For those new to my blog, New Year's Eve is our wedding anniversary. All year I thought we were celebrating #17, but after finally sitting down and calculating, I realized that it only been 14 years. I was never very good with math. I got it right the last few years which you can see HERE and HERE, but apparently had a senior moment in 2012.
My table started with some inspiration from Z Gallerie on a recent trip to Atlanta. I loved the look of the woven placemats dipped in precious metal.
In August we attended a family reunion. Outside of our Kentucky Lake cabin was a dead Henry Lauder's Walking Stick. Everyone laughed at me when I asked my husband to cut some branches at put them in the car.
I sprayed them with the same silver metallic paint and then wrapped them in fairy lights.
I added my Orrefors votive holders, some silver balls and black birds with silver beaded collars to perch on the branches.The candleholders were found on clearance at Ross last year.
A little silver ornament at each place holds a package of Joni's, from Red Couch Recipes, Grandmother Utahna Felix's English Toffee and a name tag. You can find her recipe HERE. She was right, it is totally addictive.
Double Stuffed Twice Baked Potatoes and Crown Roast of Pork with Apple Pecan Sourdough Bread Stuffing.
Served with Janie's Roasted Carrots and Broiled Asparagus and Thom's tender rolls. He makes wonderful rolls, but his desserts outshine everything.
Apple Cranberry Tart with Caramel Sauce and Vanilla Ice Cream. Sinfully delicious and seriously caloric.
My precious FIL is always the life of the party!Happy New Year to everyone and Happy 15th Anniversary to us! In spite of me forgetting the champagne (another seniors moment) we celebrated a wonderful evening with family and friends.
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Caramelized Black Pepper Bacon
1 1b thick cut applewood smoked bacon
2-3 T fresh ground pepper
1-2 cups of dark brown sugar
Lay bacon on rack over a baking sheet lined with parchment. Leave some space between each slice so they don't stick to each other.
Sprinkle with ground black pepper and then the brown sugar. The layer of brown sugar should be thick. Pat down the brown sugar with your palm as much as possible.
Bake in 275 degree oven for 3 hours. Let cool on rack and then separate. Do not layer finished bacon on serving platter until it is completely cooled to room temperature or it will all stick together.
If bacon fat coagulates on the top of the bacon, place in a warm (200 degree) over for about 10 min and blot fat with paper towel.