New Beginnings

Hey, everyone! I hope you had a wonderful New Year.

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Dave doesn’t like celebrating New Year’s because it’s “just another day of the year” but if you’ve read this blog for even a few months, you know that I celebrate pretty much everything. Life isn’t always a walk in the park, so celebrating as often as possible seems to brighten things up.

My friends Dan and Em hosted a small New Year’s party where we intended to marathon Sherlock with appetizers, punch, and champagne. I was done with work at noon on New Year’s Eve (one of selling points of working at a clinic!), so I got home early to make Reuben Pigs in a Blanket, a recipe from the last issue of my Food Network Magazine. This is so not a Chel recipe, since I hardly ever use crescent rolls, and I never use cocktail sausages, but I love reubens, so this looked like a fun and inexpensive appetizer.

All it requires is a can of crescent rolls, a can of sauerkraut, a jar of pickle relish, some shredded Swiss cheese, cocktail sausages, and caraway seeds. The recipe can be found here.

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I have to admit, it was kind of a putzy appetizer, so I’m not sure if I would make them again (although they got devoured when I made them for the Leahy Christmas gathering last weekend). They’re a fun group-making appetizer, though. Aurelia was in charge of cheese last time and thought a large handful of cheese per roll was better than a sprinkle.

I bought two cans of crescent rolls, so I ended up making a filling to stuff the rest with out of a can of lump crab meat, some sauteed spinach, onions, and garlic and a sprinkle of mozzarella.

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We also had buffalo chicken dip, smoked salmon and cream cheese with cucumbers and crackers, goat cheese bruschetta, and eggplant tapenade dip with pitas. My friend Jake also brought his home-brewed hard cider, including orange-ginger and cherry, which were easily the best ciders I’ve ever had.

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Our marathon only lasted half an hour into one episode before we shut it off to continue socializing. It was kind of a low-key night, but exactly what I needed.

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The next day, Dave and I tried unsuccessfully to start my car, which has been sitting dead in the driveway since Tuesday. Poor Serenity! Three cars in 2013, I was really hoping this would be my year for cars. Fortunately, my friend Emily lent me her car after a horrible experience waiting for a cab Tuesday night in -4 degree weather.

003We finally gave up on it after half an hour on New Year’s Day and headed over to Dan and Em’s again for a quiet morning of breakfast, tea, and Bloody Mary’s.

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031 I hated saying goodbye to my friends again, but after unsuccessfully trying to start my car again after we got home, I was more than happy to sit down Sunday evening (after borrowing my friend Dan’s car–seriously, don’t know what I would do without Em and Dan!) with a glass of wine, Sherlock, and a dinner of ham & provolone sandwiches with roasted Brussels sprouts.

I was pretty much bouncing off the walls ready to watch the new episode of Sherlock last night, and I’m sad to say it disappointed…a little. I didn’t think the premiere was very cohesive, Sherlock’s personality seemed to jump in leaps and bounds from where it was before, and I still feel like I’m being hoodwinked about what happened at the end of last season. Still, a mediocre episode of Sherlock is still better than 90% of the other shows I watch, so I wasn’t too disappointed.

After the hullabaloo of a holiday in the middle of the week, it’s fun to think I have the weekend ahead of me after work tomorrow!

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