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It’s Christmastime in the city…

December 13, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Well, tis the season of holiday parties, and in the midst of all this insanity, I have shockingly not found the time to blog!

Last night was the fourth installment of Martinis and Mistletoe – our annual fancy-dress-only holiday party, and this year we had two very exciting things. The first, of course, was a ton of food – delicious baked goods from all types and people:

Not a great picture, I know.

I made Christmas chocolate chip cookies (the cookies on the right, with red and green M&Ms), pecan pie macarons, chocolate peppermint macarons, and white- and semisweet-chocolate covered Oreo truffles. I also didn’t take a SINGLE shot of my own chocolates or cookies, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles sometimes. Kim made her awesome chocolate mint cookies which are fantastic.

We also had hand-shaken cocktails, like this one:

The Vesper Martini

A modified take on the Vesper, with Bombay Sapphire gin, Ciroc vodka and Grand Marnier. And on TOP of the fantastic martinis and food, we had homebrew!

Holiday Ale

Sean and the boys put this one together,  and while I’m not great at the whole “flavor description” thing, it was a very delicious dark beer with cool holiday notes. They also made smoked porter, which was equally delicious (though more smokey…).

So, that’s enough for this morning, but it was a great evening and I hope you’re all enjoying your holiday parties in similarly fun fashion!

Two of our number were conspicuously absent from yesterday evening’s proceedings, Victoria and Erik, who has just returned from his year-long tour in Afghanistan. We missed you guys, and wish you could have been there!

In the spirit of giving, following my previous post (and thanks to all who commented with excellent further volunteer and service opportunities), I would also like to recommend Any – a great way to say thank you and take notice of our deployed men and women. It gets lonely out there, so these kinds of gifts really matter.

A quick blurb from the website:

All the Soldiers involved in this effort are military volunteers stationed in areas that are in harm’s way. You send your support (letters and/or packages) addressed to them and when they see the “Attn: Any Soldier®” line in their address they put your letters and packages into the hands of Soldiers who don’t get much or any mail first. Everything is shared.

If you have any questions, let me know!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. December 13, 2009 5:16 pm

    The oreo truffles were out of this world. End of story.

    And this morning Steve asked me if I wanted to eat “one of the little burger things that Lisa made”, meaning the macarons. Also, delish!

    • lisam permalink
      December 13, 2009 7:15 pm

      Hahaha – excellent call, Melissa – they totally do look like little burgers. 🙂 Glad you enjoyed them!!!

  2. December 14, 2009 10:33 pm

    awww… thanks for the shoutout, lisa! we miss yall too 🙂


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