Roo's Casa

New Year’s Eve 2010
January 9, 2011, 10:46 pm
Filed under: Holidays, New Year's, Recipes, Winter

1. Chocolate Fondue based off of Tyler Florence’s recipe.

8 oz. Hershey’s chocolate (milk)

1/2 cup cream

5 caramels (I had to microwave these to soften them)

Served with: graham sticks, rice krispi treats, strawberries, bananas, and apples.

2. Cheeseball with crackers

3. Chips and salsa

4.  Snapple (strawberry/kiwi)

5. Potato chips


New Year’s Eve Food 2009
January 2, 2010, 8:28 pm
Filed under: Holidays, New Year's, Winter

1. Whole Foods Cheeseball and Carr’s crackers- we did a taste test between Carr’s crackers and the Whole Foods brand and Wolfgang could tell the difference but I couldn’t.  The kids liked the Whole Foods “Ritz” crackers and everyone liked the cheeseball.

2. Organic Motzarella sticks- the only one who didn’t like them was the little one. Too stringy maybe.

3.  Chocolate Fondue with Rice Krispi Treats, strawberries, bananas, large marshmallows, apple chunks, Back to Nature Graham Cracker sticks- we all liked the idea of this and the dippers. I used a chocolate recipe from Cooking Light and didn’t really like the taste.  Also, I froze the Rice Krispi Treats from our gingerbread house night on Christmas Eve and they were defrosted in an hour or less on the counter and still tasted fresh and great.  

4.  Tortilla chips with Blue Moose Salsa- we all liked this.

5.  Special apple juice and the reindeer root beer- the kids loved the apple juice, but not the root beer. 

6. Hershey’s Hugs

The kids had fun with their poppers, hats and blowers too.

New Year’s Day 2009
January 2, 2009, 2:20 am
Filed under: Holidays, New Year's, Winter

Today we went to my sister’s house for our annual New Year’s Day get together. We had so much fun! To start, my sister made some onion dip with potato chips. I just love that dip. Then she made green chili that was so wonderful. She served it with warm, yummy tortillas. We also had some salad with spicy ranch dressing. After lunch she made some delicious Heath Bar cookies and root beer floats. I haven’t had a root beer floats in years. We went home so stuffed. 

When all the pigging out was over, we made some vision boards. I think mine is a little too full of goals to accomplish so I may be cutting some things off. The main goal of mine for the year is to get healthy with diet and exercise. I have got to stop eating so many desserts and do some exercise. I will post a photo of the vision board later. We plan to do the vision board every New Year’s Day.

New Year’s Eve Food 2008
December 31, 2008, 2:21 am
Filed under: Holidays, New Year's, Recipes, Winter

Tonight is New Year’s Eve and we are staying home to celebrate. It is a pretty simple night. Here is what we had for dinner:
Bruschetta, pizza with the works for toppings, chocolate chip cookies, and 12 grapes. 

The Toll House cookie recipe is always my favorite in taste, but they seem to turn out flat with lumps of chocolate sticking up. By switching the baking soda to baking powder, it helped to make them puffier. I do find that the taste is a little off though. Next time I will try to do half baking soda and half baking powder. Overall a big improvement in the looks category. 

On the Martha Stewart website they made a big deal out of grapes this year and how the Spanish eat one grape for each of the 12 bongs at midnight. Not knowing if we will make it to midnight, I served the 12 grapes with dinner. Martha, of course, had cute ideas on how to serve the grapes. Maybe next year I will try one of her cute ideas. 

The pizza is our regular stand by recipe. This time we added chicken. I thought the chicken was kind of gross just because of the way it was cooked. It would be a lot better if it was grilled.