Monday, January 9, 2012

Bringing in the New Year

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:

Holiday Wassail:

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 . . . .  ;)


Rebecca's Refining said...

Great way to bring in the new year - food, family, friends, and fellowship!! :)

Amber's pumpkin roll looks delicious! I am proud of her for getting her hands dirty!! (She is "challenged" in that department!) She appears to have done a great job......of course, I wasn't there to taste any!

Hope you have a blessed new year, and thanks again for hosting Amber!!

Katie said...

Balderdash is our family favorite game! Although, we haven't played since my siblings and I have had kids (5 kids over 3 years). Hopefully when they are a bit older, we can start back with the games!

Great pics from Game Day!

The Mayo Family said...

Hello Elizabeth,
Happy New Year to you & yours!
Looks like a lovely holiday & new years was had by all of your sweet family!
(I am playing blog catch up) :)
I want to tell you these southern New Years meals make my hubby home-sick! lol--- I told Christi that & thinking I really broke a tradition this
black-eyed peas! (OH)
Yesterday we had our family get together & my sis Lisa (Meme)
from two sisters cottage
made your Peppermint Pound cake! YUM!
This is treat # I cant keep up that we have enjoyed from your kitchen (if you will) ha! Thanks for sharing all the great recipes!
Have a wonderful rest of the week & happy New Year to yall!

busymomof10 said...


We like Balderdash too . . but it can tend to drag out sometimes. It isn't as lively as Catchphrase, which we LOVE! :)

busymomof10 said...

I'm behind on blog reading too! Thanks for stopping by! Glad to hear that Lisa made my Peppermint Pound Cake and that you have enjoyed many of my recipes!!

Blessings to you and your family!!

tlmalcolm said...

Scrabble Apple and Catchphase (we have the electronic handheld one)!!Lots of fun!!

Noel said...

This is the first time I've been so disappointed in you! :D Just kidding, this is coming from big Ga Bulldog fans :) Blessings to you and your family!

busymomof10 said...


Just so you know . . . we cheer for GA when they are not playing South Carolina! :)

Dawn said...

LOVE the football pics!!!! Push-ups and standing for plays-hilarious!! Love it!!
My oldest son and his wife took my 17 yr old daughter and 13 yr old son to the Carolina/Clemson game this year. What an exciting time they had!!
Those pics of your guys made me laugh!!

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