Monday, January 2, 2017

New Year's Eve Game Night

Our traditional New Year's Eve Game Night had to be postponed until my kids came home from work. We have a tradition to play up to midnight. The winner gets to write his/her name next to the year in the box lid every New Year's Eve. Then the winner picks the next game.

Finally they came home for a somewhat limited game night which began with snacks of my family's favorites. The other day my kids and I drove to Culpepper to see if my quilt from the contest was ready for pick  up, but they wanted to keep it hanging on display. While in town I took my kids to the store that sells Magnolia (think Chip and Joanna Gaines from Waco, Texas) and then to the Culpepper Cheese Company. While there the kids and I had samples and chose 3 cheeses to bring home for New Year's Eve.


On the left is Smoked Gouda. In the middle is Cemdre Mom Sire Vers Morbier. The purple is wood ash, which sounds horrid but my son really wanted this. There were no samples but I went ahead and bought it. It was good! On the right is Monomacy Chipotle Aged Soft Goat Cheese. The kids enjoyed picking these out! They were all good, much better than grocery store cheese.


Cocktail shrimp, which is my favorite. I'd be good with just this and a salad.


Buttery snowflake shaped crackers, paired with the cheese.


Triple chocolate brownies...




Dark chocolate fudge with macademia nuts.


Magic Cookie Bars. I used chocolate graham cracker crumbs for the crust.


The last of the scrumptious fruitcake!


Our first game was one I had purchased for my daughter to work on her vision therapy. Operation. It's as aggravating now as it was when I was a kid. Because of that I had avoided buying it when my kids were little. However I had never considered the benefits of it for spatial reasoning, eye tracking, etc. I used to excel at this game but it was not easy getting back into it. My son won, so he wrote his name in the box lid. 




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