Though the weather wrecked travel plans for some, we had a nice gathering last night for New Year's Eve and for remembering Sharon. There was plenty of remembering through stories, photos, art, and music -- Van Morrison, k.d. lang, Annie Lennox, Vince Gill, Alison Krauss & Union Station.
We had a nice fire and fireworks, plenty of food and drink. I made a big pot of Chili All Day, we had ham and cheese, crackers and breads, dips (mmm, Howling Wolf) and spreads, shrimp and sauce, and sweet stuff coming out of our ears. To top it off, we had our first-ever Holiday Bake-off...
Just a fun little something that we decided to do this Christmas -- since many of us bake and some of us are competitive and we weren't exchanging gifts. It was postponed to New Year's Eve, and it all happened quite late, and not everyone was into it, but there was judging and scoring and, oh my, it was SWEET! There were four competitors: Rusty made pumpkin pies; Karen made three pastries from the same basic recipe, all Christmas-themed and all with different fillings; Ali made an amazingly decorated brownie "cake"; and I made La Bete Noire. Guess who won!
Today, we start the new year. I am looking forward to a good 2011 and plan to make some changes -- from the foundation up, so I bought some new underwear and "socks" today (as well as a coupla shirts and some PJs)!