On New Year’s Eve we went to a GT basketball game with some friends and after a surprising and fun win, we went back to our place for games and eventual snacks.
After they departed for the evening we realized we were spent, and instead of going to a party we ended up running to the grocery store and renting a movie. For NYE dinner I made us steaks and it turned out so yummy—I followed this guide from North Carolina Charm—except I did not use nearly as much butter. I added about 1 TBSP of EVOO and about 2 TBSP of butter to the pan, melted it down and got it hot, then added a generously salted and peppered steak, flipping after 3 minutes, and then putting it in the oven for 5 minutes. I served it with roasted okra and undercooked baked potatoes. I did not make it to midnight, but J assures me he nudged me awake at midnight for midnight smooch. The next morning I made us a sweet potato hash with Brussels sprouts, turkey bacon, and runny eggs on top.
Afterwards we played games and went to the gym before making a late supper of the traditional ham/black eyed peas/greens. I stewed together some black eyed peas and kale with onion in chicken broth, and pan sautéed some ham in a skillet, and baked cornbread to go with it all. We had Monday off and after breakfast we went to run some errands—taking some cast offs to Goodwill and making sure I picked out the best pad folio for J’s Christmas gift. After leaving Office Depot J suggested walking around the mall, which turned into me picking out my Christmas gift from him (booties and a blouse). We got home, had leftover Minestrone soup I made last week, and played a couple games before heading to bed. A solid start to 2017!