In years past, our group at work did "Sweet and Salty" days in the weeks before Christmas, I'm not sure who came up with the term, but people brought treats to work for everyone to enjoy. We'd go about our work, but we'd graze all day on spinach balls, home made cheese sticks, rum balls, fudge, sausage balls and cheese dip with Fritos. One of my favorites was a ham ball made by the wife of a guy from Clanton. I must have gained ten pounds before the actual Christmas feasting began.
Things have gotten crazy at work and the dynamics of the team has changed drastically and we had gotten away from our Christmas tradition. On Monday I went up to one of the Old Timers and said let's do "Sweet and Salty". She said let's do it. So today I took a big honkin' crock pot of chili. I make a pretty good chili, but Jilda's is better. I've had few complaints about the grape jelly and cocoa that are in my recipe. My chili has been characterized as toxic by some "soup-eaters" because it's a little hot....O.K. it's a lot hot....in fact, it has been known to take the hide off of tongues and scar the roof of mouths. But you can't fly on one wing....right?
Anyhow, I decided to go with Jilda's recipe for the wimps at work. Today we had bourbon balls, and peanut butter fudge. Tomorrow, we'll be having fruit cake cookies, cheese potato soup, and a surprise or two.
It's a fun way to ease into the holiday spirit. What kind of things do you do at the office for Christmas?