Nathan and Leila and dessert!
Our evening passed like a flash - we all had so much to share. Miles and Nathan spent hours with music on the computer, while I helped Leila get her computer straightened around with virus software etc. (Course I showed her how to bookmark my blog LOL!)
Our New Years Eve spread!
Dinner was a casual affair - I had everything ready to go in advance. I made the dessert early in the morning, my own take on a frozen sorbet-like cake using peaches. It turned out delightful! We had some Italian Wedding Soup to start (fitting as Nathan and Leila asked us to design their wedding invitations - they will be married this summer) The next course was my own recipe of a Bacon Olive Puff for which I will provide the recipe - and afterwards we all helped ourselves to trays of 'lil snackie foods. We have a dear Aunt and Uncle who do this sort of thing for us whenever we visit them, and its a really nice, relaxed way to eat. We did the same sort of thing for New Years as well as in the photo above.
BARB'S BACON OLIVE PUFF
1 sheet Puff Pastry (save parchment paper)
2 cups crispy cooked bacon, crumbled
1 cup diced green and red peppers
1/2 cannned olives, sliced in 1/2
1/2 brick cream cheese, softened
2 tbsp onion soup mix
Spread out the sheet of puff pastry on the parchment paper. Mix together the bacon, peppers & olives. Place in rounded mound on Puff Pastry - leaving at least a two inch gap around every edge. Mix the cream cheese with the onion soup mix. Dollop ontop of the bacon mixture. Begin pulling up the first corner of the pastry to the center top of the mound, pull the center of the side up, next corner and repeat all the way around until the puff is complete, sealed with a small knot ontop. Brush pastry lightly with whipping cream. Bake in a 375 degree (f) oven for 25 - 30 mins.
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A LITTLE SMILE FOR YOUR DAY:
A wilderness area asked hikers to fill out comment cards. These are actual comments left by hikers:
Trail needs to be reconstructed. Please avoid building trails that go uphill.
Too many bugs and leaches and spiders and spider webs. Please spray the wilderness to rid the area of these pests.
Please pave the trails so they can be plowed of snow during the winter.
Chairlifts need to be in some places so that we can get to wonderful views without having to hike to them.
The coyotes made too much noise last night and kept me awake. Please eradicate these annoying animals.
A small deer came into my camp and stole my jar of pickles. Is there a way I can get reimbursed? Please call ###-###-####.
Reflectors need to be placed on trees every 50 feet so people can hike at night with flashlights.
Escalators would help on steep uphill sections.
Need more signs to keep area pristine.
A McDonalds would be nice at the trailhead.
The places where trails do not exist are not well marked.
I brought lots of sandwich makings, but forgot bread. If you have extra bread, leave it in the yellow tent at V Lake.
Too many rocks in the mountains.
BARB'S HANDY TIP #164
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