Monday, December 22, 2008

Cookie Exchange

Tonight I hosted our Taste Tempters Annual Cookie & Ornament Exchange at my house. Taste Tempters is a cooking club that I belong to. There are 13 of us that are in the group. Each month one of us will pick a theme (such as cookie swap, fall harvest, March madness, cooking light, mardi gras, etc.) and host a dinner at our house. The host provides a drinks and a place to eat (we do casual dining, backyard dining, formal dinging - whatever meets our needs or whatever we have time to setup). Each of us will prepare a dish to go along with the theme.

For our appetizers tonight I made: Swedish meatballs, BBQ Kielbasa bites, marinated mushrooms, winter grape salad, Fresh Mozzarella tomato basil panini.

The girls brought so many wonderful cookies ... Chocolate Chunk, Oatmeal, M&M, Lemon Stars, Peanut Blossoms, Fudgy BonBons, Kolache, Swirled Surprise Cookies, Butter Cookie, and Thumbprints.

Head over to our blog for recipes and more about our group.

Paper Cake ...

I made this Paper Cake for the take home treat. The cake is made from 12 slices of paper cake treat boxes. To make the cake slices I used the cake-slice template from the Better Homes and Gardens website. I enlarged the template and then printed each cake slice on Christmas theme scrap booking paper and tied a ribbon around each slice.

Here are samples of the scrap booking paper I used:

Covered Button Bookmarks ....

Inside each cake-slice the ladies received a hershey kiss and a fabric covered button bookmark / jumbo clip. My daughter and I made these bookmarks together.

I purchased the jumbo paperclips and my daughter and I made the fabric buttons using various Christmas fabrics and a Dritz Cover Button Kit Size 45. We attached the fabric covered buttons onto the jumbo paperclips using Evercoat Epoxy Glue (I'm sure you could using something else, such as, Gorilla glue, etc.).

Happy Holidays to All!

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