Happy 2014!

For real, my NYE fortune.

For real, my NYE fortune.

Our holiday break was a non-stop merry go round of eating and drinking — big shocker, right? Christmas and New Year’s falling mid-week made the ride keep on going. It felt like the minute you took a pause post celebrating you were suddenly heading into a weekend. Today, it has merged into a blur of parties, trips to the grocery store (Fresh Market is my new BFF), jam-packed “free time,” and yes, a full recycling bin of wine bottles.

King Crab Appetizer

For our annual New Years Eve gathering we had a few close friends gathered around the kitchen island — this year we grilled king crab on the BBQ as we enjoyed a long and leisurely trip on the bubbly train. This segued into our January 1 all day pajama party. Why not devote twenty-four hours to a cozy day of fatty food and laziness?

I told you champagne goes with everything...

I told you champagne goes with everything…

From hangover McDonald’s breakfast out of that arch emblazoned bag, to Bloody Mary sipping and football watching, to a grand finale of Spaghetti alla Carbonara for dinner- we send off the old and welcome the new with fat-laden gusto.

Sofa Living

Sofa Living with Michelle

All this indulging happens with the knowledge that come January 3 (we have to give ourselves an easing off the porky express) we take a month-long break from drinking, heavy food and too much sitting on our keisters. It’s not a diet, and there is no cleanse in sight; just a hefty tweak of our lifestyle and meals to get us all back on track. The kids have been warned that we won’t be seeing that Rusty’s Pizza delivery guy for awhile. Here on the blog, January will focus on healthy living, but rest assured come February we’ll be back to cocktails and cookies (in that order).

green straws

Here’s one of my favorite green juices I make at home. With only two ingredients and a blender you can feel healthy and virtuous in about a minute.

Pineapple Green Juice

2 big servings or 4 kid-sized

1/4 of a fresh, sliced pineapple

6 cups packed chard or green of your choice (you can use spinach, sorrel and arugula or a mixture of all of them- basically anything extra you have)

Pack it into the blender or Vitamix until smooth, adding ice water to make your desired consistency. Serve immediately.

Cheers to a happy and healthy New Year!!!

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7 thoughts on “Happy 2014!”

Happy New Year, Val! I have been subscribed to your blog for a while now, but I have never posted any comments. I wanted to tell you how much I enjoy reading all of your posts!! Your pictures are always fabulous! It truly is like a breath of fresh air when I read them.

All the best in the new year, and thanks again for a truly beautiful and informative blog!! (I have made many of your recipes as well!!)

Well….back to my crazy snowy day here in NJ!!

Eileen 🙂

I use my Nutribullet every morning with greens (flax/chia/ginger etc) and always mix w/fruit and pineapple is THE BEST OF ALL,

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