Simple New Year Eve Game Day Celebration

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New Year Eve for the past 10 years has been an inside the home event. There is nothing like being in the comfort of your own home and enjoying the people you love the most. New Year Eve 2015, we had a game day menu in celebration of all of the great college games that were on.

7am I had to prep the meat for the Slow Cooker Pulled Pork recipe, if you do not like pork here are some other slow cooker ideas : wings recipe, beef stew recipe, etc.

 

The recipe called for hot paprika, I put hot sauce with paprika for the rub. This was my first time making pulled pork, the recipe was easy and the meat turned out tender and flavorful. The recipe also called for coleslaw, I am not a fan of coleslaw so I purchased  the cole slaw mix from Trader Joe’s, once assembled the sandwich with a tablespoon of BBQ sauce (your choice) the sandwich was quite tasty. I did not have to ask the hubby if it was good or not, as soon as he took a bite, he proceeded to say ” This s*** is good”…

Other menu items for the day…

Black Eyed Peas: I usually cook them in a crock pot, but this time I tried the actual recipe that came on the bag. (Side note: always cook the beans longer than what the bags says).

Brussels Sprouts: I cook them several ways, this time just sautéed them in onion, garlic, diced bacon, and salt and pepper.

Game Day Appetizers…

Baked Brie: Cut up 1/4 cup of sweet onions, and place on top of Brie, bake in the oven on 350 until the Brie ooses. Serve with crackers, toasted baguette,  with a preserve (jelly) of your choosing. A great sweet and savory treat. My 13 year old approved of this one. If onions are not your thing, try this recipe

Chicken Buffalo Dip: I used a version with a few less calories recipe. Here is a link to several other dip ideas. Recipes.

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Frozen appetizers from  Trader Joe’s, or any other local grocery store…just grab what your family loves and bake away. We chose the chicken tacos, mac and cheese bites.

We also cut up some veggies (Did not want to waste food in the fridge), and served with a hummus tray (also purchased from Trader Joe’s).

The hands on time I had with all of these dishes were less than 2 hours, which allowed me more time to enjoy the day/evening with family and friends.

Our treats for the day/evening were cupcakes from Crave Bake Shop here, and a cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes here (In preparation for Hubby’s January 1 birthday). Champagne for the adults, and sparking apple cider for the kids…topped off with NYE trinkets from Walgreen’s and flowers from Trader Joe’s.

A simple refection from the day:

  • “Live, Laugh, and Love,” what else is more important?

What were some highlights from your New Year Eve celebration? What are some traditional dishes you make for a New Year Eve or a Game Day?

-SynergisticBigEyes

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