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LIVE THREAD! HAPPY NEW YEAR WEEKEND!!-Resolutions?Recipes? Family? Plans? Hopes? Dreams? Share here!
All our wonderful friends!! ^ | 12/30/05 | Jim Robinson, for bringing us together!

Posted on 12/30/2005 6:10:49 PM PST by paulat

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KEYWORDS: 2006; auldlangsyne; godblessuseveryone; happynewyear; happynewyearweekend; livethread; newyearresolution; nye; resolution; timessquare
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Over Christmas we had births and deaths...celebrating and grieveing...lost-and-found daughters...sickness and health...cute kids...cute pets...new cars...recipes...and lots of weather talk!

However and wherever you find yourself this weekend...touch base and let us know what you're doin'!

1 posted on 12/30/2005 6:10:51 PM PST by paulat
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To: paulat
I resolve to be a bigger pain in the arse in 2006 than I was in 2005.

I like easy New Years resolutions.

2 posted on 12/30/2005 6:12:28 PM PST by dirtboy (Drool overflowed my buffer...)
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To: paulat

Im gonna loose these pesky 750 lbs I can't eem to get rid of


3 posted on 12/30/2005 6:13:06 PM PST by woofie
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To: paulat

We're popping fireworks saturday and barbequing at my grandmother's house Sunday. Back to the grind Tuesday.


4 posted on 12/30/2005 6:13:38 PM PST by confederate_infidel (Tunafish: tastes like Santa's reindeer.)
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To: paulat

Gonna try to do everything better this year. Mostly though we will try to be thankful for all we have including a new grandson. 4 mos old now. Couldn't get any better in 2005 than that. Happy New Year everyone. Pork Roast, Sauerkraut, Mashed Potatoes and Applesauce on the First. :)


5 posted on 12/30/2005 6:14:14 PM PST by cubreporter (I trust Rush. He has done more for this country than anyone will ever know. He's A++)
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To: woofie

LOL


6 posted on 12/30/2005 6:14:54 PM PST by apackof2 (You can stand me up at the gates of hell, I'll stand my ground and I won’t back down)
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To: paulat

Ya-HOOTY!!!! PAULAT!!

Once again, you come through for the freepers...especially we freepers that see Free Republic as a favorite celebration destination....

I am proud and happy to be here..

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF MY FREEPER FRIENDS...AND ESPECIALLY THE ROBINSON GANG.


7 posted on 12/30/2005 6:15:29 PM PST by Txsleuth (Snow flake!)
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To: paulat

bookmark


8 posted on 12/30/2005 6:16:04 PM PST by mathluv (Bushbot, Snowflake, Dittohead ---- Bring it on!!!)
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To: paulat

Good evening, paulat. I was just thinking of getting ready to turn in, read a bit. I'm making a white cheddar cheese tart with rhubarb chutney for tomorrow. If it's any good, I'll share it. It's supposed to be cranberry chutney, but I could not find a cranberry anywhere. The year felt something like a roller coaster ride but I think we came out on top.


9 posted on 12/30/2005 6:16:07 PM PST by Bahbah (A known Snow Flake)
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To: paulat

Hey, We are not planning anything special this weekend since we were out of town last weekend. Hubby is not feeling well with that neck disc problem and I have a cold. I do think he is going to play golf tomorrow if he feels like it. Happy New Year everyone.


10 posted on 12/30/2005 6:16:09 PM PST by MamaB (mom to an Angel)
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To: dirtboy

I have a feeling you aren't alone with that resolution, here on FR...LOL


11 posted on 12/30/2005 6:16:18 PM PST by Txsleuth (Snow flake!)
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To: paulat

My poupouri recipe is quite simple: buy pickling spices from the grocery store, combine them with twigs from the Christmas tree you are throwing out, and boil all in a pot on the stove.. Bring all to a boil, and let it simmer.

Eating tangerines, oranges? Put the skins in the simmering pot as well.

The aroma is heavenly. Trust me.


12 posted on 12/30/2005 6:17:03 PM PST by peacebaby (Good morning heartache, if you're gonna stay, you gotta get a job, I've got bills to pay.)
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To: confederate_infidel

I hope you don't live in Texas if you are going to pop fireworks!


13 posted on 12/30/2005 6:17:12 PM PST by Txsleuth (Snow flake!)
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To: snugs; Txsleuth; oceanperch; HairOfTheDog; CindyDawg; caryatid; Kathy in Alaska; cyborg; ...


