Let’s talk New Year’s, shall we? I remember once upon a time I was terribly terrified of the whole Y2K thing. I remember it very clearly – I was spending time with my high school boyfriend and our mutual friends, and when the clock struck midnight I braced myself for the worst. Surely – SURELY! – the world was about to end!
And then midnight hit and the world was the exact same, and I had one of my first real lessons in not believing all the hype you hear and see and read about in media. A learning experience to be sure!
On New Year’s Eve this past week Nate and I declared one last night of utter indulgence, which means we ate pizza, drank beer, had some cookies, watched TV. We told one another that we would FOR SURE be staying up til midnight – who really needs sleep when you’re a parent anyway? – and settled in to watch the disgrace that is Dick Clark’s Rocking New Year’s Eve with Ryan Seacrest (meh), Jenny McCarthy (ugh), and Fergi (can someone PLEASE FIND ANOTHER PERSON ON THE WEST COAST who can talk into a microphone?!). I had fun spending time with my man, but I think it’s safe to say that we’re both worse for wear and pretty bummed out about the state of the music industry. Womp womp.
So here we are, sitting there watching this show and around 11:45pm we decide enough is enough and go to sleep. What’s an extra 15 minutes anyhow? We already know what’s going to happen – and it turns out that YES parents do actually need to sleep. Call us lame, call us old, call us boring – but falling asleep next to my man and waking up to a whole new year with him was pretty stinking special. I’ll take that over any ol’ terrible Jenny McCarthy joke any day!
Obviously we are past New Year’s Eve and I’m sure you’re all partied out, but let’s get real: the Super Bowl is coming up. And while I think we should all enjoy our fair share of wings and various dips, how fun would it be to change things up with these amazing arancini di riso (cheese-fill risotto croquettes) and a spicy tomato-balsamic dipping sauce? I’ll tell you: REAL FUN. These are one of my favorite things I’ve made this year, and I hope y’all make ’em and devour ’em with ones you love!
Get this fabulous recipe from De Nigris!