Happy New Year! {Monkey’s Cocktail & Chilean Fruitcake}

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Happy New Year friends! I scarcely can believe that a new year is upon us! As Ryan was reading a satire on the events that transpired in 2010, I forgot several events. Whoa, lots happened this year!

What will the year 2011 hold for us? Even though we have lots of events and trips planned this year we ask God to bless our plans because plans can change.

Yesterday we went to a New Year’s Eve party and we played a game called Two Truths and a Lie and used New Year’s resolutions as the theme. My three were the following:

  1. Write an e-cookbook
  2. Learn conversational German
  3. Learn how to crochet

Can you guess which one is the lie?



It was great celebrating New Year’s Eve amongst friends with laughter, games and some yummy appetizers and champagne. I told Ryan that I would like to celebrate by going to a ball and dressing up really fancy like in When Harry Met Sally, remember?

I was surprised to celebrate the last day of 2010 with no vision of snow. Apprently we brought the warm weather from Texas because a rain hit Michigan and melted the snow and the temperatures rose to the 50s. No worries. Today is the 2nd and it is back to snowing! I hope it has made its mind up.

When I was preparing for the New Year’s Eve party, I decided I would arrive with 2 traditional Chilean recipes usually eaten on that evening.

Cola de mono

Cola de Mono, or otherwise known as Monkey’s Tail, is usually consumed at parties and is usually so heavily spiked with pisco (Chilean liquor) or aguaardiente (a grape-distilled spirit) that it would have everyone acting crazy like monkeys. Yes. Well pisco is usually is hard to find outside of Chile so I decided to use rum even though vodka or brandy could be used. I made a veganized version using So Delicious Coconut milk.

This nog is like a spiked coffee beverage similar to Bailey’s but BETTER! It has several spices and lots of love in it.

My grandmother would normally have this prepared by the time we came around the house so it was chilled and ready to be sipped, mind you, sipped! Another recipe she would have prepared is Pan de Pascua, Chilean Christmas Bread.

After 25 years of living in the states, my grandmother started cutting corners and made the bread using cake mixes. I am shocked even to remember that fact because I believe after a certain time WE can all do that. Cooking is hard work especially when it is made from scratch. I actually had to look up several recipes and compare and remember how my grandmother made it. I came up with a veganized version.


Pan de Pascua resembles fruitcake and stollen and makes a perfect accompaniment with the cola de mono.
I was glad to be able to use al natural dried fruits and none of that candied crap you see at the stores. I liked my version and I believe it is a keeper!

I will not be sharing these recipes because I am going to feature them in my cookbook. Yes. I know everyone and their mom is coming out with their own cookbook, but I am hoping to add a little twist and incentive for presenting my cookbook so stay tuned! I WILL need recipe testers.

This is one of my goals for this year. Want to see some more?

    • Finish Lord of the Rings books
    • Learn 5 new arias or more
    • Record a CD
    • Learn conversational German
    • Document the year with one picture a day (365 project)
    • Read God’s word daily
    • Make more jewelry
    • Lose more weight
    • Continue a disciplined workout schedule

These are just some of the things that have been in my mind lately. As I write this, a verse came to mind from the book of Proverbs, 19:21 “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.”

Ultimately, God knows all that will happen and if it is His will these thing will come to pass. Here is to a blessed New Year!

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  • http://beaglebea.blogspot.com/ Bea

    Happy New Year…looks like a fun party with great company and food. All the best in 2011.

    Come check out my blog…I’ve added yours to my blog roll.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02265676810951599396 Lauren

    Congrats on your cookbook…can’t wait to see it! Hope you have a blessed New Year :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08873080530639686787 HiHoRosie

    Happy New Year! Awesome about the cookbook. Can’t wait!

    And mmm, that monkey brew looks great! Cozy, tasty, and a little naughty. 😉

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16932360983765353619 Kelly

    Hi Noelle! Oh, please count me in on the “recipe testing” should you need extra hands in the kitchen! You inspire me with your New Year’s list!

  • http://anecdotesandapples.weebly.com/ Monet

    I guessed correctly! You have a great list of new year goals…but like you said, God is in control…and I’m learning to let go more and more. I’m so excited about your cookbook. You are an amazing cook, and I love the recipes you share with me, week after week. Thank you for sharing with me. I hope you have a happy Tuesday!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08927164838699702741 Brian

    i remember pisco from my travels in chile. we drank pisco sour’s. i brought a few bottles home, and gave one to my brother, we broke it out whenever we got together. now with the interwebz, it would probably be easier to find. i love the deep color, looks awesome. we should have made that last week for sammy’s party, it was monkey themed :)