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Homespun Hope – A Christmas Tea and recipe

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Today was our “Homespun Hope” Christmas Tea at Paonia Friends Church.  We had many delicious yummies including chicken cranberry salad, cucumber sandwiches, biscotti, cake balls, and cheddar crisps with sun-dried tomatoes.  The tables, trays, and overall decorations were amazing.  Here are some pictures showing off the talents of the ladies in my church.

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I used my china and sterling silver. The china pattern is Adagio from Noritake and the silver pattern is called Joan of Arc by International.

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Many guests asked me for the recipe for these “crisps” or crackers, so I decided to post it on my blog with a picture and hope that you will all want to treat your holiday guests to something extra special.  Guaranteed to be Tried and True!

Cheddar Crisps with Sundried Tomatoes

1 – 8 ounce package shredded sharp cheddar cheese

3/4 Cup unsalted butter, softened

1/4 Cup drained, chopped sun-dried tomatoes, patted dry, if necessary

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

2 tsp dried oregano or 2 Tbsp fresh oregano, chopped

2 1/4 Cup flour

In a medium bowl using an electric mixer at medium speed (lots of elbow grease works too) combine the cheese, butter, sun-dried tomatoes, oregano, salt, and pepper.  Beat until well combined.  Gradually add flour very slowly until the dough is combined.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside

Roll the dough to 1/8-1/4″ thickness.  Using  2 1/2″ cookie cutters, cut 36-40 crackers, re-rolling the dough as necessary.  Bake until lightly browned, about 15 minutes. Cool on the baking sheets for 10 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.   I found the crackers continue to brown while cooling.

I used Christmas shapes, star, bell, and an angel, but shapes could be varied depending on the occasion.  For example clovers for St Patrick’s Day, hearts for Valentine’s Day, etc.

I would love to hear what you are doing to get into the holiday spirit!

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