Tomorrow is that day where traditions and resolutions meet.
We resolve to be a better version of ourselves while we continue to do the same old thing.
Doesn't that seem sort of silly and exhausting?
I love traditions, but like every rule, I believe that they are meant to be bent.
Hell, maybe once you are out on your own, they are even meant to be broken.
Every New Year's Eve, for as long as I can remember, I have scrambled around with last minute plans.
I have searched for a cute outfit to wear, but the Christmas calories have caught up to me and all my jeans feel a little snug. No matter where we go, there has been a jar of pickled herring within arms reach and some kind of dip made with black eyed peas. We struggle to make it until midnight and everything seems sort of forced.
In a nutshell, New Year's Eve has always been sort of a disappointment.
This New Year's Eve, because we live far away from family and because we are celebrating with our daughter (who will be in bed long before midnight), my resolution is to start our own awesome tradition.
First of all, I can think of no better way to start the year with food that you love, not food that is supposedly lucky. In honor of that, we are having a fiesta!
We are making Mexican layer dip, salsa and guacamole and a big pot of vegetarian tortilla soup. Also, even though I am the only member of our household that likes them, I am going to boil up a big batch of peel-n-eat shrimp. I may even get some ingredients to make a pitcher of strawberry margaritas to ring in the New Year.
After eating our way through our small buffet, I plan on rocking Grace to sleep and then popping in "When Harry Met Sally". It is the perfect New Year's Eve movie to accompany the perfect New Year's party.
If you don't understand how this can be, I double dog dare you to watch the very last scene and not laugh/cry.
Billy Crystal's declaration of love to Meg Ryan under the shower of New Years Eve confetti gets me every time. Every. Time.
What are your New Years Eve traditions?
Are you sticking with what works or are you trying something new?
Either way, you should probably have a strawberry margarita.
Cheers to the New Year!
Fill a blender with ice and crush. Pour in the tequila and triple sec. Add the strawberries and limeade. Blend for 30 seconds or until smooth. Serve in margarita glasses with the rims dipped in powdered sugar.
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