One sign of a great hostess: our wine glasses were filled with the exact amount of ice each of us wanted.Happy Hour Mushrooms and Artichoke Nibbles – both yummy.For dessert, Walnut Date Cake crumbled over vanilla bean ice cream.Note: the cake had to be crumbled (instead of beautifully cut into thin slices like the picture that made me want to make this recipe) because when I took it out of the tube pan, this happened:Gasp! I pushed it back together as best I could. Oh well, it tasted great. It made a huge amount so I decided to save it for the Throwdown next Sunday. No last minute baking – yay.