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Next time, we’re drinking!

My friend Angie came over yesterday to make our annual cookie plates. Several people who make cookie and goodie trays for friends and neighbors during the holiday's spread it out over the course of several days. Not Angie and I. We decided this year that we would knock it all out in one afternoon. Now, I've come to the conclusion that we are crazy. When we have participated in this tradition in the past, we didn't have this many kids. Yesterday it was Angie, myself, my 3 children, and her 3 children. Picture this... 6 kids under the age of 4 and the mom's attempting to actually get stuff done. We made a double batch of chocolate peanut butter star cookies, santa's surprise cookies, haystacks, gingerbread men and cut out sugar cookies with royal icing. We had planned on decorating our cut out cookies, but in the end decided just to frost and sprinkle. All of the goodies turned out beautifully, but Angie and I were completely spent by the time we were done. Between baking, caring for all 6 of the kids, nursing a huge headache from our party the evening before and cleaning up, we were quickly running out of holiday cheer. Here's our plan for next year... the dad's are going to take the kids to one house while Angie and I spend the day doing our baking at the other house. We've also decided to add some margarita's or hot chocolate and Bailey's into the tradition. That should keep the holiday cheer churning right along. One week ago today I dished about the Coolest … [Continue reading]

It’s 2pm… Do You Know Where Your Gingerbread Man Is?

Rumor has it that Gingerbread Men are pretty sneaky. I remember back in Kindergarten making Gingerbread Men cookies during class, and while they were baking in the school oven, they somehow sneaked off, leaving little clues all over the school as to where they've been and what they were doing. They had no intention whatsoever of being eaten by hungry little kids. Apparently this rumor still rings true, as Jacob came home last week after reading the Gingerbread Man story at school, insisting that we make Gingerbread men cookies. He was determined that our Gingerbread Men cookies would not get away. I found a delicious Gingerbread cookie recipe over at The Whistlestop Cafe blog, and since it didn't use molasses (which is a flavor I don't care for), I decided to give it a try. As I was mixing up the dough and allowing it to chill in the refrigerator, Jacob was going around the house blocking any cracks, spaces, crevices he could find with books, furniture, toys, etc. As we were cutting them out, he was watching diligently, making sure that none of those sneaky little creatures made if off the pan. He even went as far as putting his football helmet on and grabbing his Pirates of the Caribbean sword, to intimidate any of the men brave enough to attempt escape. It didn't work because as we were taking out the first batch from the oven, we noticed that the pan, which original held 8 gingerbread only had 7 gingerbread men left. Yes... one of our sneaky little gingerbread men … [Continue reading]

Dinner party diaries – The Annual Christmas Party

Great Friends, great food and a whole lot of fun... that completely sums up our dinner party last night. It was absolutely perfect. The evening started at 6:30pm. Our two oldest children were down the street with a babysitter. I took the chance on keeping the baby here, thinking she would go to bed early. She was such a champ... I put her down at 6:15 and she didn't wake up until 11:30pm, right when our guests were leaving. I could not believe I was that lucky! Taken from the pages of my lovely Pamela Barsky dinner party journal, I'll give you the scoop. The Occasion: 4th Annual Christmas party with my old M.O.M.S group, who have now become some of our best friends Guests: Sara, Mark, Kathy, Mark, Joanna, Bobby, Nick, Kristen Cocktails / Wine: Oh boy...we drank a lot. The wines were Sebastiani 2003 Cabernet, 3 Blind Moose 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon, Leaping Lizard 2004 Chardonnay, Bloom 2006 Riesling, Blackstone 2003 Merlot, Blackstone 2005 Sauvignon Blanc, Turning Leaf 2000 Merlot, Cecchi 2003 Chianti Classico, Knob Creek Whisky and water, Jameson's and water, and a few random cocktails thrown in. Yes - we were all feeling it the next day. Menu: Appetizers - Sauteed Shrimp, Garbanzo Bean Dip with Pita Wedges, Bacon Cream Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms Main Course – Tossed salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette dressing, Show Off Pork Roast, Garlic Potatoes Gratin, Green Bean Supreme, French bread rolls served with butter or olive oil and fresh herb dipping … [Continue reading]

Sing…sing a song… sing it LOUD

Jacob's preschool Christmas program was last night. What can I say? It was adorable, as are all little kids music programs. It was very short (25 minutes) and was all singing. Jacob was one of the three Kings. He got to walk in  after the rest of the class was on stage and made a grand entrance. He took his role very seriously. He kept practicing his walking all week long. Jacob did surprise me though. You see... if you don't know Jacob very well, you would think that he was a shy kid. He doesn't talk a lot (unless he's at home) and he's not the most outgoing guy in the world. He's social, but isn't an in your face kind of kid. Put him on a stage though, and you've got a completely different little boy. He was animated, engaging and loud. Yes... loud. You know those preschool programs where all the kids are singing, but usually one kids voice really stands out because they are singing so LOUD? That was our son. He felt the music (he's quite the dancer) and sung his little heart out. Luckily, it was pretty much all on key. After the program was over, several parents commented on how well you could hear Jacob singing. He was just beaming with delight! Last night was one of those moments that I hope is frozen in my memory forever. When he's sixteen and playing his rap music extra loud, I can dream back to a happy place... the day's where he sang to Jesus at the top of his lungs. (You'll have to excuse the picture... I took horrible pictures last night. I was running … [Continue reading]

Party #2 – Golden Globes Girls Night Out

The e-vites for my January party just went out. It will be a ladies only, Golden Globe party on January 15th. I've always wanted to do some kind of party surrounding the Hollywood award shows, but I always seem to think about it after the fact and completely miss the boat. Not this year...I'm on the ball! The 2007 Golden Globe nominations were just announced, and my invitations just went out. It's going to be a Hollywood appetizer and schmancy desserts party. I'm really excited about the planning process for this one. I think I can do a lot of fun things to fit with the theme. One thing I told all the ladies to do was to bring a roll of quarters. I will send out the ballot to everyone via mail when I get the RSVP's. Everyone will come with their completed ballot. With each nomination category, we will all put a quarter in the champagne glass. The lady or ladies that guess the winner will get/split the pot. E-Vite also had a Golden Globes Bingo game, which looks like fun as well! If you have ideas, recipes, anything to share with me that will help to make this party a success, please let me know. Since I am not Martha and lack that creative gene, any of your grand ideas would be appreciated.   One week ago today I dined on Cinnamon Sugar Cookies   … [Continue reading]