Crunchy Snacking Chickpeas: Three flavors — spicy, salty, and sweet — and they all tasted fine, but why do all this work just to make another salty snack item?
Cauliflower Salad with Two Mustards: (We always have one salad so we don't die.) Again, it tasted fine (though I accidentally overcooked the cauliflower), but there are other things to do with cauliflower that I like better.
Lamb Kebabs: If I were more of a meat person, I expect I would've liked them better (Husband says they were Very Good, possibly Sublime), but a big ball o' chopped meat will never be my favorite.
Ham and Cheese Pastry Pockets: OK, I'm kind of cheating here, because I didn't make these — I ran out of puff pastry. Instead, I sliced the ham and cheese and put the slices on toothpicks with either a pickle slice or a green olive. A perfectly fine hors d'oeuvre.
Boursin Mushroom Puffs: Quite tasty! But puff pastry is worky. I think these would have been just as good without the pastry (as in, Boursin-Stuffed Mushrooms). Mmm, boursin . . .
Fruit Skewers: The kids made these, using cantaloupe, pineapple, watermelon, red grapes, blueberries, maraschino cherries, and mini marshmallows. Pretty and toothsome!
Chicken Enchilada Dip: One of my all-time favey appetizers. Chicken, cheeses, and green chilies, baked til hot and bubbly — what's not to love?
Candied Bacon Skewers: OH. EM. GEE. Bacon wrapped around a thin breadstick, sprinkled with brown sugar, and broiled. We crammed these into our mouths and moaned with happiness. So freaking good!!!!
Asparagus Roll-Ups: Prosciutto wrapped around a lightly steamed asparagus spear and a strip of roasted red pepper, then broiled for 10 minutes. Flavorful, delicious, and possibly a tad healthier than some of the other items here . . . !
Quilted Pigs: Crescent roll dough and baby weenies — what is there to say? Heaven.
Chocolate Mousse: Divine!
Caramel Chomeur: The happiest surprise of the evening! I've had this recipe forever; it's a Depression-era dessert with very simple ingredients, baked into a simple butter cake floating in brown-sugar syrup. I poured heavy cream over my portion and simply swooned. Delectable!!!!
Both cocktails — Pomegranate Cosmos and Bourbon Bogs — were likewise sensational, and the kids and Husband thoroughly enjoyed their mocktails as well. Arty Jenny and Sexy Em were here, and laughter and love rang through the house. It was a perfect day and evening.
On today's docket: A little Black Friday shopping (on the less-fun side, we seem to need a new garbage disposal — hello, Sears! — and on the more-fun side, I want to go to Christmas City and find my ornament for the annual Betsy-Tacy ornament exchange, and I also want to poke around Barnes and Noble) and dinner out at Macaroni Grill — we have a coupon! (Us and everyone else in the world.) It'll be fun.
And tomorrow I plan to see both Lincoln and The Silver Linings Playbook — a two-movie day! Doesn't get better than that.
Will I ever exercise again? My knees have been killing me — one of course is arthritic, but what's going on with the other one? I keep waiting for it to pass.
(I am still waiting.)
We'll see how the day goes. The sun is shining; a neighborhood walk might be a good thing. Then I'll do ice and Motrin, all that stuff, and see if it helps. (My physical therapy isn't doing a damn thing, I'll tell you that.)
Off to do my part to stimulate the economy. Bye!