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CASA Home for the Holidays: Cheddar Carousel


by Amanda Lanum


Four wonderful Topeka homeowners have graciously offered their homes for this year's 25th Annual CASA Homes for the Holidays tour. They've each decorated for the holidays, and shared a go-to holiday recipe with 13 News This Morning. Now we're sharing them with you!


When we arrived to Michelle Butler's home in the Westboro neighborhood, the beauty and character of the home left Chris and I in awe. Michelle and her husband have restored the old home, adding modern touches, but keeping the character that makes homes in that neighborhood so popular. It was warm and welcoming. And it is definitely filled with Christmas cheer!


Michelle has wonderful taste, and with the help of her decorator, they've created a beautiful home for the holidays, complete with greenery, pine cones and lights in the outdoor space. There is even a red, Santa-filled guest room upstairs! All tastefully done, you do not want to miss Michelle and Tyler's home.


The tour raises money for CASA of Shawnee County. CASA is Court Appointed Special Advocates for children. The organization's mission is to be the voice for abused and neglected children in the court system, to make sure they don't get lost in the legal and social service system.


You can experience Michelle's home, and three amazing others, the weekend before Thanksgiving in Topeka by going on the home tour! I've listed the information for you below, as well as Michelle's Cheddar Carousel (or Cheddar Wreath for the holidays) recipe. Enjoy and happy holidays!


25th Annual Homes for the Holidays


Saturday, November 17


Sunday, November 18


10 a.m. - 5 p.m.


$9 in advance - $10 at the door


(Visit in any order)


8311 SW 33rd (CASA Collective)


4414 SW Clarion Lakes Drive


3616 SW York Way


2233 SW Millers Glenn Drive






Cheddar Carousel


This may sound unusual, but this combination is always a hit at holiday parties!


4 cups of shredded sharp Cheddar Cheese (about a pound)


¾ cup mayonnaise


1 medium onion, chopped


1 clove garlic, pressed


½ teaspoon Tabasco sauce


1 cup chopped pecans (optional)


Strawberry preserves


Combine all ingredients except preserves. Mix well.


Put in ring mold and chill thoroughly. Mixture will form together when chilled.


Unmold and fill center with preserves.


Serve with Carr whole wheat crackers.


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