Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Reindeer Games

It began with Debbie's annual holiday recipe exchange last week.
I make a cookie I found on Pinterest --
Gingerbread cheesecake bites.
Big fail, all three batches.
I had to resort to frosted gingersnaps using refrigerated dough.
Matt offered to put them in the car for me,
but he didn't realize they cookies were on a slippery plate.

Enough said.

The party was fun though.
LOTS of great food.
My favorite was bacon brittle.
Yes, bacon brittle.
If you use the recipe in the above link, try pecans instead of cashews.

Next came the open house at the Green Thumbs.
Why did I have to lose my camera memory card that night?
Their house is stunning beyond words.
I need this upside down tree in my family room.

There were decorations everywhere . . .
rivaling Macy's in New York, and Roger's Garden in Newport,
but better because they were in a cozy house,
with good snacks.

I didn't want to leave.

I loved watching all of the little kids giddy with excitment.

And yesterday, Julie had her annual cookie exchange.
She was really nice and let me join in the fun
in spite of the fact that I didn't make any cookies.
{These days my time is consumed with jewelry and boutiques.}

We ate a delicious brunch that included Eggs Benedict, my favorite.

Then we played games --
 a Present Exchange using a deck cards to determine the picking order.
It's the first time I've done it this way.
I liked it.

There were several holiday Minute to Win It competitions.
Have you ever done this at a large gathering?
Hilarious with a capital H.
 I missed out on some great photo ops -- the memory card is still stuck.
But I did get a few with my phone camera.

Stacking bolts using a candy cane.
{Is that what those things are called?}

The Gingerbread Man Drop - my personal favorite.
Kids, this is what moms do while you are in school . . .

You can find the games  here.
I can hardly wait to play them with our extended family on Christmas Eve.
But beware,  someone might end up wetting their pants --
the laughter gets pretty intense.

Julie, Christine, Scott and Debbie, thank you so much for your hospitality.
You made my season very merry.
{Hey, that rhymes.}



AMCutler said...

Oh dear, are those the same gingerbread bites I saw? I was going to try them this weekend!

forever folding laundry said...

So fun!! That house looks gorgeous.
Bummer about the cookie fail.
They looked good...!


Nanette said...

I need to go to parties with you-they look amazingly fun! Oh but I would be the annoying one who would never leave... so maybe its best I am very far away. :) Bacon brittle? My husband is going to die!
I just checked out your new online shop and I must say there wasn't one thing that I did not long to own! You have such wonderful gifts my friend!

Doug and Kristen said...

You did NOT put that picture of me on there! Oh my! That was super funny :)

LuuLuu said...

Thought I would stop by because I am new to blogging. Your blog is festively entertaining. I especially like the stacking of the nuts and bolts. :) And love the use of candy canes to do the stacking. I might have to try these games with my family. We need to spice up Christmas. My family just eats, opens gifts, and take off after. :) Thanks for sharing your Reindeer games.