What We Did: Stay-at-Home New Year’s

Happy 2015!

I know I promised to post a few of my favorite NYE hair styles yesterday, but I clearly didn’t do it. I’m sure you were all sitting on my homepage, clicking refresh every 10 minutes because you needed my top Pinterest hair style picks. I’d like to pretend I was doing something critically important — like volunteering somewhere or something else noble — but I was mostly just sitting around doing nothing. Well, I did make an early run to the grocery store for my #NYEatHome menu and prepped all that food, but that was about it.

Speaking of my menu, I made a few super tasty dishes for me and Dan — I have links to all the recipes at the end of this post. I had honey garlic meatballs that simmered in the crockpot most of the afternoon, which gave me time to prep the other items. I made a delicious broccoli salad that we ate with the meatballs while a bubbling jalapeno cheese dip was baking in the oven. After our stomachs settled with the meatballs and broccoli salad, we dug into the cheese dip and watched the movie Django Unchained. Not sure that’s a typical NYE movie, but it kept our attention for almost three hours. If we had been smart, we would have started it later in the night so that we could have stayed up until midnight. But that didn’t happen.

I had bought fresh fruit and bakers chocolate for chocolate-dipped strawberries, apples, pineapple and bananas, but we couldn’t stay up late enough to even melt the chocolate. That might be a treat for tonight or sometime this weekend.

Earlier in the day, I had curled my hair using a larger-barreled curling iron and loved the results (I’ll take pictures of it another day). I also tried to do something cute with my makeup. Did any of that matter at all? Nope. Shortly after Dan got home from work, he mentioned he was going to change his clothes and I asked if he was going to wear something special for NYE or something comfortable. He gave me a weird look, like, “Um, why would I dress up if we’re just staying home?” Then said, “Pajamas.” It was the best news I’d heard all day — I went straight upstairs, put on my favorite sweatpants from Old Navy and a somewhat-fitted hooded sweatshirt (I was going for a look that said, “I care just enough to not wear something resembling a trash bag”).

It was a great night. I wouldn’t say it’s all the different from any regular night, except for all the food.

Recipes

Honey garlic meatballs — I kind of combined two recipes here. I followed this one for the prep and cook time, and this one for the recipe (the only real difference is the inclusion of Sriracha sauce).

Broccoli salad — This recipe had grapes and cucumbers, which I thought sounded delicious. I also added a few slices of bacon. The grocery store I went to didn’t have sunflower seeds, so I used slivered almonds instead. Turned out amazingly well.

Cheese dip — This recipe was amazing. So so so delicious. The grocery store didn’t have any whole jalapenos, so I bought pre-diced canned jalapenos. Dan didn’t love the flavor of the parmesan cheese on top…but I did. When we make it again, I might sub Panko bread crumbs in for the cracker topping. The topping as-is tasted super good, but since we used crackers to eat the dip, it was kind of a cracker overload situation.

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