Ringing in 2017

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.

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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.

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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!

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