I meant to post this last week but instead of writing on New Year’s Day we sat around in our PJ’s and played video games. And then I had to work on Friday. #thestruggleisreal
On New Year’s Eve I went shopping for groceries in Carmel Mountain Ranch. It was cloudy, dark, and drizzly and at about 12PM we reached a high of 45 degrees. What in the what?! I know for someone who doesn’t live in San Diego this might seem warm, but to us San Diegans this is like “real weather”, yo. I took advantage of our real cold snap (it was in the 30’s that night) and made a fire!
That poor fireplace doesn’t get much use but it sure is nice and cozy. On Pinterest I saw the idea to make “time capsules” and to fill in little year in review sheets. Jake, T and I drank hot cocoa and filled out our sheets in front of the fire and then read them aloud. It was a pretty great year, actually, and it was a nice way to reflect.
And then we ate snacks! Like these Bacon Cracker Things that I’ve been making for New Year’s for the last few years. Jake and T love these things and every December they ask, “Are you going to make those bacon cracker things again?” Yes, yes. Of course I will.
I saw these originally on the Pioneer Woman. It’s basically just a saltine cracker (she uses Club Crackers), a little Parmesan cheese, and then you wrap the whole thing with half a strip of bacon. I highly recommend using THIN slices since otherwise they take longer to bake. You should also cheat and use a rolling pin to thin them out. Bake these on a rack over a baking sheet for 2 hours at 250 degrees. They shrink and shrivel and are a gloriously meaty little snack. I myself can only eat a few but the boys love these suckers.
We also had some Brazilian Cheese Bread (left) that I bought at Sprouts and some crescent roll things I made.
I used the same filling for the crescent rolls as I did for these “nests/should have been pinwheels” things. The mixture was just ground pork, fresh sage and lots of onions, plus cream cheese. I wish I had spread more of the filling across the puff pastry but I only put it on 1/4 of the sheet. Live and learn.
Ugh, I almost forgot to post these! I also made the simpliest dessert ever. Ritz crackers. Dulce de leche. Chocolate. Boom. Done.
My chocolate coating is ugly though because my chocolate hated me that day. These are really tasty even without the chocolate.
Like my mustache?
T enjoying the treats.
Jake is obviously a heavy partier.
So am I.
While eating snacks, I decided we would do a little “soda tasting” since Minion got me these sodas for Christmas. On New Year’s we tried the Root Beer, the Sweet Corn and the Old Fashioned Lemonade.
We tried the “safe” root beer first. It was pretty good.
Then we moved onto the Sweet Corn…
This is T’s “OMG what did I just drink?!” face which was followed by a “I want to retch face” which I decided not to post to be nice.
My reaction was immediate and full of discomfort.
Jake turned away too soon for us to get a photo because he immediately went to spit it out.
Suffice it to say, the Sweet Corn soda was totally disgusting. Thanks, Minion.
We did the lemonade one last and I thought it was going to taste like Lemon flavored soda but actually it just tasted like old, flat lemonade. It was better than the Sweet Corn but that’s not saying much.
Other fun photos:
Mustache removal fail.
We used sticks for ours!
After snackies and weird sodas we flipped around TV stations watching boring Carson Daly and Ryan Seacrest (yawn) and watched a little bit of Pitbull’s dance party in Miami before retiring to watch When Harry Met Sally (I love that movie).
Bye bye, 2014! I hope to remember to write 2015 instead of 2014 now.