Tis the season! Houston had an unexpected snow this week. It was thrilling. After a week of not being able to go outdoors we were treated to a fluffy layer of snow! For people who don’t see it, this was quite a treat! The wintry look was just right to set the scene for the season. We got up early to go see and instantly began flinging it and of course creating snowmen. Ours was not as impressive as some who had people-sized snowmen. We created a snowman on the back of my son’s car and off to school he went.
And so the parties begin. What to wear? What to bring for gift exchanges and dishes? Last week my daughter and I found some nice dresses that are sparkly and a red sweater and red blouse. Sometimes it’s a struggle to figure out what to wear. Someone once told me that it’s better to over dress than under dress. I totally disagree with this! I am so uncomfortable to over dress. I’m a little skeptical about a sparkly dress I bought for one party, but the hostess last year was really dressed up! One thing I have discovered is that you can dress down something dressy with a long sweater, it can be a light cover up or something heavier.
For the tennis party I went with a red sweater, black leggings and tall chestnut boots. People brought an assortment of salads (asian salad, bright green and red veggie salad) and cheeses. I brought stuffed sweet peppers with goat cheese, chopped bacon and green onions. This dish does not travel well, but if you serve them right out of the oven, they are great! At the outdoor mall, they have 50% off sales so I was able to find a designer accessory for the $30 gift exchange. We played a gift exchange game, and the first gift was “stolen”, it was a cute vest jacket drape and scarf, and I took home a wine purse and a nice bottle of wine.
My husband wanted to go shopping for his Christmas gift. So we made a day of it. The outdoor mall is so much nicer than indoor malls. I love the vibe. You can spend hours in a mall and get that trapped sick feeling. Maybe it’s stale air, overwhelming perfume, florescent lights, who knows, but the outdoor mall isn’t like that at all! He found two coats that he liked and some jeans. We spontaneously went out for a really nice dinner. The lights were turned low, Christmas trees glowing, they even varied the music between Christmas music and other soft music, which is so nice! It was so enjoyable to discuss upcoming plans, birthdays, trips, concerts…My husband is really good to me. There is nothing like topping off the evening in really comfy PJs and a great movie like The Reverent.
One group of friends always does a cookie/treat exchange. Normally I like to bake and try different recipes. This year, I am still trying something different, truffles! I’ve never made truffles before and they look so good! I found a box that I can layer and have 12 truffles for each friend, 4 of each variety which are peppermint oreo, sugar cookie and chocolate/peanut butter. Recipes were found on… where else? Pinterest!