Good morning all and happy Saturday! Since we spend so much time checking out really great blogs, we wanted to have a place to compile and share some of the recipes we are excited to try out in the future along with random things we’re thinking about. So here it is, a small sampling of Saturday Stew — random bits of stuff all in one place. Lately, I’ve been thinking about the New Year, so here are some foods and fun finds for the forthcoming festivities (I wish my English teacher could see me now)!
1. Food I’d like to (attempt to) make in the New Year:
Almond Raspberry Holiday Macarons by Mercedes at Satisfy My Sweet Tooth via Best Friends for Frosting. Yes, I know, Christmas is over. But these little gems are beautiful with their complementary colors, and with my new Silpat (thanks Mom & Dad!), I’m ready to start my ventures into macaron-making. It’s always seemed so daunting, but I’d love to tackle it in the New Year!
2. Holiday Outfit I’d love to wear to a New Year’s Party:
This Anne Klein Three-Quarter Sleeve Sequin Shift dress from Macy’s has the best of both worlds — glitz and glam from the sequins, and 3/4 sleeves to keep your arms warm in the cold Wisconsin winter! I would even pair it with some black tights and black heels to keep extra warm!
3. Holiday outfit I’d love to wear for a cozy-night-in on New Year’s:
The Afterhours Satin Pajama in Black/Ivory from Victoria’s Secret. This year may be low-key for us, and I can’t think of anything more fabulous to wear as I lounge in front of the TV watching the ball drop than these pajamas. Cozy and chic, they won’t put my champagne to shame!
4. New Years drink I’d love to toast with:
Sparkling Holiday Mimosas from Phyllis Hoffman Celebrate. You can’t go wrong with fresh orange juice, and no toast is complete without champagne! Frozen cranberries add vibrant color, and help keep your drink cold. Cheers!
5. Holiday treat I’d like to make for a New Year’s party:
Quick Pickled Grapes from Brooklyn Supper. I know, I’ve never heard of them either, but long ago I heard that grapes were supposed to be “good luck” for the New Year! Turns out, the tradition dates back to Spain in 1909. According to Epicurious.com, grape growers in Spain started the tradition to handle the surplus of grapes at the end of the season. For best luck, you are supposed to have eaten 12 grapes (one for each month of the year) by the stroke of midnight. With these surprising bursts of flavor, you probably won’t have a problem doing just that! And I can only imagine the more you eat, the better luck you’ll have, right?
6. Holiday decor I’d like to put up for a New Year’s bash:
I love this idea posted by Two Junk Chix — using a bunch of old & new & interesting clocks to decorate for a New Year’s party is a unique spin on traditional decor. After all, the New Year is a time to both reflect on the time that’s gone by, and the time to come! Throw in little festive touches (see: anything silver or gold) and you’ve got a guaranteed good “time”!
What are your plans for New Year’s Eve? What are some things you are looking forward to in the New Year?
Cheers & Stay Safe!