Welcoming 2012

Happy New Year! Did you all have a great time celebrating the start of 2012? Ian and I enjoyed a great sushi dinner and then came home and watched movies until the clock struck midnight. Pretty exciting right?

But, I do have to admit, it was soo nice waking up this morning sans hangover and feeling refreshed. I really don’t like hangovers!

2012 started with a baking project, Five and Spice’s Warm Custard Spoon Bread.

I followed all of the directions except I subbed maple syrup for vanilla extract (we’re out). I was also a little nervous that the recipe wouldn’t turn out after reading the directions “scrape the batter” and mine was runny.

However, I shouldn’t have worried. The bread turned out and you could even see the different layers! I took a bite and then drizzled maple syrup on the rest (as suggested).

Yum! The bread reminded me of french toast and quiche at the same time. It was savory but still sweet and definitely hit the spot for a New Years day brunch!

I started to get antsy hanging around the apartment so Ian and I decided to go out and walk around the city. At the time of our decision it was sunny and my phone told us it was 40 degrees out, it sounded like the perfect walking weather!

My phone was wrong. It was cold out, spitting snow, and gusting wind. We decided Starbucks was necessary to combat the weather, and I had my second and last skinny peppermint mocha of the season. MMmmm…. goodbye holidays 😦

The city was pretty dead this afternoon but I had heard that there were lots of “activities” going on at Navy Pier, so Ian and I decided to walk down there.

But when we arrived, we couldn’t find anyone. Where were all of the people?

Still, we trekked on to the end of the pier and took a picture near the anchor.

How does this compare to 2+ years ago? 😛

Finally we ducked inside and found some people. Whew. But still no activities. Did public televison lie to me?

We walked for about 2.5 hours before stopping for lunch at Rock Bottom Brewery.

We must have waited too long to eat because I was so hungry that I forgot to take a picture of my lunch until I was halfway through.

I had a seafood cobb with citrus vinaigrette. It had shrimp, crab, avocado, an egg, tomatoes, mandarin oranges, and cucumbers. It was delicious and light. Just what I wanted. A salad can still be delicious without bacon and cheese 😉

We decided to quit being heroes and took the ‘l’ home where upon arrival we turned up the heat, sat on the couch under a blanket, and watched the movie Hanna. It was good but very strange, not at all what I was expecting!

Now we’re trying to decide what to do tonight. We feel like we should go out because neither of us have to work tomorrow, but the weather is so nasty out!

How did you start 2012?

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