A New Year's Eve Tradition
New Year's Eve at our house is a day for relaxing, playing games, eating fondue and sippin' wine! If you don't want to get out of your PJ's today, you do not need to...don't want to brush your hair, no worries (but you do have to brush your teeth). This NYE was no exception. Here we are around noon starting with the first course, cheddar cheese fondue! This is my favorite course. I make cheese fondue with beer, garlic, ground mustard, Worcestershire, and sharp cheddar cheese. We use apples, carrots, cauliflower, assorted breads, olives and anything else that appeals to us at the time.
The second course is the 'meat fondue'! This is Boy 1's favorite course and we normally start round two a few hours later. We cook our meats in peanut oil. Normally we have steak, chicken, shrimp and stuffed mushrooms. We use a tempura batter to dip the shrimp and mushrooms in and we stuff the mushrooms with cream cheese and chives.....and boy are they good. In fact I want one now!
In between food rounds we play games, and Boy 1 eats snacks....even though we just stuffed our faces.
Our third and final course is the 'chocolate fondue'! This is the course the kids wait for all day. I make a white chocolate fondue, white chocolate, amaretto & heavy whipping cream. Some of our favorite things to dip in the chocolate are bananas, strawberries, pound cake, marshmallows and cherries! (Yes, we do have an extra girl in this photo - we are considering adopting her! ;-)
This was the VERY FIRST year we let all our children stay up till midnight! As soon as our clock struck midnight, we toasted with sparkling cider! Boy 3 took one sip, looked at me like I had 3 heads and in a super mad voice said "MOM! You gave me wine!" Then he marched right to the kitchen and poured it down the drain.
Proud Army wife and mother to 4 wonderful children. I love to cook, travel, work out and scrapbook life’s adventures when I find the time. We just got orders & are heading back to the states in March 2010. I'm bummed that our time has been cut short, but proud of Hubby for the reason why.
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