During lunch, my family was reminiscing about a fanciful New Year's Eve we experienced a few years ago--we took a Caribbean cruise on a Disney ship, which I thought would be elbow to elbow in sticky, noisy kids but was actually delightful and clean. For the big shindig, we stood on a balcony that overlooked many other balconies, sipping champagne and flinging confetti on the people below. One long strand of confetti landed smack on the lap of a woman in a wheel chair--she had no arms or legs and was attended to by a nurse/companion. I noticed the two of them earlier on the ship and found her delight in her vacation remarkable.
We joked about hitting the woman with just a torso, but she was an inspiration.
This year, we will be spending the evening on a quieter note. We are holed up at the lake house with a stack of movies and checkers and cards, and we will enjoy a three-hour meal one course at a time. Here's the run down (note: I can't claim they will be exquisite, but I'll do my best:
Curried Scallop Cakes
Camembert Walnut Pastries
Spinach, Artichoke, and Bacon Dip with Pita Chips
Spinach, Dried Cherry, and Blue Cheese Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing
Baked Stuffed Lobster Tails
Green Beans with Carmalized Shallots
Tiramisu with Brandy Custard
If any of these dishes proves worthy, I will post the recipes tomorrow. Happy New Year to all!