Oh my gosh, I can’t believe 2013 is almost over!! Where does the time go?!
Tonight is New Year’s Eve, one of my favorite nights of the year! A new year is about to start, and we are going to ring it in with a bang!
When thinking about an outfit for tonight, at first I thought I would get a dress… but I was pleasantly surprised when I found these AMAZING vintage gold filigreed pants! I also bought a vintage belt to go with them!
This outfit has sparkle and elegance- perfect for New Year’s Eve!
Isn’t it to die for?! So retro and so elegant- love it!
My girls are with their friends tonight, so me and my hubby are having some friends over! It’s the adults turn to play! It’s going to be a wonderful couples’ night, full of lots of alcohol and lots of laughs!
Also, for New Years, rather than a fancy sit down dinner, I love more elegant hors d’oeuvres, like Duck Nachos. They are soo yummy! My mouth is watering just thinking about them… I NEED to get cooking now!
Here is the recipe for the duck nachos I’ll be making tonight:
1 package wonton wrappers or eggroll wrappers
1 bottle of Hoison Sauce
½ cups Brown sugar
½ cup Orange Juice
½ cup Maraschino Cherry Syrup (can use from a bottle of cherries)
2 Duck Breasts
Manchego Cheese or other Mild, crumbly cheese such as mild feta
½ cup chopped scallions
Take two breasts of duck and coat with brown sugar, orange juice and maraschino cherry syrup and place in a plastic bag.
In a large non-stick skillet full with at least 2 inches of olive oil. Bring to medium heat.
Take wonton wrappers or egg roll wrappers cut into halves and fry just until they’re puffy. Then take them out and place them on a piece of paper towel to drain.
While the wontons drain, place the duck breasts skin side down into the pan for 7 minutes. Flip over and cook for another 7 minutes.
Spread wontons on a cookie sheet, then slice the duck breast against the grain and place on wontons with the marinade left over in the pan. Pour warm Hoison sauce over the duck and top off with scallions and Manchego cheese.
Bake at 300 degrees for about 10-15 minutes and serve.
Also, thinking about Sparkling Wine versus champagne, a fresh twist on an old favorite. I of course love the Lolita Winter Sparkling which is pink in tone but velvety, not sweet.
Ask your local wine expert for some suggestions.
Decorate with metallics…go to a bargain outlet and look for metallic curtains for tablecloths, or buy metallic gauzey fabric and layer. You can leave your metallic ornaments out for a really festive look. I like silver and pearl!
Calla Lillies are also an awesome addition as they last a long time and are white and sophisticated.
Okay, now it’s time for me to start getting ready!
I hope everyone has a WONDERFUL New Year’s Eve and a wonderful New Year’s Day tomorrow!
Reflect back on the past year and all that you have accomplished! And don’t forget to fill up a glass (to the rim!!) and cheers to YOU!