Jennifer Lyon

Monday, January 2nd, 2023
Happy New Year! & Weekend Roundup

We made it through another year! Happy 2023!!! I’m ready to put the holidays behind us for another year!

We had a good weekend. I did a little baking:

Thumbprint cookies with raspberry and lemon curd filling.

Pistachio cookies with brown butter icing.

But the good news is: I haven’t baked a single thing since last year :-)  And I’ll likely take a break for a bit and focus on cooking for awhile.

We finally put all our Christmas stuff away, and we went to the neighbor’s New Year’s Eve party. It was fun to meet so many of our neighbors! We had a great time for about two hours at about 10p.m. We just aren’t night owls, but we really did enjoy ourselves.

It poured on New Year’s Eve and I think that helped reduce some of the fireworks. We still had some but not as bad as past years.

New Year’s Day, I’m writing this before dinner, but we’re making steak and lobster. I’m looking forward to that! I also spent hours on the computer researching some things we need, something I haven’t had time to do since Thanksgiving. I still have more to do, but I can’t stare at the computer screen much longer!

It’s on and off raining today, but when the some came out, it was stunningly pretty here with gorgeous views! Those days are rare and we love them! It’s raining the the late afternoon and more is coming in the first part of the week. We need it so I won’t complain.

So how was your weekend?

6 comments to “Happy New Year! & Weekend Roundup”

  1. Silver James
    January 2nd, 2023 at 9:01 am · Link

    Yay for rain! Y’all are desperate for it. The flooding up north of y’all is aweful though. I wish Mother Nature would learn some moderation. Pretty cookies and they all look yummy-scrumptious. Glad you had fun at the party! And glad y’all like the neighborhood and have awesome views. Good way to start the year.

    We watched some college football on New Year’s Eve. I pretended to work. We had the fireworks. Ugh. At least no gunshots in our immediate area. We weren’t up to peopling so we stayed down and in for the night.

    New Year’s Day on a Sunday felt weird. NO college bowl games (traditional NYD games are being played today). I guess because of NFL? Who knows, don’t care. I still prepared our traditional NYD dinner–BBQ brisket with homemade BBQ sauce, baked beans, deviled eggs, cole slaw, and hot rolls. I cheated and bought the cole slaw. I can’t make it for love nor money. LOL We watched “McLintock!” while we ate. We love that movie and don’t care that there are those demanding it never be shown or include “trigger warnings.” :roll:

    I also managed to empy a big plastic bin that’s been in the garage for a couple of years with a note saying I needed to sort it. I did. Tossed a BUNCH of stuff. I fully intend to actually get my office squared away this year. My goal is to write words, sort/clean, write words. Every day. We’ll see how long that lasts. :roll:

    Why yes, there is a lot of eye-rolling in my world, why do you ask? :lol:

    It was a quiet weekend and we both appreciated it. HAPPY NEW YEAR, all! Cheers to a good year for us all! 🥳🥂🥰

  2. Viki S.
    January 2nd, 2023 at 3:55 pm · Link

    I love thumb print cookies. My grandma used to roll them in coconut first and then use raspberry jam in the thumb print. She called them Santa Claus kisses 😘.

    I’m so happy you enjoyed the New Year’s get together and met many of your neighbors. Also, nice that the rain was good for keeping the fireworks to a minimum.

    Your New Year’s dinner sound fantastic!

    I can only imagine how lovely it is there when it stops raining and everything blooms. Must be SO beautiful!

    I didn’t hear any fireworks this years. That was nice. Hubs was still in pain and being a pain for New Year’s. It was still nice having youngest and lady over. They loved the shells. I made way too many and froze about 20 w/o sauce for future dinners. W/O the other boys I had SO much left over lasagna. I froze 6 dinner packs for us and 1 each for middle and youngest to get later.

    I took hubs to get his tooth pulled. That went well. Now I have to get him through recovery. Tonight he will be having pudding for dinner. Sounds great if you’re a kid. Tomorrow he can have warm/hot soft food.

    Have a great afternoon!

  3. Jenn
    January 2nd, 2023 at 5:25 pm · Link

    Silver, we need the snow pack too, that really helps. But the flood is awful as you said. Thanks on all the rest. We seem to have really nice people on both sides of us which is great.

    Sorry about the fireworks. And lol on the peopling. I feel that way sometimes too.

    I saw the traditional games are being played today and I’m confused as to why, but then since I’m not their audience, I guess I don’t need to understand :-)

    Your dinner sounds so good! I hope you guys enjoyed every bite!

    You’re starting the year off right like the organizer bunny! You’ll have your office all done soon enough if you keep it up. Great job!

    Eye-rolling happens over here too.

    Raising my glass to toast a good year for all too!

  4. Jenn
    January 2nd, 2023 at 5:32 pm · Link

    Viki, thanks. That’s such a cute name for the cookies too. Our steak was darn near perfect but I cooked the lobster at too high a temp. Still it’s a half win :-)

    It’s so pretty when the sun comes out, but today it’s mostly overcast and cold. Lots of rainy days forecast this week and weekend (it changes every ten minutes, so we’ll see)

    Your lasagna and shells must have been amazing! And all the frozen meals is a great bonus. I’m betting Youngest’s lady not only loved, but also appreciated the shells. It’s not always easy for vegetarian’s on holidays.

    I sure hope hubs will start feeling better soon. You have both had enough of this. And yeah, pudding is a great meal when you’re a kid but I wouldn’t like it much either.

    Hope you have a good evening and hubs is feeling better soon!

  5. B.E. Sanderson
    January 3rd, 2023 at 7:25 am · Link

    Happy 2023! May the year bring you nothing but good things. :hugs:

  6. Jenn
    January 3rd, 2023 at 4:44 pm · Link

    B.E. thanks! And same to you!

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