Saturday, March 24, 2012

It's party time!!! My International Pot Luck Blog Hop!

Hello, everyone!!! Come on in!
Today I'm hosting my first blog hop and it's sure to be a good time.
You see, in the three+ years that I've been blogging I've made some dear friends.
My local friends know how much I love to entertain, and every time Doug and I have
a party in our house, there are so many blogging friends I'd love to have join us.
Next best thing?
A virtual pot luck including 21 of us from around the planet,
all posting at the same time and linking to each other.
Crazy fun, eh?

If you were really coming to my house, this is how I'd look greeting you at the front door. However, many times if I happen to see our guests pull up, I'm so excited that I run outside to the car to say hello. Another thing about me? I'm a hugger. I'd hug you - even if your arms are full of stuff you're bringing in. And then I'd probably hug you again when you get inside and have both arms free. I'm happy to see you!

Once you're inside I'm going to offer you something to drink. I always have wine on hand, beer is usually the boy's choice, and soft drinks and iced tea. Today, it's red wine.

In preparation of this virtual pot luck, I tested two appetizers thinking that Doug and I would pick the one we liked the best. Wouldn't you know? I liked the oven-fried zucchini best, and he liked the ham and cheese quiche bites.

I've shared the link for the zucchini above, but I'll type out the recipe for the ham and cheese quiche bites as it is my own variation of a recipe I've had for a while.

Ham and Cheese Quiche Bites
1 c. {8 oz} flour
1-1/2 T. baking powder
1/2 c. {4 oz} vegetable oil
1/4 c. {2 oz} milk
1/2 c. {4 oz} grated cheddar cheese*
1/2 c. {4 oz} grated Swiss cheese*
1/4 c. {2 oz} parmesan cheese*
1/4 c. {2 oz} finely chopped ham*
4 eggs, lightly beaten
2 green onions, chopped {use the green parts too}
salt and pepper to taste
(* measurements are approximate)

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Pour batter into greased/non-stick mini-muffin tin, filling each cup almost full. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes until sides of muffins are light brown. These are great fresh out of the oven, but they also freeze well to be used for future parties or quick breakfast snacks.

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So, here's how this party works: I'm linking to my dear friend, Rinda so you'll want to visit her next. At the end of Rinda's post she'll link to the next blogger on the list {Beverly}, and so on. Want to know something really cool? This pot luck blog hop goes all over our planet! Starting in Arizona, and going across our states {west coast to east!}, over to England, Ireland, and Spain, and then way down under to Australia. The blog hop loop comes back around to Arizona with a stop at my girl C's house! I hope you're hungry!

Safe and happy travels, everyone.
Now, let's head on over to Rinda's place...

The Menu and the Map:
Deb @ PaperTurtle – {you are here!}
Rinda @ Gallo Organico –  
Beverly @ BE glorious -

Alison @ Life in the Slow Lane –
Fiona @ Staring at the Sea –
Amy @ Over at our Place -

Side/Main Dishes
The “Not So” Small One @ From High in the Sky –
Jacky @ Scrappy Jacky -
Deb @ Deb’s World –
Ginger @ Ginger’s Life of Spice -
Karen @ Tales from the Scrapheap -
Karen @ Random Reflections -
Ruth @ Everyday Life of a Suburban SAHM -

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita -
Ruth @ Chatty Crafty Arty Pig -
Margaret @ Finnegan Begin Again –
Becca @ La Jolie Fleur Rouge -
Cheri @ Scrap Dreams -
Carrie @ Rosalind Revival – {dessert/drink wrap-around}


Karen said...

I'm off for a day-long meeting, but managed to get your bright and cheerful welcome to the potluck before I left! What a great way to start the day! I'm thinking my copy and paste feature is going to get quite a work out when I get back. These quiches bites will be perfect for my next bridge group. Have a great day!

Fiona@staring at the sea said...

These look delicious Deb. I'll be checking out your other recipe link later. Thanks for the warm welcome to your home.

Beverly said...

Morning, Sunshine! What a bright, beautiful face to greet me at the door! I actually woke up with a bit of an appetite and those quiche bites look very yummy. Thanks so much for having me over, I'm looking forward to all the new recipes.

Cheri said...

The quiche bites look yummy. So that's one recipe copied! On to the rest!

