Party Time on my Patio! Fall Entertaining

Party Time on my Patio! Fall Entertaining

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Fall is my Favorite Time of the Year

 We love our outdoor spaces! We love to entertain our friends in our outdoor spaces. It's cozy! We laugh! We get silly! We have fun! 

Let's start with a perfect fall drink menu! We always have our beer and wine drinkers so that should be easy for you to pick.  

My new favorite sipping drink is Honey Whiskey! Oh my goodness, this puts you into the grown-up group! Just put a couple of ice cubes in a whiskey glass and add one ounce. Add a slice of apple for garnish. 

The ultimate autumn punch recipe:  [Serves 10]

6 cups ice
1 gallon apple cider
1 bottle sparkling wine (champagne or prosecco)
2 (12 ounce) bottles ginger beer
1 cup vodka
2-3 sliced apples

In a large punch bowl or beverage dispenser, add the ice, apple cider, sparkling wine, vodka, ginger beer and sliced apples. 
Stir to combine and drink up! 

Feel free to garnish the punch bowl with sliced oranges, cinnamon sticks or anything else you would like.



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Pull Apart Garlic Pizza Dip 


3 c. shredded mozzarella, divided

2 (8-oz.) blocks cream cheese, softened

1 c. ricotta

1/3 c. plus 2 tbsp. freshly grated Parmesan, divided

1 tbsp. Italian seasoning

1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

Kosher salt

3/4 c. pizza sauce (extra 3/4 c. optional)

1 c. mini pepperoni

2 (16-oz.) cans refrigerated biscuits (such as Pillsbury Grands)

1/4 c. extra-virgin olive oil

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 tbsp. freshly chopped parsley

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

Mix together 2 cups of mozzarella, 16 oz. of cream cheese, 1 cup of ricotta, ⅓ cup of Parmesan, 1 tbsp. of Italian seasoning, and ½ tsp. of red pepper flakes. Personally, I added a little bit more Italian seasoning. 

Transfer mixture into your 9”x13” baking dish and try to smooth it out as best as you can. You will then spread ¾ of a cup of pizza sauce on the cheese. Top that with the remaining 1 cup of mozzarella and 1 cup of mini pepperoni. I didn’t feel like ¾ of cup was enough pizza sauce for my liking, so I doubled what the recipe calls for. 

Split each biscuit in half and roll each half into a ball. After you make about 24 biscuit balls, place them on top of the dip. 

In a small bowl, whisk together ¼ of a cup of olive oil, 3 cloves of garlic, and 1 tbsp. of fresh parsley.  Brush the mixture on the biscuits and sprinkle on the remaining 2 tablespoons of Parmesan. 

Bake for 45 minutes. Then cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake another 15 minutes.  Let cool and enjoy!


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