Crash Course in Party Planning

I've been cleaning the house like a mad person this week in preparation for Leo's grad party this weekend and WOW does it feel good to have a clean house. The weather has been gorgeous, so I can even have the windows open to let in the fresh spring air! My right hip has been bugging me lately so I'm trying to take it easy and clean like crazy instead of run (it's so beautiful, though, maybe I'll sneak out for a very slowww easy run today).

We're hanging on the porch now; E is sleeping and I'm writing baby/graduation Thank You's like it's my job and working on next month's meal plan. Ladies' Bible study is at my house tonight, so I baked some goods today. I'll call them Peanut Butter Flax Cookies; they are delicious so I packed them away before I eat them all!

Peanut Butter Flax Cookies

Peanut Butter Flax Cookies

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons of water (I got a little crazy and used brewed coffee)
1 2/3 cup flour (mix of wheat and all purpose)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons peanut butter
1 tablespoon ground flax seed

- Preheat your oven to 350˚.
- Put butter, peanut butter, and sugars in a bowl.
- Mix until light and creamy.
- Add the water and mix until blended.
- In a separate bowl mix the flours, salt, and baking powder.
- Mix until the flour is incorporated.
- Place scoops of cookie dough on a cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes.
- Allow to cool a few minutes on the cookie sheet before removing to a cooling rack.
Original recipe source: Crispy Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Grad Party Planning

Leo is graduating from college this weekend and we're having his grad party at our house that evening. I'm so excited for him to graduate, but don't have very much any experience with party planning. Though, I do love food and I love people, so this should be fun! Here are a few recipes I would like to try out:

Party Punch - This is a edited version of the punch served at E's baby shower. I figured we should skip the cute rubber duckies floating in the bowl for a grad party!

1 packet blue, unsweetened Kool-Aid (Look for Ice Blue Raspberry Lemonade or Berry Blue flavors)
1 (2 liter) bottle Ginger Ale
1 (64 oz) bottle White Grape Juice
1 cup sugar
8 scoops pineapple sherbet

- Chill ginger ale and grape juice over night
- Remove sherbet from freezer about 1/2 hour before serving punch to soften
- In a large bowl, combine Kool-Aid packet, sugar and chilled juice. Stir to blend.
- Slowly add chilled ginger ale.
- Float 8 scoops of softened sherbet on top
Original recipe source: Ducky Baby Shower Punch

Slow Cooker Cowboy Beans Recipe

1 pound ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 pound bacon, cooked, crumbled
2 cans red kidney beans
2 cans pork and beans
2 cans butter beans
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup catsup
1 teaspoon dry mustard
4 tablespoons molasses

- Brown beef and onions. Drain grease. Add bacon.
- Mix remaining ingredients and heat in slow cooker until heated through, at least 2 hours.
Recipe Source:

We will be grilling hotdogs, hamburgers, and will have an assortment of chips and cookies. I sure hope the weather cooperates!

What are your favorite party dishes?
Any party planning tips?


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