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A fun ladies’ night out in Katy

Last night, I participated in my first ever Bake and Take.  The concept was first presented to me by a friend, and it sounded like so much fun that we decided to organize a Bake and Take with our church, The Waters Church (www.iamthewaters.com).

A Bake and Take is like a cookie swap – except all of the baking takes place together! 

We gathered with around 15 ladies from our church and created ten amazing dessert recipes.  There was a station with the needed ingredients, recipe and kitchen appliances and utensils laid out for each of the ten recipes.  As women arrived, they chose a station and worked in twos, threes and fours to complete the recipe.  Some recipes did not need to bake, and those that did shared the oven without issue.  (When I was first thinking through this type of an event, I couldn’t imagine that much baking with one oven… but it really did work out amazingly well.)

The recipes we made included lemon bars, peanut butter and chocolate cookies, Chex mix “puppy chow”, rainbow cupcakes, caramel brownies, pretzel Rolos, chocolate covered strawberries, marshmallows, and pretzels, Oreo balls, cupcake balls, and toffee. 

While the recipes baked, and in between helping at tables, there was plenty of time to munch on snacks and chat about our weeks and plans for the weekend.  Within 4 hours, each recipe was done.

At the end of the evening, all of the completed recipes were laid out on a table and the women took some of each in a to-go container. 

A wonderful thing about the Bake and Take was that everyone stayed to help clean up – and it only took an hour!  For 10 full recipes, each with their own dirty dishes, the clean up was a cinch.

I can’t wait to do this event again – it was such a wonderful evening of baking, taste-testing, and being with beloved friends!

What about you?  What is your favorite ladies’ night out idea?  Post a comment below!

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