01 January 2013

2013, my THIRD FULL DECADE on the planet

That is blowin' my mind, y'all. But I ain't complainin'.

Every year, we have a bonfire at the in-laws' to bid farewell to the Christmas trees and welcome in the new year. We bundled up in scarves, gloves, ear warmers, hats, coats, thick socks, and new Bean Boots if you were a good girl this year.

We always roast oysters, and typically make a chili, and several finger foods {note: adding 50% more sausage to the sausage balls makes them way tastier, much less dry, and also will create a puddle of grease while cooking, that will leak into the oven, causing smoke out the wazoo and a potential fire if not caught in time}. I cheat on my gluten diet and woof down oysters with saltines and Texas Pete.

We consume delicious beverages created from various mixtures of Cherry Lime Sundrop, Coke, Cherry Coke, Blenheim's Gingerale {in diet, hot, and not as hot}, bloody mary mix, and  cranberry juice. Sometimes you might find a beverage in a mason jar labeled "AP" that smells just. like. apple. pie. and tastes just. like. apple. juice. Consume in small quantities and approach with caution. If your stomach is really made outta lead, you might try your hand at some oyster shooters. Holy mother of pearl!

The kids light sparklers in the holes in the bottom of the burn barrel, drink hot chocolate, consume too much sugar and caffeine, and stay up way past their bedtimes.

We always have a super magical fireworks show at midnight.
This year, I spent the fireworks show in Bubba's cage with him because he is the most skiddish dog on this earth and fireworks, to him, might as well be the apocalypse.


Today, the MIL and the SIL cooked up some New Year's goodies. You know, collards for cash, and black eyed peas for coins, so we can all be lucky, prosperous and such. Is this primarily a southern thing? What do y'all shugpies from other regions eat on New Year's Day?

Here's to you 2013! Do yo' thang, girl!

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Laura Darling said...

This sounds like the est new year's eve!!

Helene said...

happy 2013!! roasting oysters sounds like a little bit heaven to me!

Milex said...

oh dear this is so good.

The {Mrs} Adventure of a misplaced Belle said...

Looks like y'all had so much fun. I am jealous, I would love to be back in the Carolinas!

Annabelle said...

Your NYE party looks and sounds like fun! It's similar to what we do around here. This year I didn't get to do any fireworks. :( We don't do the oyster roast but that sounds like a good idea! Happy 2013 Shug!

Anonymous said...

this looks like so much fun! what a great idea for getting rid of your christmas trees. i never thought of that! unfortunately, we missed these festivities because we got back to charlotte late on NYE and went to bed sick before the ball even dropped. happy new year to you and anj!
(~shug in flats:)

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I love these festivities!

Our one dog HATEEEEEEEEEs fireworks. Poor guy.

We eat pork, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes and corn on New Year's Day.

Katie said...

looks like a fun time! happy new year!!

Ashley said...

awww this looks as much fun as I envisioned!!!

and btw i read your post in regards to Newtown but blogger on le phone wouldn't let me comment but, it was beautiful friend - absolutely beautiful!

Kimmie @ Sugar and Dots said...

SO beautiful!! Popping over from Sugar and Dots to say hello. :) Have a wonderful week and very happy 2013! XOXO