Happy National Cheese Ball Day!

Hi! My name is Rebecca and I like to play with my food. Or maybe I'm having withdrawals from crafting? Our family is moving soon and packed up most of our things and put in storage while we await our new home.

My daughter lets me know almost every day what's in storage and when will we be able to bring it to our new home? I'm really hoping she doesn't remember the things mommy put in "permanent storage" (she probably will).

Times like these I like to create a distraction and have some fun kitchen time with the kids. And if they want to eat some of the extra carrots while they are at it? #Winning.

Who's ready to meet Ollie the Owl? Bacon Veggie Owl, in fact. See the full recipe here »

Let's start by preparing the toppings first. Slice a mid-small carrot and take a few pieces to julienne for around the eyes. Make sure bacon is crumbled (and taste-tested). Cut out a beak and two little feet for Mr. Ollie. We can always go back to tweak the beak size later!
Bacon Veggie Owl Cheeseball Blog Post | Tastefully Simple

Mix 2 packets Bacon Veggie Cheese Ball Mix with 16 ounces of cream cheese. Use a little over half of the mixture to form a round base. Using a spoon, sculpt out wings on each side. Top with rest of cheese ball mixture for the head. Create two triangles on top for the ears. He'll start looking like this:
Bacon Veggie Owl Cheeseball Blog Post | Tastefully Simple

To decorate the owl, start by placing green olive halves, sliced side out, in the head for the eyes. Place the julienned carrots around the green olives to create the face feathers. Place the beak and feet. Starting to look somewhat like an owl here …
Bacon Veggie Owl Cheeseball Blog Post | Tastefully Simple

Use the crumbled bacon to cover the head and wings. Finally, layer rows of sliced carrots for the front section. Serve with pretzels and pita chips. For a little extra tree-like appearance on your serving platter, you could add some green herbs.
Bacon Veggie Owl Cheeseball Blog Post | Tastefully Simple

I'm going admit, even before making this owl I knew, whether it turned out or not, crumbled #bacon on a Bacon Veggie Cheese Ball Mix? Never-fail delicious!



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