Invasion of The Sipes – 12.31.22

New Year’s Day 2023 (observed). I know I’m not the only one who thinks having two New Year’s Days is strange, but I’m not complaining. Our last to leave house guests from Paraguay departed around 9:00 am, I’ve run and unloaded the dishwasher, and have done 3 or 4 loads of laundry. It’s good to have a full day to recover.

The Invasion began Saturday afternoon. In total we had 9 Bigs and 5 Tiny Humans in the house. “We” were anxious to know if the house was clean enough and if there would be enough food to feed the small army. The division of labor was as it always was. The Boss baked many things. I handled the apps and mains. Anyone who knows anything about me knows I love to cook.

The first night was lasagna. I put out some gourmet cheddar and Manchego cheeses, Guacamole – Asian Inspired and Updated and Hummus – The Updated version. For sides I made broccoli with olive oil and garlic and garlic bread. Dessert was Flourless Chocolate Cake topped with whipped cream.

During the afternoon I made Sunday’s breakfast which was the Xmas Breakfast Casserole recipe. Whole Wheat Banana Muffins (updated) made an appearance along with Whole Wheat Buttermilk Pancakes (for the Tiny Ones). If that wasn’t enough, there was bacon and pan fried potatoes.

The Tiny Ones played well together. Note the lengthy Brio train track.

Strategy Interlude

If you feed 9 Bigs and 5 Tiny Humans what I’ve described on Day One then a simple lunch is all you’ll need for Day Two. A couple of pounds of cold cuts, cheeses, rolls and breads for make your own sandwiches worked well. But since it was New Year’s Day Badass Black Eyed Peas – 2021 were also served.

Sunday night we served breaded chicken cutlets, pasta with butter, olive oil and garlic, and green beans. Brownies and ice cream to top off the meal was offered and not refused. The high point of the weekend was the Tiny One pictured above who discovered fried chicken is better than life itself.

When New Year’s Day arrived all that was needed for breakfast was leftovers.

Dinner was leftovers too.

On New Year’s Day we were still eating leftovers.

On New Year’s Day (observed) the turkey and cheeses were finished into some grilled sandwiches while the ham ended up in a Mayocabo Bean and Ham pot of beans for dinner the day after.

I am afraid to step on the scale.


5 Replies to “Invasion of The Sipes – 12.31.22”

  1. Let me know how it goes when you finally step on the scales! It does sound like you had a lovely holiday with your beautiful family. Any small weight gain is certainly worth that special time. You will be back to your usual quickly I know. You have an excellent routine set up. Cherish these special times with the family!

    1. Thank you! My nephews invited themselves up for the weekend. It was wonderful to have so many little ones in the house.

      I stepped on the scale today. + 1.2 lbs. Yes, I was surprised.

      1. Oh my gosh, that’s hardly anything. In fact, I think that’s just normal variation from week to week. A huge congratulations to you!

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