Fall Inspired Recipes (Birthday Party Recipes)

I am still dreaming about the food we had for Autumn's first birthday party last weekend. We had the ultimate comfort food menu and desserts that would make you drool. Here are the recipes for a few of the items we had. A few of them were adapted from recipes found on Pinterest. I am in no way a recipe writer so these are my half-assed recipes.

Fritos have to be my favorite food group, ever. Fritos with my mom's queso (aka gooey/melty cheese) is uh-mazing!
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1 block Velveta cheese cut into 1/2" cubes
1 thing of spicy sausage, cooked
2 cans Rotelle tomatoes
1 bag green chili (or jalapenos)
Garlic Salt

Melt the cheese and about a cup of milk on low in a Crock Pot. Once the cheese starts to get melty, watch it closely and add milk if it gets too thick. You want melty cheese, not cheese that'll break all your chips. Once it's melted enough, add the cooked sausage, tomatoes and green chili. Season with garlic salt to your liking. Once everything is completely melted and warmed through (about an hour) grab your bag of Fritos and go to town. I suggest grabbing some friends to help you eat the queso in order to avoid feeling disgusting once you realize you ate a whole Crock Pot full of cheesy goodness. It's that good.

{Pumpkin Fluff}

This was a recipe adapted from Pinterest. There were a few things I didn't like about it (like eating cold whip cream) so I made a few tweaks.

1 tub of Whip Cream, thawed (this is important)
1 can pumpkin pie filling
1 tsp. Pumpkin pie spice
All spice
1 tsp. Vanilla extract
Cinnamon graham cracker sticks

Once I purchased the Whip Cream, I put it in the refrigerator to defrost. Once it's defrosted, gently fold in the pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, a dash of all spice and the vanilla. Be gentle here so your cream doesn't loose it's fluffiness. Serve in a hollowed out pumpkin for added festiveness. Grab a box of the cinnamon graham cracker sticks and enjoy. The sticks work great because they're a little harder allowing you to scoop more and won't get soggy either. This stuff takes like pumpkin pie without all the hastle!

 {Fall Sangria}
This drink is perfect on a crisp fall afternoon. Enjoy it in a cute mug with a pretty straw and you are good to go!

1 Bottle Merlot (I bought the cheap stuff at Sam's)
1/2 Bottle Cranberry-Raspberry Juice (pretty much any cranberry juice combination will do)
1 Apple cut up into 1" chunks
1 Orange, sliced with peel on
2 Cinnamon sticks
1 Dash ground cloves
Ice (bonus points if you make ice cubes from the juice so your sangria doesn't get watered down)

Combine all the ingredients together, except the ice. Let sit for at least an hour and refrigerate (I know, this is the hardest part). Pour yourself a giant glass with some ice and enjoy. Yup, this recipe is that easy. You can also add other fruit or pretty much whatever you want. Once you have the base, the rest is up to you.

{Good smelly stuff}
To give the full effect that fall just exploded in the house, I made some smelly stuff on the stove and just let it simmer as we prepped for the party.
 I did not even think to take a picture of my potpourri! Via

2 cups apple juice
1 sliced apple
1 sliced orange
2 cinnamon sticks
1 Tbsp. cloves
1 Tbsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. all spice
Water if it starts to dry out

Combine all ingredients in a small pan on high heat. Once it starts boiling, reduce to low and let simmer until your house smells like you want to eat it. If it starts to dry out or lose it's scent, just add some more of everything and/or turn up the heat again until it boils, then reduce back to low. That's it. People will think you spent a fortune on expensive candles!

Hope you enjoy my half-assed recipes!

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