Welcoming in 2014 and bidding good riddance to 2013.

Happy New Year!

I am very, very, very glad that 2013 is over. There was something not quite right with last year & I don’t think I was the only one to feel this way!

There were some highlights though: getting married, hen dos, a wonderful honeymoon, baby announcements, proposals, beinf askes to be a bridesmaid (huge congrats to Helen & Ian) & generally good times with friends so I can’t complain too much!
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Us on our wedding day ❤

We wanted a low key, last minute NYE & that is exactly what we had. Our good friends, Queenie & Simon, came over and we had a few drinks, ate party food & played silly games. Here are just a few snapshots of our evening/morning after…
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Simon’s amazing chocolate brains! They were like Creme eggs (only better) and filled with red buttercream. Nom!

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Snacks!

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Orange & lemon jelly slice vodka.
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Playing Linkee. I would recommend this for fans of Only Connect. Very addictive & competitive!

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All the components for a breakfast fit for royalty this morning… Bacon & egg bagels!

It was ‘such fun’ so thanks to Queenie & Simon for coming over.
A tradition that we started two years ago was to have a Welstead family day on New Years Day. It’s basically a good excuse to drink copious amounts of wine, have a pre-lunch sherry and a post lunch port with my mum & sister and to play silly games.

This year I decided to keep lunch simple so cooked ‘appley’ pork & macaroni cheese and served it with salad.

We’d bought a 2kg shoulder of pork as it was reduced in Tesco on Monday night. We cut it into two parts, saving the smaller part for a Sunday roast.

All I did with the pork was pop it into the slow cooker on high, with an apple cut in half, a pint of pork stock, 3 tablespoons of cider vinegar & an onion peeled & halved.
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I then left it to cook for about 5 hours, until the juices ran clear.

The pork was tender & juicy and went well with the macaroni cheese and salad.
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It wasn’t too filling either!

We then had a relaxed afternoon watching the Vicar of Dibley, playing the alphabet game & more Linkee. A lush start to the new year.

I should probably pay the hubby some attention now so I’m going to finish by wishing you all a happy, prosperous and lucky 2014 from myself & Susie (our cat) and to thank every single person who has been there for us this year. You all rule!
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