Due to scheduling, the only day they could travel here happened to be on my mother's birthday.
Not only was my dad crazy busy at work trying to get everything situated in order to take the time off, but she was headed to her mother's funeral. On her birthday.
This, my friends, is the definition of "not fair"!
One of my fantastic aunties decided that we should hold a surprise party for her.
Since the plane wasn't landing until later, we would all be up sort of late, with a big day (the wake) the next afternoon...but it was going to be worth it to make my mother feel like she hasn't been forgotten.
The deal was, all the aunties and uncles would be waiting at my house for us to bring them in from the airport.
One aunt was bringing a cake, one was bringing ice cream, and one was bringing some sort of snack. Not enough really since they would have been flying all evening with no dinner.
I had to find something quick, easy, and something I could leave alone while headed to the airport.
A quick scan of recipes later, and this one jumped out at me.
I used all the pepperoni in the package. Some people fell in love, some said it was a bit too spicy.
Maybe (if using regular pepperoni) half or three quarters will do. I usually use turkey pepperoni, which isn't as spicy, that is maybe the whole package type.
Either way, it's delicious! I wasn't sure about the cream of celery soup, but it just gives it a creaminess, no celery flavor.
So...off to the airport we went, leaving the aunties to handle the rest.
We pick them up and my dad says "Can we stop somewhere for food, we are starving".
I answered a little too quickly "no, it's late, I brought you some food in the car"
They were all, um, OK, about it...but thankfully didn't argue.
Got to the house, sent my mother in first under the guise that the girl child didn't take the ride with us because she had too much homework.
Imagine her surprise to open the door and find all her siblings, spouses, and some of the nephews there singing to her.
She cried. Lots. Happy tears.
1 (8 oz)
block of cream cheese
1 Can cream of celery soup
1 Pkg sliced pepperoni
Bread, crackers, etc for dipping
1. Cut desired amount of pepperoni into quarters
2. Combine all ingredients into crock pot and mix
3. Cover and let cook on low for one hour, stirring occasionally4. Serve with dippers
Do not be afraid of the cream of celery!
I served with tortilla chips, but sliced bread would be great too!
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