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Holiday Hosting

cranberry bliss bars

This is the most wonderful time of the year and I now have a house big enough to host some parties. Also, my Christmas tree collection has grown to 6 and people are not really sure if I’m exagerrating. They need to see this in action.

So, I cook some food. Sweep a floor or two. Hide the dirty laundry. Swish the toilet in the guest room and throw a can of Febreeze in there. Then tell people to come to my house.

But this time, I decided to try one of those Tasty video recipes people rave about on Facebook. The ones that look super easy, and so super easy that I thought I could start making it a couple of hours before party time. It was supposed to be Caramel Pecan Cheesecake.

I was so very wrong.

The actual recipe required almost an hour cooking time, a strict one-hour rest time, and a suggested overnight fridge time.

So, instead, I served warm custard-like cheesecake to my guests. They raved about it. I cringed. And then ate a piece the next day after it sat in the fridge.


Lesson learned. Review all recipes the day before or days before the party.

I have another holiday party coming up in a couple of weeks and I’ll have more to share on hosting for Introverts—not that I’m a card-carrying Intro, but I lean that way especially in the winter when all I REALLY want to do is wear pajamas and watch movies. Hibernation before celebration is my motto.

For tonight’s party, in addition to the failed cheesecake,  I made a simple breakfast menu of smoked ham, breakfast casserole, and slow cooker grits.  And just in case my cheesecake was a total non-edible fail, I made my usual gluten-free Cranberry Bliss bars.

cranberry bars

After the family and friends left, I got to enjoy the hibernation of pajamas by the trees. Best of both worlds.

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