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We are leaving our house this week.
After the stress of renting it sight-unseen, we have loved this house since last summer. At least weekly, Bart and I say to each other, “Isn’t this the BEST house?”
We’d hoped to be able to sublet it for the summer and fall, but it proved too difficult to find someone to rent it for that time period, and eventually we accepted that we’d have to let someone sign a year-long lease and find a new place for our family to live when we return to Durham in January.
(I was seriously opposed to this, but then Bart calculated how much money we were going to pay to let the house just sit here for 8 months and I decided I didn’t like the house THAT much).
All of this is to say, our house needed a farewell party.
We’ve hosted a LOT of things here this year – a birthday party for Ani, Christmas dinner, a Pi Party, many Sunday dinners, MBA brunches, and a year worth of preschool.
But for a goodbye party, especially one in a house where we had a backyard for the first time in years, there was no question it had to be a s’mores party (it was also fitting because when we had our goodbye party in Texas, it was s’mores-themed).
- Mini coconut doughnuts
- Samoa cookies (the knock-off ones from Wal-Mart which I think taste exactly the same)
- Fresh strawberry slices
- Banana slices
- Andes Mints
- Chocolate chip cookies
- Peanut Butter
- Raspberry jam
Other favorites were chocolate chip cookies with banana slices, a smear of peanut butter and a marshmallow. And a chocolate chip cookie with raspberry jam and marshmallow (why yes, I DID like them with the chocolate chip cookies best).
But the coconut doughnuts with marshmallow and Rolos weren’t too shabby either. And Bart has never met an Andes Mint he didn’t like (several people were really taken with the mint/strawberry combo, although it wasn’t my favorite).
When we come back from Spain, I’m crossing my fingers we’ll find another house with a backyard so we can recreate this party.