New Years Day…..

Hi everyone!

What a great day!  Went to bed after midnight last night so it was nice to relax today.  Got up around 8:30 (that’s sleeping in for me!) and my kitchen was totally clean!  My honey got up before me and cleaned up, so nice!  I made delicious omelettes around 10:00.  I sauteed mushrooms, onions, and yellow peppers.  I stuffed my omelet with the veggies and sharp cheddar cheese, so good!  I had a little fresh fruit and a toasted cinnamon raisin english muffin.  It doesn’t get much better than that!

As I am typing, the smell of BBQ beefis wafting through the air.  I slapped that in the  oven about 2:00 today.  Should be fall apart tender in an hour or so.  I’ll be serving it with whole wheat buns, garlic oven roasted potato wedges and a simple cabbage salad.    Forgot to mention that I’m enjoying a little leftover Moscato…nothing like a little bubbly while on the computer:-)

So, let me tell you about last night.  We had a fire going in the livingroom and a our Christmas tree lit.  The smells in my house were as warm and cozy as the fire.  The appetizers and desserts I served were a hit!  Appetizer parties are my absolute favorite!  I made most everything ahead of time.  I just had to pop them in the oven and serve.  Easy peasy.  I always label my serving platters ahead of time so I don’t have to think about it when I have guests.  I also make  a “cheat sheet” that I tape to my kitchen cabinet.  I’ve forgotten to serve things in the past, huge bummer. 

The crab cakes were dynamite!  I made a lovely roasted red pepper aioli.  I did end up making fried calamari with a quick marinara sauce.  This was incredibly simple.  I dusted the calamari with a blend of flour, dried parsley flakes, salt, and pepper.  Right into the hot oil for one minute.  The parmesan stuffed mushrooms went like wildfire.  I baked them for 20 minutes in a small amount of beef broth in the bottom of the pan.  I also served ham and gruyere swiss cheese in puff pastry with whole grain mustard, savory and delicious.

The grand finale was fabulous.  I served the chilled cinnamon cheesecake squares, fresh berries with mascarpone, and chocolate chip cookies.  It was perfect.  Fresh berries, creamy cheesecake, and a little chocolate.

I hope you had a wonderful holiday!  I’m looking forward to a schedule in my house!

Have a great evening!


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