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Peanut Butter Caramel Corn {cookbook giveaway}

I’m sharing a recipe today that you’re going to love. In fact, if you begin munching on this stuff… you’re likely not going to be able to stop. It took all of my available willpower to package up this Peanut Butter Caramel Corn and deliver it to my neighbors. But that was only after I ate a few cupfuls myself!  Giveaway details are at the end of this post.

Peanut Butter Caramel Corn

This Peanut Butter Caramel Corn is good stuff… every bite of it. And it’s worth every.single.calorie consumed. Picture caramel corn- only HOMEMADE- and with a peanut buttery flavor. Yeah.

Heather Christo's Generous Table

The recipe comes from a new book by Heather Christo: Heather Christo’s Generous Table: Easy and Elegant Recipes Through the Seasons.

Heather Christo Spring
I love that Heather’s book is organized by seasons (that’s totally MY kind of book).  And how adorable is her little girl??

Heather Christo's Lake Picnic

Each season is divided into menus.  This “Lake Picnic” menu includes Yellow Nectarine Mojitos, Couscous Salad with Cherries and Feta, Roasted Pork Tenderloin Sandwich with Zesty Roasted Red Pepper Spread and Raspberry-Peach Bars.  Everything sounds so good, doesn’t it?

Heather Christo Halloween
Her “Halloween Supper” menu includes Macaroni and Cheese with Pumpkin and Bacon, Spicy Arugula with Candied Pecans and Balsamic Dressing, Pecan-Caramel Coconut Bars and Pumpkin Gingersnap Trifle.  I’d enthusiastically eat all of that.

Heather Christo's Greek Chicken
The recipes Heather chose for the book look delicious… like this Greek Chicken and Potatoes (from her “Sunday Dinner” menu)…

Heather Christo Chocolate Raspberry Tart
…and this Chocolate- Raspberry Tart (which comes from her “Holiday Dinner Party” menu).

Peanut Butter Caramel Corn - RecipeGirl.com
And then, of course, there is this completely and totally addictive Peanut Butter Caramel Corn (from Heather’s “Snow Day Lunch” menu).  If you try one new recipe this month, try this one!  You’ll be pleased… and stuffed… and over-sugared.  And happy.  Here’s the recipe!  And below the recipe are the giveaway details!

Yield: 16 cups

Prep Time: 5 min + rising time

Cook Time: 1 hour 15 min

Peanut Butter Caramel Corn

Ingredients:

POPCORN:
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup popping corn
kosher salt

PEANUT BUTTER CARAMEL:
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
2 cups light brown sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.

2. First make the popcorn: Put a large pot over medium heat, and add the oil and popcorn. Place a lid on the pot, slightly askew, so that steam can escape. Pop the corn until there are a few seconds between pops, and it sounds like they are mostly cooked.

3. Pour the popped corn into a large roasting pan (like one you would use to roast a turkey) and sprinkle with kosher salt.

4. In the same pot that you made the popcorn, melt the butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, peanut butter and salt. Bring to a boil, stirring, for 7 minutes.

5. In a tiny bowl, mix the baking soda and vanilla together until the baking soda is mostly dissolved.

6. Remove the pot from the heat, and stir in the vanilla and baking soda mixture. The caramel should be very light and frothy. Immediately pour the caramel over the popcorn, and gently fold the caramel into the popcorn to coat it. (At this point, you might think there is not enough caramel for the corn, as there will be globs of caramel, and a lot of the popcorn will not seem well-coated. But don't worry! There will be plenty.)

7. Bake the caramel corn for 15 minutes. Remove the roasting pan from the oven and gently stir the popcorn into the melting caramel until the popcorn is better coated. Return to the oven for another 15 minutes, after which the popcorn should be evenly coated with the caramel.

8. Return the caramel corn to the oven and bake for a final 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and give the corn one final stir to coat thoroughly. Let cool completely, about 30 minutes.

9. When the popcorn is totally cool, it will have a nice, thin, crispy coating. Serve immediately or store in airtight containers for up to 10 days.

Tips:

*If there is a nut allergy in the family, simply leave out the peanut butter for a still-perfect caramel corn.

Source:  RecipeGirl.com (reprinted with permission from Heather Christo's Generous Table)

Giveaway

Heather Christo’s book is totally near and dear to my heart because she wrote the kind of book that I absolutely love to have on my shelf.  Be sure to watch her BOOK TRAILER VIDEO to learn more about Heather Christo and her new book.  So great.  I LOOOOVE to plan seasonal menus and entertain and throw parties, so this book is perfect for me.  The Recipe Girl Cookbook ALSO has entertaining menus included in it.  So that makes Heather and I like Soul-Sisters, doesn’t it??

