May 21

When I began home schooling, almost everyone said ‘are you going to do that through high school?’ with the most shocked expression on their faces when I told them ‘that was the plan’.

After getting that reaction for several years, I began to doubt myself. Could I really teach the chips through high school? Could I really prepare them for college? Could I really do a good job at this thing called home schooling?

It was almost at the time of the worst of self doubt, that I found myself at the most wonderful home schooling forum…ever! The women that I met at Donna Young’s home school forum were my encouragement when I had none from anyone/anywhere else, they were my cheerleaders when I was down, they were wisdom when I was floundering, they were my mentors, they were my friends.

The forum has now since closed, and the women that I met there are still my encouragement, still my cheerleaders, still dishing out wisdom, still my mentors, and still my friends.

It is to them that I owe so much gratitude for helping me to get to where I am today. Graduating my son from high school. I couldn’t have done it without you ladies. Especially Tressa who, without many long distance conversations, the boy and I would never have made it through Algebra without killing each other. Seriously.

In a couple weeks, I will be giving a graduation party for the boy. I am going to need to have food for approximately 30-50 people, and I need your help.

Can you give me suggestions on finger food (meaning, can be eaten without the help of a fork or spoon) recipes that are both inexpensive and easy.

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  1. a veggie tray is always a good start. With the prices of food, I’m not sure, I know of one but not sure if you will like it. I went to a party once that had ground beef, and velveta cheese with some seasoning and then it was put on the tiny bread slices from pepperidge farm. Good Luck.

    Oh yes, we love you too.

  2. Oh, I love “finger-food” parties!! I have a list that I use anytime we have a party. I’ll send it to you thru gmail.

  3. CC, you have done a WONDERFUL job with your children…and you’ve always been a wealth of information and help to everyone at DY. I’m so glad I met you through there and I would LOVE to meet you in person sometime. I have a feeling you give good hugs. πŸ™‚

    As far as finger-food goes, you could make some chicken strips, nuggets or little sandwiches w/ham and cheese or something. I don’t know, I don’t ever have parties with a lot of people to feed.

    Congrats to you and D….one down/one to go!!!! YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!!!!!!

  4. I make little sandwiches with egg salad and or tuna salad. I buy small dinner rolls and stuff them, or you can buy little rye breads(kind of dry though). I have also used a firm white bread and cut the sandwiches into four squares or four triangles.

    I also slice cantalope into thin slices and put out whole strawberries.

    I hear you on the Algebra thing. I have a 15 year old and I refused to do Algebra with him(Bad experiences with my older kids). We bought a DVD that he is working through. I check his work and if there is a problem I try to explain it to him. It is very difficult. 15 year old boys do not want to be home with mom!

    Have a great party!

  5. I just had a grad party for my son!! We served creme filled cupcakes which were a big hit. Also his two favorite munchies…puppy chow and skittles.

  6. Congrats to you and the boy. What a milestone!
    Cinnamon apples are always a hit for me. Just cut apples into wedges and shake them in a plastic bag with some cinnamon (apx 1 tsp or more) You can put a little peanut butter in the middle of the tray for dip or serve alone.

  7. Congratulations! You are both Marvelous! And the DY forum was great, wasn’t it?

    I remember at my wedding reception the biggest hit was cherry tomatoes stuffed with ham(?) salad. I don’t know how easy they were (I was the bride so I wasn’t forced to stuff cherry tomato halves) but they were cheap and everyone loved them. They looked pretty on the table, too. Oh, and everyone loves those little sausage balls. You’re in the Midwest so I’m sure you have recipes for those. LOL

    As for algebra, my boy just started. I’m about 90 lessons ahead of him in the book, so if I can just keep it that way through highschool I think we’ll be okay. πŸ˜›

  8. I would come up with a theme first and make your finger food to go with the theme. Mexican usually seems to be the most reasonable and is fun and easy to decorate for.

    Remember when Aunt Karen did a Mexican theme for Shannon’s?
    We had taken a pic with Shannon in a Sombrero and put it on a wanted poster on the door. Everyone was greeted with that!

    You could do Mexican Pinwheels, Tostada Chips with 5-layer bean dip, Mini taco’s pre-made…The apples dipped in cinnamon would go good with that theme for something sweet…You could have a vegetable/cheese plate and of course a grad cake!

    For the record I am all for home schooling. My concern was for more for social activities…and involvement with other kids.

  9. A few ideas:

    Meatballs – toothpicks
    Tortilla wraps
    fruit kabobs
    veggies & dip (like someone already mentioned)
    cheese & crackers
    Chicken skewers
    deviled eggs
    mini cheesecakes & cookies/bars
    mini quiches
    stuffed phyllo dough – you can pretty much stuff it with anything – get the boy to make these himself πŸ™‚

    I am sure you will do a great job of the party and that you have a done a great job with the Boy too πŸ™‚

  10. Congratulations!! I am so happy for you! Hey, those Algebra conversations were fun. I miss the Donna Young forums. Nothing else even comes close to fun and support that I had there.

