fuzzy inside. I love it and highly recommend it.

You Deserve This: The meaning behind ‘Lady in the Water’

 

This is a favorite poem of mine by AJ Long of ajwrites57

Santa Sat

by A Long

Santa sat in calm reflection,
his heart was set in one direction,
Christmas day is near.

His opened list, he checked it twice
Who was naughty, who was nice,
Christmas day is near.

Soft white beard, stroked in thought,
Making sure no one’s forgot.
Christmas day is near.

Santa’s head chock full of names,
Who gets dolls and who gets games.
Christmas day is near.

Mrs. Claus feeds and stuffs her man,
To make him jolly as she can.
Christmas day is near.

Toys for Tommy, toys for Jane,
No one forgotten, it is plain.
Christmas day is near.

Mrs. Claus loves to sing,
Fa-la-la’s when bells do ring.
Christmas day is near.

Santa’s elves outdo themselves,
Stacking toys upon the shelves.
Christmas day is near.

Presents packed in his red sleigh,
Elves have worked night and day.
Christmas day is here.

Eight reindeer groomed and fed,
Rudolph waiting at the head.
Christmas day is here.

Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen,
Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen.
Christmas day is here.

The children, good as gold each day,
You-Know-Who is on his way!
Christmas day is here.

His pipe fit tight between his lips,
His red suit wrapped round his hips.
Christmas day is here.

Through the night sky his team flew,
On the way to me and you.
Christmas day is here.

On the rooftops, click-click-click,
Tiny hooves landed mighty quick.
Christmas day is here.

Down the chimney with full pack,
Stockings stuffed with Cracker Jack.
Christmas day is here.

“To All, A Goodnight!”

Eats your cookies, drinks the milk,
Up the chimney, smooth as silk.
Christmas day is here.

“Happy Christmas to all tonight
To all I wish a fond Good Night!”
Christmas day is here.

The Writer Next Door-Vashti Q-Christmas-Florida

Happy Holidays from sunny Florida!

 

My family celebrates Christmas Eve with lots of food, drinks, music and dancing. On Christmas Day we sleep in, and then enjoy opening gifts and a nice brunch of leftovers from the night before. So my post today features  delicious Christmas breakfast/brunch recipes. I hope you enjoy them!

You can prepare this delicious breakfast casserole the day before and bake Christmas morning. A great recipe from Allrecipes.com

Christmas Brunch Casserole

Christmas Brunch Casserole

If you’re like me you’ve gotta have bread! I ran across this beautiful and festive bread recipe at My Diverse Kitchen At first, I thought it would be too complicated to make, but Aparna gives you step-by-step instructions that simplify the process. I’m going to try it!

Golden Santa Bread

Santa Bread

I love pancakes and these look amazing! I got the recipe from Allrecipes.com

Grandma’s Gingerbread Pancakes

Grandma's Gingerbread Pancakes

Crumb Cake + French Toast = Scrumptiousness (is this a word? Hmm)

Cinnamon Streusel French Toast

cinnamon streusel french toast

If your family is like mine then you had a big Christmas Eve party with lots of food. This is a great recipe made from leftover mashed potatoes from Key Ingredient

Bacon Cheddar Potato Cakes

Bacon cheddar potato cakes

Feeling drowsy Christmas morning? The following recipes will wake you right up and get you going.

Delicious recipe from Williams-Sonoma

Mint Hot Chocolate

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Scrumptious concoction by Half Baked Harvest

Toasted Coconut Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Latte with Chocolate Drizzle (Yummy mouthful!)

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 Thank you for visiting!

Happy Holidays

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Reflecting on 2013

7 Jan

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2013 flew by! Where did it go? It’s been 10 months since I started this blog. Yesterday was ‘Epiphany’ Day and I was thinking about the stories and articles I’ve written, as well as the awesome guests I’ve featured and decided to do a re-cap of my most popular 2013 posts. Take a look and enjoy!

 

 

My most popular articles:

This is my most popular post to date. It is a chapter from my novel ‘The Basement’. If you have not read it and you’d like to, click on the illustration below.

It’s Only Water? Tell That To A Drowning Boy.

The Basement by Vashti Quiroz-Vega

Illustration for The Basement by Denise Spencer

 

 

In this next piece, I wrote about an experience I had while at the Supermarket. Many people seemed to relate to my experience and it became one of my most popular posts. (Click on picture if you’d like to read it)

Am I A Sucker?

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This is an article I wrote after contemplating all the weird weather phenomena happening around the world.

How Will The World End?

How will the world end?

 

 

 

I wrote this next article after looking around on Tumblr and noticing the underlying sadness in many of the teens’ comments.

Why So Sad?

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I wrote this piece after a very stressful and frustrating experience packing up my house and moving. It turned out to be funny.

