Instead of worrying about what bar to go to and whether or not it was worth it to pay $100 for open bar & food, my roommate & I decided to host a New Year’s Eve Party this year. Since both of us had to work on New Year’s Eve, we decided to keep the menu simple, but elegant. Also to keep costs down, when people asked what they could bring we told them to bring sparkling wine which we used as a part of our signature drink! Overall, it was a great evening with good food & even better friends!
Every year my parent’s host a Christmas Eve dinner. It started out as a dinner with some of our neighbors who we kept running into at the local Chinese restaurant after Christmas Eve Mass, but recently we’ve changed it up a bit and invite over my brother’s in-laws. We try to mix up the menu each year, but it always needs to be something that can either stay in the oven or slow cooker while we’re at church. Continue reading
Since the holidays can be super busy, I decided it would be nice to just relax with friends for an evening and watch movies. I also had received a variety of kitchen gadgets for Christmas and wanted to try them out so I wanted to make breakfast for dinner.
Number of Guests
Approximately 8 Adults
Pajamas or Sweats
Mini Ham & Cheese Omelets
Mini Spinach & Cheese Omelets
Bailey’s & Hot Chocolate
Bailey’s & Coffee
Last spring I heard about pudding shots for the first time. I was intrigued and needless to say I found an occasion to make them. They were a huge hit with all of my friends and since then I’ve made them for most of the parties I’ve attended. For my friends Ugly Christmas Sweater Party I made red (strawberry), green (mint Oreo), and white (vanilla) pudding shots. They are made using pudding mix, milk, vodka and/or liquors, and cool whip. They are then frozen until solid in 2 oz cups. Even though you keep the shots frozen they maintain the consistency of soft serve ice cream. You can find the cups at a restaurant supply store and some Walmarts. Be sure to experiment with a variety of flavors, but be careful to keep the overall percentage the alcohol the same or they won’t freeze correctly.
As usual this year my mom and I with the help of my dad & sister made a ton of Christmas cookies. This year we did 16 types of cookies. Below is the list:
1. Chocolate Chip
2. White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal
3. Brickle Drop (Some with Plain Toffee Chips & Some with Chocolate Covered Toffee Chips)
4. Peanut Butter Blossoms
5. Inside Out Almond Joy
6. Mint Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
7. Crinkle Cookies
8. Lemon Volcanoes
11. Chocolate Gingerbread Snowflakes
12. Sugar Cookies
13. Molten Middle Truffle Cookies
14. Cherry Nut Mudslides
15. Cocoa Shortbread Diamonds
16. Macadamia-Coconut Meltaways
We use them throughout the holidays for dessert and also bring in trays to work and give some away as gifts. For gifts this year I found kits that had foil covered cardboard discs cellophane bags, ribbons, and tags. It was a lot easier than finding reasonably priced Christmas plates and fighting with rolls of cellophane and curling ribbon.