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November 30, 2011

Pumpkin {Shaped} Cheese Ball

Oh, hi there. I am indeed alive and have not suddenly vanished off the face of the earth.

I have no good excuse except that I've been busy, like all of you I'm sure.

I've neglected my poor blog for over a week now, and I don't feel good about it. I haven't even gotten to catch up on your Thanksgivings (I've missed you!)... or post any new recipes (sorry, no Thanksgiving recipes)... or even cook recently really (and no menu plan this week)! I feel like a terrible blogger. I truly hope you all did enjoy your Thanksgivings and had plenty to be thankful for. I know I do. I'm thankful for all of you, too! Like, so much. Especially when I don't call or write for over a week. Yall are definitely some keepers.  Don't break up with me, k?

Enough with the sappy talk though, let's get on to the food that I've deprived you of lately.

You know what else makes me a bad blogger? I have been wanting to post about this recipe for the past month and a half! Time just gets away from me. You too? Ok good, it's not just me. I made this to bring to our company potluck lunch at Halloween. I never did post about it though, but figured I could still post about it before Thanksgiving and that you, my readers, could still make it for Thanksgiving if you wanted. Again, I didn't. So here it is. Finally. After Halloween and after Thanksgiving. But before Christmas, at least... pat on the back for that.

This is a pumpkin-shaped cheese ball. Not a pumpkin-flavored cheese ball. I don't want any nasty comments saying someone was expecting a pumpkin-flavored cheese ball recipe. Though that does sound quite enticing. Just coverin' my butt.

Pumpkin {Shaped} Cheese Ball
adapted from Taste of Home
  • 6 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (8 oz) container chive and onion cream cheese, softened
  • 2 oz sour cream
  • 2 cups (8 oz) sharp cheddar cheese, finely shredded
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 celery rib 
  • Sliced apples, crackers, tortilla chips, veggies, pretzels for dipping
In a small bowl, beat cream cheeses and sour cream until smooth. Stir in the cheddar cheese, paprika, and cayenne pepper. Shape into a ball, to resemble a pumpkin. Wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 4 hours or until firm.

With a knife, add vertical lines to the cheese ball to resemble a pumpkin furthermore. Insert a celery rib (you will have to cut it) for the stem. Serve with dippers of choice.


Make this next Halloween. Or Thanksgiving. Or anytime during the 2012 fall season and those to come. Just be sure to make it before Christmas, like I did, and you'll be a-ok in my book.

*Another reason I am a horrible blogger: I'm behind on my 12 Weeks of Christmas posts! Yikes, tomorrow we are supposed to be on Week 10 I believe... and I haven't linked up since Week 7. So you may be seeing some Christmas goodie recipes coming from me soon that I'll be linking up to past weeks.... going back in time. I'm allowed to do that, right? Hey, if the linky is still open I say it's fair game, even if it is several weeks later! So stay tuned for that.

I'm gonna stop listing reasons I'm a bad blogger now. 

Off to bed to get 5 hours of sleep!!! Gotta love late-night blogging.

Peace, and bacon grease!


Dining Alone said...

what a cute idea, will bookmark for next year!

Kelly | Eat Yourself Skinny said...

How cute is this?! So creative and perfect for a holiday party, love this :)

Jenn said...

What an awesome and super cute cheeseball!

scrambledhenfruit said...

Cute and delicious too- I love the stem and leaves! :)

Unknown said...

Welcome back to the land of blogging! I totally understand about being busy, trust me :)
Love the pumpkin! It's such a cute idea, especially for this time of year!

Sandra Lee said...

You are too funny and this pumpkin ball is too cute. Better late than never!

Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. said...

This is so cute and would be a great appetizer to serve at a party! So festive :)

Diane Schmidt said...

oh this is so great! I love cheese:)

Chris said...

No nasty comments about pumpkin's not my favorite anyway. But damn that is a cute cheese ball, especially the celery as the stem.