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What's Cookin'?, December 20, 2007 - You Can Cook With Confidence & Style
December 19, 2007

Welcome to What's Cookin'?

Special Edition

New Years Eve & New Years Day

Happy New Year!
Make Something Delicious Happen Today!
Try A Restaurant Recipe!

Welcome Everyone! Welcome to a special edition of What's Cookin'?"

In this issue... Some Thoughts About New Year's Eve Resolutions
and Maybe Life In General - Just For Fun

Jackie's Wonderful Hot Buttered Rum Recipe For The Holidays

New Year's Eve Party Ideas For Home

  1. How To Do It
  2. Part One - Beverages And Food
  3. Part Two - More Food
  4. Part Three - Food Again and Winding Down
  5. How My Husband And I End One Year And Enter Another :-0

Why Not Send A Really Special Food Gift

Okay - The New Years Eve Party Is Over - Now What?


Shop Online

New Years Eve - Thoughts You'll Enjoy

Youth is when you're allowed to stay up late on New Year's Eve. Middle age is when you're forced to. ~Bill Vaughn

Many people look forward to the new year for a new start on old habits. ~Author Unknown

A New Year's resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other. ~Author Unknown

Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming 'WOO HOO what a ride'! ~Author Unknown - But my personal favorite!

Jackie’s Hot Buttered Rum Mix
A Great Holiday Beverage
Preparation time: 10 minutes. Serves 12-24


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sifted confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon molasses
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 pint softened French vanilla bean ice cream
  • Boiling water
  • Dark Rum or Light Rum
  • Cinnamon sticks


  • Cream first five ingredients together with electric mixer
  • Add ice cream, cover tightly and freeze (Mixture will not freeze solid)

    To Serve

  • Preheat mugs with hot water
  • Empty mugs
  • Put 2 to 4 tablespoons mixture in each mug
  • Add 3 tablespoons of rum to each mug
  • Fill each mug with boiling water and stir
  • Garnish each drink with a cinnamon stick

    What is really nice about this beverage recipe is that you can make the mixture ahead, freeze it and then dip into it whenever company drops by during the holiday season. All you have to do is boil some water and add some rum. YUM! YUM!

    New Year's Eve Party Ideas

    Read about different ideas for celebrating New Year's Eve at home. Food and beverage ideas are included for a non-themed party.

    Why Not Send A Really Special Food Gift To Someone Who Cannot Join You For New Years Eve or New Years Day?

    A Really Special Gift For A Really Special Person

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    I asked him if he had an interest in building his own website. He DID! So ...I asked him if he had one or two or three ideas on what his website might be about. He DID!

    You know the rest of the story. He is now the proud owner of an SBI website. This was my Christmas gift to him. And right now ...for a limited time (promise) ...SiteSell is doing a "2-fer." Two sites for the cost of one.

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    The New Years Eve Party Is Over - Now What?

    What do you do on New Year' Day? After celebrating on New Year's Eve, find out why I believe New Years Day is really the beginning. Do I really have guests on New Year's Day, too?

    My answer - who else would my husband have to watch football with if I didn't?! :-)

    Visit my ideas and menu at Donna's Place On New Years Day.

    While you're there, find out what my husband and I do instead of making New Years Resolutions.

    Try Shopping Online

    Just before a special day I order perishable food gifts such as natural beef, seafood -including lobster, or even complete gourmet dinners. These items have to arrive just before the time needed.

    Gift baskets of various kinds are ordered and sent a week to ten days before that special day arrives so the recipients can enjoy the contents whenever they want during the holiday season.

    Part of my family LOVES to try salsas, hot sauces, dips and rubs. This year I am ordering several items for them from Salsa Express - a very special, family-owned and operated company.

  • Shop Online For Natural Beef - Naturally raised beef from small ranchers pooling their resources. Montana Legend - Where I know cowboys and cowgirls still ride the range the old-fashioned way.
  • Seafood Online - a variety of companies to choose from but look for wild seafood.
  • Gift Baskets From Just About Every Company You Can Think Of
  • Complete Gourmet Dinners - Really wonderful 3 and 4 course meals!
  • All Your Kitchen Needs - Select items from a variety of sources all in one place.

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    Enjoy the food you prepare and the company of those you share it with!
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