Dec 19, 2008

The first annual cookie fest

Last night I hosted what was (I hope) the first of many holiday cookie exchanges. Colleen, a good friend, and I concocted the plan about a month ago, having enjoyed similar parties in our former lives/homes. It was a great evening with food and friends!

The dining table was filled-to-bursting with all sorts of holiday treats.

Another shot of the delectable feast.

Some of the fun-and-fabulous guests: Margaret, Katie, Lydia, Brenda (and Lydia's baby, Joseph)

Becky, Colleen, Kendra, Jennifer

Evonne, Marcia, Trinette, Shaina

I went last in the Yankee-swap-style ornament exchange. Sorry for stealing, Colleen! (Just kidding, I'm not.)
The aftermath: we got to keep a few extra goodies, but the table's a little sparse!

And the once-full house is pretty empty and cold.

But here's the happiest dishwasher load I've done all week. It has evidence of baking yummy stuff and serving 16 cups of delicious white hot chocolate!

Speaking of that amazing stuff, here's the recipe, courtesy of

  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 6 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 (12 ounce) package white chocolate chips
  • Garnish:
  • Whipped cream
  • Candy canes
  1. Stir together the whipping cream, milk, vanilla, and white chocolate chips in a slow cooker.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 2 to 2 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally, until mixture is hot and chocolate chips are melted. Stir again before serving. Garnish with whipped cream and candy canes, as desired.
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