8 NYE Foods to Remember Those Lost in 2106

8 NYE Foods to Remember Those Lost in 2106

"Grief is in two parts. The first is loss. The second is the remaking of life." ~Anne Roiphe

2016 is rolling to an end...finally! Let us bring in the New Year with laughs and togetherness. Food brings people together and what better way to start 2017 than with dishes to remember some of the greats that were taken from us.

1) Nancy Reagan

Monkey Bread

Nancy Reagan was the elegant wife of Ronald Reagan, the 40th President of the United States. She loved her husband very much. Mrs. Reagan has said that her "life didn't really begin until [she] met Ronnie."

What better way to capture that elegance and devotion than her monkey bread recipe. Monkey bread can't be made without milk and yeast, like Mr. and Mrs.Reagan couldn't live without the other. The look is classical like the former broadway actress.

2) Janet Reno

Chicken and Waffle Sliders

Janet Reno was the 78th attorney general of the United States and primly focused on reform of the juvenile justice system. A passion of hers was to help children who were abandoned/or abused.

What better way to remember her than with classic food of a child. Chicken tenders are a staple on kids menus and waffles are youthful dreams for breakfast. Chicken and waffles pairs both nicely together in remembrance of a social worker.

3) Alan Thicke


Alan Thicke is a Canadian actor who was known for his fatherly role on ABCs TV Show Growing Pains.

Poutine is a Canadian "delicacy." What better way to celebrate Thicke than by honoring his heritage.

4) Florence Henderson

Frittata Di Spaghetti

The beloved on-screen mother from the Brady Bunch family loved to cook. Florence Henderson's signature dish was pasta. Her favorite restaurants were in Tuscany.

Her love for Italy and pasta makes frittata di spaghetti the perfect h'dourve.

5) Harper Lee

Country Ham and Biscuits

Harper Lee wrote the southern novel To Kill a Mockingbird. Her book references southern cuisine.

The south is about comfort food and that is exactly what is needed after the travesty that is 2016. Pay homage to the author of a cherished story with this country ham and biscuit recipe.

6) Doris Roberts


Doris Roberts portrayed the sassy mom on Everybody Loves Raymond and is known for being the better cook over Raymond's wife, Marie. Here is her meatball recipe that will make mouths water at your party.

Don't forget the meat sauce! You don't want them to taste like Marie's meatballs.

7) Henry Heimlich


Henry Heimlich is the doctor who invented the method to prevent choking. Hotdogs are on the list as top choking hazards. They make a perfect way to give a nod to Dr. Heimlich. Just make sure you don't have to use the Heimlich maneuver!

8) John Saunders

Pepperoni Pizza

This ESPN commentator was known for his college football and basketball announcements. Pizza is a college staple for poor students looking to save a buck.Tie in the yummy cheesiness with a pepperoni shaped football to remember John Saunders.

Let us not forget those who we have looked up to or cherished for the joy their talents brought us. Make yourself happy with all the yummy food and bring in 2017 with comfort!

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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A Love Letter To My Air Fryer

And why you would love an fryer too...


In a previous article, I wrote about how love to use Trello.com for organizing things. I'm still loving Trello. I've haven't grown bored of it and stopped using it (like I have with some other organizational systems). This time, I'm going to share another item that I love, and it's for one of my favorite things, food! I finally gave in and bought an air fryer, and after my first use, I literally said that it's wonderful! I bought a small air fryer. It only holds about two quarts, but it's perfect for quick lunches.

I thought I'd love the air fryer if it could dry fry food with little to no oil, and it does just that. I'm also in love with the air fryer, because I could simply put the food in it, set the timer and live my life for a few minutes until the food is done. I don't have to stand over it and watch the food cook. That makes the air fryer a winner! Did I mention that it really does work?! Yes, it does work. Now, you could buy foods that are already breaded and throw them in the air fryer, but if you want to go the healthier route, you can use bread crumbs, flour, and eggs to make your own crispy coatings for your foods. Dipping your food in your own homemade batter cuts out some of the salt and added chemicals in the frozen pre-fried foods.

You can also fry foods that do not even need a homemade batter. Without using the batter, I've made sweet potato French fries and burritos in it. The tortilla for the burrito turned out nicely crispy, but I didn't leave it in the air fryer long enough for it to be crunchy. The sweet potato fries came out nice. I've tried making crispy chickpeas with Italian seasoning, but they weren't to my liking. However, I have loved everything else that I've made in the air fryer. Sometimes I just put a quick meal in it, just to re-heat it, since I don't use a microwave. I just think that using the air fryer is healthier than using microwaves, and I love that I don't need to put my food in a special box or anything for it to be really crispy. If you love fried chicken or fried fish, you'd love this little machine as much as I do!

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