New Year’s Eve

Little Smokies in Crescent Rolls

Little Smokies in Crescent Rolls

Little Smokies in Crescent Rolls are a classic potluck crowd-pleaser that often get overlooked.  They are so simple to make.  Loved by kids and adults alike, you can never go wrong if you bring these to your next potluck!


Crescent rolls (use one tube for every 16 Little Smokies)

Little Smokies sausages (I prefer the all beef)

Your favorite sauces for dipping (honey mustard, bbq sauce, ketchup, etc.)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Unroll the crescent rolls onto the parchment paper.

Each tube comes  with 8 crescent rolls.  Cut each one lengthwise to make 16 total crescent rolls.  Place the sausage on the widest end of the crescent roll and roll it up.  Repeat until they are all rolled up.

Bake at 375 degrees for 11 to 12 minutes or until golden brown.  You may need to make several batches depending on the number of sausages and the size of your baking sheet.  When they’re all cooked, put them in a regular or foil square baking pan and keep in the oven on warm until right before potluck time.  Serve with dipping sauce!

Bacon Wrapped Dates

Bacon Wrapped Dates

These Bacon Wrapped Dates are like candy!  They are addicting, so be sure to make lots of them as they will go fast.  Thank you to Brandy for sharing this recipe!



Whole dates, pitted

Sliced water chestnuts

Cut bacon slices into thirds. Place a water chestnut on a date.  Wrap with bacon.  Secure with a toothpick.

Bake at 400 degrees until bacon is crispy (approximately 30 minutes).  Let cool slightly and serve.

Meatball Appetizers

Meatball Appetizers


This is another family recipe that we often had for New Year’s Eve Parties.  I’ve revised the recipe to use pre-made frozen meatballs.  Buy two bags and double the recipe for a big crowd because they will go fast!


1 bag frozen meatballs

3 T. dark molasses

3 T. prepared mustard

3 T. apple cider vinegar

1/4 cup ketchup

1/4 tsp. thyme

Brown the meatballs in a skillet until heated through.  Mix all remaining ingredients in a separate bowl.  Add sauce to meatballs and simmer until bubbling.  Serve meatballs right away.  They won’t have time to get cold!

Stuffed Mushrooms

Stuffed Mushrooms-2

You only need four ingredients to make these scrumptious mushrooms!  Be sure to make plenty of them as they are an absolute favorite with anyone who likes mushrooms.  You’ll be shocked at how quickly they’ll get devoured!  This recipe was a New Year’s Eve favorite that my Mom used to make.


White mushrooms

Cream cheese

Grated parmesan cheese

White onion, minced.

Pull the stems out of the white mushrooms, rinse well, and place them on a cookie sheet.

Mix cream cheese, onion, and parmesan cheese, to taste.  Generously stuff the cream cheese mixture into the mushrooms.

Broil the mushrooms in the oven until the tops are blackened, the cheese is bubbling, and the mushrooms are juicy.

Let cool before serving.  You can serve them warm, but they are also delicious at room temperature!

Chili Sauce Cream Cheese Appetizer

Chili Sauce and Cream Cheese Appetizer

This is an easy, yummy appetizer that always gets devoured at the potluck.  When I was a child, this was one of my favorites and now it is one of my son’s favorites too!


1 package of cream cheese

1 jar of chili sauce (found in the supermarket ketchup section)

1 box of crackers (my first choice is a woven wheat cracker like Triscuits)

Put the bar of cream cheese on a plate.  Pour the chili sauce on top.  Serve with crackers!