    As for recipes, I am not sure. How about a veggie pizza? Where you lightly cook crescent rolls and slap some cream cheese and veggies on the top. I usually eat that stuff until I am sick. πŸ™‚

  11. Nothing to add on the food suggestions. πŸ˜‰

    On the homeschooling through high school: we began our homeschooling journey unlike most others, in that I pulled Heather out of public school and began to homeschool her at the start of 6th grade and homeschooled her through high school to graduation. She graduated home school in 2004. She was accepted into three different colleges and what college she has attended (she didn’t go right away and now has my grandbaby Lilly, so college has not been her priority) she made straight A’s and did exceedingly well!! So – I guess I didn’t mess her up too badly. πŸ˜› LOL

    I too heard from the critics, had moments of, “what am I doing?!!”, but persevered – as I knew it was what God called us to do. You’ve done well my dear. Great job!! πŸ˜€

  12. I hear that “all the way through” comment all the time! I’m glad it’s not just me! And DY was THE best. I found it at a low time for me as well and it made the difference between giving up and pushing on.

    Finger food hmm? How about Chicken Satay with a peanut sauce? It’s pretty easy to make and the most expensive part would be the chicken. Here’s one recipe, but there are TONS on the web.,,FOOD_9936_22141,00.html

  13. Congrats to you and the boy chip!
    I’ve been homeschooling for five years now, since my oldest started school. The plan is to go all the way through high school. It’s nice to have the encouragement of knowing others who have succeeded in reaching the finish line.
    My best suggestion is to look on
    It’s one of my favorite sites for good ideas. I though this looked really fun and the boy chip would probably enjoy getting creative with making them.
    Good Luck! πŸ™‚

  14. I know finger jello is kind of a ‘kid thing’, but the layered kind is one of my favorite finger foods. Mix 1 box of jello and 1 packet of unflavored gelatin with 1 cup boiling water and dump it in a 9×13. Mix 1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk, 4 packs unflavored gelatin, and 2 cups boiling water and cool to room temp, then dump 1/3 of it over 1st hardened layer. Repeat the first step, using jello colors of your choice. You should end up with 7 layers… color, white, color, white, color, white, color.

  15. Can’t think of anything in the finger foods genre, but I wanted to say well done on homeschooling your son through high school. I’m sure you are so very proud of him.

  16. Hmm, maybe you need to start a forum to help the next generation. (hint, hint) I find that I’m encouraging younger moms even though right now I just want to pull the covers over my head and not come out.

    I can email recipes if you want any of them..
    Taco Pan Pizza (I cut it up into small pieces)
    Cheesy Onion Rolls Ups (take flour tortilla and put cream cheese, gr onion, and ham – roll it up and refrig until firm then cut into small bite size.)
    Cucumber Pita Wedges
    I make like a stromboli – unroll pillsbury dough frenchloaf and put ham and swiss cheese (or many combos) and reroll it. Cut deep slits into it and bake.

    I just made these caramel nut treats. Put pretzels on a foil lined cookie sheet and put a rolo on top. Stick it in oven at 250 degrees for 4 minutes and then take a pecan half and smoosh it on top. Store in frig as it likes to melt if in warm weather. Taste like a turle!
    There is always chex mixes. I even have a white chocolate chex mix.

    It seems that dips are a must. There are dips for fruit too as well as for bread, chips, even veggies.

    Keep it simple as you want to make sure you enjoy this moment with friends, family, and your boy. Huge accomplishment for both of you! Congrats.

  17. I just got my Parents magazine and they had the cutest thing in there. They took marshmallows and half a graham cracker and dipped each of them in chocolate. They then attached four strings of licorice and a piece of small candy to the top of the graham cracker with frosting. Then they stuck the cracker to the marshmallow with frosting. I looks like little graduation hats. They are sooooo cute. You might try searching Parents magazine for Hats Off and see if you can find them.

  18. How about mini stuffed twice baked potatoes, they are a bit fiddly but really cute, and you could have both the white and the red mini potatoes, and to stuff them just use cheese, and/or some finely chopped deli ham.

    Congratulations on your son graduating “high school.”

  19. You’ve had a lot of great suggestions for finger food. Sometimes I make pigs in a blanket or small chicken salad sandwiches (in rolls instead of sliced bread).

    Yes, I loved that forum; it was a hard decision to close it. I can remember when you first joined CC =) and the long introduction thread about changing your user name from what it was to Chocolatechic.