Hello Stress!

Moving

 

 

I posted the following article in November and it turned out to be the most popular of my recipe posts.

One Of My Favorite Words: Scrumptious.

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My Short Stories:

This short story is one of my most popular and it was my first attempt at writing a Romance.

It Happened In An Elevator

It Happened In An Elevator

This next Romance short story followed.

When A Stranger Leaves An Imprint

Taylor Kitsch

 

 

 

For the month of October I promised some creepy stories (my specialty-Horror) and the next two short stories were born.

TERROR

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Raven’s Masterpiece

Raven's Masterpiece

 

 

 

Of course I had to write at least one Christmas story for the month of December. Let’s just say it is a different kind of Christmas story.

A Christmas That Almost Wasn’t

Muscle Santa Claus

 

 

 

I’ve been blessed to have had many talented and interesting guest bloggers and spotlights on my blog. I will list the most popular, but please take a look around and enjoy all the writers, poets, bloggers and artists I’ve featured and interviewed because they are all truly awesome.

 

 

Reading Glendon’s story made me cry like a baby (again). I couldn’t help thinking of my father who’s not feeling great these days. It’s a lovely short story.

Disconnected by Glendon Perkins

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Photograph by Mehmeturgut

Check out Glendon Perkins’ Blog here.

 

 

Jackson Baer talks about an issue close to my heart–bullying.

Bullies – Broken People by Jackson Baer

Bullies

Check out Jackson Baer’s Blog here.

 

 

Alana exposes the truth about female friendships in her book ‘Women Behaving Badly’.

Women Behaving Badly by Alana Munro

Women Behaving Badly

Check out Alana Munro’s Blog here.

 

 

This touching poem will cause an earthquake in your heart.

Man Without A Name by Kay Leez

Man Without A Name

Connect with Kay Leez’ here.

 

 

Read about the fascinating (and opinionated) Miss Jazz

Q & A With Non-Fiction Writer Jasveena Prabhagaran

Jasveena Prabhagaran

Visit Jasveena’s Blog here.

 

 

I challenged Dyane Forde to write a Christmas story using certain prompts. Well, she blew me away with her short story! Check it out! Not your ordinary Christmas story.

Dyane Forde’s Christmas Challenge

The Purple Morrow

Visit Dyane Forde’s Blog here.

 

 

One of my ‘New Year’ resolutions is to focus more on my writing. I would like to write more short stories for this blog and finish my works in progress ‘Lilith’ and ‘Dracul’ (tentative titles). I hope to continue receiving in 2014 all the love, support and encouragement I’ve received in 2013. I truly appreciate you all and I promise to give you my best efforts and hope that’s enough to keep you entertained. Love you all!

What are some of your New Year resolutions?

New Year resolutions for 2014

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Meandering Mondays Bog Hop!

23 Dec

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Happy Monday everyone! It’s that time again. Pick your favorite posts and link up! It’s time to grow your blog and get to know a lot of other interesting and fun blogs. So get to hoppin’!

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I would like to say thank you to all of our regular linkers and to all of the new ones who happen by, your support is wonderful and greatly appreciated!

Now lets all give a big, resounding “howdy” to all of our awesome December gang!

The wonderful Jessica from The Wondering Brain and Natasha from Epic Mommy Adventures.

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Jessica‘s favorite came from Missy Homemaker with the post Mothering Boys!
Saying, “I can so relate! I’m a mom to two boys – 2 and 20. Although they are far apart, I can remember having to raise the 20 year old and all the “boy” stuff that came along with it. Because of him, I am prepared for the 2 year old when it is time to go through all the boy stuff. Right now, I am dealing with potty training and bath time, kinda like the “smell” she is referring too. LOL!!”
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Natasha‘s favorite came from Missy Homemaker with the post Mothering Boys!
Saying, “Although I have one boy and he’s only 2 years old, he is definitely a wild child. He is really turning from my baby to a boy, right before my eyes. He’s wild, he doesn’t listen, and he’s a joy to watch. I can’t imagine having 4 of him, though. That must be tons of fun and exhausting too! This is a great post with a brand of humor that I so appreciate!”
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Millie and Kristina‘s favorite came from Krafty Cards with the post The Spouse 12 Days of Christmas!
Saying, “This is such a great idea! A wonderful way to show someone love and really you could do it any of the year!”
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Mrs Tee‘s favorite came from Darlene Nemeth with the post Happiness is…Shopping!
Saying, “I loved this post because I am in a place where I myself am learning to find happiness in even the smallest moments and I think this post was a great example of that!”

