Muddie Buddies

Last week I posted about my parents 50th Wedding Anniversary Dinner. I had originally planned to make six desserts (in addition to the two bought cakes and cupcakes) but due to a failed lemon bar recipe (okay two failed attempts), and not enough time, I only ended up making 3 extra desserts. And I was ok with that.

A year ago I would have stayed up late to get it done or just run myself ragged to get it all done. But lately I’ve been trying to make myself let things go. If things aren’t perfect it is ok. If I don’t get every craft or DIY item done I thought I would, it’s ok. It’s not the end of the world.

But I am so glad this little snack came through. It is the perfect treat for kids and adults alike. I had a six-hour drive back and was wishing I had some after the party. I’ll be making this again soon!

Muddie Buddies @addicted2recipe

Muddie Buddies

Ingredients:

1 c semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 c Jif Whipped peanut butter and chocolate
1/4 c margarine
4 cups Corn Chex cereal
2 c mini marshmallows
2 c mini pretzels
1 – 12.5 oz can Redskin Spanish peanuts
2 c M&Ms, plain
1 1/3 c powdered sugar

Instructions:

In a microwaveable bowl, add chocolate chops and butter. Microwave for one minute then stir chips. Continue microwaving in :15 second intervals until chocolate is melted. Mix thoroughly.

Add Jif Whipped Peanut Butter and Chocolate to the melted chocolate and mix to combine.

In a large bowl, add Chex cereal and half of remaining ingredients. Pour chocolate mixture over Chex mix and stir together to get chocolate over all the Chex mix.

Add chocolate covered mixture into a 2-gallon food storage bag. Add powdered sugar to bag. Seal and shake until well coated.

Prepare a baking pan with wax paper then spread chocolate covered Chex mixture on wax paper. Let cool.

Place mix in another 2-gallon bag and add remaining ingredients. Mix together.

Store in airtight container in refrigerator.

Muddie Buddies

Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries and a 50th Wedding Anniversary Party #OviedoFifty

So this past weekend we celebrated my parents 50th Wedding Anniversary. I know, I know what you’re thinking. How can I possibly have parents celebrating 50 years being married? Well, obviously, I was a very late in life child.

Mom and Dad 50th wedding anniversary

I have been so blessed to have an amazing family and my sister and I wanted to show my parents how much they mean to us by throwing them a dinner party. It was a small affair but one that still took a lot of planning. We invited my parents siblings, their godchildren and those who were in their wedding all those years ago. It was such a fun night.

And I have to give a huge thanks to Pinterest. Once I started planning, rather late by the way, I did all my idea gathering on Pinterest. I actually made a private board that I was able to add different ideas as I was planning. And I added ideas up until the last week when I forced myself to stop getting on Pinterest.

I used to be a huge scrapbooker and I knew I wanted to incorporate a lot of photos with the decor. I made this photo banner and added it to an old window pane. And who doesn’t love a photo booth. These props came from Etsy. The guestbook was actually a photo album that I will eventually add everyone’s photos to it and give to my parents.

50th Wedding Anniversary Party Guest bookOn the memory table we had a photo from my parents wedding and a current photo of them too. This was featured with the lasso used in their wedding, their wedding album and bible. I also added branches and flowers to an urn and hung photos from the branches as well.

50th Wedding Anniversary Memory table

I made this 50 photo sign and used it as a backdrop for the head table. I loved going through old pictures to come up with this Martha Stewart/Pinterest inspired creation.

50th Wedding Anniversary Fifty Photo Sign

50th Wedding Anniversary party decorations - gold mason jars

The dessert table was my favorite, of course. I ordered the vanilla and chocolate cakes and cupcakes from Lone Star Bakery in Round Rock. The small white cake was supposed to sit atop the 3-tier holding the cupcakes but in the end, it was not sturdy enough.

50th Wedding Anniversary Dessert Table

In addition to the cakes and cupcakes, I made my favorite Wicked Chocolate Caramel Squares, Muddie Buddies (recipe coming soon), and Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries. The strawberries were my favorite and another dessert I continually saw on Facebook and Pinterest. They were so simple yet quite tasty. In fact, I want some now!

Also, I’ll be sharing on my personal blog the instructions for many of the decorations I created for the party. I’ll update this post with the link when I do.

Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries (Recipe slightly adapted from Nutmeg Nanny)

Ingredients:

1 1/2 lb Strawberries, washed and hulled (use a paring knife to remove the green leaves and make a hole to fill the strawberry)
1 – 8 oz container Cream Cheese, softened
6 Tbsp (less than 1/2 c) Powdered Sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
4-5 graham crackers, finely crushed

Instructions:

In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla together. Mix with an electric mixer until combined.

Place cream cheese mixture either in a piping bag or a Ziploc bag. Fill strawberries.

Dip cream cheese portion of strawberries into the graham cracker crumbs.

Place in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Optional: Drizzle with chocolate (I was going to do this but my chocolate burned and I didn’t have a chance to go buy more before the party!)

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