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  • The pies @rorris, @jenathan and I helped baking goddess @bakerhands make today will be available for purchase tomorrow at the North Asheville Tailgate Market from 8-1 pm, along with tarts and bread. Trust me, you don't want to miss out. Set your alarm clocks now!
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Weekend Review

Happy Monday, friends! Hope your weekend was a good one. Ours was a sugar, butter, glitter, and decoupage glue-filled one.

The 5th annual Ladies Cookie Exchange was a hit. Sixteen women showed up to Jen’s house with treats to tempt, tantalize, and titillate (say that 5 times fast!). Here’s a listing of the crew’s offerings:

Jen: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Jenny: Molasses Spice Cookies
Jen: Chocolate Toffee Cookies
Jael: Mini Snickers (with homemade nougat & caramel!)
Jessie: Pecan Sandies
Cat: Pumpkin Snickerdoodles
Britt: Chocolate Kiss Peanut Butter Cookies
Jessica G.: Sour Cream Raisin Sugar Cookies
Jessica D.: Peanut Butter-filled Chocolate Cookies
Lizzie: Chocolate-Covered Mint Chocolate Creme-Filled Cookie Balls
Leslie: Almond Macarons
Katrina: Belgium Wafer Cookies
Nicole: Chai-Iced Pumpkin Cookies
Melanie: Russian Tea Cakes
Lisa: Rosemary Olive Biscuit Cookies
Me: Rosemary & Orange Shortbread, Crystallized Ginger & Black Pepper Spice Cookies, and Chocolate Crinkles

Glenn, Huxley, and I have our work cut out for us this week. I mentioned yesterday at the gathering that I really feel like the entire month of December is sort of open season on sweets. Breakfast, lunch, snack, evening treat-this month, I’m fine with a bit of sweetness punctuating the entire day. That’s what toothbrushes and dental floss are for anyways, right? Right!

Here’s hoping the week ahead is filled with health and happiness for you and yours.

*Top and middle images are courtesy of the lovely Nicole

 

 

7 Responses to Weekend Review

  • jen says:

    Had a blast! We’ve been nibbling on cookies since I got home yesterday. So many great ones to choose from!

    One small correction – my website changed, it’s now http://www.jenfromtheblock.com – no blogspot. :)

    Thanks for inviting me!

  • John says:

    What a lovely cookie spread, that looks fantastic. I’m actually quite jealous and more than a little hungry. It would have probably been one of the highlights of my life to be turned loose on that cookie buffet with nothing more a jug of milk and a hearty sweet tooth.

  • Sarah says:

    Yummy! I’m also jealous.
    It was a nice surprise to find you and your family at the consignment store last week. Huxley gave you away :)

  • kimpeck says:

    oh my!! that last photo is how i picture heaven to be! :) yum, yum, yum.
    and thank you for the awesome links on “what I’m Digging’ – so much great info!
    happy week to you!

  • That table of cookies looks divine! How many were eaten vs. made it into the tins?
    Brilliant idea with each lady bringing a particular variety and I’m assuming everyone was able to mix and match for their own tins? Very very clever.

  • Nicole says:

    Wow, those cookies look pretty all displayed on the table together! Nothing better than a weekend of glitter and cookies :)

  • la marmotte says:

    waouh !!!!!! I want to test !
    ;-)