This afternoon I headed over to Lisa’s house to help her prep and get ready for the DC Bloggers Cookie Swap! Her house was perfectly decorated with holiday cheer for the occasion…
Before the rest of the bloggers arrived, the two of us rolled up our sleeves and got to work chopping veggies, toasting bread, and prepping the food.
A hundred million thanks to Lisa for being such a wonderful host, and for letting 25+ bloggers and readers descend on her living room.
For our afternoon spread, we had lots of cut veggies…
I brought over my homemade baba ganoush for dipping.
There was an assortment of gluten-free crackers…
And Lisa made these amazing sun dried tomato pesto and olive tapenade dips. Pretty sure I ate half of this boat.
And then just before the guests arrived, I set my cookies out on a platter. I decided to take two different things to swap, since I wanted to make sure I had a gluten-free option.
Cookie #1 were these coconut carrot macaroons. I made a few recipe substitutions, and dipped half the batch in chocolate – they were delicious!
Cookie #2 were white chocolate chip shortbread cookies with chocolate topping. These turned out pretty good too – I definitely wasn’t feeling adventurous enough to create my own recipe for the cookie swap. :)
And then the rest of the guests and the cookies started rolling in…
There were cookies EVERYWHERE! With 25+ people, and many bringing more than one thing to share, we ended up with cookies all over every flat surface in the house.
It was also pretty incredible just how many vegan and gluten-free options there were. This community is so respectful and inclusive when considering everyone’s different dietary choices and needs.
I didn’t get individual pictures of every cookie option (because that would have taken all night), but I did make Suzanne promise to come over and teach me how to make biscotti.
And Katie’s homemade oreo cookies were just too pretty to not capture.
The house was PACKED with girls, and the conversation volume felt more like a bar on a Saturday night than a cookie swap on a Sunday afternoon. :)
Everyone was so nice, and it was really fun to spend the afternoon chatting with such lovely girls. I feel really lucky to have been welcomed into our new city by so many people!
Back at home, I shared my loot with Casey. I honestly didn’t bring all that much home since I don’t have any office co-workers to pawn cookies off to, and I made myself sick with cookies over the last two days. Tis the season!
Such a fun afternoon. Many thanks to our lovely host Lisa, and to all the girls for braving a very dreary and rainy day for some good old fashioned cookie and blogger fun. Until next time!