Hi there, it’s Jenn – here to take some time again to let you know what team SHP has been up to this winter. It’s as if the season had just wrapped and the holidays were instantly upon us! We’ve been excitingly planning, receiving packages (Sarah’s single day record is 8!), and busying ourselves with all that the holidays entail. The holiday hustle and bustle is not worth a thing, however, if we don’t make sure to take time to pause and enjoy it! This is why our Cookie Party is so special to us. Sarah started hosting a cookie party about 4 or 5 years ago. It’s really becoming a lovely tradition. It’s a great reason to get together with our favorite gals, perhaps get adventurous with our baking skills, try new snacks, and celebrate friendship during the holidays. Plus, we all take away an awesome variety of cookies at the end!!
This past Sunday, Sarah opened her home up once again for Cookie Party 2017, and the turnout was awesome. First of all, those that could come really impressed with the snacks! Sarah’s sweetly decorated kitchen table filled up with garlicy-garlic dip, jalapeño popper dip, spinach and artichoke pull apart bread shaped like a Christmas tree, meats & cheese, maple caramel bacon crack bites, jalapeño poppers, french onion dip, bruschetta and all sorts of crunchy things. Second of all, the cookie game was spot on! Thank goodness for the extra table. With everyone settled in and gathered around the snacks, the catching up began! Friendship is a cherished thing; each of us on our own paths, yet connected, gathering together to share, celebrate victories big and small, and maybe commiserate a little.
Of course, we had to bust out our cameras, especially once the cookie exchange portion of the day began. Everyone posed with their cookies by Sarah’s tree as she snapped their portraits. I grabbed some detail shots of everyone’s cookies as they waited for their close-ups. There were Jelly Thumbprints, 7-Layer Bars, Molasses, White Chocolate Cherry Shortbread, Cut-Outs, Rum Balls, GF Lemon Crinkles, Molasses Crinkles, Chocolate Turtles, Chocolate Chip, Lemon Gooey Butter, Buck Eye, Chocolate Mint Thumbprints, and Sugar Cookies with cream cheese frosting (oh my goodness I hope I didn’t miss one)!! We love our friends so much, and we’re all so lucky to have each other. We are super excited to share this years memories!
We wish you the merriest of holiday seasons!!