Saturday, December 05, 2009


Last night was the first annual Halibloggers Christmas Potluck and Cookie Exchange!  In honor of our first official 5km run/walk together we decided to get together to get organized and do what we seem to do besteat!

In preparation for the night I ate pretty light during the day…mostly because I was busy and didn’t get around to a proper lunch but somewhat because I knew dinner was going to be HUGE!

Half-caf with splooooosh of egg nog…


Whole wheat English muffin with peanut butter & jam


Perfectly ripe bartlett pear.  I love a good pear!

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Between working and puttering around the house getting things ready, I made one of my contributions to the potluck.  I might have made extra bacon and nibbled that as “lunch”.  :)

Blue Cheese & Bacon Dip 

  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 1/4 cup light cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup light sour cream
  • 1/4 cup crumbled crispy bacon
  • 1 tbsp honey (to taste)
  • 2 tbsp minced red onion
  • fresh ground pepper
  • 2 tbsp fresh minced Italian parsley (and extra for garnish)(I omitted this as the supermarket was out)

Mix everything together.  Taste and adjust seasoning to taste.  Refrigerate for at least one hour.

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This recipe was adapted from a potato skin recipe I’ve used a few times, but for tonight I decided to go the healthier route of using Belgian endive leaves instead.  So good!

Other options: skip the bacon & add dried cranberries or apricots, add toasted walnuts or pecans, serve with crackers or crudite.

belgian endive belgian endive

Other appetizers included Angie’s mushroom caps

mushroom caps

Lex’s Extradordinary Epicure Cheese Dip in a sourdough bread bowl…

extraordinary dip

(I just ordered the extraordinary dip mix pack from her and now I know it was a GREAT choice!!)

And Tasha’s bruschetta…baguette with perfect little heirloom tomatoes and sundried tomato havarti…


And because we really know how to bring the food…there’s more!

Dinner included Lynn’s homemade black bean burgers

bean burger

And Farm Girl’s jambalaya (we’ve all been harassing her for the recipe!)…


And because it’s what I do, I made the bigass salad

Mixed greens, matchstick carrots, matchstick beets, English cucumber, grape tomatoes, red onion & yellow pepper.  With Renee’s Spring Herb dressing.

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That’s a whole lotta food!  I kept myself busy in the kitchen and tried not to snack tooooo much on the appies. We were having fun doing a Skype video chat with our lovely Miss Jen way over there in Fort McMurray!!  Why have we not been doing this all along?!!  It was like having our little Jenny right here with us for a few minutes.  Now someone just needs to invent a way to hug and smoooosh via the computer!!!


We kept hydrated with “fancy water”.  Sparkling mineral water (and later still water) with fresh slices of orange, lemon & lime


This was also our cookie exchange…so I now have five dozen fabulous cookies staring at me from the kitchen counter!

Cookie Exchange

Yikes!  I’m soooo diving into those AFTER doing some activity this weekend!!!  Good thing we have that 5km Santa Shuffle today!

Thanks again to all my lovely ladies for popping over for fun, food and festivities!!!  Merry Christmas!!!

Halibloggers Xmas

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Ex Yo-Yo Dieter Debbie said...

Looks like you guys had a great time! Have fun at the Santa Shuffle!

Anonymous said...

Now that is quiiite a spread! I hope you have a great race today-- looking forward to hearing how it goes!

Dairy Free Betty said...

Hope the race went fabulous!! That dinner spread is yummy!! The salad looks great!

I did the fancy water thing at a party last night too, water with orange slices!! Sooo good!

Have a great day,

Kim said...

aww, I love the picture! I'm glad you could all get together! I can't wait to hear about the Santa Shuffle!!!

Nicole said...

You all look great!!!

Hope the Santa Shuffle was fantastic for you the looks of the was!!!

Jen said...

haha!!! That's me!!That was so much fun!!! I agree, why haven't we done that before????

I am SO glad that you posted that dip recipe!!! It looks (and sounds) SO delicious!!! I am going to have to try making it!!
OOH and I think I know which epicure dip you are talking about (it uses 3 different kinds??) I make it ALL the time!!! It's ALWAYS a favorite!!!