Hello again! I am still recovering from the trip to Toronto; my husband and I drove there with our dog, to meet with our daughters and spend Christmas with my in-laws. We also did some sightseeing, including: the Toronto Christmas market (rides, Christmas scenes, and quaint stands resembling rustic cottages, offering crafts and food); Japan town (a handful of stores with everything-Japanese items and edible goods); and even a Christmas Eve adventure at Ripley’s Aquarium (a great time to avoid crowds!)
One of my daughters recently got her driver’s license, so she drove for most of our way back home. Last night, my Christmas wish came true, and I achieved the goal of enjoying a rousing family evening of board games and treats. New Year’s Eve planning is still nebulous, but will probably be a quiet evening for my husband and myself (and dog), since my daughters are now at the stage of going out with their friends.
When I was a kid, my family celebrated New Year’s Eve the Japanese way, with an udon noodle soup dinner. Once I reached the stage of partying out with friends, a formal Mexican menu, like the one following, could be expected:
A New Year’s Eve Menu
(Please click on images or highlighted text for details and recipes)
Baby Greens and Strawberry Salad – Ensalada verde con fresas
Cilantro and Asparagus Soup – Sopa de Cilantro y espárragos
Stuffed Pork with An Orange Reduction (Puebla Style) – Lomo relleno estilo Puebla
Couscous Salad (with a Mexican Twist) – Ensalada de couscous (a la Mexicana)
Pears in Brown Sugar Syrup – Peras en almíbar de piloncillo
My Best Wishes for a
Very Happy New Year!