New Year’s Day traditions

Black Eyed Peas Recipe

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 getting good 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?

New Year’s Day 2018

If you’ve been reading for awhile, you know our annual New Year’s Day tradition was always snowshoeing at Trillium Lake on Mount Hood. We unfortunately skipped it last year because Logan was just too young to go and we didn’t have the right clothes for him. The last time we went was 2 years ago when I was pregnant! I’ve missed our tradition.

This year I was able to find some toddler snow pants and a snow jacket at a consignment shop for super cheap so we were prepared! I was not prepared for my snow pants to be slightly too tight (SIGH) and I was also not prepared for our discovery that Logan is suddenly too big for his hiking carrier. That sucks. 🙁 We strapped him in but I don’t think it was very comfortable for him, especially in bulky snow gear. So he was a bit fussy.

Bella, on the other hand, was super stoked! She loves snowshoeing!

It was 30 degrees up on the mountain and sunny. It was surprisingly warm. I didn’t really need as many layers as usual and I didn’t need my gloves. Logan DID need his gloves but he kept taking them off and then getting fussy (probably because his hands got cold). It was a battle to keep the gloves on. I need to find a pair that velcro on or something.

Lesson #1 of 2018: adjust your expectations with a toddler. In general. With everything. 😛

 

It was such a nice day out and there were hardly any people out! We did see a few people with new skis. It was pretty funny watching them go down the steep hill (and crash!). It was kinda like watching America’s Funniest Videos or something. Not that I should laugh because that would be me, too. I’ve never skied before. Someday I’d like to try it.

 

We knew it was was going to be a short snow shoe trip since it was the first time with Logan, but it ended up being a little bit shorter than we thought. He just refused to wear his mittens and was getting too cold so we took photos and turned around.

I am not sure how far we ended up going, maybe 2 miles round trip. We did 1 hour total. Got back to the car just as more people were arriving.

 

 

We got home in time for lunch and naps and an excellent New Year’s Day dinner (will post the recipe tomorrow)!

Happy New Year!