14 posted on 12/30/2005 6:17:34 PM PST by paulat
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To: peacebaby
The aroma is heavenly.

So is that of a freshly opened Yuengling Lager, and you don't have to peel or boil the damned thing to get it.

15 posted on 12/30/2005 6:18:13 PM PST by dirtboy (Drool overflowed my buffer...)
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To: paulat

I'm givig you my recipe for Rum Cake, so you can have your cake and get drunk too!

Really, it is very good and a family favorite, especially over the holidays.

Rum Cake

1 18.5-oz. box yellow cake mix
1 3.75-oz. vanilla pudding mix
4 eggs
1/2 c. cold water
1/2 c. oil
1/2 c. rum

Mix all cake ingredients togetherwell, using the high speed on your mixer. Bake in bundt or tube pan that has been prepared at 325 for one hour. Let cool slightly. Prepare the glaze when the cake comes out of the oven.

Glaze:
1/4 lb. butter
1/4 c. water
1 c. sugar
1/2 c. rum

Melt butter in saucepan. Stir in water and sugar. Boil 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; add rum and stir well.
Poke holes in cake with carving fork. Drizzle glaze over cake allowing cake to absorb all of it. Remove from pan while still warm.


16 posted on 12/30/2005 6:18:29 PM PST by passionfruit
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To: cubreporter

Congratulations on your grandson...my youngest granddaughter will be 1 on Jan. 19th...

Your New Year's feast sounds delicious!


17 posted on 12/30/2005 6:18:45 PM PST by Txsleuth (Snow flake!)
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To: Txsleuth
Hi! Tomorrow night I will put my corned beef brisket in the crock pot, and we will have it on Sunday with cabbage and black eyed peas. I will start taking down the tree on New Year's Day.

And, on January 1 I will quit smoking. Prayers and encouragement on this would be appreciated.

18 posted on 12/30/2005 6:19:33 PM PST by Miss Marple (Lord, please look after Mozart Lover's son and keep him strong.)
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To: paulat

New Year's Day Menu

Black-eyed peas
Buttermilk Corn Bread
Ham
Green Onions
Pan fried potatoes and onion
Turnip greens

We'll be staying close to home in order to keep an eye out for any fireworks being set off in the area. Normally we don't pay them any heed but as dry as it is this year it wouldn't take but a spark to destroy a large number of homes.


19 posted on 12/30/2005 6:20:26 PM PST by Sally'sConcerns (Native Texan, now in SW Ok..)
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To: woofie
Im gonna loose these pesky 750 lbs I can't eem to get rid of

Are you getting a divorce???

20 posted on 12/30/2005 6:20:35 PM PST by paulat
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To: paulat

YAY! GREAT THREAD! Thanks for the PING!!


21 posted on 12/30/2005 6:21:10 PM PST by eeevil conservative (courage is living in tyranny and speaking for freedom/not living in freedom and speaking for tyranny)
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To: paulat

My resolution is to let 2006 be the beginning of the rest of my life...


22 posted on 12/30/2005 6:21:20 PM PST by tubebender (You can't make Chicken Soup from Chicken Poop...)
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To: dirtboy
I resolve to be a bigger pain in the arse in 2006 than I was in 2005.

I applaud you, since you're so near perfection anyway...

;)

23 posted on 12/30/2005 6:21:48 PM PST by paulat
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To: paulat

lol


24 posted on 12/30/2005 6:22:32 PM PST by woofie
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To: dirtboy

I'll watch out for hurricanes in 2006.


25 posted on 12/30/2005 6:22:45 PM PST by NautiNurse (The greatest crime since World War II has been U.S. foreign policy - Ramsey Clark)
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To: paulat

Aside from my Rum Cake recipe, above, this weekend our thoughts and prayers are with our lovely 20 year old daughter and her new husband. They are both serving in the Army in Germany. She will be staying there, but on Sunday our new son-in-law ships out to Iraq, probably for a year.

We would appreciate if our good friends at FreeRepublic could keep the kids in your prayers too.


26 posted on 12/30/2005 6:23:27 PM PST by passionfruit
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To: passionfruit
After too much back pain from sleeping, it's out with my old mattress - in with a new Select Comfort Sleep Number Bed !

I'll finally start to sleep better which gives me more energy to fight the Liberals who try to trash America !!!

