Whew! My new year has been a whirlwind thus far!! How about yours??
I wanted to post these pictures from our New Year's Eve Celebration, before it got any later!
This is my niece, Amber, making a pumpkin roll, which is something I never make, so it was a real treat!
Here's proof for her Mom that she got her hands dirty!!! ;)
The pumpkin roll was delicious!
And pretty too!!
Amber also helped me make Wassail, which is a hot, mulled cider beverage that we enjoy drinking during the holidays. Recipes for wassail abound, and vary quite a bit. Here is our favorite version:
2 quarts apple juice or cider
1 pint cranberry juice
3/4 cups sugar
2 sticks cinnamon
1 teaspoon allspice
1 orange, studded with whole cloves
Mix all together in crock pot. Cook on high for 1 hour or low for 4-8 hours and serve warm. (We double this recipe.)
We enjoyed bringing in the new year with some friends from church. Love this pic of Maddie, wearing her "Happy New Year" headband.
After dinner and dessert, we played some games to help us stay awake until the ball dropped -- several rounds of Dutch Blitz followed by our family's favorite -- Catchphrase! What is your favorite family game?
On January 1st, we were blessed to start off a brand new year in the Lord's house -- worshiping Him and being reminded to put Him first in the year ahead. Back at home, we took down the Christmas decorations, watched football, and ate a delicious New Year's meal of ham, black-eyed-peas, sauteed cabbage and macaroni and cheese. Do you have a traditional New Year's Day meal??
The next day, January 2nd, was a big day for my guys -- their favorite college team -- the South Carolina Gamecocks -- won their bowl game! There was a lot of hooping and hollering and celebrating . . . and push-ups for each touchdown!! :)
The guys like to stand up when a big play is underway. (Anyone else notice how Bethany is standing exactly like Taylor????)
Some Victory poses!! :)
If you follow football, I hope your team won . . . but if not, there's always next year . . . . ;)