Three Simple Ways To Keep Guests Happy

When the smell of the Thanksgiving turkey is wafting through the house and you have a boatload of people who are starving, it’s really helpful (and maybe even life-saving) to have some easy appetizers on hand to ward off their hunger pains and keep them from nibbling on the “real food!”  Hungry guests aren’t happy guests, so let’s fill them up!

A relish tray is pretty standard for an appetizer, but I thought I’d share some other ideas –  three easy, fast and inexpensive appetizer ideas with you today!  Oh, I forgot to mention these are all sooo yummy, which to most of us is the most important part of any recipe!  These recipes include sweet, salty and savory – wait aren’t those three of the food groups?  😉


  1.  Candy corn and salted peanuts.  Mix half of each in a dish, stick in a spoon and you’re done!  You won’t believe how delicious this is!  I’m not really a candy corn fan, but mixed with peanuts, it’s just the right amount of sweetness!  Grab a bag of candy corn on sale in the post-Halloween candy deals right now!

    Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels:

  2. Sugar and spice pretzels.
    1 (16 oz) bag pretzel twists
    ⅔ cup vegetable oil
    ½ cup sugar
    2 tsp cinnamon
    Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Pour pretzels into a roasting pan. In a medium sized bowl mix together vegetable oil, cinnamon and sugar. Pour over pretzels and stir to coat. Place in oven and bake for 30 minutes, removing twice to stir.

    Party Cheese Ball Image 1
    Picture from Kraft
  3. My Favorite Cheese Ball & Crackers
    8 oz. Cream cheese
    1 Cup grated Cheddar cheese
    2 Tbl. Worcestershire sauce
    1/2 tsp. Garlic powder
    1/4 Cup Green onions, diced
    Chopped Walnuts of Pecans

    Soften Cream cheese.  Add all ingredients, except nuts.  Stir to combine.  Place on waxed paper or saran wrap.  Wrap paper around to roll into a ball.  Refrigerate until firm.  Roll cheese ball in chopped nuts.  Serve with a variety of crackers.

Aldi’s has had cream cheese on sale for .89 the last several weeks.  Grab several and keep it on hand for the holiday season. You can be ready to whip up a cheese ball at a moment’s notice!

I hope this will help your Thanksgiving guests to be happy and satisfied while dinner’s cooking!

With love from my country kitchen,


4 thoughts on “Three Simple Ways To Keep Guests Happy

  1. I am in charge of two appetizers for our gathering. I am going to do apple slices and dipping sauce.( We have a lot of little ones who eat on the run!) My second appetizer is homemade Chex Mix, which my whole family loves. You are right, you really need some nibblies as you wait for the feast!!


  2. Great ideas, Denise! We love these pretzels (we just call them “Cinnamon Pretzels”) and they make a wonderful kitchen gift at Christmas time, too. We package them up in holiday tins for gift giving. They are great as part of a gift basket, also.


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