We had more of a New Years Eve dinner since the husband had to work on New Years day..
So for New Years Eve dinner we had an appetizer dinner.. Did this earlier in the year and it was a big big hit.. Seriously going to do this more often..
So many yummies on the table. From deviled eggs to a delish caprese salad. Auntie made little hand held pies and this amazing hot dip.. Angie made the deviled eggs and brought spring rolls.. Yeah.. I love a good appetizer party .. So many selections.. And zero guilt..
And so we survived another crazy year on this big rock. I congratulate us. Of course we all make resolutions we never intend to keep. And that's okay. Every year I resolve to be a better person. I think I peaked at 43. But I keep trying. Though menopause has made it a challenge indeed. I'm keeping the resolutions simple this year. I posted on social media the idea to write down on slips of paper something good that happened once a week and put them in a jar. On New Year's eve I'll read all the good things that happened to me this year. I'm also tossing loose change into the jar. I'm using the Indian chief jar that belonged to Dad. The other thing I posted was that David Bowie's son, Duncan Jones, started a book club based on books Bowie read. I once read Bowie's list of 100 favorite books. He was a fierce reader! So I've ordered the first book. That's about all I've resolved to do. Be a good person. Dedicate to writing down 52 good things and read like Bowie! I got this.
As for my New Year's meal, the traditional southern fare. Black Eyed Peas and collard greens. While I stick with this tradition, I make both dishes different every year. I guess it's quite symbolic really. This year I had a taste for mac and cheese instead of corn bread. I put it on top of my chicken. It turned out very nice. I made matcha hot chocolate for dessert. I gave Trixie some ham, chicken and black eyed peas. Food coma....
The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for waiting the steak to cook. -Julia Child
New Years Traditions in the south include pork, greens, and black-eyed peas. Other superstitions include cleaning your house before the new year to avoid a year of bad luck. I failed at that mission and didn't tackle my mountains of laundry until the 3rd of January. Oops. But my family ate enough greens and peas to make up for my laundry misfortune. The secret ingredient here is bacon grease. In. Everything. It was amazing! I think I shared the collard greens recipe last year so enjoy the pic.
I am currently working on a the 2017 Saturday Bites cookbook. Look for it by the end of this month!!
Next week is Amy's choice and we are all making some kind of noodle recipe.. Feel free to join if you'd like.
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Here's to a fabulous 2018!!
Georgia, Amy and Nikita
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