We had a great weekend, full of friends and good food (always a winning combination).
On Saturday night, we hosted our first party at our new house, and it was an enormous success!
We sent out a cute email invite touting the soiree as a “White Elephant Party and Dessert Exchange.” Everyone brought a dessert to share and also a small gift for the White Elephant Game. We had all manner of desserts and all manner of gifts. Some highlights included a roll of toilet paper, a tape dispenser in the shape of a little man sitting on a toilet, a bottle of 90-proof Chinese liquor, and an alarm clock that launched a space shuttle in the air to wake you up.
Michael made everyone his famous “Tasty Francos,” a surprisingly yummy concoction with lots of fruit juices and flavored liquors. They were quite a hit 🙂 And I made a fantastic fruit pizza for our dessert offering (I posted the recipe below for readers who were at the party and kept asking about it. It was gone in about 45 minutes!
And because everyone knows that all good parties end with a small group huddled around a laptop watching hilarious YouTube videos, here are the links to some old favorites that make me double over laughing pretty much every time.
Double Rainbow – “What does this mean!?”
David After the Dentist – “Is this real life?”
Bed Intruder – The original news story and the fantastic music remix (It’s on iTunes and is making this guy a lot of money now, go figure) – “Run and tell that!“
Gladys on Ellen – “Well now, I have to be honest with you. I love Jesus but I drink a little.”
1 roll of refrigerated sugar cookie dough
2 tablespoons of melted, seedless raspberry jam
3/4 cup lemon curd
Strawberries, blackberries and raspberries
Just press the sugar cookie dough into 12″ or 13″ circle and bake (I pressed it to about 1/4 to 1/3″ thick). Make sure you don’t bake it too long so that it gets hard and brittle. Cool the sugar cookie “crust” completely and then top with jam and then the lemon curd. Arrange the fruit on top and–voila!–instantly gain a stellar cooking/baking reputation with all of your guests! 🙂