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Low-key lasagna NYE

Welcome, welcome 2013!

lasagna slice

Last night we hosted our NYE Pops pre-symphony dinner party, dishing out big pieces of lasagna*, a spinach-pear-red onion salad and my first attempt at tres leches cake for dessert (using the America’s Test Kitchen recipe). It was a wonderfully low-key evening, considering I woke up with a nasty cold and was able to see lots of friends yet still be in bed by 1 a.m.

*We made two from the HyVee Holiday 2012 Seasons magazine recipe, minus one layer because really, how is that going to fit in a pan? It was yummy, but if we do it again we will add onions and a little more seasoning/garlic because those just take everything to the next level.

Christa and Richard came into town from Chicago for the long weekend, and of course, I put them to work tracing/cutting/glittering masks for the evening. Such troopers.


(I got the mask template via Ruche’s Homemade Holiday e-zine.) Christa and I also got our sewing on and made double sided fabric headbands. I was all about actully doing something I’d seen on Pinterest over break and these are a super cute and easy sewing project, plus I already had the elastic on hand.

By the end of the night I had sneezed all of my makeup off, switched from contacts to my old glasses and we were watching the countdown on TV with the sound off and a Spoon record on. Here’s to a fantastic year with lots of surprises ahead. We find out in a little more than two weeks if it’s a boy or girl!


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Ringing in 2013 with the Beatles

The plan for New Year’s Eve this year is to host a little dinner party for a group of friends (anyone have a favorite lasagna recipe?) and then all head down to the New Year’s Eve Pops at the Des Moines Symphony. It’s the “Classical Mystery Tour,” featuring Beatles hits. The cheapest tickets were just $15. We’re sitting in the waaaaay back, but I think that will work out well because no one will be able to tell me to sit down and stop dancing!


I think I’m going to wear this dress that I picked up last weekend while shopping for other Christmas gifts. I’m hoping the sheath sees me through the next few months of my expanding waistline.


The Symphony goes from 8-10 p.m., so we’ll have to find a spot for a nightcap and countdown. I wonder if Sbrocco will be open until midnight. Maybe the bar at Proof? Or we could always keep the jukebox going at the Alpine Taproom, my favorite nearby winter bar.


Photo via Pitter Patter Clunk

Last year I helped out at the Des Moines Social Club’s annual celebration, “The Bash”. It’s all-ages at Cap Square this year.

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