So this was my first ever cookie swap. Ever.

Cookie party!!!!!” as Erik likes to yell with delight.

Yeah, it was fun.

I have to admit that I listened to Martha Stewart as closely as I could about how to make one of these things happen. Then I decided to get Gingerbread house for the kids to decorate instead of making a lavish decorating/packaging/boxing table for people to pack up cookies (like Martha said to do). I mean c’mon, everyone has a tupperware. And who knows, you might want to eat all of them on the way home, or for breakfast – and packaging them up all nice and pretty would be a huge waste.

We did however, attempt to go along with Martha’s steeze – make a very large amount of punch…grown up punch. Not sure if getting krunked on punch is Martha’s true agenda, she’s probably a little too proper for that…but we think the holidays are made for rum and champagne. And it was delish. And Erik drank pretty much half of it. And he was….very festive.

The recipe is at the end of this post.

Oh, back to the gingerbread house.

I’ve never built a gingerbread house. Shame on me? Who cares.

I think gingerbread tastes bad.

BUT I wanted something fun for the kids to do, so I cheated and went out and bought a gingerbread house kit – I had no idea there was such thing. And it was handy.

Sort of.

Until I read the instructions.

I thought you got to build the whole thing with the kids. Not so much. Apparently gingerbread construction is a fine art, or at least it takes a while. I should’ve known. I mean, who builds a house fast? So I come to find that the sides must be iced together and left to dry – for HOURS. Then the roof gets put on, and has to dry for HOURS.

All of this I realized about 2 hours before the party.

And there was me, feverishly mixing icing and trying to build this damn house in time. Walls falling down, cans of beans holding the walls in place to dry, fingers stuck together with toothpaste textured icing…

But it all came together.

And by the time the kids were ready to decorate, the house held together. And it was fun!! Phew.

Next time I’ll know how to properly construct a gingerbread house.

Oh and the cookies – my friends and family made amazing, creative and ever so yummy pieces of sweet goodness…Don’t fret – I saved a bunch of cookies and photographed them the day after, so I’ll be putting posts up with recipes in the following days.

Ooohhh…the salad in the picture above in the white bowl is the most amazing chicken salad ever made by my friend Lorann. I’ll give you the recipe below.

Thanks for shooting all the pics and sending to me to fool around with Chuck!! I was too engulfed in hosting to take pictures.

Oh, and on a holiday and Martha Stewart note, you HAVE to watch this Simpsons clip. It’ll make you pee your pants. Well, maybe. But it will make you laugh for sure.


Erik's Hubby Helper Punch


  • Erik's Hubby Helper Punch
  • 1 bottle champagne
  • 1L Soda Water
  • 4 cups rum
  • 3 cups Peach Juice
  • 4 cups orange Juice
  • sliced oranges to float on top


  1. Mix all together, add ice, and drink. Erik made 3 times this amount, and it happily kept the party going for hours.


Lorann's Chicken Salad


  • Lorann's Chicken Salad
  • 3 C Cooked Shredded Chicken
  • ¼ C Chopped Green Onions
  • 1 C Pineapple Tidbits
  • 1 C Chopped Celery
  • 2 Tbs. White or Golden Raisins
  • ½ C Sliced Water Chestnuts
  • ½ C Toasted Slivered Almonds
  • Dressing:
  • 1 C Mayo
  • ¼ C Mango Chutney (finely chop Mango)
  • ¼ C Sour Cream
  • Dash of Curry Power


  1. Mix it all up and chill. Delicious spread on crackers.

Oooohhh, and Danielle made Tiny Twice Baked Potatoes. They were gone so fast that there was not time to take pictures!