Recipes From Living the American Backwoods Cabin Life

Freezing Cherry Tomatoes

Did you know you can freeze cherry tomatoes? My garden was a flop this year but, boy oh boy, do I have the cherry tomatoes. I just hate to see food go to waste and better yet I love to take home grown veggies out of the freezer in the middle of winter and throw them in a soup or casserole.

Freezing cherry tomatoes is quite easy. Wash them, dry them, then place them on a cookie sheet (or other flat pan or dish) in a single layer. Freeze them, then place in freezer bags like I did above. You can take out what you need when you need them because they don't stick together.


Anytime Roll Up Appetizers

I've made these easy roll ups for Christmas and brought them to our neighbors house for a Super Bowl party this month. They are always a hit and always gone by the end of the night.

Here are some of the characters in this recipe. There will be a link at the bottom of this post to print the recipe.

The colorful character in this recipe is the peppers. Choose the colors that match the party. Are you making them for Christmas? Use red and green bell peppers. Are you making them for Easter? Use spring colors like yellow and orange bell peppers. For Super Bowl, I was cheering on the Falcons, so I used more red bell peppers than green. It didn't work though - the Falcons lost.

Anyways, you need a cup of finely chopped bell peppers.

Then you take two green onions and finely chop them up.

Mix the peppers and onions together.

Take one package of ranch dressing mix and add to the two 8 ounce packages of softened creme cheese.

Mix well.

Add black pepper and stir.

Take one of your five flour tortillas and...

...spread with the creme cheese mixture.

Sprinkle the pepper mixture...

...until covered like this.

Roll up tightly.

Place on plastic wrap...

...and roll up tucking the ends under.

Repeat with remaining four flour tortillas, then place in the refrigerator for at least an hour or until it's close to party time.

Slice into bite size pieces. I separated the layers with wax paper so they wouldn't stick to each other.

Yum!! Enjoy watching these babies disappear!!

    Anytime Roll Up Appetizers

By Debi VanDyke | Cabin Cleaver
in Appetizers

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Prep: 10 minutes                      Level: Easy
Refrigeration: 1 hour +             Makes: about 35 roll ups

  • 2 – 8 oz. packages creme cheese, softened
  • 1 package ranch dressing mix
  • Ground Black Pepper
  • 5 flour tortillas
  • 1 cup finely diced bell pepper (see my note below)
  • 2 green onions, sliced fine
Thoroughly mix the creme cheese, ranch dressing mix and the black pepper together until smooth.

Mix the peppers and green onions together.

Spread the creamy mixture on the tortillas, and then sprinkle over the creamy layer the vegetable mixture. Roll up tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least an hour.

Before serving, slice the roll ups into small wheels and place on a serving platter. 

Note: You can get creative with your bell pepper colors. At Christmas time you can use red and green, in the spring or summer yellow and orange. So many possibilities and so yummy!