New Year's Day marks the end of all the frivolity of the holiday season and the beginning of my busiest months at work. Most likely it was the last work day I will have off in the foreseeable future so I took it slow and spent the bulk of it eating, drinking relaxing with good friends. I don't bother making New Year's resolutions. Since I workout and eat fairly well all year round I've got what are probably the most popular resolutions already covered. As far as everything else goes, I make adjustments as I go. Why not treat every day like January first? Or better yet, treat every day like June first, a much more hospitable choice.
For New Year's Day breakfast, I whipped up one of my favorite recipe finds this year, baked pumpkin pancakes from The Fountain Avenue Kitchen. They are simple to make, use common ingredients and are healthy and delicious. Usually I eat them warm with a drizzle of maple syrup. Leftovers can be stored in the fridge and reheated or eaten cold as a quick snack.
Grain free Baked Pumpkin Pancakes from The Fountain Avenue Kitchen
Despite the cooking classes I take and the food blogs I read I am not a cook. Quite the contrary. In fact I'm not ashamed to admit that I far prefer eating over cooking. In order for me to try something new, the recipe needs to appeal to my
Another New Year's Day tradition involves eradicating the house of Christmas. As much as I love Christmas decorations, unlike many people I don't leave them up until the Epiphany. By the first of the year I'm ready for them to be gone. I do miss the lights though. January is such a dark month. If I could figure out a way to hide all the extension cords and set everything up to go on and off automatically I would consider leaving the window candles out all year. Apparently in some areas it's done as a sign of hospitality. On the days when I'm not feeling particularly hospitable, I would just leave them off.
In Nick's world every day is a holiday. Perhaps he's dreaming of ways to get rid of the cat.
Nick celebrating the new year.
The afternoon of New Year's Day was spent at a belated birthday celebration. In honor of Monique's birthday we drank her last bottle of Viognier that we had shipped from Kendall Jackson during our Napa IU7 trip in 2010. I guess that means we need to go back.
Before and after a scrumptious dinner, we relaxed by the fire.
A few months ago I featured Monique's garden HERE. On this day though the only garden touring going on was from inside the house.
For her own birthday, Monique was considerate enough to make a scrumptious cranberry cake for dessert. Granted, she is the pastry chef of the group but I think we need to coordinate better next year. Under pressure I can order one mean cake.
Happy New Year! I'm optimistic that 2013 will be the best year yet.