  20. I forgot to say Congrats to you and your son. And congrats to you for having the moxie to homeschool all the way to high school graduation. ((hugs))

  21. We love those little mini quiche things–with ricotta and spinich–make them in a mini muffin pan and skip all the fussy crust business-use a slice of pepperoni instead.

    something to have everyone wondering why they didn’t think of it?–cook bacon slices 1/2 way and cut in half–wrap around tator tots and skewer with a toothpick-oven em up until crispy-a little BBQ sauce etc on the side and men esp can’t leave em alone!

    A huge congrats to the bot and a HUGER one for YOU!

    If you do the obligatory photo/momento display–be sure to add his mixer in the center and maybe a plate of tiny cheesecake bites with it!

  22. CC – you did a lot of encouraging to others at the forum as well, it was a 2-way street. I’m proud of all of us for doing what we were called to do with our children, for those who’ve kept with HS and those who put them into PS, for whatever reason it was the right one for each family. I’m so glad that I got the privilege of meeting so many wonderful women who I can call friends and sisters – which involves lots of teasing, hugs and prayers.

    As for finger foods…..I need to think. I’ve got to get ready for church as Luke’s to be there around 4 or so.

  23. I wasn’t there as long but I really miss the DY forums too. Without the forums I would not be blessed to know so many wonderful ladies.

    Congrats to you and the boy for graduating. Academically, that’s great, but as a human being, you did a totqally awesome job, he’s a wonderful yound man and I know he does you proud every minute of every day. Graduating is merely the icing on the cake.

    As for finger food, my favourite is to take a Gluten Free bread mix, mix it to directions, spread it over a big flat tray, cook until done, then using a scone cutter cut small rounds and spread them some kind of pizza sauce and add meat and cheese. re-cook them for a few minutes to melt the cheese and you have perfectly finger sized mini pizzas. (Hawiian seems to work well, as does cooked chicken using a BBQ flavoured sauce instead of a tomato based one)

  24. I make a cheddar cheese spread that is delicious! I serve it with Wheat Thins and it is always a hit!
    Cheddar Cheese Spread
    1 pound finely shredded cheddar cheese
    ΒΎ cup mayo
    1 cup chopped pecans
    green onions (as desired), chopped
    Β½ tsp Tabasco
    Combine, mix well and spread in pie plate. Cover with 1 cup strawberry or raspberry preserves. Chill

    I really like this dip, it tastes like summer.
    Sandy’s Cool Vegetable Dip
    Some cream cheese (more cream cheese than sour cream)
    Some salsa
    Some sour cream
    Some Vegetables (celery, cucumbers, carrots, black olives, green peppers, tomatoes)
    Some shredded cheddar cheese
    Mix all together and serve with tortilla chips.

    This is a great mexican style dip for tortilla chips.
    Mexicorn Dip
    2 cans Mexicorn-drained
    1 can extra hot Rotel-drained
    8 oz real mayo
    8 oz sour cream
    2 cups mild cheddar cheese
    1 bunch chopped green onions
    1 tbsp sugar
    Mix together and chill 4 hours before serving with tortilla chips.

    β€œCaviar” Appetizer
    1 can black-eyed peas
    1 can black beans
    1 can hominy
    1 can Rotel tomatoes
    Green onions, chopped
    Green pepper, chopped
    Fresh garlic and parsley, optional

    Drain 1st 4 ingredients. Mix all with Creamy Italian dressing. Chill overnight.
    Serve with tortilla chips.

    Rueben Dip
    ΒΌ cup sauerkraut
    Β½ cup sour cream
    8 oz cream cheese
    2 tbsp Thousand Island dressing
    4 oz corned beef-chopped
    Β½ cup shredded swiss cheese
    Mix together and melt in crock pot. Serve with rye bread.

    Veggie Pizza
    1 can refrigerated crescent rolls
    2 pkg cream cheese-softened
    1 Β½ tbsp mayo
    1 tbsp dill weed
    salt and pepper

    Spread crescent rolls in pan and bake for 10-12 minutes. Spread on cream cheese mixture. Add any chopped vegetables and cheese you like. Chill until ready to serve.

    I hope these help.

  25. Bean Dip
    Put in a blender:
    One large can of refried beans
    a package of taco seasoning
    about 1/4 cup sour cream
    while blending pour in 1/4 cup melted butter for smoothness.
    Serve with corn chips

    Congratulations to you and your son.

  26. Hugs to you and Congrats to the boy chip! πŸ˜€

    What yummy food suggestions you’ve acquired here. If you need some meat, I think pork roast is still the best bargain. You can crockpot the roast and use your favorite bbq spices & sauces.

    Easy Fruit Dip = cream cheese and a box of instant pudding. Mix with milk until you have the consistency that you want. You can also make this sugar free, if you have any diabetics attending.

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