Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Cookie Swap!!

For the past year or two, I've said I run outside until it hits 30. When I laced up my shoes on Sunday NOAA said it was 16 degrees in Boston, 7 with the wind chill. My big mittens (and perhaps the sugar high) kept me warm until somewhere around mile 4, where my nose and knees told me to head in ;)

The stars of the afternoon!

But you didn't come here to hear how crazy I was the other night, you're here for the cookies!!! And boy did we have some amazing goodies! I was thrilled to have so many friends join me for an afternoon of fun and food. I offered up a few lighter, savory appetizers as everyone started to arrive and setup. I hope this will become an annual event ;)

The Savory Lineup
Salmon Mousse with pita crackers and cucumbers (I wouldn't recommend sub'ing fat-free greek yogurt for the sour cream in the recipe as I did, 2% might work but I haven't tried it)
Coconut Chai Almonds (followed this recipe using almonds instead of pecans, Zhea Gypsy's Coconut Chai Tea and left out the lemon zest)
Wholly Guacamole Salsa & Guacamole with chips
Mini Quiches w/Pear, Gorgonzola & Walnuts (this recipe needs work!)

Coconut Chai Almonds

The Sweet Lineup
Adrienne's Lime Meltaways (maybe this recipe?)
Bridget's Chocolate Orange Almond Macaroons
Elina's Espresso Crinkle Cookies
Kelly's Chocolate-Orange Cookie Dough Truffles
Kerstin's Peanut Butter Chubby Hubby Bars
Mary Kate's Black & White Cookies
Nicole's Lemon Almond Cranberry Crescents
Rebecca's Breakup Bars
(Shannon's) My Maple Toffee Bacon Oatmeal Cookies
Tina's Butterscotch Chocolate Chip Bars

Wholly Guacamole!

Just a few more notes...

I won the Wholly Guacamole products in a giveaway hosted by the Foodie Blogroll. They totally hooked me up (see all the goodies below), and we all loved the guac and spicy salsa!! The Squeeze of Lime Corazona chips they sent are also probably the best I've ever had of that variety! Thanks Jenn and Sylvia :)


And in case you aren't sick of cookies yet, thanks to Steph I participated in another Cookie Exchange. (what was I thinking?? I need to find my will power... I seemed to have lost it) I sent Nicole some Blueberry Lavender Butter Cookies and Crisp Salted Oatmeal White Chocolate Cookies. She graced me and my family with some amazing Chocolate Peppermint Cookies and Oatmeal Cran White Choc Cookies (recipes here). Thanks Nicole, they were thoroughly enjoyed!!

32 comments:

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

OMG WHAT i wouldnt give to be part of a cookie swap!!!!!!!
It seems like such a different generation type of thing and i swear, women who are 30 dont do these anymore. They store buy or just dont do it. I WANT TO though and if i lived closer, i would!!! What great fun!

moretolifethanlettuce said...

so jealous of your guacamole haul! and all those cookies!! brr i can't even imagine what 16 degrees must feel like

Lauren said...

I WILL attend the second annual Boston Blogger Cookie Swap! I had a nice time with the fam, but wish I could have joined you girls. Everything looks scrumptious!

Joanne said...

I came here both for the cookies AND to hear about your crazy running adventures (a girl's got to live vicariously somehow...). I am going to all of these websites and bookmarking all of these cookies. Immediately. I have no willpower either. Apparently.

Sounds like so much fun! Wish I were still in Boston!! Congrats on the guac.

Erica said...

This party looks like it was SO much fun! First of all- great party snacks! I wouldn't have even noticed all the cookies with that spread.

You are a TROOPER for running outside when it was that cold. I can barely run when its 45 haha. I've totally thinned out since moving away from Boston. Wish we could pump together! Maybe some day?

Dawn said...

girl you make me nervous running out in this weather. it's too cold today, I hope you're not attempting it?

Elina said...

Thanks for organizing the party! And you ARE crazy for getting out there ;)

Elra said...

That is wonderful and sounds like fun Shannon. Love the scrumptious looking cookie that you display here.

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

I am so glad you won the Wholly Guac giveaway! What a great addition to all your awesome cookie exchange treats!

Cate O'Malley said...

Everything looks so good, especially the Salmon Mousse - yum!

Food Makes Fun Fuel said...

That looks so fun! After seeing them on everyone else's blogs, I totally have the break up bars bookmarked

brandi said...

that sounds like so much fun! i'm sad I don't live near Boston :(

Kelly said...

OH my gosh...I wanted to jump into your post and EAT everything!!! Everything looked so good!

chrystad72 said...

what a rocking looking cookie swap! That looks like so much fun. Enjoy all those amazing looking cookies. I really thought your coconut chai almonds sounded awesome too! Im so gonna have to try those. Great Wholly Guac swag!! Awesome hookup. I hope you have a great day sweetie!

Casey @SpicyandSweet said...

Mmm...your eats are so fancy and look delicious!! Fabulous blog :)

Megan said...

Sounds like you guys had a great time and some really delicious cookies. Hope I can make it next year. :o)

Lisa said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea! I will hae to host a cookie swap for sure!

preventionrd said...

Aww, you're very welcome! We LOVED yours too! Wish they would've lasted us longer ;) Lil piglets over here with delicious, LAVENDER cookies! Mmm! Delicious!

Nicole Chow - HealthyChow.com said...

Shannon, you did an amazing job hosting our cookie swap. I loved all of the delectable finger foods. This really should be an annual tradition. Thank you again! And thank you for sharing your recipes. BTW, can't believe you went running outside on Sunday. I was frozen by the time I got home from your place - YOW!

Cinnamon-Girl Reeni♥ said...

Cookie heaven! Love those chai almonds too!

Jess said...

I so wanted to do this over the holidays and didn't have time. Nice to know that I can do it any time of year!

♥peachkins♥ said...

a cookie swap sounds like fun!

5 Star Foodie said...

The cookie swap sounds like it was so much fun! The guacamole stuff sound great!

Diana said...

Whoooooooooaaa holy cookies, Batman! Major drools. I won the Wholly Guacamole contest too but have not received my prize! Now I REALLY want it. Hmph!

Rosiecat said...

Holy guacamole, that's one heck of a foodie party you hosted, my dear! Very cool! I'm about to click my way over to these Breakup Bars that Rebecca brought--I smell a story here.

As an aside, have you learned any general "rules of thumb" about substituting Greek yogurt for other dairy products? I'm curious about this and I know you do a lot of recipe tinkering in your kitchen adventures.

peacelovenutrition said...

Treats Treats and more Treats! I have such a sweet tooth lately and your cookie swap looks amazing!

glidingcalm said...

This post made me droooooooooool.

too many pretty foods!!! cookie swaps are so fun!

HAPPY WEEKEND SHANNON!

Kerstin said...

So fun and your spread was fantastic - thanks again for hosting :) I am already looking forward to next year!!

Fun and Fearless in Boston said...

It was really great meeting you too! Thanks for checking out my blog and for a non-foodie blog, you should check out my friend Kim's blog who is also a tri-athlete and two time Iron-woman! http://tetaequalsbooby.blogspot.com/

stephchows said...

mmm cookies galore!!! I love it!

HangryPants said...

Your cookie swap sounded delightful. And I will say that my sister, a current member of the bacon of the month club, would have loved your cookie!

Chef Fresco said...

I just went to my first cookie swap this year - what a grand idea those things are! yum!

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