Yes, my last. At least my last to host for my wonderful coworkers. It was number 5 for me and time to pass the golden spatula on to a new hostess.
Each year has been so special with memories of good times and good people.
|Pizzelle, Pumpkin Pie Cookies, Gluten-Free Oatmeal Cookies|
Pumpkin Oatmeal Drizzle Cookies, White Chocolate Cherry Shortbread, Hot Chocolate Cookies
Gingerbread Men, Florentines, Cranberry Bliss
I chose some new appetizers this year and for the most part I was happy with how they turned out. The hands down favorite was a new twist on bacon wrapped chicken by adding Sriracha and garlic.
|Sriracha and Brown Sugar Wrapped Chicken Bites|
|Chicken Verde Wonton Tacos|
|BLT Teas Sandwiches|
|Cucumber Canapes with Whipped Feta|
I used the Savory Sausage and Fennel Galette recipe I have made half a dozen times before into smaller bite sized "tarts. Using a drinking glass, I cut pie crust into rounds then topped them with a heaping tablespoon of sausage filling, pinched the sides, and baked for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
|Savory Sausage and Fennel Galette|
|Goat Cheese Appetizer|
And that's it! Well, not really. The highlight of the night beyond the food and friends, the ornament exchange and the laughter, was a wonderful surprise given to me by my friends. They each contributed cookie cutters which were used to fashion a beautiful wreath with a big holiday bow. How about that one red candy cane? Could this gift be anymore perfect?
I cannot tell you how much this meant to me. I was surprised and happy beyond words. I'm not a cryer, but when I opened the card with all their names and words of thanks I admit to welling up. These wonderful ladies warmed my heart.
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