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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Welcome to my Potluck Pajama Party!

I’m not a huge fan of formal parties. Informal gatherings are more my style, with plenty of good food and lively conversation. How can you not be relaxed while wearing your pajamas? A party would be a good excuse to find a new, fun set of lounging clothes. How could that be bad?

Personally, one of my favorite party tasks is planning a menu but I love surprises and the experience of sharing other people’s favorite dishes, hence the potluck portion of my little get together.

The only venue needed will be a big room with plenty of comfortable seating that can be arranged to accommodate everyone enjoying their refreshments. It's getting cold around this time of year so I'd probably want a cozy fireplace to take the chill off and add to the ambiance. Okay, I’m officially excited but the guests list is what's making me smile.

If I get to imagine a party, then I get to imagine that my house is big enough to include everyone in the blanket invitation that I’m sending into cyberspace. I’ve met so many lovely people over the years that I’ve been a member of Romance Books ‘4’ Us that if I could manage the party of my dreams, I’d get to meet you all in person.

I’m dreaming big and hoping you all show up in your pajamas with your favorite pot luck dish, ready to have some fun! I have a harvest table with lots of room for sweet and savory dishes along with some spiced cider warming in the crock-pot.

Here’s a recipe for a fun little appetizer that we have at most of our parties. Besides being delicious, my other favorite thing about it is there are only two ingredients…

Polish Sausage in Plum Sauce

1 lb. Polish Sausage (smoked or fresh—I usually make this with fresh sausage)
1 16 oz. jar of Plum Jam

Cover Polish sausage with at least an inch of water and simmer for 20 minutes. Drain and transfer to a cutting board and slice into one inch rounds. Transfer the sausage to a small crock-pot and cover with the plum jam. Heat on low until the jam is melted and everything is hot, turn it down to warm. You can serve this with bread, crackers if you wish.

***Microwave directions. After cooking and slicing the sausage, transfer to microwave safe dish, pour on the jam, cover with a lid and microwave on high until jam is melted. It’s ready to serve.

I’m wearing my favorite plaid pajamas and arranging a sliced, smoked turkey breast on a big platter. What are you bringing?

There will be a door prize! Everyone leaving a recipe will be entered for a $5.00 Amazon gift card. The winner will be announced here and on my Facebook page. Let’s get this party started!

Paris Brandon


Rose Anderson said...

Now that sounds fun! I'd love to meet up with you all as well. I'll bring the spinach and artichoke dip. :)

Spinach & Artichoke Dip

11/2 cups grated parmesan cheese
1 box or same weight bag of frozen spinach thawed and drained
1 14 oz. jar artichoke hearts, pickled or plain chopped
2/3 cup sour cream
8 oz. Neufchatel cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 cloves finely minced garlic or 2 tsp. garlic powder

Mix well and bake at 375º for 30 minutes until lightly brown on top and bubbly. Serve with French bread, crackers, or tortilla chips.

Paris said...

Thanks for coming to the party, Rose! I can't wait to try this dip, it sounds delicious:)

Tina Donahue said...

OMG, that sounds so good, Paris - you're making me hungry.

Melissa Keir said...

I'm bringing my SOS chip dip. I use dried beef, cut up. One bar of cream cheese softened, 1/2 cup green onions chopped, 1/2 cup sour cream. Heat in the microwave and mix. Eat with potato chips.

Thanks for the party! It would be a fun time meeting everyone face to face... and just imagine the new book series we would want to write afterward!

Cara Marsi said...

The party sounds like great fun. Love your Polish sausage in plum sauce. I'll have to try that. Same for Rose's dip.

Paris said...

Thanks, Tina! It's one of our favorites:)

Paris said...

Growing up, I loved SOS for breakfast and this sounds like a yummy dip! Thanks for positing it:)

Paris said...

Glad you liked the recipes and thanks for stopping by!

Nina Pierce said...

Pot luck is always my favorite type of party menu. This is a simple salad that I take to pot luck dinners. People love it.
2 heads broccoli cut into bite-sized pieces
1/2 pound bacon
1 1/2 cups raisins (I prefer craisins)
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1 cup mayo
1/4 cup sugar
2 Tbls vinegar

Cook bacon and drain.
Toss bacon, broccoli, onion and raisins in large bowl. Whisk mayo, sugar, and vinegar in separate bowl until smooth. Pour over broccoli mixture and toss to coat. Refrigerate until ready to serve.


Judy Baker said...

Pot lucks' are great, especially if you're attending in pjs. Here's a great recipe, just add chips:
Taco Soup
1 large can diced tomatoes (29 oz)
1 can each, corn, black beans and kidney or pinto beans (15 oz)
1 can green chiles
1 whole onion, chopped
1 lb browned ground beef (or chicken or turkey)
hearty sprinkling of taco seasoning mix
1 to 2 tbsp (your taste) dry ranch dressing mix (this mellows the spiciness a bit)
dash of cumin
Add if you'd like: jalapenos, dash of chili powder
Heat & serve
Garnish with sour cream, cheese, tortilla chips/strips, guacamole, etc..

Paris said...

I love salad and this one sounds delicious! Thanks for joining the party. I love craisins too:)

Paris said...

Hi Judy,
I know, anytime I don't have to dress up is a plus, lol! Taco soup sounds like a great addition to the party, thanks for sharing!

Tawania said...

This is one of my go to part foods. It's the easiest thing in the world and can be done in your slowcooker, and kept warm.

Easy Party Meatballs.

32oz Frozen Meatballs
1 12 oz Jar Chili Sauce
1 12 oz Jar Grape Jelly

Combine in a crockpot and heat on low until heated through.
They can also be done on the stove top if you're in a hurry. Combine all ingredients on medium heat until warmed through.

Paris said...

Hi Tawania!

Your recipe had me at 'Easy', lol! These sound delicious and quick enough for even an impromptu party. Thank you so much for sharing!

jean hart stewart said...

OOOOH. it all sounds so good. What a great post!

Paris said...

Thanks, Jean! I'm definitely trying these recipes out :)

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