Happy New Year!
Sorry, I have been slow in posting this past year. Living with my folks for a year and getting adjusted to repatriation and not having a routine put blogging on the back burner. Speaking of back burner, I am preparing to host my folks neighbors on New Years Day and have been busy baking and cooking today. I made my Grandmother’s Cheese Biscuits, BBQ Pork Tenderloin, and these Blacked Eyed Peas and Collards! I love being able to get fresh black eyed peas this time of year and this recipe turned out a lot better than I expected mainly because it is vegetarian! No ham or bacon. I hope my step-dad doesn’t notice:)
I moved a month ago and have been busy getting my new home in order, unpacking boxes and getting pictures hung just in time for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Gosh the holidays flew bye. I am sad to see them go but am beyond grateful for good family relationships and time spent cooking, baking, preparing, decorating, toasting, and lots of cleaning up:)
I hope you were as fortunate to spend time with your loved ones. If not, pick up the phone and call, arrange a time to meet or just commit to regular phone calls and if needed forgive. Life is just to short. Everyone is busy and being intentional about your loved ones should take priority over being heavily committed. I think this goes for busy kids and teens too. Keeping kids busy seems like the right thing to do but now that my kids are gone and in college I wish their schedules weren’t so demanding while they were in school. There truly is nothing more important than quality family time. As parents we need to set the example of paring back our schedules, dedicating quality time to family, and making the most of this next year.
Simplicity was my word of the year for 2018. This year my word/phrase for 2019 is “choose family”.
“Bear with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgive each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.” – Colossians 3:13
Black Eyed Peas and Collards – I love how these taste! Easy and flavorful. You won’t miss the bacon:)
1-2 T Olive oil
1 Piece of garlic, skin removed, left whole
5-6 Large kale leaves, washed, stalks removed and chopped into small pieces about the size of 3-4 black eyed peas (bigger pieces are fine too) About 1 1/2 cups
20 Ouncesf resh black eyed peas
2 t Liquid smoke
1/2 t Better Than Bouillon Vegetable
1/2 Can crushed tomatoes ( I whiz mine up so there are no chunks but you can certainly leave them as is)
1t Worcester sauce
Water to cover
Salt if needed
Sriracha or Hot sauce to taste
- Heat about 1-2 T olive oil in a heavy saucepan and add your garlic. Let it infuse the oil for about a minute and discard
- Add chopped kale and stir fry it a bit for about 3-5 minutes
- Add peas through Worcester and stir
- Add enough water to just cover and boil uncovered for about 20-30 min. It really depends on whether your peas are fresh or dried.
- Once cooked to your liking add Sriracha or hot sauce
I made mine today for a party on New Year’s Day and slightly undercooked them so I can reheat for the party:)