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Holiday Cheese Balls that Win the Prize

CA Simonson 

It’s that time of year for holiday parties whether at the office, at school, church, or social group. So much wonderful food, but cheese balls always seem to be one of the main appetizers. You can find oodles of recipes for every kind from peanut butter balls to spicy, hot jalapeno blends.

This year, why not make a holiday cheeseball that stands out above the rest? The type of cheese or ingredients going into the cheese ball doesn’t really matter – it’s what you put on it afterward that counts.

Cheeseball Christmas tree

Christmas Tree Cheeseball

Easy Quick Cheeseball Recipe:
• 8 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
• 8 ounces sour cream
• 8 ounces cream cheese (softened)
• 8 ounces ranch dressing powdered mix

Instructions:

1. Mix thoroughly. Shape into form. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours or until set. Then let the creation begin!

This scrumptious beauty was created with the basic cheese ball recipe. Shape it into a cone. After washing the vegetables, proceed to stick broccoli, cherry or grape tomatoes, radishes, and carrot slices into the cheese with toothpicks. To create the star effect in the carrots, cut a wedge into the whole carrot before slicing.

Parsley & Pimento Christmas Wreath

Create this beautiful, edible wreath by shaping your cheeseball into a wreath shape. Cover with parsley, broccoli pieces, and/or green pepper pieces. Sprinkle pimentos, or pieces of radish over the top for color!

cheeseball

Frosty the Snowman Cheese Ball

Create this cute snowman, compliments of Fahrenheit 350.com, by stacking your cheese balls. Cover with shredded cheese and add black olives for buttons and eyes. A carrot nose and a cheese hat complete this little guy. 

Antipasto Cheeseball

Sun-dried tomatoes, roasted red peppers, black and green olives - is your mouth watering yet? Serve this tangy cheese ball with salami and crackers - sure to be a hit at any office party! Find the instructions here!

cheese ball tree

Strawberry Tree Cheeseball

This strawberry Christmas tree by Kara's Party Ideas show a great way to create an edible tree. I would think a wonderful white or dark chocolate cream cheese fudge could serve as the base and a dip for the strawberries too. What do you think?

strawberry tree

If you tried any of these recipes, it would be fun to know! Leave a comment!

DIY Mini Christmas Tree for Next to Nothing

CA Simonson 

Repurpose Tomato Cages!

ChristmasTree

For unique outdoor Christmas décor this year, repurpose your unused tomato cages. Yes. You read it correctly. Pull a few tomato cages from their storage spot and use them again!

Hide Unsightly Fixtures

I wanted to hide the water pump in my front yard and this seemed like the perfect solution. I turned my tomato cages upside down, stacked them five high and set them over the water pump.

Cut Greenery

We have many cedar trees in our backyard, so finding extra branches to trim wasn’t a problem. Although I used real boughs, imitation pine garland would work just as well. Stick branches in between wires to secure or wrap garland around the cage and then fasten with wire until you fill all open space. Pull the wires at the top together and secure with wire. Top it off with a bow.

Add Decorations

Add your decorations: lights, balls, bows, tinsel, or whatever else you have on hand.

No fixture to hide? Use a planter, like this wise man did! 

Result? A perfect little Christmas tree at hardly any cost! ….and homemade, for goodness' sake!