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Girls Night Out…Purses, Aprons, Wine and Food {and a giveaway!}

by Aggies Kitchen on August 24, 2010

It all started with a casual request from a good friend to host one of those “purse parties” most of us have been to…you know…the “party” where someone unloads a big box of faux designer purses in a living room and you overwhelmingly and happily pick through them to find your favorites to buy and take home.  Why stop there right?  Why not include some beautiful aprons shipped in from Scarlet Threads and a complimentary wine tasting from the local wine shop that I love called Cork & Olive?  Add a group of fun ladies and you have yourself a paaaarty.

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Let’s talk food first.

I kept the food simple I guess you can say…finger food, dips and chips, cheese…all the good stuff you want to eat while drinking wine and socializing.  My friend Colleen (pictured above, far right) came over early to help me get everything started.  Lemony-Garlic Hummus was made earlier that day and served with the most amazing chips I found at Costco called Blue Ginger Mulit-Grain Brown Rice Chips … these chips are seriously my new favorite.  Danger danger…

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Lemony-Garlic Hummus

Recipe from Aggie’s Kitchen

(printable recipe)

2 16 oz cans of chickpeas (Bush’s is my canned bean of choice!)
1/2 cup liquid from can of chickpeas
juice and zest from 3 lemons
3 TB tahini
4 cloves garlic, crushed
big pinch of salt and fresh ground pepper
5 TB olive oil

Combine first 6 ingredients into bowl of food processor. Blend for 2-3 minutes until smooth. Slowly stream in olive oil until combined and smooth. Taste for salt and add more if needed. Serve with fresh cut veggies, crackers, chips, pita chips or crostini for a nice appetizer platter.

Note:  this recipe makes a large batch.  Store in airtight container in refrigerator for up to a week.

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Sweet-’n'-Salty Honey Cheese Spread was also prepped a little earlier and served alongside some crisp crackers…oh this was so good, and probably one of the most easy appetizers you can make!  You literally just roll the goat cheese log in salted and toasted sunflower seeds then drizzle with sweet honey when you are ready to serve.  If you love goat cheese like I do, then you will love this!

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I think it’s safe to say that Colleen’s Hot Artichoke Dip was the hit of the party…this bowl cleared out QUICK.  I may or may not have been scraping out the last of it while no one was looking….can you blame me?

Colleen’s Hot and Spicy Artichoke Dip

Recipe from Culinary Journey to the Mediterranean

(printable recipe)

1 can (14 oz) artichoke hearts, chopped, drained
1 cup mayo
1 cup (4oz) grated parmesan cheese
1 can (4oz) chopped green chilis, drained
2-3 cloves of garlic minced

Mix all ingredients in a shallow, ovenproof dish or 9-inch pie plate.
Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned.
Top with 2 Tbsp each of chopped tomatoes and olives.

Served this dip with ciabatta crisps.

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(the usual suspects…Allison and I partaking in one of our favorite activities…)

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These pinwheels were fun to make (once I got the hang of rolling).  I wish I could give you a tutorial with photos, but here’s the jist:  find yourself some large rectangular shaped Lavash bread, I was lucky enough to score some from the Publix deli but you may have to look around for it.  Spread a thin layer of Aloutte cheese on the bread and top with whatever you are in the mood for.  I chose to make two different rollups – an Italian one with ham, salami, provolone, tomatoes, and mixed greens…and a veggie one with provolone, tomato, basil, mixed greens and just the right amount of some marinated portobello mushroom and red pepper mix I found at Costco.  When you are layering the ingredients, spread them out over about 3/4 of the bread…and when you are rolling, roll tightly.  You may need some additional cheese spread to “glue” the end of the wrap into place before you start slicing.  Again, I have to thank Colleen for the hands on help…she’s always fun to cook with!

Additional food not pictured:  frozen and delicious spanikopita and assorted mini quiches from Costco….and these Rolo Turtle Pretzels I discovered on Steamy Kitchen.

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Okay…now lets move on to the girlie stuff…

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About a month or so ago I became acquainted with an organization on Facebook called Scarlet Threads.  What this group of ladies are doing is absolutely inspiring.  Scarlet Threads was created by a group of talented women in China who are empowering themselves and supporting their families by selling their products in their very own virtual boutique.  Each apron and handbag is handmade by a seamstress living in a rural village and given the opportunity to work in fair trade at their craft.

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I am just in love with Scarlet Threads’ products and am so happy to be a part of their story…and this is how I want to share it with you.  I have two beautiful aprons to giveaway…one today and one next week.  Today’s apron is the Lucy…how can you resist this beauty!  It just makes me feel happy looking at its colors!

LucyScarletThreads (photo courtesy of Scarlet Threads…)

Here’s how to enter…Visit the Scarlet Threads Boutique and leave a comment with the name of your favorite apron!  Each comment left on this post will count as an entry.

Earn additional entries by 1 or more of the following (leave a comment after you do so):

1. Share this giveaway on Facebook or Twitter or on your own blog (earn an entry for each!)

2. Become a fan of Aggie’s Kitchen and/or Scarlet Threads on Facebook

3. Express interest in hosting your own apron party (I will email you info)

Giveaway will end at 10pm EST on Friday August 27.

