Happy New Year

Jan 1, 2012

There is nothing like a New Year to create goals, challenges, and dreams. I try not to look back, I just move forward and reflect on where I ended up, at the end of the year. I force myself to look at what I have accomplished and not worry about what I have not. I tend to beat myself up for not obtaining perfection. I’m so bad at that, “Failure Is Not An Option” runs through my head more than I care to admit. So there is no need to start the year off on a downer. Because let’s face it… we all set goals, challenges and dreams to which some are met and well, some are not. No need to beat yourself up first thing in the New Year. Nope, be happy where you are now and just move forward.

I’m also going to “Pause” (my word for the year). I do NOT have an OFF BUTTON… cannot sit still, always thinking and always doing. Just ask Alan, he will tell you. Makes the poor guy crazy when we try to watch a movie or TV show. But this year, I’m going to try my best to “Pause” each day even if it is for a few minutes and really enjoy where I am at that moment. Do you have a word for this year?

And it is not too late to make these… you have until midnight to eat at least a spoonful for the non-black eyed peas people out there… although after you eat these I think you will love them. They are the BEST Black Eyed Peas I’ve ever eaten.


Photo and Recipe Courtesy Of Budget Bytes 

Ingredients:
1 Medium Onion
2 Garlic Cloves
2 Tbls. Olive Oil
1 Pound Black-Eyed Peas
6 Cups Chicken Broth
2 Whole Bay Leaves
1/2 Dried Thyme
1/4 Red Pepper Flakes
Fresh Ground Pepper to Taste

Directions:
1. Chop the onion and garlic and place it in the slow cooker with a couple tablespoons of olive oil.
2. Dump the dry peas into a colander and sift through to remove any stones or bad peas. Rinse thoroughly with water then add to the slow cooker.
3. Add 6 cups of chicken broth (or 6 cups of water and 2 Tbsp bouillon) to the slow cooker along with two bay leaves, 1/2 tsp of dried thyme, 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes and a generous amount of freshly ground black pepper.
4. Place the lid on the slow cooker, turn the power on to High and let cook until the peas are soft. I let mine cook without checking them for three hours and they were perfectly cooked. They may have been done sooner but I didn’t have a chance to check. Black-eyed peas tend to cook faster than other beans.

I made some sweet cornbread to along with it… YUMMY!

I hope this year brings you all much happiness and of course creativity. I look forward to sharing this new year with you all.

Hugs!

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  • http://cain81art.blogspot.com Linda Cain

    Life’s too short. Believe me, Lisa, we need to Pause more, and enjoy the simple things and the wonderful people around us. It all goes by so fast, and you just never know what’s around the corner for everyone.
    Enjoy a wonderful New Year with your family.

    Your Friend in ART,
    Linda

  • http://www.creativechao.typepad.com Karin

    Lisa…I could have written this word for word. I like the word pause because it means slowing down just enough to see what you are missing by running so fast to the next goal. When my computer crashed I was forced to a screeching halt and was amazed at all the things I could have missed by going 10 mph instead of 8O.Big hugs to you in the New Year! See you at the end of the month! k

  • http://theartfulmaven.blogspot.com Anita Houston

    Tis so wonderful to just pause!!! Your peas look yummier than mine did, but a little cornbread spruced them right up! Happy New Year to you…I am sure it’s going to be a great one!!!

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