Happy New Year! It is hard to believe that 2011 is here. I had an awesome New Years Eve spent at my house with a bunch of people. I think there were probably 30 or so people in attendance including college friends, CG friends, and random new friends.
I had quite a spread of food at the party. Initially I thought I had made too much, but for the most part, everything was almost gone by the end of the night. My NYE tables included:
Sliced cheese plate
French Onion Dip
Chips and Salsa
Assorted olives and pickles
Various Puff Pasty treats
We also had a bunch of champagne, wine, and milk punch. Yes, that’s right, milk punch. It was a huge hit, regardless of how it sounds. My friend Trevor shared his recipe with me and it was delicious. Think of it as a better tasting eggnog.
Simple syrup (one cup water, one cup sugar, boil until it thickens and creates a syrup)
3/4 gallon whole milk (you could probably use 2%, but I was going for decadent)
3 cups rum
3 tsp vanilla
Sprinkle of nutmeg
Sprinkle of cinnamon
Combine milk, rum, and simple syrup. Mix together, then add vanilla. Freeze overnight. Take out of freezer 2 hours before party and let sit. This will get it nice and slushy. Right before serving, sprinkle the entire batch of punch with nutmeg and cinnamon.Serve!
Despite a few red wine situation on my carpet upstairs and a few other not so pretty incidents, the party was a lot of fun.. I look forward to hosting another one in a few years. Next years NYE will be spent in el valle for Scarlett’s wedding.
Moving on from the holidays, I am really going to try and focus on meal planning this year. Coming up with what I am going to make for dinner is always one of the hardest tasks for me, and usually I don’t decide until the day of. This creates quite a few grocery trips throughout the weeks and lots of produce gone to waste. Besides being incredibly wasteful, it is also pretty annoying. I think I could save a lot of time and energy if I devote at least 30 minutes every Sunday to figuring out my meals for the week. That way my grocery trips would all be purposeful and I will hopefully end up with fewer things going to waste at the end of every week.
I am also hoping to get more leftovers out of this meal planning deal. And, let it be known, there is no way I can plan out my dessert making. The urge to bake hits me at random times. I never know when it is coming and I never know what it is going to require me to make. Although, I have seen a pretty strong correlation between items posted on Tasty Kitchen and items found in my kitchen.
So without further ado, here is my menu for the week:
Monday: Crock pot tacos (think chicken for the men, black bean for the lady)
Tuesday: Leftover tacos (hopefully)
Wednesday: Baked Potato Soup
Thursday: Possibly eating out, but if not, probably quinoa salad
Friday: Cotton Bowl day, stadium food!
The weekend is always a toss up of stuff pulled from the freezer, leftovers, or date nights, so I am not going to plan out weekend meals.
Lets see how well I follow this. Any other weekly menu planners out there? Is it helping you save on grocery trips or throw away less?