Every year we have a party for New Year’s Eve. I love NYE! In fact, anytime I can celebrate the ‘New Year’ I do. From Jewish New Year [Rosh Hashana], my birthday [my own personal ‘new year], and actual New Year, I consider them all a time where I can reflect on what I’ve accomplished, what I want to change, and be thankful for everything I have.
We ‘do’ the New Year thing much differently than others. There are no reservations, there is no dressing up, and there is definitely no driving allowed. We host a NYE Party called “Pajama’s and Pearls” every year. Essentially it’s a pajama party but fancy; Men wear bow ties or ties and ladies wear pearls or some sort of fancy necklace with their most comfortable jam jams.
We eat… a lot, drink and lounge around. Kids are welcome, and the slumber party is awesome.
Over the years, our friends and our neighbors have all wandered over to our place to ring in the New Year. It’s a blast!
So to help ring in your New Year, here are  party essentials that are a MUST.
Cranberry Orange Champagne
- Orange Juice
- Use a food processor or blender to puree cranberries
- Add 1 tablespoon of Cranberry to a champagne flute
- Add 3 tablespoons of Orange Juice
- Fill with champagne
- Garnish with Orange peel and whole cranberries
Slow Cooked Chili
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 lbs lean ground beef
- 1 large yellow onion, finely chopped
- 3 cloves of garlic, finely minced
- 1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
- 2 (14.5) oz cans diced tomatoes
- 3 (8 oz) cans tomato sauce
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 Tbsp chili powder
- 2 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 2 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp granulated sugar
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 2 (15 oz) cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed
Serve topped with:
- Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese, sour cream, chopped red or green onions, cilantro, roasted peppers, or hot sauce
Heat olive oil in a large and deep non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add onion and saute. Add garlic and onions.
Return skillet to medium-high heat, and cook stirring occasionally until beef has browned. Pour into the slow cooker.
Add diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, kidney beans, 1/2 cup water or beef broth, chili powder, cumin, paprika, sugar, and season mixture with salt and pepper to taste. Stir mixture, cover with lid and cook on low heat for 5 – 6 hours.
Chocolate Covered Energy Balls
- 1 cup quinoa
- 2 table spoons coconut oil
- 1/2 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup cranberry
- 1/2 cup cinnamon soy butter
- 2 bags enjoy life chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup finely chopped coconut
- Rinse and melt coconut butter with sugar in a rice cooker. Cook quinoa according to the directions. [1 cup quinoa to 2 cups water].
- Once cooked, add soy butter and quinoa to a bowl. Mix with a spatula until all soy butter is melted.
- Add cranberries and finely chopped coconut and mix together.
- Refrigerate for at least an hour before making them into small balls.
- Melt 2 bags of chocolate chips in a glass bowl over a boiling pot and add quinoa balls to the melted chocolate.
- Freeze balls for an hour before serving.