Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Moving On…

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas with family and friends. Ours was quite enjoyable, but now it’s time to move on to the next milepost – the new year. 2013 will be here before we know it! The Christmas decorations are still up, and I plan to take them down next week. That certainly will leave the house looking a bit drab, won’t it?

What are your plans for New Year’s Eve? We are definitely not party people, so we spend our evening quietly at home with snacks and a movie. And we always watch the ball drop in New York City.

New Year’s Day is quiet as well, and we have the traditional “good luck” meal that we have every year. That menu started when I was growing up, and I remember it being the first food eaten on New Year’s Day. We would go to church, then come home and eat it before going to bed because it had to be the first food eaten in the new year. Now, though, it is just dinner – I don’t think I would want to eat it in the middle of the night!

I cook boneless country ribs in the slow cooker with sauerkraut, adding a chopped apple and a bit of brown sugar for sweetness. Sides include mashed potatoes and blackeye peas, along with cooked apples. The pork and blackeye peas are foods traditionally eaten for good luck in the new year, especially by southerners. By the way, our children always called the blackeye peas “dirt beans”, and would only eat one or two because Mom insisted! :-)
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Do you make New Year’s Resolutions? It is so easy to break them then be disappointed in yourself for doing so. I don’t make them, but always have a list of things I want to do in the new year. Several things on last year’s list fell by the wayside due to work, caregiving and other responsibilities. Those items have now been moved to my new list, so I’m hoping to accomplish some of those things this year. Some of my goals apply to this blog and to my other website, as I’m hoping to expand and grow them both. Wish me luck!
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Happy New Year, everyone! And as always, your comments and suggestions are welcome. Thanks for reading.

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