Sweet Potato Waffles smothered in Maple Cream were amazing. Pointing to them with his fork, one of my guests proclaimed, "These taste like Christmas." Awesome.
Mac 'n' Cheese was killer, as always. I believe it to be the best I've ever tasted, omni or vegan. And the Baked Apples were just ridiculous - stuffed with chopped dates and sugar and other good things and baked with a crisp coating of sugar and nuts. Each apple received a drizzle of some homemade Apple Liqueur before going into the oven and they came out perfect.
Toasted Brown Rice Tea was light and warming and the Winter Solstice Cocktails were quite effective and really hit the spot. I had two. :)
All in all, it was an overwhelming success and I got praise from my guests and family. I asked everyone if they'd be willing to come over more often to test additional recipes and allow me to hone my cooking and hostess skills and they each enthusiastically agreed. I even told them I'd been considering writing a cookbook and ended up getting lots of support, which felt really nice.
Tomorrow, I'll start working on my To Do List for Christmas Dinner. I hope you Winter Solstice and weekend was filled with good food and lots of belly laughs.