Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

New Year Kitties

And thus endeth the Holiday Triad (Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years) that keeps us busy morning, noon and night. Are you all recovering from all of your wild partying??? We’ve had a fun and busy week. Capped off by our annual New Year’s Day family dinner. It’s the kids’ favorite meal of the year. Our menu is always the same:

Awesome Standing Rib Roast
(really, I see all kinds of standing rib roast recipes that look so fussy involving meat thermometers, etc. — you should try this recipe — it’s SO easy and always turns out perfectly!)
Twice Baked Potatoes
Carrot Puff
Green Beans Almondine
Overnight Seven-Layer Salad
Perfect Dinner Rolls (Thanks JuniePeep for telling me about this fantastic recipe)
Creme Brulee (MyDadLovesMeBestSister’s Specialty!)

Yum Yum! It was fabulous and today we’re all stuffed.

I was looking through my recipes and realized that I haven’t ever posted the Seven-Layer Salad in my archives.  The boys’ LOVE this salad and I love it too ’cause you make it the day before, so the day-of meal preparation is just that much easier.


Overnight Seven-Layer Salad

1 medium head iceberg lettuce, washed and chilled
1 bunch green onions
1 8-oz. can water chestnuts
1/2 red or green bell pepper, seeded
2 stalks celery
1 10-oz. package frozen peas
2 cups mayonnaise
2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
3/4 lb. bacon, crisp fried and drained
3 hard-cooked eggs
2 tomatoes

Core and chop lettuce into thin slivers. Spread lettuce over bottom of a wide 4-qt. serving dish. With a knife, thinly slice green onions and part of the tops. Scatter slices over the lettuce.

Drain water chestnuts and slice. Sprinkle over onions. Chop bell pepper and sprinkle over water chestnuts. Chop celery and sprinkle over bell pepper. Break apart frozen peas and spread over celery. Spread mayonnaise evenly over peas. Sprinkle with sugar, Parmesan cheese, salt and garlic powder.

Finely chop bacon and sprinkle over salad. Coarsely chop eggs and sprinkle over the bacon. Cover and chill for 4 hours or as long as 24 hours. Just before serving, cut tomatoes in wedges and arrange around top of salad. To serve, use a spoon and fork to lift out each serving, which should include some of each layer.


And, now we’re off and running! A New Year. A Clean Slate. Happy, Healthy New Year Wishes to all of you — I hope your year will be full of joy and fun! (That means lots of sewing and knitting and making LOL!)

36 Thoughts on “Happy New Year!

  1. Aw, what a cute kitty picture! That made me smile. :) And thanks for sharing your salad recipe. 7 Layer salad is one of my all time favorites, so I will definitly be giving this one a try. :)

    Happy New Year!! :)

  2. Happy New Year Anna! I hope 2013 is fun.

  3. Jewels on January 2, 2013 at 8:41 pm said:

    Happy New Year Anna! The meow meow’s are so cute. xoxo

  4. Cute cat header! Happy New Year to you too Anna—And yes—the plan is to sew, knit and make, make, make! To include trying your seven layer salad. I’ve had similar and they’re always yum!

  5. Yum, it sounds like I needed to come over for dinner:-} Really, it sounds good. Now I haven’t made that 7 layer salad for a few years, thank you for the reminder, you have “flung a cravin'” on me!
    Happy New Year! :-}pokey

  6. Hey Happy New Year!
    I just looked up your carrot puff recipe, I usually make candied carrots…my eldest counts those as one of her “vegetables” she will eat…..wonder if this one will work, it offers the ability to add butter, also popular…thanks!

  7. MJ Smith on January 2, 2013 at 10:53 pm said:

    Happy New Year to you too! Love the pics of your kittys with their festive hats on. Thanks for the salad recipe. Looks yummy. And so glad your son recovered from his cat bite!!

    Your posts are always so fun to read!

  8. Meredith on January 2, 2013 at 11:06 pm said:

    Happy New Year!!!!!!!

  9. I LOVE 7 Layer Salad, but I forget about it. Thanks for the reminder. Your dinner sounded deeee-licious! “Nothing better than BEEF for the holidays,” says the cattle rancher’s wife!

  10. Sweet kitties!!!! Dinner sounded so yummy!! Thanks for the recipe links and the salad recipe. Can’t wait to try them all. Happy New Year to you and your family!!!!