The Road to Inner Peace and Happiness

Sinea‘s favorite came from Feeding Big with the post Dollar Tree Christmas Wreath!
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Vashti‘s favorite came from Purely By Accident with the post Bullying Is Wrong Regardless Of Your Reasons!
Saying, “I loved her raw honesty and her insight on this subject.”
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Megan‘s favorite came from The Pinterested Parent with the post Daddy’s Slow Cooker Turkey Soup!
Saying, “You can’t beat a good soup in the crock pot! I wish I had some right now!”
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And my fave came from Janine’s Confessions of a Mommyaholic with the post Brown Butter Pecan Coconut Cookies!
I just love coconut and nuts, especially in a cookie. The best part is that no one else in the family can or will eat them! LOL! Cookies that would be all mine!

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It’s That Time Of Year Again

18 Dec

Hello and a warm welcome to my blog. It’s that time of year again. December has come and with it all the joy of Christmas. People are nicer and more civil to each other this time of year. Have you noticed that? Sometimes I wish December could go on all year long (or at least the spirit of December).

 

Anyway, this time of year there is a great deal of entertaining. All that hosting can be a bit stressful and could potentially damper your holiday fun. We can’t have that! So in order to make life easier for all  you terrific hosts out there I’m sharing some awesome posts I found on the net that I believe will truly help you this holiday season.

 

 

I LOVE Nigella Lawson! She’s a domestic goddess. So who better to give us entertaining tips?

Lawson’s Top Five Entertaining And Party Hosting Tips

Nigella Lawson

Nigella Lawson

 

 

If you’re struggling to figure out your Christmas menu here’s a great post by Epicurious

Nigella Lawson Christmas Menu

The Brit hostess extraordinaire shares her favorite recipes for a scrumptious holiday feast; plus, timeline and tips for effortless prep, setup, and serving.

Nigella-Lawson

 

 

Table settings  for the holidays have become an art form. You too can create a beautiful holiday tablescape. Get inspiration from these sites.

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Christmas tablescape

 

 

Cyndi Mathews (no, I didn’t write her name backward that’s how she spells it) shows us how to decorate our holiday table using ornaments in Festive Holiday Table Settings at She Knows Holidays And Seasons

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You can use candles, fruit, flowers, pinecones, colorful dishes and tablecloths to create your own unique holiday tablescape.

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I grew up in New York City and I think everyone who’s grown up there has tasted or at least heard of “Coquito”. It is a traditional Puerto Rican holiday cocktail. It’s delicious and I have a friend who makes a bottle for me every Christmas and I share it with my family on Christmas eve. I serve it in shot glasses. I decorate the rims of the glasses with melted white chocolate and shredded coconut. They look really cute!  (I’ll show you how I do this at a later time)

 

 

Here’s a simple Coquito recipe I found at 12 Bottle Bar. You really should try it.

Coquito

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Last, but not least some adorable recipe ideas from Holly Ehlenfeldt Stockman’s Pinterest board: Christmas Delectables

Homemade Candy Canes recipe from Whirly Bird

Homemade candy cane

 

 

Roxana shows us a great holiday cake log recipe on Roxana’s Home Baking

Vanilla Roll Cake

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I love these hot cocoa stirring sticks. So adorable! I wish it would finally get cold here in Florida so that I can serve them with some creamy hot cocoa. I got the recipe from this incredible blog: Bridgey Widgey : Life’s A Party

Hot Cocoa Stir Sticks

Hot Cocoa Stirs

That’s all folks! I hope I’ve been of some help. 😉

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Spooky Nights in October

10 Oct

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Hello, one and all! Welcome! The month of October is associated, at least in the USA, with Halloween. Many people love this holiday and count down to the 31st. All across America, there will be parties and costume contests as the official date approaches. Even Universal Studios dedicates a portion of its theme park to “Halloween Horror Nights” —an event I’ll be attending this year (and posting pictures ;D)

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I’m scared already!

There are many people who do not celebrate Halloween. Some people claim that it’s an ungodly event marked by devil worship. Well, I hate to inform them that every night, there’s probably devil worship going on somewhere in the world. Anyway, this has always made me wonder about the origins of Halloween. I looked into it and in today’s post, I will share with you what I’ve found.

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Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. Samhain is a Gaelic (Irish, Scottish) festival marking the end of the harvest season (summer) and the beginning of the cold winter, or the “darker half” of the year often associated with human death.
Celts believed that on the night before the new season (what we now know as Halloween), the boundary between the worlds of the living and dead became indistinct, unclear. On the night of October 31, they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed the ghosts of the dead returned to Earth.

