Retirement is a week filled with Saturdays and Sundays interrupted only occasionally by a holiday.

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Monday, January 1, 2007

Happy New Year

Yesterday was a whirlwind of social activity. It started with a New Year’s Eve potluck brunch at our friends’ home. Now…anyone who knows me knows I can barely find my way around the kitchen. If it weren’t for my husband’s culinary skills, we’d starve. But I decided to be responsible for preparing our contribution to the meal. Now I was stumped…what would be an appropriate dish for breakfast that would travel well…certainly not an egg dish which would be cold and rubbery by the time it arrived at our destination. Thanks to the wonders of the Internet, I found a great (make that “easy”) recipe for a cappuccino bundt cake. It was perfect…pleasing to the eye, tasty and, most important, easy to transport. We had a wonderful time and I was pretty proud of myself for actually preparing a dish that was neither burnt, underdone nor falling apart.

After the brunch, we headed home, prepared our hot artichoke dip, packed up all the chips, dips, and other treats and headed for my sister’s house for our traditional New York New Year’s Eve party. We do not live in the Eastern Time Zone but, each year, we all get together and toast in the New Year by watching the New York Times Square feed on TV. It started when the kids were young and unable to stay up until midnight to welcome in the New Year. By celebrating New York New Year’s, the kids could drink their sparkling cider, blow their party horns, kiss their parents and then go to bed a few hours before midnight. As we’ve all gotten older (and more decrepit), the adults have really come to appreciate this family tradition. So we had our “food intense” celebration, drove home and made it to bed just before midnight. Whew…

I wish everyone a Happy New Year and I hope that 2007 brings health and happiness to all.

1 comment:

only oldest said...

Happy New Year to all the family members. I too took advantage of the 9:00 eastern curfew.

Hope we all have a very healthy and happy New Year and in my case thinner!!!!