Party with the Paulson’s

2011 was quite the year for the Paulson’s. My husband got his first “big kid” job working as a correctional officer in March, we bought our first house in April, had our first baby in August, & got a fast one pulled on us when my husband got laid off (along with 10 other people) in September. Needless to say there were some awesome high points, and some terribly disappointing lows. Here’s hoping for a (relatively) smooth 2012!

We decided to ring in the new year at home with friends and family. There had been talk of a “winter storm” hitting Minnesota overnight, so we didn’t want to risk anything by having to drive. The evening began with a delicious smorgasbord of party food:

I tried a couple new recipes and found what may become a Paulson party tradition-Taco Pie. It was AWESOME. The recipe came from my grandma’s church cookbook so I knew it was going to be good hehe I’ll include the recipe below in case anyone wants to try it too. Brynn got to hang out with the big kids for awhile before her bedtime:

Of course I had to get her all dressed up for her first New Year’s Eve party:

 
After eating dinner the snow started to fall, and it was GORGEOUS! Huge snowflakes were just floating from the sky. I love snow 🙂

Once we put Bean to bed we started the games. First, a favorite-Cranium. Of course the girls won 🙂

Next was a game that we got for Christmas and had only played once-Quelf. The time before that we had played we decided that the game should have been called “Jumanji” for the fact that any time someone’s turn came up they would wince as they rolled the dice and learned their “fate” (if you’ve ever played, you know exactly what I’m talking about).

Some of the highlights:

No, that’s not my usual smile haha I was getting into my character. 
Next we played a game that you’re never too old to enjoy-Jenga!
Once we were done with Jenga it was time for the countdown. We rang the new year in with style and a little champagne.

Overall it was an awesomely fun night.

As promised here is the recipe for Taco Pie (the photo doesn’t do it justice):

Ingredients:

1 tube crescent rolls
1 lb. ground beef
1 pkg. taco seasoning
1 c sour cream
1 1/2 c shredded cheddar cheese (we used a mexican blend to spice it up)
2/3 c water

Optional- lettuce, tomatoes, black olives, taco sauce

Directions:

Brown ground beef, drain, and add taco seasoning and 2/3 c water. Press crescent rolls together to form crust in a 9 inch pie pan or plate. Spoon cooked ground beef mixture into the crust, cover with the sour cream and top with the shredded cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes (my oven is hot so I baked a little less, about 27 minutes). Garnish with lettuce, tomatoes, black olives, taco sauce or other toppings.

Not the best healthy option, I know, but I’m sure you could lighten it up by using reduced fat crescent rolls, ground turkey, sour lean, and reduced fat cheese. 

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