Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

We had a VERY fun celebration this year on New Years Eve with Nannie & Grandpa, Aunt Bridget & Uncle Kevin! We had noise blowers, festive hats & glasses, silly string, party poppers, “princess juice” & a VERY special menu planned! We started celebrating New Years at noon, followed by a celebration every two hours with authentic cuisine & special mixed drinks from each country that was celebrating the new year! Mommy made some great food, and Uncle Kevin was a great bartender! We stuck to drinking our princess juice, but his grown-up drink sure looked good! We were even allowed to stay up until after 9pm, when we started asking to go to bed! We hope you all had a safe and fun New Years celebration too!

-Abby, Emily & Ben

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Mommy had quite an extensive international menu planned (thanks to daddy’s brilliant idea this year)!

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And Uncle Kevin had an even more extensive drink menu planned!

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At 12 noon, we celebrated with Thailand with Chicken Satay skewers and Bangkok coolers…

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At 1:30pm, we enjoyed some Indian cuisine of Chipati bread, Chana Masala, Lamb Vindaloo, Palak Paneer & Chai tea martinis… (even Grandpa tried some Indian food)!

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At 4pm, we celebrated with Russia with blini’s (crepes) and Vodka Tonics…

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… Unfortunately, the blini’s weren’t so easy to make, so we had to share the few that turned out descent… Mommy made Emily & Abby Aunt Jemima pancakes instead!

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At 5pm, we rang in the new year for Greece with pita chips & hummus, and Greek Mojitos…

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… and we followed that up quickly with a celebration at 6pm for Italy & Sweden, where we all enjoyed Swedish meatballs with lingonberry sauce, Caprese (tomato & mozzarella), Bruschetta, 007 drinks & an “Italian surfer” (this was mommy’s favorite drink of the night)!

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…7pm turned out to be a fun one, when we enjoyed “Bangers in a blanket”, and daddy, Uncle Kevin, and EVEN NANNIE did car bombs (shots of Bailey’s dropped in a glass of Guinness & chugged)…

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I don’t think Nannie liked it very much…

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Even though we were asleep at 10pm, the grown-ups kept celebrating and enjoyed some Chocolate truffles from Brazil, but were tired of drinking, so only daddy & Uncle Kevin picked a drink to stick with the rest of the night…

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At midnight, they were supposed to have crockpot Apple Pie & Champagne, but they were all so tired, that they had Nannie’s wonderful apple & lingonberry cake she made earlier instead, & they enjoyed some of our sparkling grape juice. What did you expect after a full day of eating and drinking?!?!?

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We sure had a blast celebrating so many times!

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We thought that 2011 was a FANTASTIC year, and we are VERY excited to see what 2012 is going to bring! Here are a few highlights we thought we’d share with you all!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

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