Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, bloggies!

I apologize for my absence these past few days!  I took a little break from spending so much time on the internet, and it felt great!  I have been busy, busy too!  My family came up from New York this past week, and I went out with friends in Boston yesterday and today for New Years!  I’ve been loving every minute of winter break, but am so excited to finally blog again!  I sadly don’t have too many pictures, but I did take lots of pictures from our feast with my cousins, aunts and uncles.

My mom was worn out from cooking for Christmas, so we decided to get mostly all of our food catered for our mini family reunion!  Everything was delicious.  My Aunt Kathy and family brought awesome appetizers, we provided the Italian catered meal, and my Aunt Mary made world class desserts.


Brie with raspberry jam and sliced almonds

7 layer dip


cheese and crackers (forgot to photograph the cheese)

Chopped up bread with a spinach dip

Main Meal:

Homemade chicken sausage and peppers

Meatballs that don’t look very appetizing but are extremely tasty!

Buffalo Chicken

Chicken Parm (my family forgot to tell me that dinner was being served beforehand so I could photograph)

Eggplant Parm:


And what’s a meal without bread?

And now the best part, DESSERT:

Oreo Cheese”cake” truffle.  These were a HUGE hit and went very quickly!  I will be making these again!

English Jam Thumprint Cookies:

Delicious homemade 3 layer bars (yes I just made that up).  The bottom layer is made of peanut butter, rice crispy treats and wheaties?? (correct my if i’m wrong Aunt Mary), the middle layer is vanilla pudding and the top layer is chocolate chips!  TDF! (To die for)

The most amazing chocolate cake ever.  My aunt is a FABULOUS cake maker and puts a ton of time and effort into making delicious cakes.  She knows my mom and I LOVE chocolate cake, so she made an indescribable chocolate ganache cake.   The ganache is made of dark lindt chocolate.  Oh my gosh!!  Sooo good!

Cutting a slice:

The perfect slice:

I forget what these cookies were called, but they are good!  They weren’t made by my Aunt Mary but were purchased from Roche Brothers.  Yum!

And Great company!:

Cousins Keara and Jordan

Jordan and her boyfriend, Rich:

Cousins enjoying their cake!

Meghan wondering how she should pose for my blog!:

Mommy and I:

Mommy and the FABULOUS pastry chef herself, Aunt Mary:

Everyone gathered:

Most of the cousins and I (I apologize for the glare from the sun):

Me, Keara, Jordan and Mary:

We all played a family game of Bunko.  It was so much fun!  I actually came in first place, too!  What can I say, i’m lucky!

And what is a game without presents?

Whew, all those pictures just took me forever to load!  I really need to download windows live writer because I hear it makes life  a lot easier.  Last night I had a fabulous night out in Boston with friends.  I love going into Boston for New Years Eve!  We rented a hotel room and went out to a bar and did a lot of dancing!  It was a great time.

I am usually not huge into New Years Resolutions, and this year is no different.  My main goal is always to make the next year better than the last!  I always hope for health and happiness for all of my friends, family and all of you!   Here is to 2010 being a great one!

Do you make New Years Resolutions?  If so, what is yours?


11 Responses to Happy New Year!

  1. Those oreo balls are seriously amazing. We had something similar at our Christmas work party. Oh my goodness!

    Happy New Year!

  2. Danielle says:

    It sounds like you had fun! The 3 layer bars look soooo good…and the cake…actually everything 🙂
    Happy New Years!

  3. All that food looks amazing. What a fun time! Happy New Year!

  4. Jenn says:

    That food looks great (esp the dessert!!!) and it sounds like you had tons of fun with the fam! Yay! I played Bunko several years ago and it was soooo much fun!

  5. Haleigh says:

    I usually don’t make new years resolutions. I have no clue why, just never have.

    Holy desserts! All of them look fantastic.

  6. whydeprive says:

    Looks like fun – and all that food looks delicious!
    I didnt make any resolutions this year. Seems pointless right now when Ive already changed so much!

  7. Tricia says:

    Everything looks great!

  8. Lynn at The Actors Diet says:

    what a fun time! those desserts look particularly amazing. happy new year!

  9. Melissa says:

    This post is making me hungry.

    I made a list of resolutions. Not sure how many will work out, but I had fun thinking of goals to work for. 🙂

  10. Caroline says:

    Holy cow, that spread is unbelievable! I love family get togethers with all sorts of good food and it looks like that’s exactly what you had! Love it!!!

  11. jenna says:

    omg oreo truffles are to die for!

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