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.