Celtic Samhain Celebration

Celtic Samhain Celebration

The Celts believed the spirits caused trouble and damaged their crops, but they also thought the presence of the phantoms helped the Druids, (Celtic priests), to make predictions about the future. Celts were entirely dependent on the natural world, so these prophecies were an important source of comfort and direction during the long, dark winter.
During the celebration, the Druids built huge sacred bonfires where the people gathered to burn crops and sacrifice animals as offerings to the Celtic deities. To honor the gods Celts wore costumes, typically consisting of animal heads and skins, and attempted to tell each other’s fortunes.
When Christianity spread throughout the Celtic lands, the church changed the festival of Samhain to All Saints Day, which was a day to honor the dead. The celebration was similar to how the Celtics used to celebrate Samhain. Later, All Saints Day was changed to All Hallows Eve and, eventually, to Halloween.

All Saints Day

All Saints Day

So there you have it. A little insight into how Halloween came about. In the spirit of Halloween (no pun intended), I will be posting scary stories and all things spooky, as well as Halloween recipes, decorations, costumes, make-up and more. So hold on to your butts! Here we go…
I will start you off easy today with a few Halloween cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Enjoy!

Yummy! Sludgy Chocolate Martini

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Yummy! Sludgy Chocolate Martini

Sludgy Chocolate Martini

 

What you need

1
Tbsp.  chocolate syrup
3
 Halloween OREO Cookies, finely crushed (about 1/4 cup)
1/2
cup  chilled brewed strong MAXWELL HOUSE Coffee, any variety
1/4
cup  vodka
1/4
cup  chocolate-flavored liqueur
1
cup   light vanilla ice cream
2
Tbsp.  PLANTERS Creamy Peanut Butter

make it

 POUR syrup onto small plate; place crushed cookies on separate small plate. Dip rims of 2 martini glasses in syrup, then in cookie crumbs.

SPOON any remaining cookie crumbs into prepared glasses.

BLEND remaining ingredients in blender until smooth; pour into prepared glasses.

kraft kitchens tips

DEEPER-CHOCOLATE MARTINI
Prepare using light chocolate ice cream.
VARIATION
Omit the peanut butter for an equally delicious martini.
NON-ALCOHOLIC VARIATION
Substitute 1/2 cup chocolate milk for the vodka and liqueur.
Spooky drink - Midnight Mary

Spooky drink – Midnight Mary

Midnight Mary

Original ingredients for the Midnight Mary #3:
1 1/2 oz North Shore Aquavit
1/2 oz Benedictine (not B&B)
3/4 oz lime juice
1/4 oz galangal syrup
1/4 oz simple syrup
1 1/4 oz clarified tomato water
Fresno chile bitters
Nitrogen frozen basil foam
Garnished with heirloom tomato and pigmy basil

An easy at-home version that has proven delicious:
1 1/2 oz North Shore Aquavit (or sub other brand of aquavit, gin, or tequila — all work very nicely)
3/4 oz lime juice (fresh-squeezed)
1/2 oz simple syrup, or to taste (1:1 sugar to water)
3 cherry tomatoes, halved
3 basil leaves (or other fresh herbs of choice)
Pinch of salt

* Place halved tomatoes in the bottom of a mixing glass. Add lime and simple syrup. Muddle well to extract liquid from tomatoes. Add remainder of ingredients. Add ice, shake well, and pour through mesh strainer (to collect solids) into a chilled coupe.

Hot Dog Mummies

Hot Dog Mummies

Breadstick Mummy Dogs

1 roll/pkg Pillsbury Breadstick dough (12 count)

12 hot dogs (I think it should work with sausages too)

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Unroll all 12 breadsticks from package. Cut each into 3 equal strips. Take 3 strips, one at a time and wrap around 1 hot dog starting from the top of the hot dog. (Each hot dog has 3 thin breadstick strips around it). Leave a small space towards the top of the hotdog to make mustard eyes. Continue wrapping all dogs then place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until lightly golden brown.

2. Remove and let cool for 5 minutes. Use mustard or ketchup for the eyes.

Bat Bites Aren't they cute?

Bat Bites
Aren’t they cute?

Bat Bites

Recipe Time

Prep Time: 50 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving

  • Calories: 130
  • Fat: 10g
  • Saturated fat: 4g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Carbohydrate: 7g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 15mg
  • Sodium: 154mg

Ingredients

  • 1 (4 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
  • 8 ounces soft, mild goat cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup pesto
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 8 pitted olives, sliced
  • 32 peppercorns
  • 32 triangular blue corn chips or free-form wing shapes made from leftover tortillas from Ghost Chips $

Preparation

  1. Mash together cream cheese, goat cheese and pesto. Chill for 40 minutes.
  2. Shape mixture into 16 2-inch balls, about 1 heaping tsp. each. Roll in black pepper and poppy seeds to cover. Press two olive slices into balls for eyes and place peppercorns in centers for pupils.
  3. Insert chip on either side of ball for wings; serve.

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