Thursday, January 2, 2014

Happy New Years!

Hello to all on the second day of 2014!

I had a great New Years' celebrating with family at home.  We had some delicious food/drinks to help us ring in the New Year.

Here are a few treats I helped to create along with the ingredients below.  I decided to keep it simple after royally messing up some Nutella cookies for Christmas.  The Nutella cookies recipe was from a British blog and more complex to make than I had anticipated.  My cookies ended up tasting like flour and my family voted to trash them.

Luckily, my New Years' food contributions turned out exceedingly better and I was able to redeem myself somewhat.  My motto for cooking is to keep it simple and go with recipe sources you can trust.  :)
My New Years' Brownies!  (OK fine, they were from a package but I still had to make them!)

You too can make these delicious Hot Chocolate brownies with marshmellow swirl in less than an hour with the help of my good buddy, Betty Crocker.

Love you, Betty.

We also decided to ring in the new year with a healthy fruit salad which was easy to make and a crowd pleaser.

Mango, strawberry, blueberry, grape, raspberry salad.

And last but certainly not least, we rang in the new year with homemade mimosas which consisted of a blend of champagne, orange juice, sparkling soda, and sliced oranges for aesthetic appeal.  

Ringing in the new year right!

 Now, to answer the NaBloPoMo question of the day, I am currently feeling pressure to organize my tech life in 2014.  By that I mean I need to: 1) back up all of my files from my laptop,  2) sort through old e-mails I never delete and 3) look into getting a  new computer.  I have never been that tech savvy and doing all of this is a chore but I  know that it will pay off in the long run for me to be organized.  I have to keep my eyes on the prize.  It will also make my blogging life more pleasant!  I currently have a Dell laptop that makes a loud vacuum sounding noise every 5 minutes and takes forever to load.  Do any of you work from a laptop/desktop that you love?  If so, would your recommend it?  I am open to suggestions although leaning toward a Mac right now since my sisters both have a Mac and love it.  

Hope you all are having a great start to the New Year!  What is it that you are feeling pressure to do this year that you don't particularly enjoy?  How to you plan to make it more enjoyable?


  1. Good point on getting tech organized! I just backed up my work computer, but I rarely back up my personal laptop. I have a Toshiba Satellite P775 that I purchased the summer of 2012 when I went back to school for my Masters. I love it! It's a work horse and still runs like it's brand new. I love Macs, too, so I don't think you can go wrong there.

    1. Thanks for the feedback, Olivia! I have heard that Toshiba is a good buy. I will report back on my blog and let you all know what I decide!