Let it snow!

Despite a blowing wind and the first heavy snowfall of the season, Alma and Megan’s 1st Annual Holiday Party was a success. I went to bed a little tipsy with a belly full of cookies, so it’s a winner in my book!

Check out our beauteous spread of food! Homemade oreos, chocolate chip candy cane cookies, baby carrots, spiced almonds, crackers, feta-stuffed piquillo peppers, olives, brie (!!), iberico cheese, and pistachios. Yum.

Holiday Party

I made spiced almonds for our house-warming party back in October, but this time I decided to go in a slightly different direction. These almonds were more sweet than savory – similar to the candied nuts you can buy on the street corners of NYC. Just as delicious, but much less sketchy.

Sugar & Spice Almonds


  • 3 cups of raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup of pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp each of nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and cardamom


  • Preheat the oven to 35o degrees, cover a baking sheet with several pieces of aluminum foil.
  • Mix the almonds and maple syrup in a large bowl
  • Mix the spices together in a small bowl and then add the spices to the almond-syrup mixture. Stir well to combine.
  • Bake almonds for 10-15 minutes (stirring after 5 minutes) or until toasted and golden brown.
  • Allow nuts to cool briefly and then immediately transfer them to a large bowl (work fast or they’ll stick to the foil!). Once completely cool, store in an air-tight container.

Spiced almonds

Chocolate Chip Candy Cane Cookies (makes about 20 cookies)


  • 6 Tbs firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 3 crushed candy canes


  • Heat oven to 375 F. In a large bowl combine sugar and butter, beat until light and fluffy.
  • Add vanilla and egg until blended.
  • Add flour, baking soda, and salt – mix well.
  • Stir in chocolate chips and crushed candy canes.
  • On an ungreased cookie sheet, bake heaping teaspoonfuls of dough for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 1 minute on the pan and then transfer to a wire rack.

Chocolate Chip Candy Cane Cookies

Alma’s festive feta stuffed piquillo peppers!

Feta-stuffed peppers

My plate – had a couple of these throughout the night, plus lots of red wine and cookies πŸ™‚

Party Food

The best part of hosting a party at your own apartment? Not having to brave the cold and snow. However, we MUCH appreciated the wintry trek our party guests made πŸ™‚ Thanks friends!


Red wine!


Darien & Megan

Darien & Megan

Megan & Alma

Megan & Alma

College Roommates unite! Missed you Anj and Hannah πŸ™

Megan, Agnes, & Jess

Cute couple πŸ™‚

Saturday and Alma

These brave souls sampled our eggnog & triple sec mixed drink.

Jen & Jonah

?? glasses of wine + pop music = Megan pretends to be in an itunes commercial. Or at least I think that’s what was going in here…

Itunes commercial

After running 12 miles in the morning and partying until after 1am, I was wiped out. I’m pretty sure I fell asleep the minute my head hit the pillow. Visions of sugar plums (and homemade oreos) danced in my head!

Check out my latest post on True/Slant: Have your cookies and eat them too! My thoughts on how to enjoy the holiday season without sacrificing your running fitness.

Question: What’s your favorite party food? I love brie, but for some reason I only buy it/eat it during the holidays.

  • Looks like the party was a COMPLETE success! So sorry we couldn’t make it but by the time we finished dinner at (eek!) 9:30, the weather was just too intimidating and we quickly curled up in our covers to hibernate. Count me in for next year though!

    Oh, and I LOVE your dress. You look so lovely!

  • I just read your True/Slant and loved it. Especially “The next time you run long or hard in the wintry chill, you can feel good about that hot chocolate you’re craving.” That’s pretty much exactly how I justified having hot chocolate with fluff at breakfast after my workout.

  • That looks like an awesome party! I always make fresh spring rolls for parties because they’re so healthy – and people usually love them. Those almonds look fabulous!

  • looks like fun — i love hosting parties for the convenience factor too, as lazy as that sounds. hah.

    favorite party food? cupcakes. and booze, for sure, if that counts as food. πŸ˜›

  • Wow, this looks like it was a lot of fun. I love spiced almonds.

  • Emily

    The Party looked amazing! I’m so bummed I missed out but hope you guys had a blast!

  • Ellen

    Oh my gosh, what an awesome looking spreadβ€”I’m so jealous!! I’m definitely a dip person…any kind of dip makes me happy πŸ™‚


  • I want some snow here for Christmas! Your party foods look amazing!

  • Looks like a fun party! I’m sad I couldn’t make it. And I just realized that I never RSVPed that I couldn’t come – sorry! I’ve been such a scatter-brain lately. Glad you had fun and were cozy inside.

    My favorite party food is a toss-up between nachos and the Pizza Dip I make for just about every party I attend. It’s always a hit.

  • Make brie your year-round friend! Gosh, I love it a lot but I also don’t buy it very often to be honest!
    Love your dress – you look so pretty!

  • darien

    I had such a great time Megan!! I’m glad I trekked through the blizzard. Delicious food, quality wine and awesome company πŸ™‚ Looking forward to trying out Equinox!

  • so much fun!

    i LOVE parties with friends…there is just something about the combination of food, friends and fun that you just cannot beat.

    LOVING the dress + cardigan…too cute!

  • Looks like a good time! This goes without saying, but your dress is freakin’ adorable.

    SO sorry I couldn’t make it, but I’m glad I could spare you all my sick germs! We’ll do junk salads soon, when I’m not illin’!

  • I’m so sorry Alex & I didn’t make it! Looks like it was a great time, and I’m DOUBLE sorry I didn’t get to try your homemade Oreos (my favorite cookie!). Oh man!

  • What a lovely spread! Piquillo peppers and iberico cheese = heaven on a plate…