New recipe on Kevin & Amanda Recipes today! :)

Hot Ham & Cheese Party Rolls with a Brown Sugar Poppy Seed Glaze. Perfect for taking to friends, new moms, and family because you can assemble it the night before and bake it the next day.

Sharing a fun twist on the classic Hot Ham & Cheese Party Rolls with Brown Sugar Poppy Seed Glaze today! These fun mini ham & cheese rolls are SO good!!

Click the title below to get the recipe:

Hot Ham & Cheese Party Rolls

Enjoy!! :)


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Throw the ultimate Christmas party with cute Christmas themed food and the most awesome hot chocolate bar you have ever seen! Plus tips and recipes for hosting the best cookie swap party on the block.

Last week I hosted our annual Christmas Party and cookie swap with with a fun group of local bloggers I get together with once a month. To balance out all the sweets from our cookie swap, I thought it would be fun to have a few Christmas-themed appetizers for us to snack on before the cookie overload. :)

Throw the ultimate Christmas party with cute Christmas themed food and the most awesome hot chocolate bar you have ever seen! Plus tips and recipes for hosting the best cookie swap party on the block.

Here’s what all I made for our group. This bar opens up to the living room. You can see how this room was decorated for the party in our Holiday Home Tour post. :)

Throw the ultimate Christmas party with cute Christmas themed food and the most awesome hot chocolate bar you have ever seen! Plus tips and recipes for hosting the best cookie swap party on the block.

First up is Mini Caprese Bites! Cut grape tomatoes in half and layer with basil and mozzarella pearls on a toothpick. Then drizzle with DeLallo Balsamic Glaze and sprinkle with freshly cracked pepper and kosher salt. (Idea from here.)

Throw the ultimate Christmas party with cute Christmas themed food and the most awesome hot chocolate bar you have ever seen! Plus tips and recipes for hosting the best cookie swap party on the block.

Next I made a fun Fruit & Cheese Christmas Tree!  Arrange cubes of pepper jack, cheddar, mozzarella, and colby jack cheese with red and green grapes to form a tree. Then tuck fresh thyme sprigs between the layers. A slice of celery is the finishing touch for a perfect tree trunk.

Throw the ultimate Christmas party with cute Christmas themed food and the most awesome hot chocolate bar you have ever seen! Plus tips and recipes for hosting the best cookie swap party on the block.

How cute are these Chocolate Covered Strawberry Penguins??! Dip first in chocolate, let harden, then lay the front in white chocolate, and let harden. Use edible markers to draw on face.

Throw the ultimate Christmas party with cute Christmas themed food and the most awesome hot chocolate bar you have ever seen! Plus tips and recipes for hosting the best cookie swap party on the block.

I also made Crock Pot Spicy Barbecue Kielbasa. It was a HUGE hit! (I left out the bourbon.)

Throw the ultimate Christmas party with cute Christmas themed food and the most awesome hot chocolate bar you have ever seen! Plus tips and recipes for hosting the best cookie swap party on the block.

What would a Christmas party be without Raspberry Mint Christmas Christmas Spa Water??! :) Layer ice with raspberry and mint, fill with water and let infuse for at least 30 minutes.

Throw the ultimate Christmas party with cute Christmas themed food and the most awesome hot chocolate bar you have ever seen! Plus tips and recipes for hosting the best cookie swap party on the block.

The ice easily lasted the entire 3-hour party without melting. So good!

Throw the ultimate Christmas party with cute Christmas themed food and the most awesome hot chocolate bar you have ever seen! Plus tips and recipes for hosting the best cookie swap party on the block.

In addition to the cookies we swapped, everyone brought one dozen cookies on a plate to sample during the party.

Throw the ultimate Christmas party with cute Christmas themed food and the most awesome hot chocolate bar you have ever seen! Plus tips and recipes for hosting the best cookie swap party on the block.

I made my Gooey Salted Caramel Vanilla Butter Cookies.

Throw the ultimate Christmas party with cute Christmas themed food and the most awesome hot chocolate bar you have ever seen! Plus tips and recipes for hosting the best cookie swap party on the block.

Stephanie from Plain Chicken brought these fun Peanut Butter Turtle Cookies.

Throw the ultimate Christmas party with cute Christmas themed food and the most awesome hot chocolate bar you have ever seen! Plus tips and recipes for hosting the best cookie swap party on the block.

Lynda from Southern Kissed brought these fabulous Peppermint Sugar Cookies!

Throw the ultimate Christmas party with cute Christmas themed food and the most awesome hot chocolate bar you have ever seen! Plus tips and recipes for hosting the best cookie swap party on the block.

