Happy Babies, Bev! and The Fastest Appetizer Ever

Welcome to Bev’s Baby Shower! This post is one of dozens made just for our beloved Bev Cooks. Once you’ve nabbed this recipe, hop to the bottom of this post and discover all of the delicious eats and treats inspired by our favorite new baby mama!

Dear Bev,

Remember the first time you came into my life? I do.

A witty little comment appeared at the end of a blog post, and I thought, “well, hello there feisty chicken.”

Two or three little comments  a week were dropped. They were witty and lively, vaguely sarcastic and hilarious–but always playful and perfect. It wasn’t long until I hunted you down, fell in love with your superfabby cooking skillz and web wordsmitthing, and forced you to be my forever friend that I’ve never met.

Life is better with you, girl. And now, it’s ’bout to be betta betta, because there’s two tiny tots being birthed from your belly, and good gawd, if that’s not just happy excitement all around.

Still. From one twin mama to another: things is abouts to get all craycray up in your hizzy.

Oh, you’ll be in love with all the chaos and such. There’s really no option left by those cherubic people who fall into your life and ruin it in the nicest way possible. They’ll be pink cheeked and curly eyelashes and everything everything all the time.

But, you’re gonna be tired. And you’re gonna wonder what happened to your mojo somedays. And you’re gonna have to revamp. And all of that is okay. Because, turns out, being flexible is fun.

So is discovering you still have all that mojo hidden underneath the hectic minutes of the day. You can still throw one heck of a party, and you can still rock a pair of skinny jeans–despite needing spanx for a month or eighty. It’s all gonna be good. So, so good.

And here’s the ultimate secret…it’s better when you have a few tricks up your sleeve. Shortcut, girl. Don’t try to be a hero all the time. Call people over, pour some bubbly, keep making magic. But, simplify. Breathe. And take time to bathe.

How to do it? Oh, there’s no secret. You’ll never actually be able to do any of that anyway. But, let’s pretend. And also, for those moments when you wanna feel like a gourmand, but are shoving ish into a diaper bag just so you can leave the house for fourteen minutes without running into an emergency, here’s my favorite fast-prep party appie. You can pull it together, tote it, and wow that crap out of a room full of guests in two minutes flat.

Which will leave you more than enough time to try to sneak in a shower before noon. Or something thereafter. Because, darling.  Noon showering is so overrated.

And don’t you forget it.

I adore you, mama. You’re gonna be a dream.

See? This here is your lineup. It’s easy easy easy easy easy.

Did I mention easy?

Plate. Pile. Pile. Drizzle honey. Be done with it. You’re a rockstar.

Serve it on slate. Pretend you’re What Katie Ate. Food blogger escape art. That’s how we do it.

Then crack into the crackers, kiss your babies, and know you’ve made three things worth nibbling on. Appetizer, baby, baby. Pure yum.


The Fastest Appetizer Ever


4-6 ounces goat cheese, brought to room temperature
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup honey
a smidgen of pretty sea salt


Place goat cheese on a plate.

Top with cranberries and walnuts.

Drizzle with honey.

Sprinkle with sea salt.

Dive into all of the above with rosemary crackerbread.

Take a nap.

Discover all of Bev’s Baby Shower Recipes

Bacon Cotija Guacamole from Gaby of What Gaby Cooking
Gruyère Gougères from Shaina of Food for My Family
Lemon Risotto Tarts from Kelly of Live Love Pasta
Goat Cheese Crostini with Pesto and Roasted Red Peppers from Liz of The Lemon Bowl
Spinach and Feta Quinoa Bites from Aggie of Aggie’s Kitchen
Roasted Red Grape, Brie and Rosemary Flatbread from Laurie of Simply Scratch
The Fastest Appetizer Ever from Brooke of Cheeky Kitchen
Apple Pear Tart – Two Ways from Sarah of Daisy at Home

Chocolate Chai Frappe from Brandy of Nutmeg Nanny
Cherry Chocolate Kiss Smoothie from Amy of Very Culinary
Cranberry Sorbet Bellini – Non-Alcoholic and Alcoholic from Megan of Country Cleaver
Peppermint Mocha Affogato from Christina of Dessert for Two
Toasted Marshmallow Cream Hot Chocolate from Jessica of How Sweet It Is
Pomegranate Lemonade Punch from Heather of Heather Christo

