Monday, October 19, 2009

Party Pinwheels.

Cub's first birthday party was this weekend. WOW. It was fun, but I'm exhausted! It was so great to see his grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, great aunts and uncles and great grandparents gather to celebrate the first year of his life. We did a family-only party--and there were almost 30 people there!

Since there were going to be mostly adults in attendance, my menu included pinwheels, black bean and cheese quesadillas (on garlic herb tortillas) with peach salsa, a veggie tray, boneless buffalo wings, and, of course, lil' smokies. Because if all else fails, lil' smokies are difficult to ruin.

Although I'm sure I'd find a way. :)

Anyway. So! Here are the step-by-step instructions for the pinwheels that I made. They were super-easy and quite delicious, if I may say so myself!

Roast Beef and Red Pepper Pinwheels

1 jar roasted red peppers
1 package large tortillas
1 8 oz. package cream cheese
1 package thinly sliced roast beef
1 bag leaf spinach

On a tortilla (I used jalapeno cheddar tortillas--just a little kick!) spread a thin layer of cream cheese.

Add a layer of thinly sliced roast beef, keeping the slices away from the edge (it will be excess anyway).

Sprinkle a layer of spinach leaves, stems removed.

Add roasted red peppers in a line that matches the direction you will be rolling.

Roll the tortilla tightly.

Wrap the rolled tortillas in either plastic wrap or tinfoil. I prepped mine the day before so all I had to do was slice them up on the big day!

Remove from wrapper and slice in 1/2 inch slices. Enjoy watching them disappear!!

On some of the rolls, I removed the red pepper and used turkey instead of roast beef, to give some variety.

The theme was "King of the Jungle", so my antique wooden carved lazy susan fit right in to hold my chocolate cupcakes. I even attempted homemade frosting. Hmmm. It tasted good, but the consistency was a tad ... dry. Thankfully I had some white frosting stashed in the cupboard for back up!!

Most importantly, Cub enjoyed his first sweet treat. And even avoided smearing it in his hair. :)


  1. The pinwheels were delicious. And your watch in the picture is BEAUTIFUL!

  2. Why thank you!! ;) Someone with fantastic taste gave it to me!!

  3. Can't wait to hear more about the party!! And those pinwheels look yum. :)

  4. Yay for a successful party for Cub! :)

  5. I'm going to write down that recipe right now...they look delicious! for some reason, they always looked to intimidating to make, but you make it seem easy. so I'll give it a try sometime! I can't wait to see more party pictures!

  6. I just finished writing down the recipe and realized I meant to type "too" instead of "to." oops. :)

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