Sunday, January 1, 2017

New Year's Day ~ 2017

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It's a new year!

January 1st

New Year's Day 2017

Tray of Pocket Watches ~ Marburger Farm Antique Show

Time to once again share our yearly 

New Year's Day tradition.

The champagne is chilled.

Black-eyed peas 

are on the stove cooking.

We are dressed and ready 

to share the day with friends.

Black-eyed peas on New Year's Day

 is a southern tradition that dates 

back to the Civil War.

It's believed they will bring 

luck and prosperity for the new year.

We'll start with chips, salsa,

and fresh made guacamole.

A simple table is set to

celebrate the beginning of a new year.

No need for a centerpiece as the

food will be the star of this table.

Casual Settings

Napkins of a Provencal Print

Ringed with 

Bands of Pewter

A Favorite 

Pewter Tureen

Whimsical Salad Bowl

Paired with Complementary 

Pewter Salad Servers

Black-eyed Peas and 

a Healthy Mixed Green Salad

Black-eyed Peas for the Coins

Greens for Paper Money

Cornbread for Gold

Perfect Meal for a

Lucky 2017

Dad Anderson's Black-eyed Peas with Ham Hocks

1 and 1/2 cups black-eyed peas
2 smoked ham hocks
Some salt pork, diced
1 small can tomatoes
1 can Rotel tomatoes w/ green chilies
(I now use 2 cans since they are smaller.)
1 medium onion, sliced
Pepper to taste

Wash and cover peas with water. boil fast for 10-15 minutes. Let stand 30 minutes. Do not stir so that peas don't break. Add water if necessary. Add meat and simmer until tender. Add other ingredients and simmer until it tastes done. Remove bones. cut meat off the ham hocks and add back into soup. Serve with green salad and cornbread.

A very happy New Year to each of you, my readers!

I cherish the many friendships that were spawned though this blog 

and feel honored that you stop by to read my musings.

Many thanks to the readers who take the time to leave a comment.

I read and appreciate each one!

To those of you with your own blog, thank you!

You continue to inspire and entertain me daily.

May 2017 be a happy and healthy year for all. 



The summer we married, my husband was in graduate school, and I was employed as a teacher. We took a portion of our savings that summer and purchased a sailboat. We christened our Catalina 22, “Hyacinths For The Soul” after Saadi’s poem. Our "Hyacinths" provided years of pleasure.


  1. Oh Sarah, I love every photo, every idea, every "everything" in this post! I wish you a simply fabulous new year's as you continue bringing us great inspiration and joy!

  2. Sarah, it all looks amazing and I wish I was your neighbor - with an invitation to help eat it all, haha!
    We are home again but still under the weather with rotten heavy colds - I shared it with Bob to celebrate New Year's Eve!!!!

    Happy, healthy New Year dear.
    Here's to the best year ever.
    Hugs - Mary

  3. Happy New Year nice Dinner I'm Cuba we do lentils for New years is for prosperity and good look, nice we went to Teneesse for new year we enjoy so much now we are driving back home 14 hrs to Miami
    I wish you blessing New Year

  4. Wishing you and Monnie a Happy and Healthy New Year, my dear friend!

  5. Simple is wonderful after the holidays, and what you have there is the makings of a simply delightful meal. Happy New Year to you, Sarah, as well as Monnie and Sadie Mercedes.

  6. Happy New Year, Sarah!!!! xo

  7. Your Southern meal looks good (even if I'm not a fan of black eyed peas). Wishing you a wonderful 2017 Sarah!!

  8. Happy New Year to someone who spreads grace and kindness wherever she goes.

  9. Oh ow, the pewter tableware looks wonderful and full of memories! Not to mention the black eyed peas. That bring back such good memories of my mothers cooking. Happy New Year Sarah!

  10. Your black eyed peas look great Sarah-love Rotel! Happy New Year-enjoy:@)

  11. That looks like a fabulous meal!!!! Happy New Year!

  12. Happy New Year , Sarah. We've had our New Year's Day meal, including peas and cabbage. Now I'm pooped and relaxing. Hope you are too. :)

  13. I've eaten black eyes for good luck on the 1st all my life...yours sure look good...happiest new year.

  14. Being a southerner as well, my black eyed peas went into the pot early this morning too!
    And that was the topic of my blog post today too!
    Have read yours forever and love your writing and images..

  15. That looks like a great recipe for the peas. I wish my husband liked them. We had chili on this cold dreary day. Happy New Year!!

  16. Sarah,
    Thanks so much for stopping by!!Since this area was settled by Eastern European immigrants, pork and sauerkraut is a New Year's Day tradition for many here. I don't care for either so I make lasagna but I do add sausage for it so I guess you can say that I have pork for New Year's...
    I will start to take down and change over my Christmas decorations on Thursday. Some stay up as Winter décor that I add more too so I am not taking everything down at once. I also change many over to Valentine's Day decor....
    Wishing you and yours a very Happy and Healthy New Year!!