And my friend Wanda brought Charlie Brown Cookies. Have you heard of Charlie Brown Cookies? I don’t know what was in them, but they were delicious!

Throw the ultimate Christmas party with cute Christmas themed food and the most awesome hot chocolate bar you have ever seen! Plus tips and recipes for hosting the best cookie swap party on the block.

Everyone brought their cookies to swap in such cute packaging!

Throw the ultimate Christmas party with cute Christmas themed food and the most awesome hot chocolate bar you have ever seen! Plus tips and recipes for hosting the best cookie swap party on the block.

I also set up the Hot Chocolate Bar for us again this year!

Throw the ultimate Christmas party with cute Christmas themed food and the most awesome hot chocolate bar you have ever seen! Plus tips and recipes for hosting the best cookie swap party on the block.

This year there was a new addition to the hot chocolate bar… Marshmallows dipped in white chocolate and covered with crushed peppermint! The perfect stirring stick for hot chocolate. :)

Be sure to check out our Hot Chocolate Bar post for all the pictures of the hot chocolate bar — and last year’s cookie swap photos! :)

Thanks so much for looking!! Are you hosting or attending any holiday parties this year? What’s your favorite thing to bring to parties?


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Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

After our action-packed Danube River Cruise, Stephanie and I went to Munich for Oktoberfest!! :) But first we took a day trip from Munich to Neuschwanstein Castle, located in the heart of breathtaking Bavaria. We explored charming Bavarian villages and marveled at some of the most gorgeous countryside I have ever seen in my entire life.

Neuschwanstein (Noy-Schwan-Stine) Castle was Walt Disney’s inspiration for Sleeping Beauty’s Castle at Disneyland! We got to take a tour of this magnificent palace.

Here is a link to the exact cruise we took.

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

We booked a tour with Pure Bavaria Tours. I highly, highly recommend them! This tour was definitely one of the highlights of our trip. The owner and tour guide is Mario. He picks you up personally at your hotel and drives you through scenic Bavaria to the castle. Along the way we stopped for breakfast in a tiny, ultra charming Bavarian village.

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

We enjoyed decadent pastries from the local bakery.

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

There was plenty of time for us to stretch our legs and explore this gorgeous village.

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

Such a beautiful place to spend the morning eating pastries in Germany!

Take a day trip from Munich to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

He also took us to the historic Wieskirche cathedral.

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

This was honestly one of the most beautiful churches I have ever seen. Look at that ceiling!!

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland. Photo via Stephanie

The church is quietly nestled in the foothills of the Bavarian Alps.

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

This insanely gorgeous farmhouse is nearby. There were the cutest, friendliest cows grazing in their front yard. They all had on cow bells, and it sounded like the most beautiful symphony of wind chimes I have ever heard.

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

We hopped back on the bus and made one more stop for these gorgeous scenic photos of the Alps.

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

This was totally my kind of tour!! ;)

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

From here we could see the castle off in the distance.

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

Next stop… the castle!! We took the bus up the hill to St. Mary’s Bridge, which provides the perfect overlook of the castle.

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland. Photo via Stephanie

The shade makes my eyes look kind of weird here, but I had to get my picture taken with the castle!! :)

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

As we walked back down the hill to the castle, we had a gorgeous view of the valley below. Pictured here is Hohenschwangau Castle. This is where the king lived while he was building Neuschwanstein Castle.

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

This view seriously took my breath away.

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

Sleeping Beauty’s Castle!

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

The castle had incredible views of the village below!

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

I can’t imagine waking up to these views every day.

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

We had plenty of time to explore and wander on our own to take it all in.

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

We made our way to the castle when it was our time for the tour.

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

We couldn’t take pictures inside, but here’s one last view from the outside. I would totally live in that tower!

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

After the castle tour we walked down to village to explore.

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

We walked to the crystal blue lake from the picture above.

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

From here we had a closer view of Hohenschwangau Castle.

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

We worked up quite an appetite after castle-gawking all day, so Mario took us to an organic cheese farm for platters of Bavarian cheese, sausage, and fresh baked bread with homemade butter. Everything was phenomenal!

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

We ate outside on picnic tables in the gorgeous sunny weather. This was our lunch view!

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

There were little baby moo cows all around us jingling their tiny cowbells!

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

We had stunning 360 degree panoramic views all over this mountain village.

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

Breathtaking.

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

This was one of the best days of our trip! Highly recommend Mario and Pure Bavaria Tours!

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

Moo! We got back to Munich in the late afternoon with plenty of time to grab dinner and head over to our first night of Oktoberfest! More to come soon! :)


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