Let’s celebrate Heather’s book release with a giveaway!  For a chance to win a copy of Heather Christo’s Generous Table AND a copy of The Recipe Girl Cookbook (both signed copies), leave a comment below sharing an entertaining tip or trick you’ve learned… or if you’re not so good at entertaining yet, you can share that too!  Heather and I will help you out with our entertaining menus and tips!

This giveaway is open to USA + CANADA and it will close at the end of the day on Friday, May 10th.  The winner will be chosen via random.org and will be contacted via email and announced here.  If the winner does not respond to email outreach within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen.

Giveaway winner is commenter #248: Melissa, who shared the entertaining tip: “If you don’t have a lot of a particular item, place it at the end of the serving line so that guests’ plates are more full by the time they reach the item that there isn’t a lot of.” I love that tip- Thanks, Melissa. You’ve been emailed, so please respond so you can get your new cookbooks!

Disclosure:  A copy of Heather Christo’s Generous Table was provided for me to review, and another copy has been provided for this giveaway.  I’m providing a copy of The Recipe Girl Cookbook for the giveaway.  Amazon affiliate links are included within this post.

389 Responses to “Peanut Butter Caramel Corn {cookbook giveaway}”

  1. postedMay 6, 2013 3:12 AM
    Marty

    I lay out my platters and put sticky notes in them. Assures I have enough platters, and don’t forget to take any menu items out! (Which has happened to me)

  2. postedMay 6, 2013 4:07 AM

    I’ve learned to not make things that are fussy and that I can make ahead as much as possible so Im not stressing out when I really wanna be socializing with guests!

  3. postedMay 6, 2013 4:09 AM
    ashley

    i think its best to be easy going and go with the flow…

  4. postedMay 6, 2013 4:15 AM
    abby

    when i’m planning a party or dinner i always make a checklist – that’s the best advice i can give! that way you don’t forget anything :)

  5. postedMay 6, 2013 4:31 AM
    Katherine

    Relax, and don’t worry about making everything perfect!

  6. postedMay 6, 2013 4:32 AM
    Melissa

    I always, always make lists and check off tasks as I go!

  7. postedMay 6, 2013 4:39 AM
    AH

    Lots of veggies and dip – everyone is watching their weight.

  8. postedMay 6, 2013 4:50 AM

    Ohhhh this popcorn sounds addictive….lol. Most of my entertaining is kid related. I have five boys and their friends pretty much take over the house. I think they would love this recipe! Thanks for a chance to win!

  9. postedMay 6, 2013 4:56 AM
    Linda

    Can’t wait to try the popcorn! As a rule people eat less sliced meat – flank steak goes a lot farther than if you we’re to give everyone their own steak. This works for chicken as well. Helps when you’re in a budget!

  10. postedMay 6, 2013 5:00 AM

    That Halloween menu sound so fun and so good! I love planning themed menus!! Both of the books (Heathers and yours) are amazing. You girls did an awesome job!!

    This Caramel corn?? Dying over here. I mean it looks so perfect!!

    Sadly we do not entertain to much, but we I do I try and get as much ready before hand as possible. This way I am not running like a made person before or during the party!

  11. postedMay 6, 2013 5:08 AM
    Magela G.

    I am not very good at entertaining yet, but would love to learn more.

  12. postedMay 6, 2013 5:08 AM
    Celeste B.

    I try to make as much as I can ahead of time so I am not stressing out when guests arrive.

  13. postedMay 6, 2013 5:09 AM
    Ladywild

    The best entertainment tip I can give is to keep it simple. Set a theme and make on,y a few things. Don’t overdo it or have too much variety. You will be stressed and your guests will be confused.

  14. postedMay 6, 2013 5:09 AM
    EllenCF

    I do not entertain at my house, but I have done so at others. My one tip is to make sure your friends have what you need utensil and appliance wise to make the menu planned. Having them but the groceries is not the end of their contribution. It can be fun trying to make-do in someone elses’s kitchen…

  15. postedMay 6, 2013 5:09 AM
    Sharona

    take out all your platters In advance then stash them in the oven ( assuming you are dune cooking).

