Monday, December 17, 2012

Christmas At the Cabin

     The Monroeville Garden Club members donned their tackiest holiday wear for an "Ugly Christmas Sweater Party" on December 13, 2012 at the Hornady cabin in Peterman, Alabama.  Pat Hornady was the hostess and co-hostesses were Bev Colquett, Deloris Dean-Bailey, Elba Bonham, and Kim Dillow.
     To start the party , a paper plate art game was played.  Members were given a paper plate and pen and told  to place the plate on top of their head.  They were then instructed to draw various things such as a Christmas tree, ornaments on the tree, a fireplace, etc.  At the end, points were given based on the drawing.  Winners were Judi Burns and Carolyn Holley.  Carolyn won a ceramic holiday platter and Judi won a garden journal.
     Members each  brought a garden related wrapped gift and played the "Right-Left" game to exchange.  The Christmas Story was read with the words "right" and "left" inserted throughout and each time the words were used, the gifts were passed accordingly.  At the end of the story, each member unwrapped the gift she held.
     Following the games, members enjoyed hot spiced cider, cheeseball and crackers, and an assortment of cookies.

Door Prizes decorated with fresh flowers (hydrangea and Queen Anne's Lace) and
greenery (asparagus fern, rosemary, pittosporum, and boxwood)  The gold holder is
a Christmas ornament purchased from the Dollar Tree.   Floral foam was used inside
the holder to help keep the flowers fresh.

  Pat Hornady, Dorothy Jernigan and LeNette Knapp

Ree Smith and Carolyn Holley

Judi Burns, Margaret Groves, and Audrey Griffin

Kim Dillow and Dana Shinholster

Evelyn Bond, Margaret Groves and Gail Touchton

Deloris Dean-Bailey and Dorothy Jernigan

LeNette Knapp and Elba Bonham

Members playing the paper plate art game

We had some interesting "Master Pieces"

Judi Burns with her nicely decorated Christmas tree which won a prize.

Members look at their gifts.

Enjoying spice tea and other refreshments.

Beautiful wreath made by our hostess, Pat Hornady

Easy Cheese Ball
Brought by Kim Dillow

2 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, softened                           2 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar Cheese
1 (1 oz.) package of ranch dressing mix (she used Dill)       1 1/2 cups chopped pecans

DIRECTIONS:  In a medium size bowl, mash cream cheese.  Mix dressing mix and cheddar cheese into the cream cheese.  Shape the mixture into a ball.  Roll the ball in the chopped nuts.  Refrigerate covered until ready to serve.

Rollo Pretzel Bites
Brought by Bev Colquett
Rollo Candy
Pretzels (small)
Pecan Halves

Lay pretzels on a baking sheet.  Top each with an unwrapped Rollo.  Bake at 350 for about 3 or 4 minutes.  Remove from oven and place a pecan half on top of the rollo and press down a bit.  Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes to harden.

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