1) Are you partying like it’s 1999 tonight? If you need some appetizer ideas, here’s a great list. The chewy pretzel bites and ultimate 7-layer dip, in particular, make me swoon.

2) As for me and mine, we are currently on our multi-state road trip to get back home after the holidays. No partying for us. Just lots of beef jerky and Boom Chicka Pop (the most amazing popcorn ever) to keep us alert and happy while driving.

3) The best part of running this food blog is you. Your comments and emails and humor and stories and recipes are what keep me going. So thank you! Because of my five little rugrats, however, I’m not always able to respond to each question, email or comment consistently and timely, which pains me greatly. To help ease my conscience, answer your questions and assist me in my goal of avoiding “computer stuff” unless my children are sleeping (i.e. afternoon naps or bedtime), I’ve quickly put together a FAQ of the most commonly asked questions. It’s housed up there in the main menu bar so take a look – your very pressing question may already be answered!

That’s all for now. Happy Last Day of 2012!