Wow. I am so far behind on this blog thing. November and December flew by, didn’t they? I have so much to share with y’all but will most likely tire of typing before it’s all down. Watch for a part 2.
The first week of December was my trip to Nevada to see my best friend. It’s amazing to me that we can go 14 years without seeing each other and pick up like we’ve never been apart. The trip was a much needed break for me. A day or two before I left, the kids were a crying, hysterical mess. You would have thought that I was going to Disney World without them or something.
The night before my trip, all 4 of the kids wrote me letters and hid them in my suitcase. Written on the outside of one envelope was “Don’t open til the airport”. The others said “Don’t open til Crissy’s house”, “Don’t read til Nevada” and “Read this one first!”. I waited until I went to bed that night to read all of the sweet letters from my kiddos. I expected to be a little emotional while reading about how much they loved me and were gonna miss me. Bzzzz! Wrong! Each letter was a wish list. They went something like this: “When you go shopping with Crissy, please buy me a 1. Barbie 2. live rabbit 3. new watch……you get the idea. As much as I would have loved to read sappy “I miss mommy” letters, it did make my trip more enjoyable knowing that they weren’t pining away waiting for my return.
The entire trip went by way too quickly. We spent a couple of days preparing for her first Christmas Cookie exchange. Most of the recipes were taken from my favoritest blog ever “Our Best Bites” and Taste of Home. And just because I love y’all so much, I’m going to share links to the recipes. Check these out:
We were super proud of this delicious invention. These are Raspberry Mini-Cakes with whipped ganache. These were scrumptious! The cake was moist chocolate and the ganache was whipped until super smooth and fluffy with a drop or two of raspberry flavor. The fresh raspberries on top were filled with dark chocolate. No recipe since we made it up.
These Homemade Crisp Crackers were a big hit and definitely one of my favorite appetizers of the night. I made these for the family after I got home and they were gone in a matter of minutes. We served them with Baked Potato Soup. The recipe can be found here.
Creamy Chicken & Bacon Party Pockets. Love LOVE these! My kids have eaten these for lunch a couple of times and go crazy for them. They’re super easy to make and super delicious!
Spinach Mandarin Salad with Poppyseed Dressing. This is quite possibly THE best salad ever. The poppyseed dressing is to die for.
The Bistro Bundles were the hit of the night. (Did I already say that about something else?) When the kids are sneaking them out you know they’re good. I cannot find where I saved this recipe. When I do, I’ll be sure to share it and give due credit to the source. The bundles were cooked asparagus wrapped in ham with cheddar, red peppers and bean sprouts tied with green onion. The recipe actually called for mushrooms instead of the sprouts, but we liked our version better.
Okay. I take back the comments on previous photos. THIS was the big hit of the night. People were asking to take bags of this home. If you like candied popcorn, you need to whip up a batch or two of this Cinnamon Bun Popcorn. I made this to give out for Christmas this year and it went over so well that I probably won’t waste my time on hand dipped truffles and fancy decorated sugar cookies ever again.
I have SO much more to tell y’all about the cookie party and my trip (like how we browsed Facebook for hours laughing at old crushes who are now fat and bald. Not very nice, but sure makes this chubby momma feel better), but it’s going to have to wait. My kids are ready for lunch and all these food pics are making me hungry. To close, here are a few more pictures from the Cookie Exchange. Enjoy!
SOME OF THE COOKIE ENTRIES
On a side note, did you know that you can see the Hoover Dam and new bridge flying out of Vegas? Cool, huh?