I mentioned in my Cocoa Cupcakes recipe that we were headed out on Black Friday to buy a new tree. We successfully waited long enough to avoid the crush of mad shoppers AND I got my tree at 60% off.
Here it is. Better photos to come.
Hmmm... my topper is crooked. Must fix that.
My topper is pretty awesome, if I do say so myself, however, it caused a bit of controversy here in the house. See, the Bean is VERY set in his ways. We've been using the same tree topper, made of craft foam and buttons, since he was 2 1/2 years old. I cut it out and he glued on the buttons. He's 15 1/2 now, and it's getting a bit tattered, losing buttons, etc. I have a fresh new tree, with fresh new ornaments (plus all of his yearly Hallmark ornaments), and I just wanted something new. He felt otherwise. So, I was set to put Ole Buttons on top of the tree when he said not to. I didn't know how to feel about that one. I wanted to for HIM. He insisted that a new one go up. By this time, I wanted nothing to do with the new topper, but he wouldn't hear otherwise (he's 15 1/2, remember). So, new topper it was. Ole Buttons is now sitting on my little tree in my living room. Hey, it's a Harry Potter tree. Ole Buttons should be honored. But still.. my momma guilt is working over time on me.
|It's just a bow I made with an owl ornament inside, but I love it :)|
Ole Buttons in his place of honor. Hey, I'd be happy to retire with Harry Potter.
(yes, that is a collage of my adorable Baby Bean behind the tree)
Harry Potter tree with Ole Buttons
There was a point to this post & it totally wasn't to ramble on about momma guilt.
It was, however, about something ranch. And something ranch is always good.
Last year, around this time, I posted my super complicated 1. 2. 3. Cheese Ball recipe.
|1. 2. 3. Cheese Ball|
I had a reader, Donna, who commented on the recipe. She told me about one she makes, which is just as complicated. It too, has 3 whole steps! I adapted my version by using less ranch.
Are you ready?
Ranch Cheese Ball
1 package of cream cheese, softened
1-2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 envelope of Ranch Dressing Mix
Beat the cream cheese til fluffy, add in the dressing mix, beat until combined, finally, add the cheddar, 1 cup at a time, and mix until distributed.
Roll into a ball and serve.
My photos show tortilla chips, that's what the recipe originally called for. Donna mentioned that was a typo, she'd posted something right below it calling for tortilla chips, but I had the photos already taken. People actually ate them at my party on tortillas, but you had to spread it on. I also served it with crackers.
You can customize this recipe in any way you wish. Add some green onion, some bacon bits, use Italian Dressing mix instead of Ranch, stir in some nuts (nooooooo) if you are the nutty type, etc.
For my party, I made this, along with the 1.2.3. Cheese Ball & the Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball.
|Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball|
Now, I've made the chocolate chip cheese ball for YEARS. My non-food adventurous son, however, had never tried it. His response? "WHO MADE THIS, IT'S AMAZING!"
"um, I did, child. I've made it for years!"
"WHAT? YOU HAVE??"
Never noticed the cheese ball in 15 years, but holds tight to a craft foam star.
That's my boy.