  16. postedMay 6, 2013 5:11 AM
    Tracey A

    I always plan ahead, make LOTS of lists and set the table the day ahead. That takes a lot of pressure off of me. LOVE the books, would love to win! One can NEVER have too many cook books! :)

  17. postedMay 6, 2013 5:11 AM
    Kathryn Louise

    My tip is do as much prep work as you can the day before your occasion.

  18. postedMay 6, 2013 5:11 AM
    Elizabeth G.

    I love to entertain but I’m not so good at it. I get overwhelmed easily and always seem to forget simple basic things, so what I always try to do is make very simple recipes and decor.

  19. postedMay 6, 2013 5:11 AM
    Dawna

    I love getting as much food prepped ahead of time as possible. Leaves me more time to spend with my guests. I love cookbooks and it would be awesome to add these to my toolbox :)

  20. postedMay 6, 2013 5:12 AM
    Janet T

    Simple homestyle meals seem to go over best.

  21. postedMay 6, 2013 5:17 AM
    Kat Bleyl

    These look awesome!! I am not really too good in entertaining. I would LOVE to learn some ideas to help me out. :)

  22. postedMay 6, 2013 5:18 AM
    Jan

    I always make entertaining more difficult by worrying about how things will turn out and afterwards end up thinking, “that wasn’t so hard!”. I would entertain more if I could get over this.

  23. postedMay 6, 2013 5:18 AM
    beth dunlavy hoppe

    I use those nice throw away plates to save time on dishwashing

  24. postedMay 6, 2013 5:18 AM
    Nancy L

    I’m all thumbs when it comes to entertaining or parties!

  25. postedMay 6, 2013 5:20 AM
    Kat Bleyl

    I am not very good at entertaining, and I would LOVE some new and fun ideas. These look awesome!

  26. postedMay 6, 2013 5:20 AM
    Heidi

    For years every time I had a dinner party everyone cancelled at the last minute!!! Finally in February I had a successful attempt. It was a classy cocktail party with a vegetarian menu. I made things ahead of time like Greek Yogurt Horseradish Dip and Totally Veggie Tomato Soup. On the day of the party all I had to do was look pretty and set up the table, heat the soup and I was done in under an hour.

  27. postedMay 6, 2013 5:20 AM
    Andrea J

    I just got married a month ago, and we really haven’t done much entertaining. We’ll be combining two groups of friends, and two sets of parents when we do…I’m guessing a well stocked bar will help!

  28. postedMay 6, 2013 5:20 AM
    Diane

    I like to plan and prepare as much as possible ahead of time. Planning ahead ensures that you can relax and enjoy your guests. I like learning new tips & tricks and always look forward to new recipe ideas.

  29. postedMay 6, 2013 5:20 AM
    Elizabeth Fletcher

    I find that it is better to stick with what you know and are good at. Your signature dishes only get better as you prepare them. Add a “special” dish to go with your signature dishes..Just have fun..

  30. postedMay 6, 2013 5:22 AM

    make as many things as you can the night before

  31. postedMay 6, 2013 5:23 AM
    Nichole

    When entertaining, I like to use seasonal foods and when planning the menu I almost always pick my main dish first, then base everything around that. Make ahead as much as possible !

  32. postedMay 6, 2013 5:25 AM
    dc

    Always have a signature cocktail (and a virgin one too). Less drink mixing, more time to be the hostess with the mostest and more time with your guests!
    I’m in for the cookbook, please.

  33. postedMay 6, 2013 5:25 AM

    I am not so good at entertaining yet and could use some tips…but I do think it’s fun to pick a theme (a holiday or a color or something else) to give unity to the gathering in terms of menu/decorations/games/etc.
    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  34. postedMay 6, 2013 5:30 AM
    Melissa B

    I set my table ahead of time, put out my serving dishes, and make a list on my refrigerator of all the food to be served.

  35. postedMay 6, 2013 5:32 AM
    Veronica

    It’s all in the planning.

  36. postedMay 6, 2013 5:32 AM
    Lea D

    I wish I was a good entertainer but I just don’t have the time to even try. :(

  37. postedMay 6, 2013 5:35 AM
    Sadie

    I’m no good at entertaining. I do know that adding chocolate to that peanut butter caramel corn would make my guests happy though.

  38. postedMay 6, 2013 5:35 AM
    Tina

    I love having get-togethers with friends and family but I do not have any tried and true entertaining tips. Maybe if I won these wonderful cookbooks that would change. Thanks Lori and Heather for the opportunity :)

  39. postedMay 6, 2013 5:40 AM

    Keep the alcohol flowing!

