yahtzee: (Christmas pug)
Final guest tally: about 28 (not clear on the details after bloody marys)
Food disaster: the Oreo bark
Food triumph: the crab dip, of all things
Food tally: too much (I got the rough number of people right, but dramatically overestimated how much they would eat)
Worst idea: making it pajama friendly, which really only made the four people in pajamas feel weird
Best idea: Christmas charades, which can be incredibly evil (YOU act out "wassailing.")
Likelihood of doing this next year: 90%


Now I need to clean my whole house.
yahtzee: (writing love scenes)
Because it's going to be a while yet before I can fall asleep --

In this meme, you're supposed to put the first lines of your most recent 10 or 25 or something fics.

I'm going with the most recent 20, chronological order, obviously not including anonymous gift exchange fics not yet revealed.

the first lines )

Tried two experiments in baking today. The Oreo bark ... is not. Two ingredients! Broken up Oreos and white chocolate chips! Melt the white chocolate around the Oreos, then chill it, and victory is yours! EXCEPT. The white chocolate would not melt. I followed the bag instructions. They remained inviolate. I tried again. And again. Essentially, about a third of them got HOT LIKE THE SURFACE OF THE SUN while the rest (despite stirring, yes!) simply would not budge. They were like, "After the end of eternity, we shall stand as we are now." They were strong-willed, these chips. Finally, after about 45 minutes of this, the Oreos began to burn. Defeat.

Thus it was with no small amount of trepidation that I undertook the chocolate cupcakes, but they turned out jim-dandy. I'll do the peppermint icing tomorrow, but that looks simple enough, SHE SAID. Now that vegans are coming, I have added vegan tortilla chips and salsa to the mix, and my friend Steph is bringing some more along for them as well. Tomorrow a.m., I get up and make the cookies -- lots and lots of cookies -- amid icing-making, which means the most complicated thing I'll have to do, food wise, in the afternoon is assemble the hot crab dip. But there's plenty of cooking to do. Thank God the invite specified that pajamas are acceptable attire; I don't think I'll have the chance to throw on anything else!
yahtzee: (Christmas pug)
No more Jetsons references, I promise.

So, I am trying to get the swing of Dreamwidth now. Happily, I staked out my username a long time ago; however, I have literally never originated a post here. If I have figured the aforementioned "crazy thing" out, this should post not only at DW but also at LJ (which I intend to keep active for at least the next 11 months, i.e., the amount of time still remaining on my paid account.) Did that happen?


Also! I have added only a scant few folks to my DW reading list. I know there are more of you I should be following (and this may be importing -- the flood is taking a long time, of course.) If we talk regularly and you are on DW, I would love if if you would let me know/invite me/etc.

ETA: OK, the link to "comment on Dreamwidth" didn't appear on LJ. What do I do in settings to fix that?


In other news, I am having a Christmas Eve party. The original idea was that it would be about six of us, and we would have no ambitions higher than, say, playing Clue while drunk. I still have high hopes for Clue in a state of inebriation ... but the confirmed guest list is now at 19 people, and there could easily be as many more over again. This means I am SCRAMBLING for appetizers.

(Note to self: I do not yet have a "First World Problems" tag. Remedy this?)

So far on the menu:

chocolate-peppermint cupcakes*
hot crab dip** with crackers
sliced ham**
white chocolate and cranberry cookies
Oreo bark
strawberries with cream cheese***, sour cream and brown sugar as dips
roasted spiced nuts
chocolate candies in little bowls
Bloody Marys
some alcoholic punch my friend Steve is making, contents TBA
soda for the kids

Does this sound like a good mix to you guys? Is there anything else you'd particularly recommend?

And remind me to tell you guys about chihuahua delivery!

* The recipe I have is actually for a cake. I know that usually cake recipes will work for cupcakes, but those of you who bake more often -- are there any pitfalls to look out for there?

** I remain a vegetarian for the most part, but I will occasionally cook seafood for guests because, weirdly, not everyone gets psyched about lentil soup. The ham was a Christmas gift from my father, who can't seem to remember the vegetarian thing.

*** No, I still don't like cheese, but others do, and I have a feeling they will polish this off fast enough.


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