so instead, the bean and i took a trip to trader joe's and the grocery store, loaded up on delicious snacks and grub, slipped into party city for some fun hats, and settled in for a quiet evening at home. well, sort of.
my pre-gaming for the night consisted of an iced starbucks drink and this:
my body decided to ignore that caffeine i'd just fed it though, and when the bean snuggled in with me on the couch, this happened.
when the teen got home, we presented her with her tiara and noisemaker.
shortly thereafter, the hub joined the party...
...as did mollydog.
the teen, who at 19 actually has a life, holed up in her room to change clothes and get ready to go out with her friend rock-ell. i was happy to see her get out and do something fun for a change, though - she'd spent a good chunk of the last couple of months working long hours at the mall and some friend time was long overdue.
by that time, it'd been at least a couple of hours since i'd eaten anything. that's no good. and so i put together an old favorite that we haven't had in forever - brown sugar brie.
while we waited for it to be ready, we snacked on something else i'd picked up:
and the non-shrimp-eating bean enjoyed some chips and dip.
"where the hell is mine?" this one was clearly asking.
the bean sweet-talked her daddy into playing a round of spongebob-themed life (i hate this game, so she has to sucker other unsuspecting folks to join her).
while they were doing that, i was working on the next course.
we had two small lobster tails and 1.5 pounds of snow crab legs, and after i'd pulled all of the meat out of the shells it looked like this:
i'd originally planned on making homemade risotto, but when i spied this at trader joe's the lazy kicked in and i decided it was okay to cheat a little.
all that delicious meat was chopped up and mixed in, and although this looks like a hot mess, it was FABULOUS. we plowed through every last morsel of it.
topping it all off was something the bean had been requesting for about a week - homemade milkshakes.
cheers to the end of 2014!
she made it all the way to...11:30. heh.
and that's the story of how we rang in the new year. yay for 2015!