  40. postedMay 6, 2013 5:41 AM
    Alicia Cornelison

    I’m still working on my entertaining skills but I do love to play hostess!

  41. postedMay 6, 2013 5:43 AM
    Leslie Moore

    I like to make things that can be prepared ahead of time so I am not spending the whole party in the kitchen!

  42. postedMay 6, 2013 5:43 AM
    Donna A.

    What a ‘Generous’ giveaway! I’m intrigued by the recipe and wonder how easily the roasting pan cleans up. This leads me to a good tip…use All Clad cookware…it cleans up like a dream! Another tip is have drinks ready when your guests arrive, it puts everyone at ease.

    • May 6th, 2013 @ 9:11 AM

      Mine cleaned up very easily! The caramel sticks to the popcorn, not the pan.

  43. postedMay 6, 2013 5:43 AM

    I am not such a great entertainer! I have tried and failed! I did a craft party once and just had snacks/finger foods set out for the people who came…and only 3 people came!:( So I need to try new things and these recipe books will be AWESOME! I might even be daring enough to actually do it!

  44. postedMay 6, 2013 5:44 AM

    A good entertaining tip is to serve finger foods–it’s easier, and people especially seem to like nibbling on mini versions of traditional treats.

  45. postedMay 6, 2013 5:46 AM
    Janet

    Not very good at entertaining so to win would be wonderful :)

  46. postedMay 6, 2013 5:47 AM
    Mikki freedman

    I get babysitting help for my children a few hours before the party so I can get things ready while they have fun and keep out of the way

  47. postedMay 6, 2013 5:47 AM
    Linda

    Would love to own this gorgeous cookbook!

  48. postedMay 6, 2013 5:49 AM
    susan

    I used to get so stressed about having company that it wasn’t any fun..Over the years, I have accepted that my friends are coming to vist not judge how perfect my home looks. Now I try to do as much in advance and try to keep it simple yet still serve outstanding food. Grilled/roasted assorted vegetables is always a big hit and can be served at room temp. Desserts are a must and can definitely be made in advanced and frozen. Homemade cookies and biscottis plus some fresh fruits are perfect. A glass of wine is also a must!

  49. postedMay 6, 2013 5:49 AM
    Pauline Gudas

    I never ever serve a dish that I have never made before. I am too afraid that something could go wrong or else not turn out the way it should

  50. postedMay 6, 2013 5:49 AM
    Layla Cloud

    I’m a stay home mom and I LOVE to have friends and family at my home! However, as much as I love to host and entertain, the hardest part is trying to figure out what to serve! So, thank you so much for the recipes I receive that make my choices even better:)

  51. postedMay 6, 2013 5:50 AM
    Boo

    I quantity cook for two churches…My tips are “Cleanliness is next to Godliness when cooking for others and keep check the temps of your food for safety” because you can’t be too cleanly and you never want to make anyone sick! :-)

  52. postedMay 6, 2013 5:54 AM
    susan

    I always prepare my desserts in advance and freeze them until the night before. Usually some homemade cookies and biscottis. I also make a nice asst. fruit platter and dip. Easy and a great selection. grilled/roasted veggies is also something that everyone enjoys and can be done earlier in the day and served at room temp. Key to remember….keep it simple but classy!

  53. postedMay 6, 2013 5:54 AM
    Patricia Speers

    Making lists is the way to go! Have to be organized.

  54. postedMay 6, 2013 5:54 AM

    Do as much prep work and make-ahead dishes as you can, so when your guests arrive you can spend your time visiting and enjoying a cocktail instead of stressed in the kitchen trying to get food ready.

    We had company over for a bbq last week and when they walked in door I was happily sipping wine knowing everything was ready to go. Meat and veggie skewers were marinating on a rimmed cookie sheet in the refrigerator and a trifecta of homemade guacamole, hummus and salsa were ready to set out when company arrived. Rice was ready in the rice cooker and homemade ice cream and an almond tort were all done, being made the day before. Entertaining is fun with a little prep work beforehand! This book looks amazing btw!!

  55. postedMay 6, 2013 5:55 AM
    Susan Hatcher

    I’ve learned to let others help…and that everything doesn’t have to be perfect for a good time to be had.

  56. postedMay 6, 2013 5:58 AM
    Nina

    Not only do I make a list, but I calculate how much time I need for each task, so I don’t have to think about what to do first or when to start – it’s right there on the list! Work backwards from the time you want everything to be ready, and add an extra 1/2 hour – if your guests are coming at 6:00, plan to have everything done by 5:30; because likely as not, you’ll be ready exactly at 6:00!

