Nah, they really didn't. But there was a little bit of stealing going on, and some presents traveled to a couple of new owners until they were frozen in place.
All I know is I had fun, and I hope our guests did as well.
And to all those who brought us hostess/host/doggie hostess gifts, thank you. You didn't need to do that, but we do appreciate them and our doggy does as well.
However, there is one thing I do know, there was a lot of food, and everything I got to taste was so good.
So without further ado, and no drum rolls either.
Pomegranate Quince Balsamic vinegar which I paired with a Coratina Olive Oil. The other one at the bottom is the Black Current Balsamic with the Baklouti Green Chili . And yes, I did put links to the store here, but I'm not getting any kind of recompense for it, I've just become such a fan of these oils and vinegars.
And never mind how many I have in my pantry.
I made these sugared pecans, and all I can say is that the guests are darn lucky they even got to taste them, cause I was nibbling on them all day.
I'll share how to make these addictive (for me at least), nuggets of goodness in another post.
OK, so it was me. sheesh. But gee, cheese, garlic and bread.
A trifecta of yum.
Every time I eat a lovely melange of veggies like this, I think of one thing. If only my mother could see me now. She would laugh. She loved her vegetables, and me, well, despite the fact we lived on a farm and grew vegetables for market, I didn't like them. And now I do.
Mom, you were right. Vegetables are good to eat.
Ummm, I think I need the recipe for this as well.
Really, I could make a meal of this, and look Mom, it's got vegetables in it as well.
It's all good. And this dish was as well.
Cornbread stuffing so southern, and I'd never had it before moving here, and Kathy makes a really good one.
I'm very thankful I have a sturdy table at these events.
Someone got into the holiday spirit on this one. Look how pretty, and it tasted really good as well. I love these loaves?, well, I'm really not too sure what to call them. They're just plain good.
My mom would have loved all the vegetable dishes that were brought last night. So good.
And also a good overview of the table. Before the hordes descended.
And this wasn't all that people brought, there was more.
At least I ate 'good for you' food last night.
I tell you, ravening hordes have nothing on us when it comes to consuming good food. And as I look at this picture, I didn't get a good shot of the Cranberry compote that was brought. Plastic dish, upper right hand side. But it was eaten, with relish. (was that a pun?, if so, sorry. Not).
But... we still had dessert to contend with and eat. Just kidding.
We had some totally awesome dark fudge. Always a popular item.
I mean, fudge and dark chocolate together?
Chocolate Hummus and there was a little left over from Friday night at NPA so, I served it again.
I have to say, it's so much fun watching people's faces when you say Chocolate Hummus. And then they taste it.
And it's all good for you as well.
Sorry, couldn't resist that one.
(This is the same one, well not really the same one, but another one, that I failed to get a picture of at Boat Club).
Along with the other cookies, we also had these cookies.
I have to take an especially long walk today, tomorrow and for at a week to walk off some of these calories.
But it was worth it all.
And I leave you with a shot of our Christmas tree lights, I love it when I accidently get a shot like this.