Kale Salad with Pomegranate, Orange and Pine Nuts from Rachel of Rachel Cooks
Pear Cranberry Arugula Salad from Tracy of Shutterbean
Brussels Sprout Salad + maple roasted cranberry dressing from Katie of Yes, I Want Cake
Gluten-Free Pasta Salad from Lisa of With Style and Grace
Hearty Roasted Winter Vegetable Salad with Honey Ginger Dressing from Heather of Heather’s Dish
Winter Citrus Salad from Catherine of Weelicious

Creamy Roasted Red Pepper and Chicken Sausage Pasta from Heidi of FoodieCrush
Eggplant Parmesan Lasagna from Joanne of Fifteen Spatulas
Cheesy Chicken Enchilada ‘Double’ Stacks from Lauren of Climbing Grier Mountain
Jalapeno Popper Chicken Soup from Kevin of Closet Cooking
Thai Spiced Chicken with Coconut Cream Swiss Chard from Brandi of Bran Apetit
Sausage and Red Pepper Quiche from Tasty Kitchen
Roasted Red Pepper Pasta with Goat Cheese from Julie of The Little Kitchen

Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies from Averie of Averie Cooks
Glazed Dulce de Leche Pound Cake from Meagan of Scarletta Bakes
Mississippi Mud Pie Brownie Ice Cream from Megan of Take a Megabite
Buttermint Frosted Sugar Cookie Cups from Shelly of Cookie and Cups
4-Ingredient Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies from Ali of Gimme Some Oven
Sweet Potato Creme Brulee from Brian of A Thought for Food
Whole Wheat Double Chocolate Mint Cookies from Aimée of Simple Bites
Mini Chocolate Stout Cheesecake with Salted Beer Caramel Sauce from Jackie of The Beeroness
Red Velvet Hi Hat Cookies from Kristan of Confessions of a Cookbook Queen
Double Chocolate Panini from Kathy of Panini Happy

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    Sarah | The Sugar Hit on December 10, 2013 at 4:21 am Reply

    Wow, I love this post.

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    shelly (cookies and cups) on December 10, 2013 at 6:53 am Reply

    I am ALL about the fastest appetizer ever. This looks like perfection!

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    brandi on December 10, 2013 at 7:23 am Reply

    love this! and yes, that’s perfect about Bev and her comments. they’re the best!!

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    Bev @ Bev Cooks on December 10, 2013 at 7:27 am Reply

    You are INCREDIBLE with words, Brooke. I just adore the poo out of you. It’s a good thing I already hardly ever wash my hair and put on a bra. This new mom thing might just be perfect for me.

    THANK YOU for a) finding me so long ago b) making me fall back in love with you and c) being a part of this HUNORMOUS celebration! I’m peeing myself.

    And that appetizer has me sweaty. The good kind.

    You = awesome. oxoxoxo!

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    Aimee @ Simple Bites on December 10, 2013 at 7:52 am Reply

    Such good advice!! PS> Love this appy. Can I steal the whole plate at this shower?

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    Katie on December 10, 2013 at 8:46 am Reply

    Oh heavens yes. Fastest delicious-ist looking thing I’ve seen all day. Happy baby shower!

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    Aggie on December 10, 2013 at 11:57 am Reply

    This is perfect and my kind of appetizer! Thanks so much for being part of Bev’s celebration today!

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    Cookbook Queen on December 10, 2013 at 1:55 pm Reply

    Oh I am so SO in love with this post. Wine and shortcuts are my spirit animals.

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    Heather on December 10, 2013 at 2:14 pm Reply

    Oh my word, I’m sobbing both from joy and laughing too hard! And is it weird that now I kinda want to be a twin mom? Either way, as long as I always have an excuse to eat this appetizer ;)

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    Shaina on December 10, 2013 at 3:25 pm Reply

    Hurrah for easy appetizers!

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    Megan {Country Cleaver} on December 10, 2013 at 8:22 pm Reply

    Heavens to Bevvy!! These are right up her alley!

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    Laurie {Simply Scratch} on December 10, 2013 at 8:59 pm Reply

    This post is amazing. This app is amazing. YOU are amazing… I’m totally in love with it all!

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    absolutely beautiful! I’m all about an easy appetizer.

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    I love how easy this is, Brooke!! :)

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