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{ 87 comments… read them below or add one }

Lissa August 25, 2010 at 9:40 am

I love the Lucy actually!

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Alison August 25, 2010 at 9:55 am

These recipes look great and love the aprons! Looks like a fun night!

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Susannah August 25, 2010 at 10:39 am

The Savannah! It’s so close to my name (people often call me that) and I love the blue and red combination, as well as the cute button detail.

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Brittany Albert August 25, 2010 at 10:52 am

What a great site! I have 3 little girls and the dresses for them are so cute. My favorite apron is the Penelope – Soft Teal Sash.

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Brittany Albert August 25, 2010 at 10:55 am

became a FB fan of Aggie’s kitchen.

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Brittany Albert August 25, 2010 at 10:57 am

I tweeted (@bafee1205)

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Ericka H. August 25, 2010 at 12:13 pm

Ok, first of all, the food looks incredible! I love these aprons, very cute and a great organization! I love the Olivia apron.

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Ericka H. August 25, 2010 at 12:15 pm

I “like” your site!

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Ericka H. August 25, 2010 at 12:16 pm

I’m a fan of Scarlet Threads too!

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Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen August 25, 2010 at 12:27 pm

What a fun night! Your little one looks adorable in her apron!

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Nive August 25, 2010 at 1:14 pm

‘Lucy’ is my favorite…thanks for this giveaway…

ramvinayak_81@rediffmail.com

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Nive August 25, 2010 at 1:16 pm

I am a fan of aggies kitchen on FB!!!

ramvinayak_81@rediffmail.com

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teresa August 25, 2010 at 1:46 pm

killer party! and i love the giveaway!

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Valerie S August 25, 2010 at 4:34 pm

My favorite is the Anna apron.

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fittingbackin August 25, 2010 at 7:29 pm

OOOH lots of great recipes packed in this post! I hear you – I always want pinwheels but they can be quite the big B until you get the hang of them. great pictures! Love the aprons. :)

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Claudia August 25, 2010 at 11:29 pm

Wow, what a great way to bring attention to a wonderful business run by talented women. Love all the designs – the Anna apron in particular. Thank you also for the wonderful recipes, I am looking forward to trying out that artichoke dip.

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Claudia August 25, 2010 at 11:37 pm

Just tweeted your giveaway!
@ClaudiaBDesigns

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bellini valli August 26, 2010 at 6:36 am

What a fun way to spend some time with the girls Aggie. I like the Phoebe apron. It screams me:D

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Finger Food August 26, 2010 at 7:30 am

Fabulous food here! I love Mediterranean food. Nice touch with the aprons! :)

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Maria August 26, 2010 at 9:58 am

What a fun night with fabulous food! Love the hummus!

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Kathy August 26, 2010 at 6:44 pm

My favorite is the Elle! It looks like you had a great party. Love the vegetarian pinwheels idea.

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Aimee August 26, 2010 at 6:52 pm

I “liked” Aggie’s Kitchen on facebook.

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Aimee August 26, 2010 at 6:53 pm

I mentioned the giveaway and your website on facebook.

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Susan August 26, 2010 at 6:55 pm

Aggie, thank you so much for posting what kind of chips you served with the hummus. The Blue Ginger Multiple-Grain Brown Rice chips were delicious!!. I have been meaning to ask about them. Thank you again for having me!

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Melissa August 26, 2010 at 7:50 pm

How cute is Gina!

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Candace August 26, 2010 at 8:01 pm

How adorable! I just looove the Savannah and Lucy Aprons!

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Louise August 27, 2010 at 2:15 am

Love the aprons they are so cute

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Louise Larsen August 27, 2010 at 2:18 am

I just shared on FaceBook

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Janie August 27, 2010 at 7:59 am

Wow! AWESOME!! OK hard to pick just one but I like the Elle apron!! AND I just became a fan of Scarlet Threads on FB! An awesome concept! I would love to host a party now that I have space!!

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Shelby August 27, 2010 at 10:03 am

Oh Aggie, how great are these aprons! I love your hummus recipe too. The food looks so awesome!

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eatingRD August 29, 2010 at 6:58 pm

That looks like my kind of paaarty! love those aprons! and wow that goat cheese is such a great idea.

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eatingRD August 29, 2010 at 7:00 pm

I love the penelope soft teal, so cute.

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Shal S August 29, 2010 at 9:57 pm

Love the Phoebe and the Elle. Became a fan on FB and I would like to host an apron party.

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Kim @ Two Good Cookies August 30, 2010 at 4:36 pm

Oh the Phoebe for sure! Check out that V-neck!

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Segalre in Copenhagen September 1, 2010 at 4:13 am

My favorite would be the Anna – so cute! I’m probably not eligible to participate in the giveaway (living overseas), but I wish good luck to everyone else. :)

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Colleen September 1, 2010 at 6:46 pm

What a fun night! So many wonderful things all together!

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Christine September 2, 2010 at 9:16 am

I love the phoebe! So cute with the v-neck

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