  57. postedMay 6, 2013 5:59 AM
    Rebecca

    I would say just make lots of lists and schedules to make sure you don’t forget anything!

  58. postedMay 6, 2013 6:01 AM

    I don’t have tips or tricks to share because I’m not really good at enterterning. Or maybe the only thing that helps me if to prepare some dishes in advance.

  59. postedMay 6, 2013 6:03 AM

    My best entertaining tip is to get as much prep work done as possible the night before or the morning of your party. It helps with stress!

  60. postedMay 6, 2013 6:03 AM
    Julianne

    Recycle-Recycle-Recycle… Use what you have in different ways!!!!!

  61. postedMay 6, 2013 6:03 AM
    Eri

    This is not really a trick but the best thing to do is to have everything ahead of time and relax with the guests and not so stressed out. I make everything ahead of time (a day or 2 in advance) so the day of the party, I can just pull everything out/heat everything up and relax!!!

  62. postedMay 6, 2013 6:04 AM
    Kerry

    I like to put notes in my cookbooks saying what I cooked and who was over at the time. That way, I don’t end up serving the same thing twice, and if there is a favorite I can be sure to make it !

  63. postedMay 6, 2013 6:05 AM
    Andrea

    Keep it simple and choose dishes that can all be prepared in advance so that you are not a slave to the kitchen and can enjoy the party too!

  64. postedMay 6, 2013 6:06 AM
    Stacy

    I’m not a big entertainer, but I do know that it’s all about enjoying the people you’re with, and not worrying about everything being perfect. Great food helps too!!!

  65. postedMay 6, 2013 6:07 AM

    What a gorgeous cookbook! Love that it’s organized by seasons. My tip is just to enjoy the moment. Don’t be so stressed out over food and drinks that you miss the opportunity to socialize with your guests. If your menu is stressing you out, simplify it!

  66. postedMay 6, 2013 6:10 AM

    I’ve learned to plan out on paper time-wise what you’re going to do the day before/day of a party. Give yourself some buffer time in case something goes wrong.

  67. postedMay 6, 2013 6:12 AM

    The only tip I have is to be organized, but don’t stress too much. Simple is better. In the past, I put way too much thought into things and would be so stressed out that I couldn’t enjoy myself. I have since learned that people are not that picky, they just enjoy getting together, so now I keep it simple and don’t stress about it.

  68. postedMay 6, 2013 6:14 AM
    Diane Goldberg

    KISS Keep it simple sweetie!! That’s my motto!

  69. postedMay 6, 2013 6:14 AM

    I think I’d die for this popcorn.

    I’ve learned to do as much as possible in advance, and to make lots of a few apps instead of a gazillion different kinds!

  70. postedMay 6, 2013 6:14 AM

    I love entertaining… My favorite tip is variety. I always know my guests diet needs, whether it’s a small dinner party or a large celebration, enough to know there is a variety of delicious options for everyone. The worst thing would be to make a guest feel like a burden.

  71. postedMay 6, 2013 6:15 AM
    Angel G.

    Checklists — with everything on them. From food that needs to be prepped to the cleaning that needs to be done. A timeline on the checklist is also good — from the morning to the time of the event, budgeting out when you are going to prep what. That way, there is no scramble.

  72. postedMay 6, 2013 6:19 AM
    Donna Becker

    I’m not that good at entertaining so this book would be a godsend, thank you

  73. postedMay 6, 2013 6:21 AM
    Peggy K

    As I get ready for a get-together, I make a list, check it twice, and try to make as much ahead of time as possible. Then we can all enjoy our guests! I also make card labels for items so others know the flavor/main ingredients.

  74. postedMay 6, 2013 6:22 AM
    Elena

    Keep appetizers light so people don’t fill up before dinner. I like having a fun pre-dinner cocktail planned as well. Serve food that can mostly be prepared ahead of time so you’re not stuck in the kitchen while everyone else is enjoying appetizers.

  75. postedMay 6, 2013 6:25 AM
    Jen W

    Prep ahead so you can spend time with your guests!

  76. postedMay 6, 2013 6:25 AM
    lili

    Take it easy, eat good and healthy.
    enjoy your life.
    :)

  77. postedMay 6, 2013 6:28 AM

    Make a checklist, clean up as you prepare the food, relax and enjoy the evening with your friends.

