Happy New Year from Mary and I!

Our schedules are still a little crazy because of the holidays. Mary is out of town and I am recovering from the fun of Saturday night and doing laundry. I’ve put laundry day off for so long that I basically wore my last outfit out of the house today.

Our New Year’s Eve party went off perfectly! The Ming Tsai dumpling steaming demonstration was perfect and our dumplings delicious and were cooked perfectly. We put out heavy appetizers of dumplings and crab rangoon when everyone got here at about 6:30 and we sat down to eat at about 8:45. Dinner was delicious. The satay and noodles were a little spicier than I intended but no one complained about it. You’ll notice that I managed to pull off three dietary restrictions/preferences: I had satay with fake chicken, Julie had satay without peanut butter in the sauce, and Cara had noodles without cilantro in the dressing.

Everyone agreed that a heavy dinner was a good pause in the middle of the party and it was so great to have 9 of my favorite people gathered around my dinner table. Even though this house is really way too big for just Kyle and I, I love that it means that we can have giant sleepovers and feel like our friends have generally warm and comfortable places to sleep. There is almost nothing I like more than waking up in a house full of my friends. Kyle and I are so blessed to have so many wonderful friends!

I hope you all had a great evening counting down to 2012 and that you’re as excited as I am to see what the new year brings!

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