27 posted on 12/30/2005 6:23:39 PM PST by LiveFreeOrDie2001 (Fellow FReepers... Get busy, make more Conservatives !)
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To: passionfruit
I'm givig you my recipe for Rum Cake

Oh, that looks good!

28 posted on 12/30/2005 6:23:48 PM PST by paulat
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To: NautiNurse
I'll watch out for hurricanes in 2006.

You are da man, well, the lady :)

29 posted on 12/30/2005 6:24:17 PM PST by Bahbah (A known Snow Flake)
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To: paulat
I applaud you, since you're so near perfection anyway...

I consider it getting closer to Nirvana. But my wife calls it something else entirely.

30 posted on 12/30/2005 6:24:35 PM PST by dirtboy (Drool overflowed my buffer...)
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To: Miss Marple

Whoa...your feast sounds good also...I bought some cabbage and blackeyed peas today also...but, may have ham with it, not sure...

RE: quitting smoking? I will definitely give you prayers and encouragement...I have quit twice in my life.

Once when I married my husband, because he didn't smoke...and that lasted until 6 months after my second baby...(post partum depression)...

Then 10 years ago...I told my husband for our anniversary, his present would be for me to quit for good...which I did.

BUT, I thought long and hard before I made the promise..and was SURE that I was ready...that is the key..you have to really be ready to quit.

Therefore...I will give all encouragement, but will always be with you, no matter what..and if you feel the need to VENT...come to me!


31 posted on 12/30/2005 6:25:00 PM PST by Txsleuth (Snow flake!)
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To: NautiNurse
I'll watch out for hurricanes in 2006.

And the way this season is going, you'll probably be doing that on New Year's Day.

32 posted on 12/30/2005 6:25:09 PM PST by dirtboy (Drool overflowed my buffer...)
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To: cubreporter

WOW! Pork and sourkraut w/ mashed potatos is always on our menu too! LOL! people here in the south always make fun of me for it!

LOL!


33 posted on 12/30/2005 6:25:36 PM PST by eeevil conservative (courage is living in tyranny and speaking for freedom/not living in freedom and speaking for tyranny)
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To: cubreporter
Pork Roast, Sauerkraut, Mashed Potatoes and Applesauce on the First. :)

Oh, you take me back...sounds like the dinners we used to have over at the Polish Hall back in Michigan...

34 posted on 12/30/2005 6:25:46 PM PST by paulat
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To: Txsleuth

We are BLESSED that you are here!

ALWAYS!


35 posted on 12/30/2005 6:26:15 PM PST by eeevil conservative (courage is living in tyranny and speaking for freedom/not living in freedom and speaking for tyranny)
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To: paulat
my winning hors d'oeuvre and easy to make

Fresh sliced tomato

place a thin slice of fresh mozzarella cheese on it

place a fresh basil leaf on top of that

and cover lightly with virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Make a try and watch them disappear.

36 posted on 12/30/2005 6:26:19 PM PST by IllumiNaughtyByNature (If Islam is the Religion of Peace, they should FIRE their PR guy!)
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To: Sally'sConcerns

I live in north Texas...I am as nervous as you are.


37 posted on 12/30/2005 6:26:31 PM PST by Txsleuth (Snow flake!)
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To: paulat

One of my favs for tailgating, or casual get-together:



BLOODY MARY BALLS:

Time Required: 30 minutes prep, plus overnight to let the alcoholic goodness sink in

Skill Required: No cooking skills needed; intermediate drinking skills required

Ingredients:

Cherry tomatoes

Vodka (use a good brand)

Celery salt, Old Bay, Cayenne pepper, salt, pepper, in small bowls

Toothpicks

Preparation:

Blanch the tomatoes by dropping them into boiling water until the skin puckers. Remove the tomatoes and pull the skin off. Allow them to cool.

Soak the tomatoes in vodka overnight.

To serve:
Put your spices into small bowls.

Spear a tomato with a toothpick, roll into the spices of your choice, and pop it into your mouth.

Repeat as often as necessary.

Alternatively, you can season the vodka prior to soaking the tomatoes, then provide some Old Bay for dipping.

YUMMY !!!!!!!!!


38 posted on 12/30/2005 6:26:53 PM PST by dfwddr (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team# 36120) keyword:folding.)
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To: Txsleuth
I hope you don't live in Texas if you are going to pop fireworks!