  17. I love it all - the linens, the dishes, the food ..., but I can't get beyond that fabulous photo of all the watches!

    Happy New Year

  18. Dear Sarah, one day we will sit down together and enjoy this New Year's feast, until then I will continue to cherish our long distance friendship.How great it is that we can keep in touch this way.
    Sending love to you & Mr A and all good wishes for a Happy & Healthy 2017.

  19. Sarah, what a beautiful and tasty way to start the year...wishing you and yours a wonderful 2017!! Blessings, Pam

  20. Sadie sure looks spiffy in her darling outfit and ready for the new year. Your meal looks like the perfect way to start 2017, Sarah. My heart is going pitter patter over that gorgeous pewter soup tureen!! Happy New Year blessings to you, your Chef and Sadie!

  21. Looks like a wonderful celebration. We had our last Christmas of the season with my extended family. We had three kinds of soups and lots of appetizers and dessert.

  22. I love your style...and your gorgeous tureen! I am saving the recipe too! Happy New Year to you and yours. Wishing you a great year of blog fun and friendship! Sheila

  23. It looks like you had a delicious New Year celebration!

  24. Happy New Year, Sarah! I hope it is a HEALTHY & BLESSED one for all of us.
    Someday I'm going to get to try black eyed peas...I forget every time.
    Around here, it is pork & saurkraut with ROUND veggies to represent coins...think peas or carrot circles.
    Eating sauerkraut on New Year's Eve is a long-standing tradition in Germany. It is believed that eating it will bring blessings and wealth for the new year. Before the meal, those seated at the table wish each other as much goodness and money as the number of shreds of cabbage in the pot of sauerkraut

  25. Hi Sarah, the perfect New Year's Day meal and it looks delicious! I love the photo of the pocket watches, I love timepieces for celebrating the first. Miss Sadie looks so sweet in her MacKenzie-Childs CC jumper, I would love to give her a hug and kiss. Your pewter tureen is a favorite of mine, and the casual china is lovely. Luck guests, great food and a lovely table. Wishing you a wonderful New Year, health and happiness dear friend.............

  26. Sarah, what a great way to start the new year. May you and yours enjoy a blessed 2017.

  27. Happy New Year Sarah. Everything looks lovely. All the best in the 2017. How could you go wrong with black eyed peas.

  28. What pretty napkins and a fun bowl with ants! Happy New year sweet lady! Blessings, Diane

  29. Happy New Year, Sarah! We had our collards and black eyed peas yesterday for brunch. Your spread looks delicious and lucky, too!

  30. This looks delicious, although I have never seen black eyed peas as soup. I am saving Dad Anderson's recipe, because I would like to try it. We always had black-eyed peas and cornbread through out the winters when I was growing up, and it had some pork in it. Babies used to be given the "pot likker" from the peas or beans or greens on cornbread smashed up! I guess this was a way of introducing them to real food? This year I made Hoppin' John, so we did get those black eyed peas.

    Happy New Year!

  31. Wishing you, Monnie and Sadie a Happy and Healthy 2017 my dear friend! I would like to try the soup.

  32. Happy New Year Sarah! Miss Sadie is adorable in her Courtly Check sweater! Your dad's black-eyed pea recipe sounds delicious as well as lucky too :)

  33. What a great post! I never knew that about the black eyed peas. Not too sure about the salad bowl ;-) Happy New Year!

  34. Delicious and beautiful but the best is the cute dog ❤︎ Lovely January days!

  35. Happy New Year Sarah! We had black-eyed peas too, but I know they were not as good as yours. I am going to try your recipe the next time I serve them. Are you planning on going to Round Top on January 28th for the winter show?

    Susan and Bentley

  36. Happy 2017 Sarah! It looks like you had a lovely New Year celebration with some delicious food and the cutest pup I've ever seen. Thank you so much for joining the party at Dishing It & Digging It!

  37. My, what a great way to celebrate the New Year. We have eaten black-eyed peas on this holiday all my life. Not sure if it helped or not. Best wishes for the New Year.

  38. Ohhhh Sarah... I love every photo! Your casual tablesettings, gorgeous napkins, and fabulous napkin rings make my heart skip a beat. Love that salad bowl, too!! Have a wonderful week, dear friend.

  39. It looks so yummy....I have never tasted black eyed peas before. I am sure it was delicious. I will need to try your recipe. The bitter cold Wisconsin weather requires some hot and hearty soups. This would be perfect. Happy New Year and thank you for the kind words at The Little Yellow Corner Store.

