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Thursday, December 30, 2010

New Year's Eve Celebrations

This will be the 11th year my husband, John, and I have celebrated the New Year together.  Each year has been special.  Most of the time we stay in, play games, and watch Dick Clark's Rockin' New Years.

Now that we have kids, I want to incorporate them into our celebration.  Last year, they included themselves.  Both kids were up at midnight, puking.  It honestly became a bit comical.  Here we were, watching the ball drop, with two ill kids.  After their midnight vomit, they quickly recovered, and we've had a great year.  This year, we have a different plan.  We want them to celebrate with us, just not at midnight.

My kids are 4 and three weeks away from 2.  I'm thinking midnight won't be a happy time for them.  So, I'm going to make their midnight 9 o'clock!  Which is late for them. We'll have bathtime and then come back downstairs for the festivities.  Usually after bathtime we have stories and then it's bedtime so this will be a special treat. I plan on making some of Jill's marvelous caramel corn, playing Wii (we just got Just Dance for Kids and Just Dance 2), and counting down until our midnight (9:00 pm for these kiddos). We bought horns, blow outs, and sparklers, which will all be part of our New Year's festivities.

After the big party and storytime, we'll talk about some things we'd like to work on for the New Year.  Hopefully, we'll make some resolutions together. I'm thinking GraciAnn may want to start listening better, the first time. Mariella may want to cooperate more when putting on her pajamas.  I'm not sure that's what they'll choose. I'm just thinking those would be excellent choices.

As for me, I plan on setting aside some me time to take care of myself.  2011 brings on a big birthday for me (much later in the year).  I want to be able to keep up with my kids, even though I'm getting older.  That means I need to really work on getting in shape.  That's my plan and I'm sticking to it!

Do you have any New Year's traditions to share with us?
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Creamy Chicken with Egg Noodles

My Mom introduced me to this recipe and it has quickly become a family favorite.  Unless I make a double portion, there usually aren't any leftovers!  This is a delicious and easy meal to make.  I promise it will be gobbled up!

Creamy Chicken with Egg Noodles
4 Chicken Breasts
1 can of Cream of Mushroom
1 can of Mushrooms
1 1/4 cup of Sour Cream
Salt and Pepper to Taste
1/2 bag of Wide Egg Noodles

Mix Cream of Mushroom, sour cream, salt and pepper, and mushrooms in a bowl.  Spray a ? ???? with cooking spray.  Place Chicken breasts in glass dish.  Cover with cream of mushroom mixture.  Bake at 350 for about an hour or until chicken is fully cooked.  Prepare Egg Noodles according to directions on package.  Serve chicken and over egg noodles.

This is a very simple recipe, but one loved by our family.  It would also be a very nice recipe to take to a friend in need.


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