I hosted Women’s Night in the neighborhood this past Friday. As we have in the past, we did a White Elephant gift exchange as well as a sweets exchange.
I made a conscious effort to not make too much. I had veggies and hummus, sushi from Harris Teeter, and some baked artichoke bites that were just okay.
One thing that was very good was the Pecan Praline Baked Brie.
I made an Amaretto Pound Cake for the main table and man was that thing tasty!
I drizzled a thicker Amaretto icing over it because when you can’t drink your liquor but you can eat it, you gotta get in as much as you can.
Speaking of stuff I couldn’t drink… I made a pitcher of Cranberry Margaritas. I used Cran-Cherry juice and not quite the right ratio of lime juice, but it was still tart like you’d expect a batch of margaritas to be.
I did have a couple of sips for quality control, and I determined that I need to make a second pitcher some time in March. Anyone want to come over and help me drink it?
For my exchange goodies, I made some Biscoff Butter Bars based on this recipe, and some brownies with a White Chocolate-Peppermint Ganache Frosting. I don’t have good pictures of these, but at least I snapped a couple from where I started the treat table in the dining room.
It’s always good to get together with the lady-neighbors, especially when there are some new faces in the crowd. We had a very nice time catching up with each other, and I’ll never complain when there are presents and extra sweets involved.
Friday was the busiest day of my weekend. I don’t know if it was the weather or what, but both the McHusband and I were less productive than we’d normally be. I gotta give him credit though – he got started on the Christmas wrapping so there are a few presents under the tree. The rest’ll probably be up to me once my Amazon order comes in.
Hope your week’s off to a good start!