  40. Sarah do you know i've never had black eye peas? Is it because i'm a life long california girl? But my gosh it looks delicious as does your entire meal. I truly love gazing over your lovely, artful table settings and i can't think of anything nicer than be a guest at your table. Wishing you a healthy 2017 filled with love and peace.

  41. Sarah, looks like you have taken care of everything and will have plenty of luck on your side throughout the coming year. I certainly hope so for you and all of us. Looks like a good spread..Happy New Year..Judy

  42. Happy New Year! Wonderful traditional food for your celebration. I'd love to try that recipe... I'm sure it will taste good on any day of the year!

  43. Sarah, Your New Year's meal looks absolutely delicious!! I forgot my mother would always make black eyed peas for the New Year. Thank you for reminding me, she was from South Carolina. Happy 2017!!
    Hugs, Jody ♥

  44. Until I read the cutline I thought you had amassed a wonderful collection of pocket watches. I hope those blackeyed peas bring you lots of good luck in 2017. We had to delay ours, but they are ready to be cooked this weekend.

  45. Sarah,
    Happy new year! Your first day of the year meal looks delicious. Best wishes for a healthy and prosperous new year. I look forward to reading Hyacinths for the Soul during 2017, and for continuing a wonderful friendship.


  46. Lovely warm and comforting post - wonderful array of antique watches - cute fur babe!
    Happy New Year to you too!

  47. I'm so happy that I discovered your lovely blog earlier this year, it is always a pleasure stopping by. I make blackeyed peas every year for New Years but I can't wait to try this version. I'm pinned the recipe…thanks so much for sharing Dad Anderson's tasty version.

  48. Thanks so much for stopping by!!
    I hope you had a great week!!

  49. Sounds like you had a wonderful time ringing in the new year, Sarah...and a delicious time, too! Happy 2017!!

  50. Dear Sarah, thank you so much for leaving a comment on my blog! That's how I found yours!
    I love the photo with the silver tray of pocket watches. It would be great to have a collection like this, wouldn't it?
    Every item of Your New Year's meal looks so appetizing and it is so beautifully served and presented. Your guests must have been very pleased.
    I am a hopeless dog lover, we have two rescue Dobermans, and had to smile when I saw the photo of yours. Is she a Yorkshire Terrier? Very cute!
    I will sign up as your follower and hope to visit your blog soon, again!
    Warm regards,

  51. Thanks for visiting the Garden Spot. You black eyed soup looks so good. I may just have try to make some. Happy New Year.

  52. Dearest Sarah,
    Happy New Year to you both and hopefully it will be a healthy year as that is the most important thing!
    I've not been active on my blog and hardly had time for reading.
    But I try to catch up at least after I'm fit again from having the flu and a bronchitis.
    So happy that normal routine will start again.
    Your table setting is always so picture perfect and this meal is indeed a simple one but very good.
    Both of us would skip on the use of pork meat and especially any salty one as we follow strict diets. Our blood work was excellent in November so that shows we're doing something good.
    Always trying to find alternatives for adding to soups and such. At Trader Joe's we often find some soy products like Italian sausage and that is good in a home made soup with fresh veggies. Oh, how I enjoy a hot bowl of soup in winter time!
    Guacamole, fresh made makes me think back of our days at work in México where we enjoyed eating Tortilla Soup with fresh Guacamole and tomato and onions at the Camino Real hotel in México City. Fond memories... So you did bring back many good tastes.
    I've not had black eyed peas in quite a while.

  53. What wonderful traditions you have dear Sarah! The black eyed peas look so yummy. May you have a healthy and happy new year!

  54. Because Jeanne at Backyard Neighbor has no Internet for the foreseeable future, I invite you to post your “blues” at Blue Monday 2. Links only, no previews, but we’ll have a lot of fun until Jeanne can get back online. Hope to see you soon!

  55. I do love tradition, and I do love black-eyed peas. I didn't make them this year, but I did make up a nice batch of corn bread to go with my ham and potatoes. This looks like a lovely celebration, and that dog is adorable!

  56. Thanks for that favorite family recipe, Dear lady! I have never had black-eyed peas before. (I am such a Yankee, I know!) I plan on making that delicioius meal. YUM!

    I wish for you a year full of peace, laughter, good health and fun. Happy New Year, Sarah! Hugs!

  57. Oh my goodness, that soup looks total yumminess ! Thank you for the recipe too.
    Lovely table as well. I love your pewter tureen, sooo pretty.
    Happy New Year to you and yours.

  58. That looks delicious Sarah! I love your soup tureen! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home.

  59. I’ve had trouble with the Blue Monday 2 blog. It is not accepting links. So, until Jeanne of Backyard Neighbor is able to return, please post your Blue Monday links at Magical Mystical Teacher each Monday. The first link is here:


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