For Christmas, my parents got us a gift box from Rancho Gordo. My parents went there last time they were in California. I’ve never had black eyed peas before, so I was excited to try it. Especially with the Southern Tradition of gettinggood luck if you eat it on New Year’s Day! We could use all the good luck in 2018 we can get.
There were several recipes in the gift box. There was a recipe for posole rojo, caramelized onion cassoulet and the Black Eyed Pea stew. There were bags of posole, black eyed peas, cassoulet beans plus Mexican Oregano and New Mexican Chile Powder (yum!).
Here is the recipe for the black eyed peas:
After our snowshoeing adventure on New Year’s Day, I took a quick power nap and then got to cookin’.
Chopped up the carrots, celery, onions and garlic. Cooked the bacon (YUM) and then sauteed the veggies. The recipe took about 2 hours from start to finish.
After it all simmered for a long time, it looked like this:
The one change I made was adding a can of vegetable broth instead of just plain water. We ate our dinner as a family (Logan had mac n’ cheese and green beans LOL, he ate one bite of the stew and didn’t like it).
The dinner was absolutely delicious! We both loved it. I would definitely make this recipe again. So delicious! I’d make cornbread next time, to go with it.
And here’s to hopefully a lucky 2018!
QUESTION: Do you have a special New Year’s Day meal you make?
Well, I’ve gotten the first daycare cold of the season! Logan gave me his head cold last week. So far it’s pretty mild but lingering and now turning into a cough. 🙁 I took it easy over the weekend and tried to get some extra rest. Michael picked up pho for dinner, which is magical when you’re sick!
My gym membership expired recently and I re-joined. There is a new gym in my neighborhood that is REALLY nice. The pool is gorgeous and overlooks the river. Everything is brand new.
I tried half of a spin class in the new gym (I was late). It’s been about three years, at least, since I’ve been to a spin class!
It was fun and hard work! I was drenched in sweat by the finish. I used to go to spin class once a week religiously in the winter time, mostly to stay in cycling shape for summer biking. But since having Logan, I am spending less time in classes at the gym simply because I just can never count on making the schedule.
My workouts have been fairly consistent. I’m still working out 5 days a week, but during the week with my new work schedule, I am working out at lunch time in my office gym. It’s not quite the same and it’s a fast, rushed workout, but it’s better than not doing anything. On my lunch time workouts I usually use the elliptical and do some quick free weights, or I run on the treadmill.
It’s not ideal. But I just don’t have time to go to the gym after work anymore–especially if I want to see Logan after work. Once he starts going to bed at a later hour, I think it will be easier to fit in a gym session once or twice a week. But for now, this is what I’m doing to make it work.
I still have 13 pounds to lose to get back to my pre-baby weight. Sigh.
In other news…it’s been over a month since Yggdrasil passed away. It’s been a hard time for me. It’s getting better, but I’m still sad and I still miss him. I don’t think about him 24/7 anymore, which in a way is kind of sad in itself, but when I do think about him I get teary-eyed and miss my cuddle buddy. It’s so hard having someone who was with you for 15 years suddenly not be there.
Maya is having a hard time, too. She cries a lot. I know she’s lonely and misses Yggdrasil. It makes me wonder if I should think about getting another cat so she’s not lonely. 🙁 I don’t know that I’m ready. But one thing that has been kinda nice, Maya is now coming out more and wants me to pet her. This is something that hasn’t happened since she was a kitten!
It feels like summer is officially over here in Portland. The mornings are dark and cold. We still have some nice weather in the foreseeable future, but I’m kinda looking forward to fall!
I think it’s going to be a fun autumn with Logan. He’s older now and going to the pumpkin patch will be really fun this year! It’s so cool seeing everything through his eyes. 🙂 I got his Halloween costume and I’m super excited to see him walking up and down our street trick or treating!!! It’s going to be too adorable!
This is the costume I WANTED to get, but…not for almost $50! LOL
Haha! Michael made a good point in that Logan wouldn’t have kept the ears/beard/hat on anyways, so…probably for the best.
Alright, time to wrap up this wrap up. Happy Fall!