Appetizers of My Christmas Party Past


I can still taste my mother’s delicious appetizers she would make year after year. It all started back when my Nana would hold her famous Christmas Eve parties. This was before I was born. Tables were packed with food, drinks flowed, people laughed and danced to Christmas music all dolled up in their party best! The party wouldn’t stop until the wee hours of the morning. I can picture my grandparents full of happiness and.. well, adult beverages.

Times changed, grandchildren were born and Nana and Bubba’s Christmas Eve parties became mellow, yet just as fun! One of my happiest childhood memories is going to their house on Christmas eve, sitting around the living room, listening to Christmas music, exchanging gifts and simply being together.


When I was young, my mother would throw a Christmas party in early December for extended family we rarely saw, but once they stepped inside, it felt like we had never been apart. As the years passed, the guest list became shorter, life became busy, and eventually the annual extended family Christmas party came to an end. I can still remember the feeling of our warm inviting home dazzled up for the season. It’s one of those magical feelings that will always live inside of you. Karen Carpenter’s voice filled the living room with joy, Christmas scented Yankee candles softly flickered, and the scent of home cooking coming from the kitchen made mouths water.

The kitchen island was packed full of Christmas party food, but the following are my top five favorites:






Do you have any family favorite recipes? Please share! I’d love to know what they are!

Happy cooking!


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It’s the kick off to summer museum season! Here in New Hampshire there just may be too many seasonal museums to choose from. Which museums are your favorite to visit? These are my top choices!

1. American Independence Museum, Exeter, New Hampshire

Founded in 1991, the American Independence Museum is a place where all can learn and celebrate what it took to create the freedoms that we as Americans continue to enjoy hundreds of years later.

On May 5th the museum opens with a weekend full of festivities, including children’s games coinciding with Exeter’s Kids’ Fest and free admission on Saturday for all New Hampshire residents. Check it out at:

2.  Strawbery Banke Museum, Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Strawbery Banke is an authentic 10-acre outdoor history museum dedicated to bringing 300+ years of American history in the same waterfront neighborhood to life.

The 32 historic houses are are staffed and open for touring starting in May. You will also find eight heritage gardens, preservation programs, hands-on activities, stories told by costumed role-players and changing exhibits. Plan your visit at:

3. Canterbury Shaker Village, Canterbury, New Hampshire

May 6th marks the reopening of the idyllic Shaker Village with Maypole dancing, food, crafts and the beloved Heifer Parade. Canterbury Shaker Village is an internationally-known non-profit museum founded in 1969, dedicated to preserving the heritage and 200-year legacy of the Canterbury Shakers.

The village has 25 restored original Shaker buildings, 4 reconstructed Shaker buildings, and 694 acres of forests, fields, gardens, nature trails, and mill ponds under permanent conservation easement. Visit for more details.

4. Aidron Duckworth Art Museum, Meriden, New Hampshire

This quirky Sunapee region museum kicks off the season with an opening reception on April 29th. There will be an artist talk with Dartmouth studio art lecturer Gerald Auten. Check it out at:

5. Wright Museum of World War II, Wolfeboro, New Hampshire

The museum is a non-profit educational institution dedicated to recognizing and honoring the contributions and enduring legacy of WWII-era Americans.

On exhibit May 1 to June 25, 2017: Saturday Evening Post Covers 1941-1946: The Art of Mead Schaeffer, Norman Rockwell and Friends. Learn more at:


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Happy museum season!

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