Monday, October 25, 2021

Spider Cheese Ball

I'm setting my tea time today on my bench that I've had for over fifty years with my Halloween quilt. 

I wanted to practice my spider cheese ball that I'm taking to a luncheon this coming week.  It turned out pretty cute!

A friend gave me the pattern  for this fun quilt and I made it this past  summer with scraps that I had. I had to fussy-cut the vintage-like printed fabric.  It fits perfectly on my old and trusty hall bench.


This matching tea cozy was made last year from this vintage-inspired  fabric that I fell in love with awhile back and kept in my stash.

My Grace's Teaware teacup and the plaid plate are so pretty for Halloween.

Our boy Connor left for Camp Pendleton after a wonderful visit home!  He bought a 2014 Chevy Silverado, and he is so happy!!  I took Connor and my daughter, Molly, out for a lunch treat. 

Yield: 15-20
Author: Kitty, but adapted from Great Balls of Cheese cookbook
Spider Cheese Ball

Spider Cheese Ball

This is a fun cheese ball to serve to your guests for Halloween!


  • 16 ounces of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup shredded sharp white cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped pitted green olives
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • poppy seeds for coating
  • 1 green pepper, 1 pitted green olive, and 6-8 slivered almond, for decorating
  • Crackers for serving


  1. Using a mixer, mix together the cream cheese, cheddar, chopped olives, and garlic powder.
  2. Form the mixture into a ball, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  3. Before serving, roll the cheese ball in the poppy seeds.  To evenly coat, pour the seeds into a cereal bowl and set the cheese ball on top.  Roll the ball into the seeds until it's coated.  I didn't bother coating the bottom.
  4. Slice the pepper crosswise to make 4 thin slices, remove the seeds, and slice into each round once.  Arrange 4 pepper slices on each side of the spider for the legs. Slice the olive lengthwise for the  eyes, and arrange the almonds for the teeth.
  5. Serve with crackers. 


Celery sticks, sliced cucumbers, and carrots would be good for this, too.

Thank you for your visit!  xo

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  1. The spider cheese ball came out so cute, and the ladies will love it. Congrats to Connor on his Silverado, and I know how happy you are to be able to hug and spend time with him. xo

  2. Your spider turned out fang-tastic Kitty! I'm sure it will be a hit at your luncheon-enjoy:@)

  3. Kitty, Your quilt and tea cozy are adorable! I love your fabrics you chose to that make your pumpkin and cute cats. Love your spider cheese ball too. I've used chia seeds to cover a spooky cheese ball before since they were cheaper per ounce than poppy seeds. :) Glad you had a nice visit with Connor and he was able to find a truck with the shortages in the car market these days. ♥

  4. That quilt is beautiful! Your spider looks so creepy and yet sounds quite tasty. Glad you had a great visit with Connor and I love his new truck.

  5. The Halloween quilt and tea cozy are adorable! What fun you have!

  6. What a treat seeing your quilt Kitty. It certainly does fit perfectly on your bench. Lovely fabric to make the Halloween tea cozy, and it's so pretty with the black and white dishes. How wonderful to see your Connor and your lunch out sounds so special. The spider cheese ball is a fun specialty for Halloween and the recipe sounds delicious. Have a wonderful week......

  7. Hi Kitty,

    This is such a cute Halloween tea setting!! I love, love the quilt and tea cozy. :) Your spider is seriously scary looking (spoken by a true arachnophobe) but sounds yummy for eating. Thanks for sharing this fun recipe!

    I'm so glad you and Molly were able to spend time with your beloved Connor; you've all been through a lot this year. What an awesome truck, and it's great that Connor was able to purchase that. Thank you for keeping us updated on him, Kitty. Have a wonderful day!!

    Denise at Forest Manor

  8. Yum, I love a good cheese ball! I'm so happy that Connor got home for a visit. He got himself a wonderful truck; good for him! Have a delightful week, Kitty! Hugs...Sandi

  9. I hope Connor enjoys his truck! I wondered about the spider's color; poppyseeds: What a great idea!

  10. The cheeseball is tooo cute & clever. Made me laugh out loud to see it. =) Really love the plaid too - swooon! Connor's truck is very sharp - I'm sure he will enjoy it. How wonderful you got to spend some time together!

  11. What a fun Halloween-themed tea time. I'm loving the tea cozy, quilt, and black/white tea set. I think I spotted 3 cats on the quilt?

  12. LOVE the gorgeous quilt you fashioned, Kitty. It looks fabulous resting on the lovely bench. Fun tea cosy. Yes, the plaid teacup set is perfect for your Halloween setting. Love Connor's wheels!

  13. The Halloween quilt turned out so well. I love the colours you chose. What a great bench to show it off. So glad you could spend time with Connor.

  14. How cute is that spider! He is going to steal the show at your luncheon Kitty! Your bench vignette is adorable, the quilt and tea cozy are fantastic, your fingers have been busy! I love the black and white tea cup and plate too…I’m so glad Conner is back safely and that you got to spend time with him~

  15. I love the beautiful quilt you made and the cheese ball is just adorable and perfect for a Halloween party. How nice to spend time with Connor. I hope you have a nice week Kitty.

  16. Oh my goodness Kitty! That spider cheese ball is perfect! I love it. That tea cozy is precious. Is there anything that you can't do? And Connor! My mercy he's one handsome young man. Pray for him often. So glad you all got to enjoy lunch together. How precious! See here....if that handsome grandson of yours was nearby...I'd have to introduce him to my oldest grandgirl. I know he comes from good stock! Ha! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  17. Awesome decoration for Halloween,just perfect with that great spider-cheese ball and the stunning quilt.Precious time with your adorable family!Hugs.

  18. Your quilt is so lovely. Wonderful rendition made from various scraps. The tea cozy is adorable. Your spider cheese ball is creepy looking. So fun and creative. Yea for Connor buying a nice truck. So sweet he treated your daughter and you to lunch. Camp Pendleton is so familiar. My first husband was stationed there and I had my first child at the naval hospital.

  19. What a fun tea set-up! The quilt is just gorgeous, as is the tea cozy. Such a festive tea time you have here! :)

  20. I'm impressed with your sewing and baking projects.
    So happy for Conner being home and how neat he got a new truck.
    I enjoy your family outings and tea times.

  21. I'm a little late seeing this post! Trying to catch up with my blogging buddies after being gone for several days over last weekend. The spider cheese ball is a hoot! Love that photo of Connor and his new truck. ♥

  22. Hi Kitty,
    Your Spider Cheese Ball looks adorable and I am sure it is delicious. A very special truck for that very special Conner, our best to him and your family, so happy you got to spend time with him! Thanks so much for sharing with us on Full Plate Thursday, 560 and hope you come back again real soon!
    Miz Helen

  23. Aw, it did my heart good to see you and Connor in the photo! I am so thankful you had that precious time with him. I can only imagine what your dear boy has been through while he was gone, and how good God is to have brought him home safe. I pray He does that every time, dear friend. Sending love and hugs your way!


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