Ruth said...

I'm hugging you right back! Great party and delicious food everywhere!

helena said...

hugs right back - arms full of other things or not. Love the idea of a photo as you open the front door

Jo.C said...

These look great - sorry I couldn't get involved but I am off to visit and check out the other delicious recipes.
Thanks for welcoming us so beautifully :0)
Off to hop xx

Ginger said...

Hi Deb! Whew! So happy to be here in sunny Arizona - I'm sure you noticed the fresh snow on my lawn LOL! Well I am excited to see what you have cooked up for us and cannot wait to try out the recipes!!

PS - I too am happy to have become blog friends and enjoy every visit to Paper Turtle :)

beccaf1970 said...

These look delicious! Thanks for organizing the hop...can't wait to see what everyone else brought to the party!!

Karen said...

I have loved visiting your house Deb and what a lovely greeting. I am a hugger too so if we met in real life I am sure there would be an awful lot of hugging and smiling going on. xxx

Unknown said...

I love this post but my favorite is the picture of you looking happy. :) Thanks for organizing this - headed to make the rounds! :)

Sian said...

What a wonderful welcome! How much would TSO and I love to be right there with you, partying? A lot!

furrypig said...

thank you for having me! Thanks for being the hostest with the mostest and inviting us all to join you just wish it was for real it would be an amazing party! I love hugs! What a wonderful welcome and a scrummy looking recipe hope I have time to visit everyone xxx

Maria Ontiveros said...

I adore that picture of you Deb!!! It's so beautiful.
The quiche bites do looks yummy, but I'm really glad you linked the zucchini as those look terrific, too!
Off to visit the rest of the blogs.

scrappyjacky said...

Thank you so much for inviting me to your party,Deb.....and those mini quiches look and sound delicious....I'll definately be trying them.

debs14 said...

I love how you've included English quantities too so we can all try these. They sound delicious! Can't stay, I have a lot of travelling to do!

Lizzie said...

Yummy! I would have liked to join in (I did see your invitation)... it's just been so busy here, that I was side-tracked and forgot (bad blogger!!)

So, I can at least join in by taking the tour!
Congratulations on your first blog hop and thanks for the big welcome! I'd love to come to your place and see such a smiley, happy face greeting me at the door.

Alison said...

Sorry to be late arriving Deb, but what a lovely welcome..huge hugs right back! Pinterest is going to busy the sound of those mini quiche to see what every one else has brought!
Alison xx

Maria Ontiveros said...

I'm back after having hopped around the ring because I want to say THANK YOU!!! This was such a nice check in with everyone - how brilliant to ask everyone to share a picture. It really felt like I had a little chat with all our blog friends.
Hugs to you!

Becky said...

I'm looking forward to doing this blog hop over the next few days! Love your welcome drink and bites! Thanks for the lovely welcome to your home. x

Mom said...

I've been around the world and back and enjoyed the party so much! Great job organizing this totally delicious pot luck! And hugs back to you, Sweetie! Love you! xo

Amy said...

First of all, I am hanging my head in shame as I must have NOT read your instructions correctly ... so sorry, I did not have a pic up of me at the front door! Oh dear!

Anyway, my day is just starting and I am going to spend a great portion of it enjoying all of these wonderful links!

Thanks Deb, we are huggers and kissers here - same goes, no one gets in the door without one! Fun, fun fun ...... :-) See you when I get back from the loop of goodness!

Amy said...

I'm back! Feeling very well fed and in need a nap after all those drinks so early in the morning ... it's not even midday for me yet! Sigh ... that ironing is going to be a chore this afternoon!

Nikki said...

I'm loving this blog hop Deb! And I'm loving your apps. Those look AMAZING! Hugs back to ya!!!

Sara said...

Awesome blog hop! I was fun to virtually travel around the world :) I learned about the hop from Allison's blog.

Rhona said...

I really like the look of your quiche bites, just my sort of thing - yum!
I've finally got a chance to go and visit everyone and there are some great recipes :). Thanks for organising the blog hop, Deb :) xx

Margaret said...

I'm late visiting, but I'm hungry. I'll try both.

Cate Brickell said...

I just opened a word document, so I could copy and paste recipes as I travel around! this is going to be a scrummy adventure!

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