Austin Game Night

A few weeks ago, we hosted a game night to celebrate the move of our friends and just to hang out.  I always love hosting- it gives me a chance to try new recipes and it gives Mike a chance to get new games.  This time I made my favorite beer dip, caramel gingersnaps, skinny taco dip, and strawberry oolong tea.

 Caramel Gingersnaps

Caramel Gingersnaps

My first new recipe was Caramel Gingersnaps.  I've been waiting to make these for a while, but the recipe was a little time consuming and I only bake when I know I have plenty of people to share with.  Mixing the dough was easy, but then it needed to chill for 3 hours, which is sometimes the tricky part for me.  After chilling for 3 hours, I rolled them in sugar, flattened them, and baked them.  I really like them.  They were a little out of place though, they tasted like fall in a cookie with the ginger, caramel, and cloves.  It made plenty so I was able to share some with my friends at the mall, too.

 Skinny Taco Dip

Skinny Taco Dip

The next recipe I tried was the Skinny Taco Dip.  This was a very easy recipe to make.  First, I mixed together some sour cream, cream cheese, and taco seasoning.  Next, I layered tomatoes and lettuce.  Finally, I topped it with cheese.  Each ingredient I used was reduced fat or sodium.  I really liked this dip and it paired nicely with tortilla chips.

 Making Tea

Making Tea

Finally, I made some tea to share with our guests.  I got the Strawberry Oolong tea from White Cloud World Teas, my friend Lauri's company.  I recently got a new tea pitcher with infuser from Costco that I love.  I boiler my water, filled the pitcher halfway, infused the tea, added ice, and then the tea was ready.  It has a sweet strawberry taste and I didn't even have to add any sweetners.

 Sweet Strawberry Oolong Tea

Sweet Strawberry Oolong Tea

Good food, good friends, and fun games made for a great evening.  We will miss our friends as they move on and hope to continue on with the game night tradition.