We raise our glasses on the stroke of midnight. Hugs and kisses are exchanged. We hear small fireworks disturb our local quiet and wonder which neighbor has set them off. History has taught us that the show will be short – and we are not likely get outside (because of the need to don our shoes) before they end. Truth be told, our celebrating does NOT last long into the new year. As the bubbly is finished, we all toddle off to bed for a good long sleep.
This year our daughter decided to step up the appetizers a notch, and found 4 new recipes to try. These along with the ubiquitous party-essential cocktail shrimp comprised our party fare. I have provided the links to the recipes below.
NEW YEAR 2016 WITH THE BRAUERS
The only two photographs shown there that I actually took are the shot of our television screen just after midnight, and the votive candles that burn across the manteltop, our only decoration and main lighting for the evening.
Here’s the skinny on the food, which is not conducive to staying skinny:
- crab dip: http://www.caramelpotatoes.com/2013/07/17/roasted-corn-and-sweet-pepper-crab-dip/
- bacon: http://www.dessertnowdinnerlater.com/2013/12/bacon-wrapped-mini-sausages-with-brown-sugar/
- spinach dip: http://damndelicious.net/2014/02/12/slow-cooker-spinach-artichoke-dip/
- popsicles: http://www.reclaimingprovincial.com/2012/07/14/french-75-popsicles/
Did you celebrate the birth of the New Year quietly or not so quietly? I’d love to hear if you have a tradition of your own.
But wait, S! That's a nice catch-up of your holiday weekend, BUT your title says that this is Memorandum Monday, created by Sian @ FromHighInTheSky. And while sharing recipes is new, surely there is a fun obscure fact that you could share as well.
Well, of course, dear reader – you are correct. I had to wonder why the popsicles were called French 75? And it was explained briefly in the post I linked, but I did a little more searching for a little more story here at http://popsiclerecipes.org/french-75-popsicles/:
Not familiar with French 75? It’s a champagne, gin, sugar and lemon juice cocktail first created in 1915 at the New York Bar in Paris. The concoction got its name from the French 75mm field gun used in WWI, which had a powerful kick just like this drink. According to the popsicle recipe, the frozen version equals about a third of the drink–just don’t eat it too fast!Also, these cocktail popsicles are known as "poptails" and are not for the kiddos. So that's the memo!