January 22, 2012

A Girl Can Dream Can't She?

Then followed that beautiful season...
Filled was the air with a
dreamy and magical light; and the landscape
Lay as if new created in all the
freshness of childhood.
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The beach is calling our names! An August wedding for Greg and Jenn will take place on Santa Rosa Island this summer. As we are currently knee deep in icy snow here in New England, my thoughts cannot help but turn toward sunny, warm days and summer fun. Yes, we have had many wonderful beach days, but this one will be very special and dear to our hearts. It takes planning and organization to prepare for this type of family vacation, and the first order of business is the menu for the week. I love it when the children meander up from the beach and can just easily prepare their snack and some cool quiet time, before the evening festivities begin. These simply spreads will be ready for them and should be a delicious, healthy alternative than reaching for a bag of chips! We are serving these with everything bagels, whole wheat crackers and fresh baked rye bread, and don't forget the deli olives, and cold, crunchy veggies of celery, radishes, cucumbers, carrots and peppers!  


4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple, drained
1/2 cup ground ham

Mix together and spread on toasted cocktail rye bread slices
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
½ cup Stonewall Kitchen Lemon Dill or Tequila Lime Cocktail Sauce
3 ounces fresh crabmeat
2 tablespoons green onion, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped

Spread the cream cheese over the bottom of a serving dish. Spread cocktail sauce over cream cheese. Sprinkle crab over cocktail sauce. Garnish with green onion and parsley.

1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
2 packages (2-1/2 ounces each) deli ham, chopped
2 to 3 green onions, thinly sliced
Miniature bagels, split

In a small bowl, combine the cream cheese, sour cream and garlic powder until smooth. Stir in ham and onions. Serve with bagels.

Beach Babies

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