Yeah!!! Hey, what the heck's goin' on down there anyway with all these fires?

39 posted on 12/30/2005 6:27:10 PM PST by paulat
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To: NautiNurse
I'll watch out for hurricanes in 2006.

I don't know what we would have done without you taking care of us with info during that terrible time....

40 posted on 12/30/2005 6:28:38 PM PST by paulat
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To: dirtboy
And the way this season is going, you'll probably be doing that on New Year's Day.

Incredibly, that is a very real possibility.

41 posted on 12/30/2005 6:28:49 PM PST by NautiNurse (The greatest crime since World War II has been U.S. foreign policy - Ramsey Clark)
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To: paulat

After three long years our new house is finally complete! Our annual New Year's Eve bash -- put on hold because of house construction and being squashed into an apartment -- has returned. We've got quite a crew, too; Christian Protestants, three devout Catholics, at least two Agnostics, I don't know what the last three are (they're newbies to our party), a published RPG game developer, a former Disney animator, and we all love science fiction and fantasy.

It's a pot luck where I serve my traditional barbeque meatballs and my friend Sarah brings her garlic artichoke dip with pita bread (addictive stuff!) and we all get silly on Sam Adams, Guinness, coffee and Coke. We always watch the ball drop in Times Square, and will be happy to see Dick Clark back at the helm.

Happy and safe New Year's to all my friends at FR!


42 posted on 12/30/2005 6:28:49 PM PST by Kieri (Midwestern Snark Claw and Feather Club Member)
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To: paulat

My hubby and I are are both recovering from colds so it looks like a quiet evening at home. We have so much to be greatful for... two weddings, two wonderful new children in law, my son is healthy and my daughter happy... my other son is with a wonderful woman and he's fully employed, my husband of 35 1/2 years and I are more in love than ever. I resolve to exercise even if I'm not feeling well and continue to cut back on the carbs. Also resolve to start reading the Bible on Jan. 1, actually, listening to it day by day on the internet.


43 posted on 12/30/2005 6:28:51 PM PST by Mercat (It's still Christmas)
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To: paulat

The Rum Cake is excellent. It is not the fanciest looking cake at the pot lucks I've taken it too, but it always gets eaten and people beg for the recipe.


44 posted on 12/30/2005 6:29:33 PM PST by passionfruit
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To: Txsleuth
Thanks! This will be my second time. I quit a few years ago for an entire year, then went back due to stress. How stupid was that?

Anyway I really want to quit, and have all the supplies lined up to help. Thank you for your kind words.

45 posted on 12/30/2005 6:29:55 PM PST by Miss Marple (Lord, please look after Mozart Lover's son and keep him strong.)
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To: paulat
Oh, you take me back...sounds like the dinners we used to have over at the Polish Hall back in Michigan...

One of my party guests is Polish and found a new bakery in the Detroit area. He's bringing "dessert" Pierogies, stuffed with blueberries, apples, cream cheese, etc.! He's going to boil them, then sautee them in butter! I'm not a big pierogi fan but these sound tempting.

46 posted on 12/30/2005 6:30:57 PM PST by Kieri (Midwestern Snark Claw and Feather Club Member)
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To: paulat
We're staying home, and will watch Dick Clark..I pray he does well.

I'll make my special Lasagna for my sweet husband...and have it again New Year's day. Oh, and we'll have marinated black-eyed peas for luck.

sw

47 posted on 12/30/2005 6:31:00 PM PST by spectre (Spectre's wife)
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To: Kieri
Guinness, Yes, Gunnness !! The one type of beer that you can wake up the next morning and have no after effects. Brilliant !

Cheers !!

48 posted on 12/30/2005 6:31:57 PM PST by LiveFreeOrDie2001 (Fellow FReepers... Get busy, make more Conservatives !)
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To: woofie
Im gonna loose these pesky 750 lbs I can't eem to get rid of

Uhmmmm good luck with that.. especially if you are reading this thread..... just reading it I have already gained 20 lbs!
49 posted on 12/30/2005 6:32:29 PM PST by eeevil conservative (courage is living in tyranny and speaking for freedom/not living in freedom and speaking for tyranny)
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To: carlo3b
Carlo...no pressure...but if you're up to it, some time over the weekend we'd LOVE to hear your take on traditional New Year's foods and other fun stuff!

You always tell such wonderful stories!

paula

50 posted on 12/30/2005 6:32:35 PM PST by paulat
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