Saturday, December 31, 2011

The Eats

I love menu planning. I really do.  And here is what's on the burners for this holiday weekend.

New Year’s Eve Menu:
Buffalo Chicken Dip & Crackers
Strawberry Salad
Cherry Glazed Roast Loin of Pork & Mashed Potatoes
Baked Kielbasa and Sauerkraut & Buns
Frosted Sugar Cookies
Champagne for toasting the New Year
New Year’s Day Breakfast:
Orange Juice
Apple Cake
Scrambled Eggs, Bacon and Toast

Amanda, Jerry, Kayla and the little ones are planning on sleeping over.  I've asked my niece and nephew(s) to join us.  Jayme is staying home with his brood.  I'm looking forward to ringing in the New Year.

Hope your Eve is fun and safe!! ENJOY!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Eat for Good Luck?

What are you eating this New Year that may bring you good luck throughout 2012?  When I sat down to plan my New Year’s menu and typed in “foods for New Year’s”, I was led to this.  An excellent little article on traditions and what are believed to be lucky foods.  There are six major categories: grapes, greens, fish, pork, legumes, and cakes.  I also found it interesting that the amount of greens that are eaten may predict one’s fortune.  That could explain why I am so poor.  Our tradition was to eat a spoonful of sauerkraut at midnight.  This year I am eating tons of sauerkraut.  I’ll also be serving pork (it signifies wealth and prosperity) and I’m thinking of trying my hand at baking a dessert from Holland: the ollie bollen, a puffy, donut-like pastries filled with apples, raisins, and currants.
There is also a list of What Not to Eat.  “Lobster is a bad idea because they move backwards and could therefore lead to setbacks. Chicken is also discouraged because the bird scratches backwards, which could cause regret or dwelling on the past. Another theory warns against eating any winged fowl because good luck could fly away.”
I'm thinking of following with the German custom (or superstition) of leaving a little bit of each food on your plate past midnight to guarantee a stocked pantry in the New Year.  Nothing wrong with cleaning up in the morning.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Welcome, the Third Day of Christmas ...

... and I'm back at the office.  But, what a wonderful Christmas weekend!! So good, I feel the need to recap and add.  It started Friday afternoon when we got an early reprieve from the office.  Mister filled my tire for me (gotta get that fixed). I picked up Kayla and we set about getting the house ready for our Christmas Eve brunch.  I also let her have all of her presents.  She was a happy girl . . . or so she said.  No, seriously, Mom and I got her everything on her list.  Saturday, Mom came over early and we put out a pretty good feast.  Attendees were Melissa and Brian, Mike and Jolene, Amanda, Jerry, Kayla, Brendan and Jacob, Jayme, Tina and Eddie, Tera, Cammi and Jade, my neighbors, Andrea and Joe (I was so glad they could come) and of course, me and my Mom.  When the guests were gone, I took a nap.  Christmas morning I baked Dad an almond pound cake, gathered a few presents and headed on over to Melissa and Brian’s to join them, Michael and Janet to open gifts.  From there we all drove to Mom and Dad’s for lunch and to open more gifts.  Monday, I made breakfast for Mom and then we shopped at Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods.  After a bowl of creamy carrot and roasted pepper soup, Mom headed home and Mister stopped by for a visit.  The remainder of the evening was keeping the house in order, catching up on the missed episodes of Top Chef and doing laundry. 
Here, a myriad of moments from the Holiday.  
and more
An overabundance of cards to choose from
K's heart in a pocket
The girls in their naughty hats
Brendan and Jacob's snowmen

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas Eve!

Hosted a brunch today and celebrated a day early with my family and neighbors.  The menu consisted of two new recipes: a red wine cake - delicious! and a Pillsbury Festive Egg and Sausage Bake.  We also had lyonnaise potatoes, baked ham, buns, apple dumplings (Ree Drummond's recipe), a cheese and cracker tray, frosted cut-out sugar cookies, chocolate chip cookies, mimosas, milk, sodas.  Whew! I think that's about all.  After bellies were full, we handed out the gifts.  Well, most of them. Found a slew of them later hidden behind the t.v.  Poor Cammi, no wonder she asked if there were more presents.  I can't imagine what she thought when I said no, and had only handed her a bag with a few items while her sister had a huge pile in front of her to open.  And Jacob, I don't think he opened anything.  I was so busy, I didn't notice.  But luckily, Mom spied them before Cam left and made her one happy little girl and then Mom drove Jake's and Bren's out to them.  
The big guys watched some of the football game and later, when everyone was gone, I took a little nap.  And now, I am going to bed, but just wanted to say, Merry Christmas!!!!!

Monday, December 19, 2011

So busy

Between the office, the home, the migraines, the sorethroats, the viruses, the baking, the planning, the cooking, the cleaning, the wrapping, the ENJOYING.  Will be back soon.  HAVE A WONDERFUL HOLIDAY!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Ready for the Weekend

The invites went out weeks ago.  Sunday we will host our Annual Ornament Exchange.  Good friends, family, conversation, food.  A lovely way to spend an afternoon.
The tree is up, the house is decorated and Amanda is doing a final clean up right now.  Tomorrow we will begin the food prep and wrap the ornaments and prizes.  It will be so good to see everyone again!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

An Ugly Sweater?

While idly perusing the internet in the wee early morning hours…what?...isn’t that when everyone does??? I  happened upon this site. Yep, you read that correctly, U-G-L-Y S-W-E-A-T-E-R S-T-O-R-E.  Gee, there really is a shop for everything.  
At first, I thought, an ugly sweater?? Is there such a thing??  Then I looked and I looked some more. Wow! Do people really buy these?  I, um, WAIT! I ran to my closet.

Ah, relief.  This one is cute.