To go with the red velvet cupcakes, I made this cheeseball and my sticky Chinese chicken wings. Let me tell you what I did to my wings. I like to cook the sauce for a long time so it gets super sticky and delicious. Well, long story short, baby was hungry and my sauce burnt. So bad that I think I’m going to have to throw the pan away!

Anyway, this cheeseball won’t win any awards in the looks department but it’s my favorite. My mom has been making it for years and I’d forgotten it until a friend sent me a message the other day reminding me of the time we ate nothing but this cheeseball for a week.

It’s super simple and always a crowd pleaser. Just 2 kinds of cheeses, bacon, pecans, and green onions squished together with strawberry jelly on top. I know, sounds weird but I promise it’s awesome. There were 4 adults here last night and we demolished the entire thing.

Bacon Cheeseball
  • 8 ounces shredded cheddar
  • 8 ounces shredded Monterey jack
  • 1 pound bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 1 bunch green onions chopped
  • 1 cup pecans diced
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • strawberry jam
  1. Mix all ingredients except strawberry jam. Form into ball (or whatever shape you like). Spread strawberry jam over top.


This is my mom’s recipe, something she’s made every Christmas for as long as I can remember. It’s probably the thing I most look forward to during the holidays. I’ve (obviously) already made one batch and will probably make at least one more this season. It’s that good. Just be careful, it’s pretty addictive. We went through the entire batch in 24 hours! Eep!

SheeShee’s Christmas Mix
  • 3 cup Cocoa Puffs
  • 3 cup rice cereal squares or any of the square cereals
  • 1 1/2 cp small twisted pretzels
  • 1 cup dry roasted peanuts
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  1. Combine cereals, pretzels and nuts in 9×13 baking pan (metal works better).
  2. In medium sauce pan, cook brown sugar, butter and light corn syrup over medium
  3. heat until it comes to a boil. Let the mixture boil without stirring for 4
  4. minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in cream of tartar, baking soda and
  5. vanilla. Pour over cereal mix in 9×13 and stir gently to coat. Bake in 300
  6. degree oven for 30 minutes, stirring after 15. Spread on foil to cool. Keep
  7. in covered container. Makes a great gift in little cellophane bags!