challenge accepted

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Let’s make it a good one.

I rang in 2013 with Nate, my good friend Ali, and her charming family at Ali’s house with food, laughs, games, fancy dresses, fancy champagne cocktails, and moonshine. A good time was had by all.

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New Year’s Day was spent lazing around, reading books (me), playing Playstation basketball (Nate), then dinner and reconnecting with some friends (and the Laker’s), seeing Ashley, and wishing Happy New Year again and again and encouraging resolutions. Including a monthly dinner party that I really hope happens. Something about good food and friends every month just sounds amazing and warm.

The end of 2012 was fantastic: Galapagos, turning 25, surprise Disneyland

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holidays with friends and family

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and my first big girl purchase

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I’d love 2013 to take up the mantle of 2012 with gusto, pizazz, and quiet nights.

It looks like it will. There are already plans for friends visiting, Bliss paddle board yoga in Costa Rica, CorePower Yoga Sculpt Teacher Training, and the Bridal Brigade Beach House Bonanza II (the bridal party from my BFF Emily’s wedding getting together for shenanigans).

All interspersed with cooking, smiling, riding, books, snuggles, drinks, games, laughs, and probably some tears. Whew. Lets get it started.

Brown Rice Gratin with Caramelized Onions and Greens
Adapted from smitten kitchen cookbook recipe. Please go buy her book, it’s worth it. I modified here to make 3ish servings in my new muffin tray for an appetizer at a holiday party with Alex and Ashley. There was none left.
Ingredients:
1/2 yellow onion, sliced
1/4-1/2 red onion, sliced
1 Tb butter or olive oil for cooking
salt and pepper
2-3 leaves of Chard or Kale, ribbed and sliced into ribbons
1.5 cups prepared brown rice
1 cup grated Swiss or other yummy cheese, I used gruyere
Zest of 1 lemon

Preparation: oven to 350
1) prepare rice according to your favorite method
2) caramelize onions in butter or olive oil over low heat for 30 minutes until soft and sweet, add salt and pepper
3) add greens and cook till wilted but still bright
4) combine rice, cheese, lemon zest, and onion/greens mixture in a bowl then into LIGHTLY buttered baking dish of choice and bake for 30 minutes till brown and bubbly.

It was almost gone before I even thought of a photo.

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Happy New Year lovelies. Lets accept ourselves and challenge 2013 to be all it can be.

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