Saturday, December 3, 2011

What Did You Do Today?

When I woke up this morning, I thought: "I'm going to throw a party tonight!"  Seriously.  I know, I'm a little nuts.  But I needed [wanted] some good friends and good food.  And so I did.
The menu was simple: date rolls (a Christmas tradition), poundcake, almond croissant bread pudding, pâté, and spinach-artichoke dip with bacon.  And hot cider.  Mmmmm.
Gratefully, I have a well-stocked pantry, and only needed to make a quick trip to the store for only one item.  (One Mommy, two littles = 10 minutes.  A miracle if there ever was one.)
So we ate, we gabbed, the girls played with little friends, then everyone went home and I fell asleep while putting the girls down.  Now isn't that just a perfect day?

Date & Nut Rolls
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
Stir in:
  • 1 3/4 cups fine graham cracker crumbs
Mix well and roll into about 4 logs.  Dough will be very sticky.  Cover in fine shredded coconut and wrap tightly with saran wrap.  Store in fridge and slice in rounds when ready to serve.  

*History:  This recipe comes from my Great-Great Aunt.  When my mother first made them, she would roll individual bite-sized balls...  it took forever!  When she was pregnant with me, she started making the logs, and we've been doing it that way ever since.