Out With the Old and In With the New Year!

We hosted a fantastic NYE party last night.  Including us, there were thirteen people here...not too big, not too small, just perfect!  I'm pretty sure a fun time was had by all!  In my opinion, one of the best things about a party is the food.  So for part one of this blog post will be a few party recipes you might enjoy.  Part two will consist of some pictures from our crazy night.

Bacon-Wrapped Cream Cheese Stuffed Jalapenos 
15 jalapenos (when cut in half, makes 30)
2 pkg cream cheese
1 pkg bacon - each slice cut in half
30 toothpicks

Cut jalapenos in half and clean out.  If you like them hotter, leave some seeds.  Stuff with as much cream cheese as possible and wrap with a half slice of bacon.  Secure with a toothpick.  Cook in preheated oven at 350 for about an hour or until desired crispiness.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Fondue

1 cup Hershey's Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

In heavy saucepan, cook and stir the chocolate chips, sugar, milk, and peanut butter over low heat until smooth.  Transfer to a fondue pot and keep warm (if you don't have a fondue pot, just leave it in the saucepan to dip!).  Serve with dippers such as strawberries, bananas, cheesecake, pound cake, rice crispy treats, marshmallows, graham crackers, pretzels.

Tip: Stick toothpicks in all the dippers so you can grab a piece, dip it, and go!

Jello Shots
(Okay, okay, most of you probably don't want or need this recipe. But I'm going to type it incase I need to refer back to it someday!)

1 box jello, any flavor
1 cup boiling water
1 cup alcohol (Rum, Vodka, Schnapps...flavored vodka works well)
12 plastic shot glasses (you can find 3 oz. glasses at Target or sometimes in the bathroom section at stores)

Party Pics
Party hats and horns

The group playing Wii Pictionary

Almost midnight - champagne is ready!

The girls

Travis & Alissa

Jason & Katie

Josh & Rachel (and baby Peanut in her belly).  Don't worry--it's sparkling grape juice she's drinking!

Trying to get a group shot

Trying again

Rachel and I.  She was a trooper despite being 8 months pregnant!

Erica and I

Things are starting to get crazy...

And then we started dancing

More dancing...and laughing

Here comes the worm!!

Ready to try to worm, as well.

Boys playing shuffleboard

Girls playing Wii Just Dance

Oh no, here come the hats/wigs

Remind me again why we have all of these??

And why they seem to make appearances whenever there's alcohol involved?

I made it til 2 a.m. then conked out on the couch!

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