Saturday, March 21, 2009

Party Rule #2: Bring On the Grub!

(Yes, I said grub. I warned you about my thing with the 90s.)
About once a month my family has a "party" at my parent's house where all of us kids bring our spouses and offspring over and try (usually unsuccessfully) to kick the parent's butts at Rock Band. Great fun is had laughing at each other's expenses, but the best part is the food.

I don't know about you but when I go to parties I go straight to the food, and that goes triple for when I'm pregnant. I'll talk politely to people of course-Nick Jr taught me well-but usually only if they are directly intersecting my path to the food....and then only for a minute.

At my parent's house I don't even have to be polite. I just walk right in, go straight to the fridge and start browsing. Normally I would not bother browsing and just go straight to consuming, but this year my sister in law, sister, and I have all been pregnant (my sister in law had my nephew last month, my sister is due in 5 days, and I am due in May) so out of a spirit of sisterhood we try not to eat the cupboards bare before the other preggos get there. As soon as the last one of us walks in the door though we converge on my parent's fridge like ravenous mountain lions...then proceed to devour and/or critique everything in there.

So what party foods do three pregnant women consider a "score"?

First? Party Platters. It has the word "party" right in the name for a reason. Party Platters of all varieties-veggie, fruit, meat, and Mexican being our top four-are like build your own heavens. You can get the best of everything, and leave whatever you don't want! It's especially ideal for pregnant women with those spur of the moment "food swings", but I truly believe that Party Platters are good for all ages and both genders because of their delicious simplicity and flexibility.

Another awesome find is bread with dip. Who doesn't love some sourdough bread dipped in spinach-artichoke dip? Warm or cold, we all agree it's the best. Still, if you're not vegetationally inclined like we are there's always the equally awesome bean dip and chips or cheese dip with bread OR chips (or both!).

If we're looking for something substantial, we're always happy to happen upon some quiche (though don't get us arguing about which kind!) or some twice baked potatoes...both of which are available in grocery store frozen sections in the "mini" version if you're looking to feed a lot of people a little bit. If your feeding a swarm of preggos however, I recommend staying full-size.

In the end, no matter what we pull out of our parent's fridge it all comes down to dessert. MMMMMMMMMMMM. Ice cream, brownies, cookies, pies.....yep. Dessert is the best part. And the best dessert is Pan Cookies! I will give you our family recipe for what can only be described as The World's Best Dessert. Ever.

Pan Cookies

You'll Need:
  • 1 Stick Butter (1/2 Cup)
  • 1 1/2 Cups Graham Craker Crumbs
  • 1 Cup Walnuts, coarsely chopped
  • 1 Cup Chips (most people use milk chocolate, we use 1/2 white & 1/2 milk chocoloate)
  • 1 1/3 Cups Coconut
  • 1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 13 X 9 1/2 baking pan

Step 1
Preheat oven to 350 degrees (or 325 for a glass pan). Melt butter.
Mix hot melted butter and grahm cracker crumbs, press into the bottom of the pan.
Coarsely chop walnuts.
Pour Sweetened Condensed Milk evenly across top of coconut
Sprinkle chopped walnuts over grahm cracker
Sprinkle chips evenly across the pan
Sprinkle coconut evenly across the pan-press all ingredients down firmly with a fork
Bake for about 25 minutes or until coconut starts to turn brown
Cool completely and then cut into pieces

Voila! Delicious delicious pan cookies to go with your tasty tasty party snacks. Your party is now a success!

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Simply Sara said...

Thanks for the recipes.
I'm so making those pan cookies :)

Jen said...

I prefer my spinach dip w/ pumpernickel bread! ;) Thanks for stopping by my blog! :)

I promise I wasn't trying to "TRICK" you into going to my fitness blog..just wanted to get the word out there! haha!

Have a fun time partying!

Khordaddy said...

Hey great recipes! We try to do a family day as well, usually once or twice a month, but getting all three of us (my brothers and I) together can prove to be quite hard. Arrived here through UBP, great blog!

Person(also known as Mommy) said...

Sara-You bet! Enjoy the cookies-I defy anyone not to love them.

Jen-Oh I didn't mean you were trying to trick me onto your blog, I was just joking that you were trying to get me to exercise. (I would have looked at your blog anyway!)

Khordaddy-Thank you. It certainly can be hard to get everyone together. We're all popping out babies this year (my first nephew was born last month, my sister is in labor with my first neice RIGHT THIS MINUTE and our third baby is due in May) so it's definitely been slow going....but isn't it so worth it once you all get there?

Thanks for stopping by guys! =)

Muthering Heights said...

I LOVE THOSE COOKIES!!! I crave them in all of my pregnancies. Now I think I need to make some...

Lesa said...

Hi, I found your blog while visiting another from the blog party.
The pan cookies sound great, but oh so sinful. ha

Congratulations on baby bean.

Feel free to come by and see me at my blog if you like.

journey to mylie camille dot blogspot dot com

Person(also known as Mommy) said...

Muthering Heights-Oh enjoy them for me! I just had some a couple of days ago...of course now they're all gone...

Lesa-The pan cookies are worth it. Thank you for the congrats. I'll definitely stop by your "place".