happy new year-01

2011 was a whirlwind of a year. It’s almost as if Jesus was TiVo-ing through my life to get the newest episode of Real Housewives of whatever city might have dramatic middle-aged women.

I would probably do the same thing.

So much happened this year. Soo So much. Let’s have a quick review:

After much talk, there were dinner parties to be had amongst a great group of friends that involved food and cocktails for days. Awesome late night BBQ’s, fanciness that included tipsy Scatergories, summer river picnics, and small gatherings involving a lot of venting about school and life and plans for the real world. It looked something like this:


Along with all that excitement, I also got to spend an entire year, start to finish, with this hot mess:


There was a zoo, some hiking, Florence + the Machine, front row at Two Door Cinema Club & GROUPLOVE,  Mexican flea markets, road trips, and of course the introduction to cotija cheese. He makes me a happy man, even when he decides to show off his tamale making skills to the facebook world.

Mine is the prettier one on the right.

On top of all that there was the re-birthing of this blog, that continues in the inconsistent posting, I started a new job, and much more that I know I’m forgetting.

And for 2012 I know for sure:

-I’m moving into a new house in a couple of months.
-Friends be gettin’ married!
-Fingers crossed Mexico trip this summer so my fragile skin can explode.
-My sister’s graduating High School.
-Aaaaaand I’ll finally be starting up my final year of college, ohmygosh you don’t even know.

So far 2012’s been pretty good. I had turkey burger sliders last night with Sriracha Lime Mayo (recipe to come) for my first dinner and I made you all some hot fudge sauce, because it’s easy and versatile and if you go out and make eclairs or a cake, you can use it as a ganache. We’ll call it ninja sauce.

ninja sauce

Goodbye 2011, Hello 2012.
You’re lookin’ pretty good.

and just in case you can’t read that recipe, there’s a less dapper version after the jump.

Ninja Sauce

6 oz good chocolate, roughly one cup chopped
good quality chocolate chips are perfect if you’re in a pinch

1/4 c heavy cream

1 T butter

Splash of vanilla, about 1/4 tsp.

Optional add-ins: splash of peppermint extract,
1/2 tsp espresso powder or 1/2 tsp orange zest

Combine everything in a heavy glass measuring cup.
Zap in the microwave for 30 sec. Stir, then for 15 more.
Let sit for about a min. And let the residual heat finish
Melting the chocolate. Pour over ice cream,
or use to top eclairs or cakes.

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