Just like the last few years, I spent New Year’s on the Oregon coast with some friends. We headed back to Bandon for the second year in a row since it worked out so well the year before. I landed in Eugene late on December 28th and ZK and I drove to Bandon the next morning in Sheep the eep. I think Chantal and I are probably the only ones that call ZK’s jeep that…but it’s white and the J is missing from the front hood so what do you expect? It was a great trip involving chocolate milk from Off the Waffle and cheez-its.
As usual, there was a significant focus on food and drink for this trip. It all started that first night with ZK and Ester making a delicious Chinese feast. It really, really made me miss China!
ZK hard at work frying the potstickers
Ester making the potstickers
Ed, Brooke and Maggie eagerly awaiting the potstickers
I was very interested in how Ester was making the potstickers. It seemed pretty easy and they were so good, I want to try to make these sometime!
Mmmmm…spicy sauce to dip them in
The rest of the Chinese feast!
The group the first night: ZK, Eric, Brooke, Ed, Ester and Maggie 🙂
Anyone have a guess about what my favorite part was?
The green beans. Definitely the green beans.
After dinner we retired to the living room. Luke did not want to miss out on the couch fun.
This is probably one of my favorite pictures from the long weekend. First, how did ZK actually fall sleep like that?? Second, look at how adorable Luke is!!
The next morning Ed started right up with his famous Irish coffees. Seriously, he makes them the best.
Why stop with the Irish coffee though? Let’s add a mimosa for good measure! Obviously this also required me to add the water. Maintain.
As usual, Chantal was on breakfast duty.
This photo is too funny not to share. What happened??
He looks so happy being on dishes duty.
Brooke, Maggie, Ed and Chantal enjoying the sunshine
Why wouldn’t we play Dominion outside?
ZK and Chantal ready for a bike ride
Brooke’s Mom sent an entire tupperware of amazing cookies. Here is Eric eating the last one…we managed to finish them by the second day! Oops.
Chantal preparing a nacho snack
Meanwhile, the sun was setting.
The pulled pork nachos look beautiful!
Brooke and Eric were in charge of dinner the second night.
Chicken, mashed potatoes and salad. Classic and delicious
Rick, Tabby and Daniel made it for New Year’s Eve! I loved Daniel’s turtle blanket. 🙂
Our New Year’s Eve feast
The group: Ed, ZK, Chantal, Tabby, Rick, Eric, Brooke, Ester and Maggie
Daniel got a little serenading
The weather was amazing on New Year’s Day.
Luke and Leia goofing around
Chantal found a jellyfish.
Happy New Year!
This marked the first day of Chantal’s push up challenge. She decided she wanted to add one push up a day all year. We pointed out that it might be difficult for her to say do 75 pushups in a row. She amended the rules so that she just had to do the total number throughout the day, not all at one time. This entertained us for awhile throughout the year…
Haha. Look at that hairdo!
Chantal and I made lamb, falafel and pitas for our last night in Bandon.
It was my first time making falafel. I got the recipe from Patrick and it was amazing.
I will miss these New Year’s trips so so so so so much. This year Ed and Maggie are going on a family trip and Chantal and I have both graduated and moved away. 😦 I know we’ll all find something fun to do instead but it will be very hard to compete with our coast trips!