Oscar Party Menu

Oscar party menu is set! I hope all my guests will be hungry because here’s what I plan to serve up:

Oscar Party Menu

Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Bites

Rosemary Balsamic Steak Kabobs


Teriyaki Ginger Chicken Kabobs

Sugar and Nut Glazed Brie with Pears

Cheese, Crackers & Grapes

Dill Dip, Carrots, Wheat Thins & Cucumbers

Italian Antipasto Skewers

Hummus Three Ways

And for the dessert table…

Oscar Party Desserts

Chocolate Dipped Raspberries

Chocolate Mousse

Pomegranate Mediants

Gold Dusted Chocolate Oscars

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Tree

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles

Chocolate Truffles with Sea Salt

– Martta

Oscar Party Word Find

Has anyone been waiting to see the Oscar Party Word Find 2015? Well, wait no longer. Here she is in all her glory! Now Liz, I’m depending on you to NOT start working on this before the party.

Oscar Party Word FindTested, but not by my normal reviewer (who is coming to this year’s party in person! Woo Hoo!) so I have no idea how difficult it really is compared to other years. Here are the Oscar Party Word Find Answers 2015 (including the sneaky 10 words NOT in the word bank above!)


Oscar Party Word Find

Are you ready to test your skills against this year’s word find? My tester reports this year is much easier, what a relief after being truly diabolical in last year’s word find!

Oscar Party Word Find 2014Here’s the Word Find 2014 Answer Key to check your results. As always there are bonus words – can you find all twelve?

For more on how I make this word find, check out my previous post here.



Martha’s Chocolate-Champagne Truffles in Sparkling Sugar

I saw Martha Stewart’s recipe for chocolate-champagne truffles in sparkling sugar as I was looking about for new Oscar Party ideas and I thought they would be a perfect addition to the party – who doesn’t like truffles especially when they have champagne?!  Sounded like it would be a hit for the dessert table.

When I took a glance at the reviews, I saw that there was trouble in paradise.  Many folks complained that the truffles were soft and didn’t set properly.  The recipe does call for a substantial amount of liquid.  But I decided to dive right in anyway and give it a whirl.

Now, I did make modifications.  I didn’t really believe that yield of three dozen so I doubled the chocolate and the cream.  Taking into account the problems that other folks had with the softness of the truffles, I stuck to the recipe on the champagne and cognac.  That’s twice as much chocolate power to fight off all that extra liquid.

But it still wasn’t enough. Chocolate-Champagne Truffles in Gold Sanding Sugar

These truffles were soft and I needed to freeze them just to get them to set properly.  They were in the fridge until the last minute on party night.  I had covered them in gold sanding sugar, thank goodness because otherwise they would have been too sticky and soft to work with!

But the most telling sign is at the end of the night, I had plenty of these truffles left over and none of the other truffles I made from the Pioneer Woman’s recipe.  So my advice is to stick to Ree’s recipe!