  78. postedMay 6, 2013 6:29 AM
    Denise Wilson

    prep ahead of time!

  79. postedMay 6, 2013 6:30 AM
    Erin

    I have learned to make a plan and do as much as you can during the days leading up to the party so that you are not so stressed

  80. postedMay 6, 2013 6:31 AM
    Cindy Huelskamp

    Have everything made ahead of time or as much as you can – definitely cuts down on the stress after you guests arrive.

  81. postedMay 6, 2013 6:32 AM
    Rebekah W

    Love to entertain but not always great at thinking of good ideas for decorating ..love to cook but always go for the easy not too much prep to make. These cookbooks look great!

  82. postedMay 6, 2013 6:34 AM
    Sandra

    Make as much as you can in advance (the freezer is your friend) so you can spend time with your friends, not your kitchen! Unless they all join you in the kitchen, which can also be fun.

  83. postedMay 6, 2013 6:34 AM
    Kim Porter

    I have never been a confident entertainer. The most creative thing I’ve done is to set up a taco bar when I had a large group over for a football game. I am open to learning! :)

  84. postedMay 6, 2013 6:35 AM
    Margene

    I love to entertain, and one of the things I like to do is get the table set.

  85. postedMay 6, 2013 6:37 AM
    Heather

    I make sure I have some appetizers set out before my guests arrive, so if I’m behind in the kitchen, they have something to keep themselves busy with!

  86. postedMay 6, 2013 6:38 AM
    Carrian

    Lovely review and photos!

  87. postedMay 6, 2013 6:39 AM
    Heather S.

    We have a pool and get lots of company during the summer months. I’ve learned to always make more food then you think you will need. Friends will always show up when you don’t have enough for everyone. Not a position I like to be stuck in so I make extra no matter what the situation is.

  88. postedMay 6, 2013 6:40 AM
    Ang

    If you have plenty of counter space, USE IT, even for small family dinners. Do not be afraid to sit all of the food out and let your guests serve themselves. It’s less stress, allows the guests plenty of room to enjoy the food without worrying about where to sit the bowls and plates in the table. There’s also the added bonus of allowing them to get up and get second helpings without having to stop the entire table, and its lovely conversations, to pass around items. It’s saved my sanity, not to mention my table clothes, lots of times.

  89. postedMay 6, 2013 6:41 AM
    Kirsten

    Instead of finding counter space (a precious commodity!) for a drinks bucket, or having people going in and out of my refrigerator all night, I fill up my island sink with ice and drinks. Once everyone’s gone, I just open the drain and take out the unopened drinks in the morning.

  90. postedMay 6, 2013 6:41 AM
    Rose

    I prep as much as I can the day before and have everything setup outside. To me it’s important to keep as simple and causal as I can so everyone can be at ease and comfortable. I w ould really like to win these cookbooks for all their new ideas!

  91. postedMay 6, 2013 6:42 AM
    Julie

    Having a checklist on hand ensures that I don’t forget anything and helps with pre-planning and shopping too!

  92. postedMay 6, 2013 6:42 AM
    Michele E.

    It’s nice to make something ahead of time and use crock pots to keep it warm. That way you’re not constantly checking the oven.

  93. postedMay 6, 2013 6:45 AM
    TanyaS

    I can use all the help I can get! :)

  94. postedMay 6, 2013 6:45 AM
    Laura

    My menus include several items that can be made ahead, and nothing, other than grilling, that requires last-minute work.

  95. postedMay 6, 2013 6:47 AM
    Christy Cummins

    I write down everything ahead of time, from the menu and shopping list to which serving dishes I need to get out. Otherwise, I would be scrambling the day of to find everything.

  96. postedMay 6, 2013 6:48 AM
    Jackie Doeden

    Keep things small, children like bite sized treats, lots of veggies and dips. Make as much ahead as possible so you aren’t working instead of enjoying!

  97. postedMay 6, 2013 6:51 AM
    Cora

    Hi, I am “older” now, ha, and do not entertain anymore. I always enjoyed having parties and was always determined to make everything from scratch! Serving something homemade was enjoyed by all! Thank you!

  98. postedMay 6, 2013 6:51 AM
    amanda

    Relax and really have fun!

  99. postedMay 6, 2013 6:52 AM
    Rachel B.

    Serve snacks or appetizers that guests can munch as they arrive–it looks as if you planned things out even if dinner happens to be ready late! :)

  100. postedMay 6, 2013 6:52 AM

    What an absolutely beautiful cookbook. The popcorn looks divine!

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