it’s about that time


to start thinking about resolutions. I personally don’t like to think of them as resolutions because i feel like that sets me up for failure. you know you make a list of all the things you want to accomplish and by the end of week one when you haven’t been able to cross one thing off; you throw your arms in the air and just give up. it is believed that the babylonians were the first to make new year’s resolutions  The early Christians believed the first day of the new year should be spent reflecting on past mistakes and resolving to improve oneself in the new year.

but i characterize my “resolutions” as areas in my life that i can improve on.  for example, instead of “resolving”  not to spend too much money, i think i want to save this much money by such and such date. another example instead of saying i will write in my journal every day i characterize it as taking a little time for myself each week. i’m not setting myself up to fail but just giving myself areas where i can grow

here in the south on new dear’s Day, you’ll find people eating black-eyed peas and greens. eating black-eyed peas on new year’s has been considered good luck for at least 1,500 years. there are a variety of explanations for the symbolism of black-eyed peas.  one explanationof why black eyed peas are good luck is that dried beans loosely resemble coins. yet another is that because dried beans greatly expand in volume, they symbolize expanding wealth. here in alabama there is a pretty big game going on new years night and i wanted a way to incorporate my black eyed peas for good luck and a good game day appetizer. here’s hoping for all of us to have lots of good luck in 2015.

1 (15 oz.) can black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
1 (15 oz. ) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (10 oz.) can tomatoes with green chiles (Rotel)
2 cups frozen  corn, thawed
1 cup Italian salad dressing or just canola oil
1/4 cup salsa
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1/4  bell pepper, chopped
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
chopped jarred jalapenos to taste

Combine all ingredients and refrigerate for at least one hour for flavors to develop. Serve with tortilla chips.


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