  11. Happy new year, Anna! I love the pic of the kitties. Wishing you joy and blessings in 2013.

  12. Happy New Year Anna!!!

  13. Happy New Year to you and yours, Anna. I hope 2013 is a good year for all of us! :o)

  14. happy new year Anna, I hope it brings you everything you wish for x

  15. Happy New Year to you and your family Anna!!

    Love the two cats! :)

  16. Happy New Year! I had to laugh when you called it the Holiday Triad ..I think having 2 back to back is plenty..I don’t know how you manage 3!! :o)

  17. Happy New Year, lovely Anna!

  18. Happy new Year Anna….I am going to try your standing rib roast the next time we have a rib roast. Twice I’ve followed Nigella Lawson’s recipe and twice it has overcooked! Grrr…the first time I thought it was because I had a rubbish oven, but it was the same in my new one! I love your inspiring talents!

  19. Happy New Year, Anna! Thanks for the rib roast recipe. I will have to try it but sounds like a second oven is needed if you have other oven-type stuff for dinner. But I am willing to try. I have a pretty good rib roast recipe which we had for Christmas Day dinner but yours sound VERY easy!

  20. Karen S. on January 3, 2013 at 10:23 am said:

    Happy New Year Anna…all the best to you and your family. Love reading your posts!

  21. Happy New Year!

    P.S. – I loved your gingerbread house!

  22. Now, that sounds like a meal to look forward to every year! I usually make seven-layer salad for Thanksgiving, but your recipe is a little different. Mine doesn’t have water chestnuts, which sounds like a great addition, or tomatoes, which I also like. Thanks for sharing it! I want to try the dinner rolls recipe too. I just “pinterested” one from Pioneer Woman Cooks, that sounds good too. You pretty much slather some basic dinner rolls with butter like three times and add a little rosemary.

  23. How much time is there between turning off the oven and taping the door and turning the oven back on? My hubs loves a good standing rib roast and this sounds easy peasy!

    Happy New Year friend!!!

  24. Happy New Year!! I have eaten too much, drunk too much and slumped in front of the tv too much – perfect!! Check out the handsome young man in his kilt in today’s post!! Anne x

  25. It all looks super yummy. I’ve always wanted to make a standing rib roast. The price and directions always have scared me. I’m wanting to try it though. And the salad and fixins look amazing.

  26. Now you’re just making my mouth water …

  27. Mary ann on January 4, 2013 at 12:33 am said:

    Happy New Year Anna! Menu sounds lovely but I never get to make Prime Rib any longer at home as My husband really doesn’t like it much. But I did have it tonight..we went out for our anniversary. I haven’t made that salad in ages. My recipe mixes spinach and romaine and uses Swiss cheese. Also cuts mayo topping with sour cream. I am going to try and remember now for the next big family dinner.

  28. Well, I never heard of layered salad before, I’ve learnt something and your rib roast is a great technique, I’ll keep that one in mind since it’s foolproof.
    I’ve had a big catch up on your last posts and loved seeing the gingerbread houses! Thanks for sharing.

  29. Happy New Year Anna. Yummy start too. I love do ahead menus. Does make for a happier hostess and I know you are the hostess with he mostess xoxo Clarice

  30. Auntia makes a seven-layer salad very much like yours – but i don’t think she’s ever let it chill for hours – and she doesn’t put the dressing on because getting a consensus of which salad dressing to use is like getting those same people to agree that water is wet … and now i’m gonna go check out the recipes for carrot puffs and rib roast (not that either will EVER be made or eaten around here, but recipes are among my favorite reads)

  31. Everything looks delicious! (Except the cats of course. They’re cute but don’t look especially tasty.) I think I’ hungry again. Happy New Year!

  32. Happy new year! Hope it’s a great one for you and yours! x

  33. such a cute kittie photo! cats are kings and queens
    Your menu sounds yummy.
    thanks for the recipes.

  34. Happy New Year, friend! I hope this year brings you much more rest and plenty of happiness. Hugs!

  35. Happy New Year! Hope it’s not too chilly with you. Your furry Scottish friends send you purrs.

  36. That looks like the perfect menu for a fancy meal! I am going to try to copy most of it for Valentine’s Day dinner (our only tradition for Valentine’s Day is a chocolate fondu dessert with pound cake, bananas and strawberries), so I am free to experiment with the menu! Thanks for sharing! Cheers! Evelyn

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