Don't you just love the opportunity for a fresh start? I read a bummer of an article today that basically said you just can't make drastic changes all at once, that baby steps are the key. That may very well be true, but I love the hope and inspiration embedded in New Year's Resolutions along with a fresh start and a return to a routine after the craziness of the holidays. My husband and I have a date planned for tomorrow to make plans and resolutions for 2013, but tonight we are cleaning . . .
See? Clean bedroom.
Well my side anyway. My husband is off getting a haircut. A different kind of clean I guess.
And clean craft room . . .
which I had already cleaned on Thursday, so it only took two rounds of "Angel from Montgomery" to straighten
which was in my head from this great day-after-Christmas concert given by my brother, my laid-back uncle who has me convinced that every 3rd out of 4 child is mellow (do you concur?), and my mom's boyfriend
and two more songs to sweep
holy run on sentence (but it's my blog - I'll mess up the grammer if I like).
Here's a shot of 3 generations singing along.
Could have been 4 if I'd dragged Maggie and Addie into the photo.
And aside from cleaning tonight, we'll be gorging ourselves on appetizers. I have a miserable cold, so I stayed in bed until 9:00. I normally wake up at 4 or 5, so it was weird. I went to bed immediately after we got home from NJ yesterday around 5 PM. I finally got myself going to the supermarket around 10:30 and picked up a boatload of ingredients.
I've already prepped everything, but we haven't started eating yet. I would be such a super duper housewife (and maybe mother) if I didn't have to work! I made this Texas Cranberry Chutney which I have already sampled. Way too sweet and not spicy/savory enough for me, but then again my tastebuds are probably way off due to this cold.
I have this shrimp marinating and already made the chipotole mayo to go with it. I have these meatballs hanging out in the crockpot and this white bean dip ready to go in the oven. Then of course staples like Snap Pea Crisps, pretzels and cream cheese, and grapes. Oh and I'm dying to make these bacon wrapped dates, and I got all the ingredients but forgot that I didn't have any toothpicks. My husband is picking those up on his way back from the haircut along with Shirley Temple ingredients for the kids. I have Prosecco lined up for us grownups.
Tomorrow morning, I"m planning to make monkey bread and mimosas. I'll let you know how everything comes out.
Do you have any great New Year's Eve traditions? Every year, I google it and try to add some new fun things like eating a grape for each month of the year at midnight. This year I read about wearing red undies for good luck (or love and passion). I almost used that as a good excuse for a shopping spree at Victoria's Secret, but with Christmas spending and birthday coming up (17 - Holy Sh@&%!), I decided to behave.
Apparently there's some kind of marzipan pig in Germany. I thought about trying to do make-your-own-pigs but completely forgot about that one while I was in the baking aisle at the supermarket.
Traditions or no, I hope you have a lovely evening and day tomorrow. Happy New Year! Thanks so much for reading my blog. It's such great therapy for me!