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Happy New Year!

We have said good-bye to 2011 and hello to 2012.

It is a bittersweet day for me. Happiness because the year is new. New things always bring such a sense of hope and I have that for our new year. I believe strongly in traditions and today is no different. I served up black eyed peas to the family today hoping they bring us good luck. We have talked a lot about new goals, great memories we want to remember, and things we hope to learn from and not repeat.

Sadness today because Miss Medical Student leaves in a few short hours to head back to her life in medical school. Those two weeks went by so fast, you would have thought we were in a Jimmy John's commercial.
I hate it that she is so far away. But I also know that this is what it takes to become great. You have to make personal sacrifices. It is time for her to do great things!

In years to come and I reflect back on this holiday season I am going to remember all the time she and I spent in the kitchen. Who knew that we had a love of baking in common! I also showed her a few craft things. I still fear she views those as a waste of time and money! But she did like the way it all looked in the end!

Our New Year's Eve table
 Together we made some of the most amazing desserts during her trip. She made a key lime pie worthy of any restaurant in Key West. I made a five layer peppermint cheesecake cake that was yummy! Then we upped the notch and whipped out some Champagne cupcakes and chocolate cups for our New Year's Eve celebration. Check out these wonderful creations:

Dark Chocolate Cups filled with Chocolate Mousse and Whipped Topping proudly displayed in a new cupcake holder my Momma got me for Christmas.
So worth making again!

Champagne Cupcakes with Champagne Frosting served in Champagne Flutes.

 Of course what I value the most in life is relationships. I have met some great new people this year as well as continued relationships with people I have had for a long time.   Thank you all for a wonderful year! It means so much to me!

I am ending this post with two awesome photos! The first is my daughter, The Short Chic, who discovered Sparkling Apple Cider. She loved it and could not put it down. I think she missed the entire countdown to midnight because she had her eyes in that glass!
And my wonderful husband. Every time I see him, I am positive I got one of the good ones. Yep, he put on those silly 2012 glasses and played along because his little girl was there and that is what he does. That is why I love this man!

 And today, we girls nuggling on our couch, feeling rather hung over, but in no way near hung over. I think we were full of sadness that this is our last day. So we spent it on the couch, sharing blankets, and warming each others feet. (that is what family members do, right?)


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