When Zumba girls play, they go “Nuts”

We sure have a lot of fun up in the White Mountains!  One of my favorite pastimes  is my Zumba Class (Isn’t it obvious that I am a Fitness Fanatic?).  Ha!  Anyway, we recently had a party and there was SO much wonderful food.  One of the favorites was this cute little “Pinecone” Appetizer, which Sweet Kathleen brought.  Thanks Zumba Buddy!!

Somebody got to this before I got a cute picture, but trust me, it looked just like a Pinecone!


1 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

1 Tbs. prepared horseradish

1/3 cup chopped stuffed green olives

1/3 cup imitation or real bacon bits

4 oz. smokey whole almonds (approximately)

Parsley sprigs for garnish.  Crackers for serving. (this resembles a cheese ball, so stick a knife in it!)

Been together first 3 ingredients.  Stir in olives and bacon bits.  Chill several hours  When ready to serve, shape mixture into a pinecone shape.  Beginning at the pointed end, layer almonds covering top then sides.  Finish by placing parsley sprigs at the top to resemble stems.

Note:  This is one of those fun recipes that you can change around, such as using black olives instead of green…..or scallions. Use your noggin!

this is what cute Zumba girls wear on 4th of July!


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