We chilled, we ate, the kids played, the adults played, broke out Apples to Apples, and shared lots of laughs [including that J0hn Trav0lta kept showing up even though his card kept being discarded, Hubs said he was going to start showing up behind us in all our pics, haha!].
I made what ended up to be a big... big pot of chili!, cornbread, and spinach and artichoke dip. And our friends brought salad, brownies, and some other yummy healthy appetizer goodies.
Documentable story, I have to document for the fam =): How the chili for a small army (I come from a Jewish family, we have to make sure everybody has enough food even if one extra person is coming over=) yes, that stereotype is true) ended up being multiplied to chili to feed the five thousand...
BabyBoy LOVES to help me and Hubby cook now!
Anytime he sees one of us starting to make something in the kitchen, he runs to the kitchen table and as quick as his little legs can take him, two-handed grabs one of the chairs, and starts vigorously pushing it into the kitchen chanting, "I'm going to help Mommy cook, I'm going to help cook, I'm going to cook!" It is sooo cute, although many times it's not so helpful, especially when time is against us, but I always try to find something for his eager little self to help with.
In this case... spicing.
Chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, cumin, crushed red pepper... A little of this, a little of that, turned into a ton of Crushed Red Peppers aka Cayenne Pepper aka if you don't like spicy, you may need a hose supplied with milk.
So the chili became a little spicy. It was exactly how I used to make it, before we had little ones that ate the same meal as we do. =) I knew at least one in the group didn't like spicy and the babies, the babies needed to eat it too.
What to do, what to do. Add to it!
Another can of beans. Still spicy. Another can of tomatoes. Uh oh still spicy. More ground beef. Yep, still spicy. Oh no! Another round. More beans, more meat! Still worried about my guests and the children! (Hubby said it really wasn't fire hydrant spicy but you know me, I wanted to make sure my guests would be ok!). ETA: I kept being laughed at for every can or spoonful of meat that I added.
Now, I was out of pink and red kidney beans, out of tomatoes, and meat, but I did have some black beans. I normally don't put black beans in chili but I asked the crowd and they said sure sounds yummy. So I added one can. Still worried for the crowd and the children. So I added one more. I was out of everything. And the chili was now doubled from a pot to a vat. But it ended up yummy and with a little sour cream, cheese, and onions, that can fix any unwanted spice too=).
[taken at the end of the night, I have no make-up left, picture outfit with black boots=) and don't mind my rockin' hair do, didn't really end up having time to do it=)]
Hubby initiated our own little toast right before everyone left at 9:30pm, so we clinked, said Happy New Year, and goodnight. And the kids were amazing. They were up waaaay past their bedtimes but all of them were soo good (and very cute =)).
It was a very fun night. After the toast with our friends, Hubby and I just hung, played some Wii Mario Kart, kissed at midnight (played some more Mario Kart, watched a little late night)... it was a wonderful night. 2010 is going to be a great year!