Ending 2013

Crazy how fast 2013 came to a close. It feels like Thanksgiving just ended but it’s already January 3rd!

December was a blur of cookie eating, holiday parties, catching up with friends and family time. My apartment was modestly festive. Decided that a 4th floor walkup was not a good place for a Christmas tree, especially if I was leaving for Christmas.

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Had a good time at the Carrot Holiday party which took place at Fornino in Greenpoint. Filled with fresh mozzarella balls and delicious pizza!

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Had another holiday party with some friends from church complete with expert level cookie decorating, lots of cheese and hot apple cider. One of my friend’s boyfriend’s mom (confusing!) made 96 cookies for us to decorate along with frosting and instructions on how to decorate them. I think we all decided we’re not ready to open a bakery anytime soon.

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Had a few days in Brooklyn to hang around with Jon before my parents came through on Christmas Eve to drive me to New Jersey (way easier than attempting to carry things on the train!). Jon unfortunately had to work Christmas Eve but he joined us in NJ around 1am when he got off. Such a cozy place to spend time with family. It was a packed house but so much fun! Funny because even with 10 people there it felt absolutely huge compared to my tiny little apartment. Lots of intense games of Euchre were played.

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There was no shortage of delicious food (not all photographed unfortunately – I think Jon and some others have those on their phones which I’ll have to track down). Mushroom risotto, various meats that I don’t remember (oops), bean and cheese filled peppers, cheese plates, frittatas, ebelskivers, homemade muffins and bread. So delicious! Thanks for all of the cooking, Aunt Barb!

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One of the top things on my list is homemade ebelskivers. It’s a danish pancake type thing. Delicious and fun to make!

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And then there were the cookies. SO many cookies made by Mom, Dad & Sarah (I didn’t get to help in the cooking baking this year, unfornately). I’d pick a favorite but that’d be too hard. Almond tarts, Cranberry White Chocolate, Molasses, Biscotti, Nutella Filled Chocolate Chip, Paper, Thin Sugar Cookies. Yum.

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On Friday after Christmas, we headed down to Maryland (through Brooklyn which added lots of hours to the ride 😦 ). Got to spend about 4 days at home hanging out and eating even more delicious food! Vegetable pancakes (from Smitten Kitchen), peanut sauce on soba noodles, spaghetti squash and black bean enchiladas, homemade bread, taco dip, etc. Not all photographed (due to lack of phone space) but all oh so delicious.

Good news, new phone this year which means OODLES of space for food documentation. Get ready.

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On Wednesday morning it was time to hop back on the train and head back to NYC. Felt so weird seeing the skyline come back into view after being gone for just over a week. Definitely was a much needed break and time with family!

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Happy New Year!

 

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