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5 Easy Entertaining Recipes For Fall

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5 Easy Entertaining Recipes For Fall
Courtesy Arina Lanis, Partytipz.com

Pumpkin Cheese Ball Recipe
2 (8oz) packages Cream Cheese
1 packet Onion Soup Mix or Ranch Dressing
2 tsp Paprika
1 Green pepper stem (you can also use a celery stick with leaves or a broccoli stem
2 ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese
Apples, pita chips, baked tortilla chips, or crackers

In a medium bowl, mash cream cheese.  Mix the dressing or soup mix and cheddar cheese into the cream cheese.  Spoon the mixture into a sheet of plastic wrap and shape into a ball.  Refrigerate until firm.  Carefully remove the Saran Wrap and create ridges in the ball to mimic a pumpkin.

Place the stem on top and put on a serving platter.   Surround the pumpkin cheese ball with chips, crackers, veggies, or fruit.  For an extra touch, you can also roll the ball in crushed nuts.

Pumpkin Patch Hummus Appetizer
1 pkg Hummus
2 carrots
1 green onion
1 bunch fresh parsley

Just slice the carrots, take some parsley leaves and attach them to the carrot with a toothpick. Slide a piece of green onion over the toothpick to have a look of a stem and arrange on a bed of hummus. Told ya' it was simple! *Thanks to the folks at Disney magazine for inspiring me with this recipe.

Guilt Free Sweet and Easy Pumpkin Dip
½ cup Canned Pumpkin (you can add less or more, depending on your preference)
½ large container Light and Fit vanilla yogurt
2/3 container Sugar Free Cool Whip (or any sugar free whipped topping)
½ cup Sugar (this is the part that you can customize based on how sweet you would like it... you can use less or more)
1 tsp Cinnamon (optional)

Combine all the ingredients and put in a bowl (or a hollowed out small pumpkin), I use sugar free and "light" varieties because I like to see how much sugar I'm putting in the dip.  If this doesn't matter to you, you can get the sugared varieties and skip adding your own sugar.  Chill for at least 1 hour and serve with apples or sweet crackers.

Gourd Appetizer Plate
3 or more Gourds (any kind)
½ can olives
½ can of pickles
½ can baby corn

Cut gourds in half, empty out, and fill with the above ingredients.  Place on a platter and serve. You can also add a dip for the middle gourd and surround the three gourds with crackers.

Fall Salad in a Wine Glass
1 package Mixed Greens
1 Pear
½ cup Gorgonzola or blue cheese (Any aged cheese will work if you don't like my choices)
½ cup Walnuts (you can also use almonds or even peanuts)
1 cup Poppy Seed Dressing (or any kind of sweet dressing)

In large bulbous red wine glasses, start layering the salad by adding the mixed greens first, sprinkle with cheese and top with walnuts.  Cut Pears lengthwise, so the entire shape is visible in each slice.  Garnish with the pear on the side.  Drizzle with dressing or leave the dressing on the side and let your guests add how much they prefer.

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