I am so content right now.Â
Yesterday, I hosted my SEVENTH cookie swap. Itâ€™s a tradition I started in 2010, and Iâ€™ve also now hosted it in three different apartmentsâ€¦and a gym.Â And last year, the best friends in the world threw me a surprise cookie swap because they knew how important it was to me, but that I wasnâ€™t in the place to host one myself.
This year, with a bigger apartment, and a bit more stability in life, I was ready to host at my own place! Knowing myself and that Iâ€™d have a ton of random last-minute errands to do on Saturday morning, I ordered everything on Amazon Prime Now (god bless that app) and Fresh Direct and had tons of boxes in my apartment Friday night.
Everythingâ€¦except nonpareil sprinkles, which are weirdly hard to find in NYC. And real flour. (But plenty of gluten free stuffâ€¦that didnâ€™t work in the recipe I was trying.)
So, Saturday morning I got me some real flour, dropped off Bailey at doggie day care (he doesnâ€™t party well), went to the gym, and went back to the drawing board with the cookies. (Thankfully my original recipe turned out just fine!)
Things you probably didnâ€™t know about me: I have a serious Etsy problem. I bought these bagsÂ and the woman even personalized them free!
For other non-cookie food, I just did some charcuterie, cheese and pigs in a blanket.
I bought a crap-ton of wine, and also made this sangria recipe. Several hours in, one of my friends asked if she could â€œcook the sangria.â€ She wanted to try to make mulled wine. It wasnâ€™t quite mulled wine, but it was warm and flavorfulâ€¦so thereâ€™s that.
I had about 20-25 people total, and it made me so, so happy to have all of my favorite people in one place celebrating my favorite season.
Melissa totally wins for festive attire. (Although I do love my â€œfancyâ€ llama sweater.)
10/10, would cookie again.
Whatâ€™s your favorite Christmas cookie? And whatâ€™s your favorite holiday tradition youâ€™ve created for yourself as anÂ adult?