The last time the holiday gathering that we call Crafty Day was written about on this blog was way back in December of 2010. That is not to say that we didn’t celebrate Crafty Day in 2011, I just never got around to writing about it.
In a nutshell, our good friends Patty and Rob invite us to their home for an afternoon and evening filled with food, drink, crafts, and most important of all, quality time spent with some of our oldest and dearest friends. Since Patty and Rob are kind enough to host and let us make a mess of their lovely home, it is my job to always bring a wide assortment of food for lunch. My annual trip to the Reading Terminal Market and our local Italian grocery store (Croce’s in Cherry Hill, NJ) to gather provisions for Crafty Day is a shopping excursion that I always look forward to.
For this year’s event, the Women of Crafty Day (Patty, her sister Sue, and Mrs. G-LO) decided that they would be making homemade Vanilla Extract, which would prove to be one of the easiest crafts that the ladies have ever undertaken. Take four vanilla bean pods. Split them. Stuff them into an 8 ounce Boston Round bottle. Fill the bottle with Vodka. Wait two months. And then Voila! The Vanilla Extract, she is done! I am really looking forward to seeing how it came out (once again, I am a sucker for pretty packaging).
While the ladies were toiling in the kitchen, the boys (Rob, Sue’s husband Rash, and I) were working on this year’s batch of Limoncello while we sampled a wide array of whiskies (I brought the Balcones, Brenne, Angel’s Envy, and a Scotch Malt Whisky Society sample since I knew they would be something new for the boys to try). Crafty Rob (he makes his own wine and occasionally homebrews) supplied us with vegetable peelers and quickly put us to work as we imbibed. Thankfully, no fingers were lost as we peeled our lemons and drank our drinks. Our next gathering will hopefully involve the dilution and bottling of Rob’s lemon peel and Everclear concoction.
At around 6PM, we did what all good gluttons do after an afternoon of eating and drinking: we ordered a plethora of Asian food! Wonton soup. Dumplings. Sushi. Spare Ribs. A medley of stir fries. If you can think of it, it was probably there! At this point in the evening, we also stopped with the adult libations and moved on to the lighter side of the beverage spectrum, i.e. lots of water and a caffeinated soda or two, because once the party is over, we still have an hour long drive home.
Once again, Crafty Day was a huge success, and fun was had by all. We are already counting down to next year’s event!
And for your viewing pleasure, here are some photos of all that went down on that rainy, foggy Saturday in early December. Happy Holidays!
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